How to make a backyard skate park

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How to make a backyard skate park
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Building your very own backyard skate park allows you to skate at the convenience of your own home. As an added bonus, you and your friends get to skate something you actually created. There are a variety of projects you can do. There are small, simple projects like creating a grindable ledge, and bigger time-consuming projects like building your very own half pipe. The best part about creating a backyard skate park is you can take your time and change the set around whenever you feel like it.

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    Replace grass with concrete. If the majority of your yard is covered in grass, than that's an obvious issue when you're attempting to create a backyard skate park. You want to create a structure within your park that makes it possible for each project to flow from one another with ease. Remove all of your grass and dirt. Make sure to remove even the smallest roots of grass --- otherwise, it can continue to grow underneath the concrete. Lay down concrete according to the manufacturer's specific instructions.

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    Empty your pool. This is the all time classic in the skating world and is an easy way to create the perfect drop in bowl. If you attempt to empty your pool, it is highly recommended you have it professionally done by a pool service. If the pressure within the pool isn't stabilised correctly during the emptying process the ground can possible crack and cave out. After you have your pool drained, wax the edges for easy grind ability.

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    Make grindable ledges. If your yard has concrete steps, you can turn them into grindable ledges by simply changing the consistency at the 90-degree point of the steps. Take a brick and rub it back and forth against the corners of the steps. This will sand down some of the concrete, creating a smoother surface to grind. In addition, if you have wood or metal steps or benches you can apply wax to the corners to create a grindable surface.

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    Use spare items to fill your park. Forklift crates, picnic tables, benches and portable rails are all great things to set up in your park with ease. They also move with no hassle so that you can freely rearrange your park. Use sheets of plywood to create small ramps from one section of your park to another for easy access across obstacles such as stepping stones or gravel.

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    Decorate your park to add your very own personal style. Use stickers and spray paint to create art across your park. Do this last, after you set up the entire park. This way you can invite a bunch of your friends over to all join in on decorating as a celebration of your new backyard skate park.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear a helmet, be careful and have fun!

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