How to Build a Weatherproof Skate Board Ramp

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How to Build a Weatherproof Skate Board Ramp
Use Skatelite to waterproof homemade skateboard ramps. (Skateboard Park Ramps image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Creating a homemade skateboard ramp remains a rewarding activity for any avid skateboarder. The homemade ramp allows the skater unlimited access as opposed to waiting for a turn at the local skate park. Waterproofing a skateboard ramp ensures that it will not deteriorate due to rain and sun exposure. Common methods of waterproofing skateboard ramps include adding a layer of Masonite over the plywood or adding a few coats of waterproof paint. While these methods act as a quick fix; they do not have the longevity of using a sheet of Skatelite.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 4 breeze blocks
  • 6 bricks
  • 1-by-2-foot piece of sheet metal
  • 4-by-8-foot sheet of Skatelite
  • Duct tape
  • 4-by-8-foot sheet of Plywood
  • 1.5-inch screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Waterproof tarp

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Move the ramp components to the ramp construction area. Place two breeze blocks on top of each other facing horizontally. Measure 4 feet away from the stack of breeze blocks. Align two more stacked breeze blocks directly parallel with the first set at the distance of 4 feet.

  2. 2

    Rest one of the 4-foot ends of the plywood on the two stacks of breeze blocks while placing the other end on the ground. Lay the sheet of Skatelite on top of the plywood to make it correspond. Screw seven screws through the Skatelite and plywood along the outer length of the Skatelite, spacing the screws 1 foot apart. Repeat this process on the opposing side of the Skatelite to make 14 screws in all.

  3. 3

    Situate the bricks under the Skatelite and plywood as far away from the breeze blocks as possible to create a strong base for the ramp face.

  4. 4

    Rest the sheet metal horizontally on the edge of the plywood touching the ground allowing approximately half of the sheet to hang off. Secure the metal to the Skatelite by duct taping around the outline of the sheet metal.

  5. 5

    Roll to the top of the waterproof skateboard ramp to affirm it has a solid design.

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