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    Building a DIY park.

    A few of us are currently the process of building a DIY park on some wasteland out in the sticks.

    Anyone done this before? If so, any advice on obstacles, use of materials etc?

    #2
    Cinder blocks are great for ledges.....then some pipe on top or flatbar.....

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      #3
      cinderblocks for the sides of trannies or banks....fill the middle with dirt and a piece of thick cement mesh...

      Once it starts to dry, then with a bucket of water and a steel metal trowel or float.
      If you are building a quarter, use a wooden template each side to get the shape.

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        #4
        Nice one.

        Pics to follow.....

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          #5
          My advice is; proceed.

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            #6
            Road signs make for smooth work between the floor and the ramp. You can even cement them in while its drying.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Guiness Sampler View Post
              My advice is; proceed.
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                #8
                What do you want to build? Do you have walls/different heights of pad to build on? Or just totally flat? What sort of tool, materials, transport capabilities do you have?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by al dolega View Post
                  What do you want to build? Do you have walls/different heights of pad to build on? Or just totally flat? What sort of tool, materials, transport capabilities do you have?
                  Its a massive area set over two levels. There is also a huge amount of discarded bricks available, plus other random materials that can be used.

                  Intend to build some concrete stuff including a small spine, some launch ramps and a loading bay type ledge with flat banks up to the change in level.

                  We have a grind box that needs transporting and we have a fat rail that is a good 8 or 9 ft long that needs mounting.

                  Fun to have a project, and will be sick if it comes together!

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                    #10
                    Sounds rad. A shotgun ledge is pretty easy to build and a lot of fun for everyone. I have a basic text writeup in the comments here:

                    https://instagram.com/p/tGw8gIr_v6/

                    Not much I know, but googling for DIY stuff should get you most of the way there on pretty much anything.

                    Start with smallish stuff that can be finished pretty quickly, this will keep your helpers motivated and the juice level up.
                    Banks and quarters aren't too hard, just require a lot of concrete and a good number of hands on deck to do right. Try to get your hands on a cement mixer for bigger projects as hand mixing will wear you and your helpers out fast.

                    I think that overall with guerilla (illegal) DIY stuff, the most important thing to know is that it will not last forever, it will cost you a lot of time and hard, back-breaking work, and probably a good bit of money, and you will likely get very little in the way of thanks or appreciation or substantive help. Accept and expect all of these things going in to it, and whatever return you do get on your investment will be all the sweeter, and any failures will be easier to swallow.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Sirosis View Post
                      Its a massive area set over two levels. There is also a huge amount of discarded bricks available, plus other random materials that can be used.

                      Intend to build some concrete stuff including a small spine, some launch ramps and a loading bay type ledge with flat banks up to the change in level.

                      We have a grind box that needs transporting and we have a fat rail that is a good 8 or 9 ft long that needs mounting.

                      Fun to have a project, and will be sick if it comes together!
                      Sounds mint.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by al dolega View Post
                        Sounds rad. A shotgun ledge is pretty easy to build and a lot of fun for everyone. I have a basic text writeup in the comments here:

                        https://instagram.com/p/tGw8gIr_v6/

                        Not much I know, but googling for DIY stuff should get you most of the way there on pretty much anything.

                        Start with smallish stuff that can be finished pretty quickly, this will keep your helpers motivated and the juice level up.
                        Banks and quarters aren't too hard, just require a lot of concrete and a good number of hands on deck to do right. Try to get your hands on a cement mixer for bigger projects as hand mixing will wear you and your helpers out fast.

                        I think that overall with guerilla (illegal) DIY stuff, the most important thing to know is that it will not last forever, it will cost you a lot of time and hard, back-breaking work, and probably a good bit of money, and you will likely get very little in the way of thanks or appreciation or substantive help. Accept and expect all of these things going in to it, and whatever return you do get on your investment will be all the sweeter, and any failures will be easier to swallow.
                        Good stuff!

                        RE: it being illegal, trying to keep in mind that it won't last forever and trying not to spend massive amounts of money as a result. Have already noticed that trials/quad/motocross bikes have already been to the spot in the last few days. The chance of materials getting stolen by undesirables is also high. It's all in the game though!

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                          #13
                          Might seem obvious, but don't use aluminium angle on any of the box's.
                          When I was younger me and my friends made a very crude DIY park, we used lot's of pallets and stolen scaffolding.
                          You need to find an industrial estate/building site and look for materials.

                          Have you seen the Kai Carlson-Wee's week in the wildernes video he did for life+? You can use things like tree branches if they're the right size/shape.

                          Don't forget, the charm is in the fact that the park won't be perfect.
                          Last edited by Maus; 03.07.2015, 07:56.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Maus View Post
                            Might seem obvious, but don't use aluminium angle on any of the box's.
                            When I was younger me and my friends made a very crude DIY park, we used lot's of pallets and stolen scaffolding.
                            You need to find an industrial estate/building site and look for materials.

                            Is there a wall or anything like that around the wasteland your using or is it just a flat area?

                            Have you seen the Kai Carlson-Wee's week in the wildernes video he did for life+? You can use things like tree branches if they're the right size/shape.

                            Don't forget, the charm is in the fact that the park won't be perfect.
                            https://instagram.com/p/4Up3kKHKok/

                            Scaffolding/PVC will be the way to go for most of the stuff that will be grindable. I live 15 mins from MK, so don't need anymore ledges

                            As the area is split into two levels, there is a loading bay type step up that we will be concreteing flats banks up to and putting something grindable on the edge. Other than that, its an open area with lots of trees and bushes around. Gonna have the obstacles weaving in and out of the trees, so should look pretty cool when some progress is made!

                            There is a pic above of part of the area. Will put up more pics when some actual progress is made with obstacles.

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                              #15


                              Dig a hole, insert temporary pedestrian barrier, backfill, profit.

                              These can be stolen from pretty much any roadworks. Alternatively, concrete in and build a ramp.

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                                #16
                                What Al said.

                                Location might be the most important element: it's heartbreaking to find your spot demolished.

                                Get a cheap welder, a generator and a truck to drop in some rails- they're quick.
                                masterbla.de

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                                  #17
                                  This might not be what you have envisioned, but it could give some ideas if you're on a low budget.

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                                    #18
                                    That video was badass! Makes me want to hike with my blades on.

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                                      #19
                                      If you're feeling super spiffy about it, and have a mig welder, you could build a box similar to mine and mount it into the concrete, put skate light on the top.




                                      Metal cost for my box was only around 160ish dollars. used 1 inch square hammered tubing (all they had was hammered in 1 inch), and I believe I used 2inch tubing. Box is roughly 16 ft in length, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet tall.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Jakep4196 View Post
                                        If you're feeling super spiffy about it, and have a mig welder, you could build a box similar to mine and mount it into the concrete, put skate light on the top.

                                        Metal cost for my box was only around 160ish dollars. used 1 inch square hammered tubing (all they had was hammered in 1 inch), and I believe I used 2inch tubing. Box is roughly 16 ft in length, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet tall.
                                        Got a grindbox ready to be transported to the spot. Not as badass as that though!

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                                          #21
                                          https://instagram.com/p/4y8SMHkYPY/

                                          After seeing this, i'm pretty loathe to mention our build to anyone, let alone put pictures on the internet

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                                            #22
                                            Wouldnt worry about it, its either kids stumbling on it or whoever owns the land.

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                                              https://vimeo.com/116106052
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                                                #25
                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CbzFVNJPGg
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                                                  #26
                                                  Originally posted by Sirosis View Post
                                                  https://instagram.com/p/4y8SMHkYPY/

                                                  After seeing this, i'm pretty loathe to mention our build to anyone, let alone put pictures on the internet
                                                  You left building equipment and supplies sitting outside overnite?
                                                  You didn't foresee this happening?

                                                  Just get a bunch of rollers to wait around at night for them and kick the shut out of them.

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                                                    #27
                                                    Originally posted by *ROYALwithCHEESE* View Post
                                                    You left building equipment and supplies sitting outside overnite?
                                                    You didn't foresee this happening?

                                                    Just get a bunch of rollers to wait around at night for them and kick the shut out of them.
                                                    That pic was from another build elsewhere in the UK. I certainly wouldn't be leaving bags of cement laying around. That stuff is expensive!

                                                    Nice links Monday

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                                                      #28
                                                      Originally posted by *ROYALwithCHEESE* View Post
                                                      Just get a bunch of rollers .
                                                      Hahaha!

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                                                        #29
                                                        https://instagram.com/p/5WplByq-TX/

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                                                          #30
                                                          Originally posted by Sirosis View Post
                                                          Is that how saws work?

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