How To Build Skateboard Ramps Rails
How to build skateboard ramps rails is something every skateboarder wants to know. Rails are a critical part of the course for tricks and safety. The rails must be able to support the full weight of an adult, therefore the target tensile strength must be able to withstand at least 180 pounds.
Things you will need:
- Several cylindrical wood pylons with a diameter of 3.5 inches (treated lumber)
- Posthole shovel
- Attach the rail bases to the top of the halfpipe. This is actually a complex issue. The halfpipe top could be made of several materials. The most common is wood at the top. But some tops could be concrete or earth. Concrete must be poured with post holes. Earth can be modified with a post shovel. Wood must be nailed from underneath with very large nails. No exposed nail or staple can be allowed to come into contact with the skateboarder.
- Attach the top of the rail. The rail tops or guard rail section simply goes from one rail base to the next creating a continuous crossbar. These should be the same diameter as the base poles so they can support the weight of a skateboarder. Skateboarders love to ride the rails, and these bars must be strong.
- Test the rails. Go to the top and bear down on these crossbars with a lot of force. Inspect each rail to make sure no nail heads or pops protrude from the crossbars. Any exposed nail could severely injure a skateboarder.
- Paint the rails. Painting the rails protects them from decay. As rains come and go, the rails must remain strong. They will require yearly painting to remain strong. Stain works just as well as paint. It is your preference as to the look of the rails.
You are now ready to enjoy your skateboarding experience in complete safety. Please enjoy!