They're meant to help water flow down hillsides without eroding the land. The good news is that in order to keep water flowing well, these pipes have flowing, organic lines, rather than hard turns and such. To me, they've always looked like a roller coaster ride.
So we decided to turn the drainage pipes into a ride, a sport if you will: DRAINAGE LUGE.
Outfit a large skateboard/buttboard/street luge like board, get to the top of the hill, and time yourself from point A to point B. Pretty simple. The one who gets down the fastest wins. To top it all off, these things are fast and fun!
Step 1: Get the parts
Top Width: 33 inches
Height: 20 inches deep
I quickly figured out that normal trucks, even street luge trucks, just wouldn't be large enough. The largest skateboard trucks I could find were 15 inches wide: nowhere near the 30 inches width that I was shooting for.
We ended up going to a store and picking up two crummy skateboards for $8 a piece and taking them apart. The boards and bolts we ditched (got other projects in mind for those), but kept the trucks.
- Four skateboard trucks with bearings and wheels
- 16 - 2 inch 10/24 bolts, washers and lock nuts
- 3/4 inch plywood, 28 inches wide x 36 to 48 inches long (depending on how long you want the board)
- Wood glue
- Four C clamps (Size? as long as they open up enough for 2 inches)
- 3/4 inch plywood strips, 28 inches wide, 4 inches long
- Sandpaper or electric sander
- Drill (bits: 10/24 and1/2 inch)
- Two pieces of rope, roughly 8 inches each, thickness of 1/2 inch.
- Boots or sturdy shoes (for stopping)