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SKATEBOARDING => DIY => Topic started by: Andrew on August 03, 2013, 04:30:34 PM

Title: help us build "The Garbage Bowl"
Post by: Andrew on August 03, 2013, 04:30:34 PM
The Garbage Bowl.

hey all. So heres whats up. I just spent 6 weeks building houses out of tires and bottles. not sure if anyone is familiar with earthships? anyway I plan to build a concrete bowl with the same concepts involved.

Basically I'm looking for ideas and advise from anyone with experience building concrete ramps.

run down:

gonna ram tires with dirt using sledge hammers, stack them and batter them into whatever shape the crew wants to do. I'm thinkin a kidney bowl maybe somthing with a spine whatever..

fill in small spaces with with bottles, cans and concrete basically using them as bricks to make a shape we can work with. they hold no structural support, just save concrete.

rebar and remesh it

Prob gonna have to make some kind of wooden frame/guides to keep a good shape or just freestlye it i dunno

and then float the shit outa it.

Boom you got a fackin hippie garbage ramp.

none us have built a bowl before.. some of us have some concrete experience.. I think its do-able. let me know what you think. I'm wondering about bending and metal coping installation?? 


Title: Re: help us build "The Garbage Bowl"
Post by: krusher on August 03, 2013, 09:43:07 PM
Can’t you just dig a hole?

I like the use of repurpose materials for construction,  I just think it would be better for you if you just dug a hole.

Maybe you could use the recycle stuff for obstacles around your bowl.
Anyways your plans seems right on, if you have enough hard workers around you and even some loafers that have no responsibilities, then I’m sure you will be able to make a cool spot to skate

Title: Re: help us build "The Garbage Bowl"
Post by: Andrew on August 04, 2013, 09:48:20 PM
I suppose we could just dig a hole however the nature chosen location makes it impossible to get the excavator in there. concrete will be done in small mixers run off a generator.

maybe a second bowl could be made later from the dirt excavated by hand to fill the tires!

The purpose is in fact to use the tires to demonstrate the building potential for these deemed garbage materials.

Funny thing is im having a hard time getting enough volunteers to help me pound 400 odd tires  ??? haha! I was involved in a build there over 700 tires were pounded by 30 people in less than 3 days.

Title: Re: help us build "The Garbage Bowl"
Post by: Nathan Murgatroyd on September 08, 2013, 06:59:38 PM
How hard are these tyres going to be? any give at all will mean you're going to want concrete about 4 inch thick (to make sure it doesn't crack and destroy all the hard work before the crete-ing of course)  there's a lot to take into account when thinking about the coping aswell, personally i think the best (and most satisfying to grind) is just to smooth the transition into a beveled edge so the whole thing is one solid object then wax the hell out of it to make sure it grinds/doesn't get chipped away, making a metal coping would be a hell of a job.

Title: Re: help us build "The Garbage Bowl"
Post by: krusher on September 09, 2013, 12:23:48 PM
Heavens to murgatroyd Nathan likes nopping. haha

I like nopping too but figuring out what your gonna use, putting on your copping and completing the job is the most satisfying part of the build.

Plus you should always shoot for at least 4" of concrete on your build and if you want it to last longer plan for at least 6 inches.

Offthegridbuild - Building a Tire Wall (

P.S. Wax is for pussies and street leaguers. Although once you reach 40 years you are aloud to use clear coat but then you're just and old pussy.

Title: Re: help us build "The Garbage Bowl"
Post by: Nathan Murgatroyd on September 10, 2013, 10:28:36 PM
bumpy waxed nopping, if you use anything else the crete around it always chips away from grind vibrations n shit..... we do use pretty cheap shitty crete to be fair though. just depends how often you're gunna be smashing a spot, there's always a good few people heshing our ramps to death and some are 2 inch crete on a solid backdrop and lasting very well.