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« on: February 20, 2012, 11:33:19 AM »

This project began June 2010. I had rolled my ankle and decided what better time to start building in this spot out in the backyard. I started with a wooden bank that had angle iron on top, I really had no plans for concrete at that time.


But the walls were too perfect and clearly needed a wallride. I had never mixed concrete so I had no clue what I was doing, but it still came out ok.



Wood does not last long being outside and living in the hills, the weather just eats it up. So once I realized concrete would last much longer and much less maintenance than wood "it was on".
Started bringing in loads of busted up concrete for filler and figuring out where to put a quarter.



Around the same time I decided the angle iron on the bank needed to get pool coping and the bank needed a bit of tranny.


After many loads of broken concrete it was time to start learning what I was doing when it came to mixing concrete, it wasn't perfect but it's skateable and is now still my favorite quarter to skate here.

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 11:44:00 AM »

The rain was starting to take a toll on the wood bank and I knew I would still want a bank to skate so I came up with this thing.




And a few weeks later added this quarter.


Another few weeks went by and then this.


Which eventually turned into this.


By the end of December 2010 this it what the spot looked like, and it sat for nearly 9 months with no additions.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 12:14:01 PM »

Around this time I guess I did not know that I wanted to build this any further. It seemed that it was a good fun little skate spot in the backyard to bring all the buddy's home after skating a few parks, but I knew I wanted to add more, just was not sure.
Also, up to this point I had mixed everthing in a wheel barrow and buying concrete by the pallet. This is not the funnest method and was a huge deal trying to get buddy's to help mix. Basically a pain in the ass for that amount of concrete.
This last October 2011 I ran into a buddy at the Pink Motel pool party I hadn't seen in about 4-5 years and we got to talking about the backyard spot. He seemed down to help and mentioned he had a concrete mixer and a jackhammer along with some knwledge of building a few skate obstacles, and that is when this really started taking form as to what it is now.
After 9 months of no building and a weekend of breaking down an existing wall and spending some time building this form the first pour using a mixer came out better than I could've imagined








I had to fill in the gap betwween quarter and bank so I got this crazy idea, which came out better than I had planned.
Also, cut up the bottom of the transitions to add rebar so I did'nt keep having to patch it up everytime it rained (This should have been done this way from the beggining, but what did I know at the time).





We bounced around a few ideas and decided we needed to extend the tombstone quarter since we were thinking about adding a doorway. Also decided to fix this side during the process as well.


And then we decided to pour despite the rain.........not recomended and will never do this again since we were left standing in the rain more than 12 hours.



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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 12:36:04 PM »

I knew I would eventually have to start building a block wall to meet the transitions with after the doorway but got all hyped on buidling the doorway, so it began.


Then I started thinking about the weight of the doorway once the rebar and concrete was added, so I built a footer for it to sit on.





It was awesome pulling the form apart and seeing this.


Now it was time to start building that block wall so we had to dig a 3' trench (by hand) to pour the footer with rebar.




Limited to only working on the weekends it took over a month to build this wall.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 12:43:39 PM »

shredding!!!! fuck yea!  glad to see you made a thread to put all this in.  it's great to see it all together like this.  awesome work.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 12:48:51 PM »

shredding!!!! fuck yea!  glad to see you made a thread to put all this in.  it's great to see it all together like this.  awesome work.

Thanks man. I have been wanting to put this in it's own place for a while. It'll be a lot easier to see the progress and I wanted to add the story behind it since it has been on going for over a year and a half. Put's it into better perspective.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 01:00:40 PM »

And then it was finally time to pour the doorway tranny.







Which left the backside of all this looking pretty wierd. It needed to be shaped up so it didn't look like some sort of prehistoric castle. So we built a huge form to pour a deck and wall.




With coping mounted all we needed to do is fill in the space behind it. This ended up taking us 80 bags of concrete.
But it now has a nice deck and pretty cool looking wall in the back.






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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 01:09:58 PM »



We then used the wood from the wall form to build the next quarter form and that is where we are at now. The quarter of technology I guess.

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2012, 01:14:57 PM »

shredding!!!! fuck yea!
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 02:00:42 PM »

Rad! The Diy forum is coming up!

I posted a couple of pics on instagram here and here. People are stoked on your pad. They're pissed at me though 'cause I wont tell them where it is hahahaha

Hopefully I can make it up for the pour on the Quarter of technology
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2012, 02:53:54 PM »

Rad! The Diy forum is coming up!

I posted a couple of pics on instagram here and here. People are stoked on your pad. They're pissed at me though 'cause I wont tell them where it is hahahaha

Hopefully I can make it up for the pour on the Quarter of technology


Those instagram pics look amazing man. Glad you made it out and got to see a little peice of the puzzle get put together. Just have to keep it at controlled sessions (invite or let me know you're coming), can't have bargers showing up trying to session when I'm not home ya know.
Hope to see ya for the next pour.
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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2012, 03:58:00 PM »

I can completely understand not wanting people to come over and barge your house.

 I just tell people that your place is a long drive to the middle of no where and that I've been sworn to secrecy. If they're bummed on that then they can suck it. If I get some heavy hitters asking to skate your place then I'll tell them I'll ask you if it's cool (on the weekend of course).

I might be able to make it up on the 26th but the 3rd and 4th might be better for me. I'll text you
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2012, 07:13:41 PM »

Damn this is really rad. I would love to be able to put something like this in my yard eventually. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2012, 02:18:21 AM »

Awesome. Salamander, thanks for putting it all up here for us.
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2012, 08:10:20 AM »

This is the feel good thread of the decade on the internets! Great job Salamander. That shit is tight!
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