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Skater’s Guide to Building a Mini Concrete Block Stair Set
Are you a skater in the process of building your own skatepark obstacles? You may want to consider creating a stair set out of concrete block. Concrete blocks are inexpensive and easy to work with and you can quickly make stair sets with them in all different sizes. I chose to make a small one but you can go as big as you like. Here are the basic instructions on how to construct one:
To complete this project you will need six concrete blocks, several bags of quick drying cement, water, a hoe, a wheel barrel or mixing bucket, a float, a darby, a finishing trowel, an edge tool, a joining tool, a mason's hammer and a line level. The concrete blocks will cost you less than $2 a piece and the quick drying concrete will run you anywhere from $3 to $10 a bag depending on the brand and retailer. The tools will be the most expensive part of the project. Each one may cost you $6 or more. If you are running short on cash and are not too concerned with the appearance of your stair set, you could improvise and make due with a few less tools.
Start by taking four concrete blocks and making a square. The blocks should be touching each other. For example, if one concrete block is eight inches long and eight inches wide your square should be 16 inches long and 16 inches wide. Next, take the level and make sure that the concrete blocks are even. Afterward, attach the concrete blocks to each other using the quick cement. You will also want to fill the holes inside each concrete block with cement. Use the tools to smooth and level the concrete. When you are done you should have a solid concrete square.
Proceed by taking the two remaining concrete blocks and placing them on top of the solid concrete square. The upper blocks will serve as the top step. Using more quick drying concrete, attach the upper blocks to the square and fill in the holes. Make sure that you smooth and level all surfaces. You should now have a small block stair set perfect for skating.
My children are skateboarders and I have a history of working with concrete on home related projects.
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