Not really a home repair question, so if anyone has a better suggestion,
I'm open to it.
A client wants me to put somethng on a concrete curb to keep the
rollerbladers from using it to practice. I found one company on the web -
Champion - that can supply me with some but they will take a while to get
here. Any suggestions for another company or better yet, a way to find
them locally (Bay Area, CA)?
Any welding / fab shop should be able to fabricate some suitable bolt on
stainless pieces to do the job. For that matter, the solution could be
as simple as nailing on short lengths of ~3/4"x3/4"x1/8" stainless or
galvanized angle with a powder actuated tool.
You could apply an epoxy with a heavy grit non skid like 30 mesh. That
would defet the problem. My shop is in Anahiem, if you email me with a
contact # I can probably hook you up with something. Is it just a
standard curb? If so, how much linear feet are you looking to cover?
Charles Bishop wrote:
Rollerbladers??? Could you explain why they are causing a nuisance to begin
with? It might just me be, but typically they are rolling on past at a
pretty fast clip, gone before they're noticed more often than not. Now
skateboaders I can see, but not rollerbladers.
Bladers and boarders like to grind along a curb, railing or suitable
structure. The wears down the curb and can cause spalling, and also damage
the paint. The owners of the property wish to discourage this.
A deep pattern stamped concrete surface (fake stone) is very roller
blade/board unfriendly but still alliows wheel chair access (another
consideration). It gets down to wheel size.
A lot of shopping malls use this strategy for the "plaza" areas.
One way would be to put some grooves parallel to the curb and sized just
right to grab and chew up a rollerblade wheel. Make sure to put up a sign
"warning, grooved pavement". If you can do them all the way across the
road you ou can even justify them as improving drainage so as to reduce the
risk of cars hydroplaning.
I've saved your post and when I get back from vacation, I'll let you know.
It's not much, maybe 50' total around several planters. The problem is,
they want the usual metal pieces and I have to ask if the grit would work.
I can do that when I get back.
I know they make anti slip tape for stairs. THis might be a way to
temporarily try out the grit idea. If you find it removed you could take
that as a yes it works. On second thought, it might not stick to concrete
Can't you just put a few screws into the concrete?
The stuff wont be smooth anymore and will not
You could just dump sand a gravel on the area.
You could even eqoxy it down so it cant be moved.
Rollerbladers and rocks/sand dont mix well.
Charles Bishop wrote:
The device I found on the net looks like a round ball headed bolt you set
into the curb. Seems to me there would be some liability issues if a
skateboarder were to hit one of those, not suspecting they were there and
get hurt in a fall. I don't think it's wise to booby trap what is
essentially an "attractive nuisance" so that a trespasser gets hurt. And if
the curb is at street level where pedestrians walk on or over it, they could
easily trip on one. Now, I'm over 60 so I've never rode one of those
contraptions and never bought one for my kids, either...just so you know I'm
not defending the skateboards. In fact, I've always had the fantasy that it
was legal to shoot skateboarders, graffiti artists, etc. and leave the body
lying around for a week or two as a deterrent to others....note..I did say
Whatever you do, it must NOT be for the primary purpose of harming people
who have a lawful right to do what they're doing.
Your modification can be decorative or functional, however, with the
downside of "discouraging" roller-bladers.
Bolt-on garden gnomes and Burma-shave signs come to mind.
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