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#1 oldshue

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:30 PM

Please read nothing in to this....

Does anybody have any ideas for homemade sleds ?

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Edited by oldshue, 18 January 2008 - 02:30 PM.


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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:34 PM

QUOTE (oldshue @ Jan 18 2008, 8:30 pm) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Please read nothing in to this....

Does anybody have any ideas for homemade sleds ?

Moderators plese feel free to move if this is more off topic...

JO



Most people will laugh...but the most creative (and sometimes efficient sleds) that I saw when living in the northeast were:

1. large trash can lids
2. old car hoods (that was interesting)

Cardboard is good for about 2-3 runs only.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:36 PM

Plastic laundry baskets are great for the kids
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:37 PM

QUOTE (oldshue @ Jan 18 2008, 3:30 pm) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Please read nothing in to this....

Does anybody have any ideas for homemade sleds ?

Moderators plese feel free to move if this is more off topic...

JO



Well someone gave me an idea several years ago and i haven't had the chance to try it out yet.  

I have an old Primestar satellite dish, and when i upgraded it to DirecTV a long time ago, i was told by the sales clerk at Radio Shack that the old Primestar dish would make a good sled.
Said he had made a sled out of one himself, for his kids.  




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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (oldshue @ Jan 18 2008, 1:30 pm) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Hah!  Don't worry, John, that wouldn't happen here  icon_twisted.gif

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:08 PM

you can use dead bodies, they slide very well through the snow

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:13 PM

Anything that is a good sturdy plastic that you can hang on to, at least to start. The sleds with runners don't seem to work to well here. I have used cafeteria trays and now have an old heavy plastic tub with a rim to hold to. My kids had more fun with that thing than anything else we used. My girls are both grown now, so I will not have anyone to play with. Ah, the ravages of old age. But, if it snows enough, come to the front of Northside Baptist Church in Jasper. There is a grea hill there and we can have some fun.  JJ icon_cool.gif

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:19 PM

Old washing machine lids (the slightly curved type) used to work great but doubt you can find one now....If you have some old linoleum it works good if you hold the front edge up while sledding

Edited by Vic, 18 January 2008 - 03:20 PM.



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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:20 PM

Ron Paul (or any political) signs stolen off the interstate. I'm not kidding - a little wax, and those things will fly.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:23 PM

I like the laundry basket idea...

it would be cool if you could attach some plastice to the cardboard...

those are the two materials I have on hand...

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:26 PM

During the storm of 93, me and my kids used the plastic garbage can lids, the ones with the round tops. We used these on the #5 hole of the Mt. View golf course and easily got a quarter mile ride. Long way back up the hill though.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:26 PM

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Ron Paul (or any political) signs stolen off the interstate. I'm not kidding - a little wax, and those things will fly.


You have any left from your collecting?  If it snows, I bet you could sell them and make big bucks.  (Then donate part to Obama.  Imagine, Rudy Giuliani pays for a sign that puts money in Obama's pocket.  That's the sort of funds diversion that would make Ollie North proud!)

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:35 PM

[b]Ok folks, be careful and not foolish....if it snows and you can't travel....NEITHER CAN YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT OR PARAMEDICS!!!!   It would be a very loooong wait if you have a broken leg!!!!!!

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:36 PM

QUOTE (wxmatt82 @ Jan 18 2008, 1:37 pm) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well someone gave me an idea several years ago and i haven't had the chance to try it out yet.  

I have an old Primestar satellite dish, and when i upgraded it to DirecTV a long time ago, i was told by the sales clerk at Radio Shack that the old Primestar dish would make a good sled.
Said he had made a sled out of one himself, for his kids.


ANYTHING with a hard surface and smooth bottom tapered up on the front or all around will work.   The round lids and dishes are lotsa of fun, however direction of travel can be a challenge.   We did the satellite dish, and everyone of us came back with some type of injury.  Still a blast     < I'm a yankee btw looking to see my for southern snow!  W00T! >

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:02 PM

When I was a kid, I saw guys using old truck tires on steep hills. Added some bounce to the ride. It didn't work out well for me..guess I should have removed the rim first. eusa_doh.gif

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:05 PM

QUOTE (Jack Watkins @ Jan 18 2008, 3:02 pm) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
..guess I should have removed the rim first. eusa_doh.gif


Heh!

That reminds me- inflatable beach and pool air mattresses and the like ought to work pretty well.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:13 PM

Ahh, when I was a kid we were the only ones in our neighborhood with an honest-to-goodness sled.  It was rarely used, but when it snowed it was wonderful.  It finally went down its last hill during the ice storm of '96.  We hit a hard bump of iced up sleet pellets and went flying -- the whole thing busted up.  It didn't help that there were three teenagers on it.  icon_smile.gif

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:24 PM

Back in 1996 when we had the ice storm up here in Huntsville we used garbage can lids, and I don't remember where but I found the top lid of toilet seat and tied a rope to the hinges. We sled the roads at the foot of Green Mountain in the southeast part of town. I hit a curb and had a fist sized bruise on my posterior.

Man that toilet lid was smokin' fast too.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 07:28 PM

I used an old kayak.  icon_wink.gif
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 07:33 PM

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:00 AM

Inflatable rafts are fun, and sort of cushion the impact if you miss your mark.

Haven't tried this one, but I just thought of it: a skateboard with no trucks?

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:27 AM

What about a boogie board/wave board?

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:38 AM

Oh I bet that would work great! As long as it's not the polystyrene-center/ plastic-tarp-wrapped kind. I would think that the texture on the bottom of those would prevent exhilarating speeds.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:57 AM

QUOTE (BlountWolf @ Jan 18 2008, 2:20 pm) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ron Paul (or any political) signs stolen off the interstate. I'm not kidding - a little wax, and those things will fly.


As someone who has been running political campaigns for 15 years I will personally attest to this - those suckers will flat out fly down a hill.  icon_biggrin.gif  The big 4 X 8's are the best, especially if you get three or four people on it.  If there is a lot of ink on the screened side you don't even need wax.  And as much as I hate to say it, Wolf is right, if they aren't on private property, they are yours for the taking.  



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Posted 19 January 2008 - 07:05 AM

Years ago, when we had a snow..my sons used a shovel..I even got on it..sit on it with the handle pointing away from you, reach to hang on to the bottom part of the handle, so it will bring up off the ground..worked pretty good but I did whip out some bushes icon_biggrin.gif

Edited by Agrits51, 19 January 2008 - 07:05 AM.


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Posted 19 January 2008 - 07:09 AM

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Years ago, when we had a snow..my sons used a shovel..I even got on it..sit on it with the handle pointing away from you, reach to hang on to the bottom part of the handle, so it will bring up off the ground..worked pretty good but I did whip out some bushes icon_biggrin.gif

Haha, I bet that was funny looking! Welcome to TalkWeather, by the way.  icon_biggrin.gif

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 08:09 AM

I suggest one with wheels.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE (JJJackson @ Jan 19 2008, 7:09 am) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I suggest one with wheels.

Har Har!

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

The neighborhood boys tried to slide on a lid but there just wasn't enough snow and I don't think our hill was steep enough....

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