Dad builds backyard roller coaster for daughter

Posted Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:02 AM | Contributed by Aaronosmer

Using only PVC pipes, treated lumber and concrete, YouTube user makethesale1 has raised the bar for backyard fun by building a 12-foot-high personal roller-coaster for his family.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:43 AM

The construction on that looks quite good. The capacity sucks, though. It probably should be an upcharge.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:54 AM

Coolest. Dad. Ever.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:32 AM

That is the true definition of "lift hill" :)

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:43 AM

I've seen a number of videos of backyard coasters, and that has to be the STURDIEST looking one of the bunch.

The little girl's having a blast. And why shouldn't she? It's more fun than Dark Knight.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:03 PM

They need one of these at Michigan's Adventure.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:12 PM

Right about mid-Tim...nah, never mind.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:50 PM

Who needs LIM's, when you have broom sticks?

Last edited by Aaronosmer, Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:50 PM
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Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:14 PM

PVC does not seem like a good material for track rails. When it does break, I would assume it would make sharp pieces.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:37 PM

Just awesome.

When it does break, Jeff, I'm sure the daughter will sue the ride manufacturer.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 2:00 PM

It's going to have a relatively short life span true, but it was inexpensive and not to difficult to work with. In a year or two exposed to the elements like that it's going to get brittle, and that's when you're going to have problems.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 2:30 PM

By then, the kid will probably be to big to ride it anyway.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 2:35 PM

I'm curious as to why this particular coaster/video has gotten so much media play. There's dozens of these around the country. As I previously mentioned, this one is very well done. But it's been featured on Yahoo, CNN, and five separate (non-coaster enthusiast) friends have either sent me the link or made me aware of it.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 2:45 PM

That is so awesome!

PVC's an extremely strong material, the wood supports are more likely to fail long before any of the PVC rails do.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 4:43 PM

Tell that to the dudes who maintain the Blue Man Group PVC!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:16 PM

You guys think THAT'S good? Look what I finally found? :)

http://i.imgur.com/uyMkj.jpg

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:51 PM

I wonder if you can buy a fast-pass and cut in line in front of the other neighborhood kids.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 6:24 PM

I assume they enforce a MAXIMUM weight limit

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 7:07 PM

Oh that's sweet!

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Friday, August 10, 2012 12:07 AM

I forgot you built that awesome piece of awesome Josh.

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