Homemade kiddie drop tower

Thursday, June 19, 2003 2:31 PM
Hey!

I'm not sure if you read my earlier post but I'm making a home amusement park.

My current project is a kiddie drop tower. It'll be about 12 feet tall used a from a wooden ladder connected to a sturdy swingset.

I plan on using a hoister/winch to lift the "car" up. My question is..if its brought to the top of the "tower" on a winch, can you have it just become "lose and it'll drop still connected to the winch, or do I have to find a way that the car will unhook from the winch?

I plan on using two bungee cords plus two pieces of sturdy rope to use as brakes. Basically once the car is brought to the top it'll fall and the bungee cords will be the right length to stop it at the bottom. My problem is if I need it to unhook at the top from the winch.

Thank you so much

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 2:46 PM
sounds like you'll have quite a lawsuit on your hands if anybody actually rides that thing.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 2:47 PM
Hey! You should read the "The Great Brain" series. It's a series of childrens books about a kid growing up in Utah around the turn of the century. In a chapter in one of the books, he builds his own Chute the Chutes from the top of the barn.

In short, he makes a bundle of money from all the kids who wants to ride the thing...which ended up being just enough to pay for the doctor bills of a kid who busted his arm when things went ary.

Good luck! Be safe!

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*** This post was edited by janfrederick 6/19/2003 6:48:03 PM ***

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 2:48 PM
Ok, I think I may have a solution for you. I am making a "launch machine" which is pulled back by a winch, then when the whinch releases the car zooms in the opposite direction. (it is a tad hard to explain)

To make the winch unhook from the car I am using a system almost identical to a typical boomerang coaster. It is a very simple and just about failsafe system. There are two pieces to the winch separated by two large springs. When the rear on the whinch gets stopped the springs compress causing the arm to lift up unhoking from the car. Errr, I'm trying to think of a better way to describe this. Well, maybe someone *cough*Dave*cough* could explain this much better than I.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:17 PM
This is the kind of thing I wish I could do: make rides in the real world...

But its too expensive and difficult unless I get more details on how these things are made.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:28 PM
the brakes will be two bungee cords? wake up and smell reality kid, that would never work.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:30 PM
The bungee cords worked with my rollercoaster I made a few years ago.
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:39 PM
Yes, a bungee system is actually very possible, just not as reliable as I would like for a drop tower.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:40 PM
You mean model coaster? I thought this will be your first ride...
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:48 PM
No no no..

A few years ago I made a "coaster" down a hill. It was actually a side friction coaster. There were long bungee cords attached to stop it at the bottom.

As reinforcement there WILL be rope too.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:51 PM
In the event of a bungee break, it would probably be safer just to let it hit the soft dirt rather than jerk to a stop by a rope. Dirt can compress a lot under force where as a rope would stop it instantly.

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*** This post was edited by GoliathKills 6/19/2003 7:51:37 PM ***

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 3:55 PM
Well see there will be two bungee cords so say if one did break the other would still hold it.
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 4:50 PM
Homemade drop ride:

Lots of mattresses piled at the side of your house. People pay you to jump into them from the jump.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 5:38 PM
How much money do you have to make this amusement park? Seems like costs could be pretty high.

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This place would be be a nightmare for midgets.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 5:50 PM
Yea costs are pretty high. Its mainly for fun.
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:04 PM
A little off the subject here but I once made a skyride for my cats. It worked great until the large kitty snapped it. lol

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:12 PM
If one bungy cord breaks, then the seat falls to one side, the person falls out that side, sticks their hand out to stop their fall and breaks their wrist. Not to mention the whiplash from when the cord breaks. Do whatever makes you happy, but I'd leave the ride manufacturing to the pros.

--Ryan

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:46 PM
I would use more like three or four Bungees in this case on either side the chance of breaking that many at once is much lower than one breaking.
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:56 PM

carrouseler said:
A little off the subject here but I once made a skyride for my cats. It worked great until the large kitty snapped it. lol

That's not funny! I feel sorry for your kitties... :(

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 7:14 PM
I would love to do that to my kitties. My long-haired tabby cat, Chessie, would freak out. He's afraid of the outside world!
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