DIY Track Fabrication: “Let’s Get Ready to Roll Form”

Hopefully you all read that title with your best WWE announcer voice. Anyway, after the death of the Black Widow Backyard Roller Coaster due to failures in both PVC and ABS pipe failure, my kids wanted nothing to do with MY backyard coasters.

I couldn’t give up, but there was no easy solution. Schedule 80 (thicker wall) pipe? Maybe. But I wanted this coaster to last. And honestly, the wooden ties were needed to be replace sooner than anticipated

So I turned to steel pipe. I reworked 30 feet of the coaster to use 1.5″ SCH 10 steel pipe. And it is solid! Now that it is built, this is going to last a long time. Can’t you tell that I’m excited!!!

So I picked up the pipe and bent it with my bare hands into the shape you see. Easy Peasy.

Corey Rasmussen

Corey Rasmussen is an award-winning professional engineer (NC and TX) with over 20 years of product design and development experience. He has two patents related to aerial lifts machinery, has advanced certifications in hydraulics and electronic controls, and specializes in designing mobile equipment. Corey is the principal engineer of Rasmussen Designs and is based out of Durham, NC.

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