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I had an awsome idea to build a foam pit.
First-build a huge wooden box about 18 foot across,18 foot long 4 feet deep About($60-$70)
Second-buy a bunch of pillow cases.($20-$25)
Third-buy four 18 cubic foot blocks of packing peanuts($180)
Fourth-fill pillow cases with packing peanuts and put them in your cube.
Fifth-have fun!

Awsome foam pit for under $300

ill probably be building mine this spring :)

P.S. for those of you that dont have a ramp lying around build one of those to :D
 

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free-rider_down-hiller said:
I had an awsome idea to build a foam pit.
First-build a huge wooden box about 18 foot across,18 foot long 4 feet deep About($60-$70)
Second-buy a bunch of pillow cases.($20-$25)
Third-buy four 18 cubic foot blocks of packing peanuts($180)
Fourth-fill pillow cases with packing peanuts and put them in your cube.
Fifth-have fun!

Awsome foam pit for under $300

ill probably be building mine this spring :)

Not trying to rain on your parade. Your price for the wood seems a bit on the low side. You would need about 10 sheets of plywood: $200+ and some support wood: another $60+. The pillow cases for $25 seems even more off. After you build your box you will wind up with 1024 cubic feet of space to fill with pillows about 1024 (probably more like 1500) of them since they are less then 1square foot each. At the cheapest at Kmart you might get 2 for $10 at a cost of $5000-$7000.
 

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Not trying to rain on your parade. Your price for the wood seems a bit on the low side. You would need about 10 sheets of plywood: $200+ and some support wood: another $60+. The pillow cases for $25 seems even more off. After you build your box you will wind up with 1024 cubic feet of space to fill with pillows about 1024 if them since they are about 1square foot each. At the cheapest at Kmart you might get 2 for $10 at a cost of $5120.
Well i should have mentioned that i get wood for free and ya i really didnt think the pillow case part through!

also i found a wholesale packing supply company online for huge bulk a decent prices!

your probably right on the price though but definantly under $600 for me :D
 

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free-rider_down-hiller said:
Well i should have mentioned that i get wood for free and ya i really didnt think the pillow case part through!

also i found a wholesale packing supply company online for huge bulk a decent prices!

your probably right on the price though but definantly under $600 for me :D
sick... can i have some??
 

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free-rider_down-hiller said:
Well i should have mentioned that i get wood for free and ya i really didnt think the pillow case part through!

also i found a wholesale packing supply company online for huge bulk a decent prices!

your probably right on the price though but definantly under $600 for me :D
If you get wood for free, why did you say it would cost $60-$80 or something to get the wood?

Does the wholesale packing supply company's prices include shipping? Might be something to look into...

Would packing peanuts work as well as foam would? Seems like they would get broken down over time, maybe not though, I haven't tried that.

You could just build a jump out of bark (the landing), not as soft as foam or anything, but still works and you can ride out, it's also a helluva lot cheaper.

Good luck, post pics of it when you make it...
 

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matt said:
If you get wood for free, why did you say it would cost $60-$80 or something to get the wood?

Does the wholesale packing supply company's prices include shipping? Might be something to look into...

Would packing peanuts work as well as foam would? Seems like they would get broken down over time, maybe not though, I haven't tried that.

You could just build a jump out of bark (the landing), not as soft as foam or anything, but still works and you can ride out, it's also a helluva lot cheaper.

Good luck, post pics of it when you make it...
Well i posted price on the wood to give a general idea on price and here the packing peanuts link http://pacnseal.com/packing_peanuts.html yes they include shipping but i might try talking to fedex to see if i can work with them for super cheap packing peanuts!

P.S. the pillow cases were a bad idea i think industrial trash bags would work better!
 

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free-rider_down-hiller said:
Well i posted price on the wood to give a general idea on price and here the packing peanuts link http://pacnseal.com/packing_peanuts.html yes they include shipping but i might try talking to fedex to see if i can work with them for super cheap packing peanuts!

P.S. the pillow cases were a bad idea i think industrial trash bags would work better!
I don't want to spoil your great idea, but i calculated that your box will be 1296 (18ft*18ft*4ft) cubic feet, so you would need to spend $3236 on just the little peanuts at the price on that website.
 

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That's not really a good idea at all man. I hate to burst your bubble, but packing peanuts crush and don't return to their original size, pillow cases would easily be ripped by pedal pins and other sharp things, and trash bags would burst from the impact of someone coming down on it. Not to mention way more $ for wood as has been previously stated.
 

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I don't want to spoil your great idea, but i calculated that your box will be 1296 (18ft*18ft*4ft) cubic feet, so you would need to spend $3236 on just the little peanuts at the price on that website.
Ya i got some crazy price also so im thinking of packing trash bags with leaves(simple,cheap,and effective) but id have to wait till next fall so either way my idea is a long ways away :( meh i have a lake with in 10 mins of my house and a ton of cheap bikes so i geuss up until fall ill use the lake :D
 

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That's not really a good idea at all man. I hate to burst your bubble, but packing peanuts crush and don't return to their original size, pillow cases would easily be ripped by pedal pins and other sharp things, and trash bags would burst from the impact of someone coming down on it. Not to mention way more $ for wood as has been previously stated.
Ya looking back at the idea i never realy had a bubble :D
 

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man, i don't know about you. Do you even own a bike? I want to believe the things you say, but you make it tuff broham.
 

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man, i don't know about you. Do you even own a bike? I want to believe the things you say, but you make it tuff broham.
yeah, that's what i think. especially when he won't post pics of anything even though he has a 100000 dollar camera. :eek:

just show us some pics or something, or come through on one thing, and i'll believe you and quit hating

oh yeah
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yeah, that's what i think. especially when he won't post pics of anything even though he has a 100000 dollar camera. :eek:

just show us some pics or something, or come through on one thing, and i'll believe you and quit hating

oh yeah
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I only have one pic of me jumping off a ramp but its on a sled :D its from like 2 days ago.
and dont worry once i get my bike there will be more pics/vids than you can bare now that i have a video camera and a digi cam!
 

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Rent a backhoe, dig a hole. Line the hole with plastic pond liner. Fill with jell-o. Once the jell-o sets, jump away!

Use the dirt from the hole to build sweet jumps!

Post pics of the 3 feet of air you get.
 

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the idea of foam pits is that you fall into them and go true most of it pillow cases would just compact and it would hurt . Thats why "foam" pits use FOAM
 

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zachdank said:
man, i don't know about you. Do you even own a bike? I want to believe the things you say, but you make it tuff broham.
still doesn't own a bike
 

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free-rider_down-hiller said:
Well i should have mentioned that i get wood for free and ya i really didnt think the pillow case part through!

also i found a wholesale packing supply company online for huge bulk a decent prices!

your probably right on the price though but definantly under $600 for me :D
idiot does what idiot does........you can't get pillow cases that cheap....trash bags would tear from the bike......please stop being dumb and really think it out....your prices are far from the truth..

so go shut yourself up....go back to your room and keep playing with your monkey
 

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Hey, How about you fill the pit with those balls that are in kids rides at chunk-e-cheese. I imagine it would be a nice soft landing (seriously). And you can charge the local kids to play in it in-between sessions to pay off the cost. ;)
 

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Hey, How about you fill the pit with those balls that are in kids rides at chunk-e-cheese. I imagine it would be a nice soft landing (seriously). And you can charge the local kids to play in it in-between sessions to pay off the cost. ;)
yeah or water ballons.....yeah that would last forever :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
 
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