PVC Roller Coasters

Posted: December 5, 2013 in Cool Projects, PVC
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Disclaimer: Building a home-made roller coaster could be dangerous. We are not recommending to build one, nor will we provide any advice on how to do so.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a popular, cheap and easy to procure plastic. Chances are it’s a plastic used for engineering purposes that you’ve seen “do-it-yourselfers” use at some point. Could be the self-taught plumber, the budding irrigation technician working on his/her garden or even the industrious friend who used PVC pipe to construct something just for fun. It is that last group that might find this interesting. Apparently PVC makes good track for home-built roller coasters. Most of the videos seem to be either handy fathers or ambitious teen builders.

While these coasters can’t hold a candle to the real thing – just the attempt is impressive. And, of course, the use of plastic is notable which is why we took an interest in these videos. PVC is great in many applications engineered at home and over the course of this next year we’ll be highlighting a few of our favorites.

We’ve done a little poking around YouTube and have found a couple notable PVC coasters worth posting here. P.S. Keep a special lookout for a summer project involving water that the kids will be sure to love. Hint: you may never use the lawn sprinkler for your kids again…


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