December 27, 2010

DIY Snow Ramp

The assorted home improvement projects lingering around our bungalow have been on hold for the last few weeks.  Handy Husband injured his back resulting in some down time.   Time literally spent lying down flat on the floor playing Call of Duty.  Apparently Xbox 360 is the magical cure for back injuries.  As Handy Husband was on the mend, Christmas loomed closer and closer, and we bogged down in holiday preparations.

As much as I enjoyed Christmas, I was looking forward to diving back into our incomplete projects.  Mother Nature had other plans and our area was covered in snow on the 26th.


Lucky Handy Husband received a Toro 38361 Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower for Christmas.  Perfect timing.  This gift saved tons of time and back strain.

In honor of the impending snow, we did what any other self-respecting DIY-ers would do.  We cranked out a no-cost project to pass the time.  Strategically stacked patio furniture on the deck makes a solid base for our backyard snow ramp.  All we Handy Husband had to do is shovel lots (and lots) of snow on top.  So much for the time and energy saved by the power shovel.  If you are fortunate, and there is enough snow, the weather will do the heavy lifting for you.

Based on our experience, you'll need at least 12 inches of snow with at least 1.5 shoveling adults to make a decent size pile.  Incorporating the Little Tykes slide (purchased at a yard sale  many years ago for $5) makes a nice set of stairs to reach the top of the ramp. 

Why share a hillside with hundreds of screaming children when you can sled in peace and quiet in your own teeny tiny backyard?

It's no mountain, but our kiddos are still small enough to think this "hill" is giant.  And it was totally worth the time and effort to be so close to dry gloves AND a bathroom.

The sledding carried on even though the sun went down.

It's rather hard to top Christmas, but I would like to think
Mommy & Daddy came in a close second on this one.

The kiddos will sleep well tonight.

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  1. LOL! Love it!!! We received 7 inches of snow in NC. Luckily our lot is sloped so no ramp here, but we'll have to try the patio furniture next time (when the kids are a little older.)


  2. Yep, it's a good one. Sadly temps are rising this week so it won't last long : (

    You should have seen the one last year after we had 2 ft of was THIS BIG...neighborhood kids were trying to snowboard down it.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Snowpocalypse II.

  3. way cool! Looks like a lot of fun.
    thanks for linking up,

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  5. I love it! My sister did a similar thing. (not as big) She had the kids sledding down the front porch steps after a big snow.