If you are a business owner, you will need to have a parking area that is easy to navigate. Having parking bumpers and parking lines can assist customers in keeping their vehicle safely in its own area away from other vehicles and away from the landscaping around your building. If you do not have parking bumpers in place, you can easily make some of them yourself with a little knowledge and some hardware and tools. Here are some instructions that you can use to make your own parking bumpers for your business lot.
Materials You Will Need:
- Wood boards
- Measuring tape
- Circular saw
- Wood screws
- Electric screwdriver
- Ready mix concrete
- Mixing utensil
- Reinforcement metal bars
- Concrete paint
Preparing The Mold
You will need to construct a mold using the lumber that you have purchased from a hardware store. Use your measuring tape and measure two pieces to be used for the front and back and two smaller pieces to be used for the sides of your parking bumpers.
You will want the measurements to make a bumper that will be seen from a distance. When deciding on the height of the wood pieces you purchase, you will want to take the height of a standard vehicle into consideration. You will want the vehicle to be able to stop behind the bumper without sustaining damage to the front undercarriage.
Screw the pieces together to form a rectangular shape using the wood screws and your electric screwdriver. Place the mold in an area where you wish to have a parking bumper located. You may want to measure your parking lot and mark the areas where the bumpers will be placed ahead of time. This will allow them to be placed symmetrically and with enough room between each space.
Making The Bumpers
Prepare the ready mix concrete in a wheelbarrow by mixing water with the packaged contents according to the directions on the side of the packaging. Pour the concrete into your mold until the mold is about half-way filled. You will now want to place a reinforcement bar in the mold. This will help keep your bumpers from breaking once the concrete has set. Fill the mold up to the top with the remainder of the concrete and allow it to dry for two days.
Remove the mold from the concrete and let the concrete bumper cure for a few more days before attempting to paint. Use a brightly colored paint to cover your concrete bumper, making it able to be seen from a distance. Paint parking lines on each side of each of your parking spots after your bumpers have all been made and placed.
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