How to Build Portable Ramps with PVC
Some people choose to make portable ramps with PVC because it is lightweight and does not rot. It also is an easy project that does not require a lot of tools. The finished project will look a lot like a ladder, but should not be used as one because of safety reasons. For this project we will be making a ramp that can be used on land or in water.
Step 1 - Prepare the Materials
Most likely you purchased a few large pieces of 2-inch PVC piping. Prepare for the project by cutting them into the 18-inch pieces that are needed. It is also a good idea to prepare the surfaces for gluing at this point. Doing this will make the project go a lot faster once you begin to put the ramp together. Use the sand paper on the inside of all of the connecting pieces and on the outside of all of the 18-inch pieces.
Step 2 - Lay It Out
Each ramp will have five “rungs” and four 18-inch pieces on each side. There will be an elbow in each corner and three Ts connecting all of the smaller pieces together.
Step 3 - Glue It Together
Now that you have the project laid out, gluing it together will be simple. Use PVC glue on the inside and outside of each joint. Make certain that you have lined up the corners and attachment pieces together neatly and evenly. (Your ramp will not work well if it is crooked.) You can glue it together quickly and use a large piece of plywood on a flat surface to even out the ramp if needed. It is better, though, to work with the angles individually until they are perfect.
Step 4 - Let It Cure
For the ramp to reach full strength you will need to wait for it to dry and cure before using it. With PVC this does not take long, however, waiting 24 hours is still recommended.
Step 5 - Extras
You can use the ramp just like it is for items with large wheels, or for items that just need a little help to the ground. To strengthen your PVC ramp you should attach a large piece of wood to the surface. The PVC provides the frame and the wood will help to strengthen the ramp for heavier loads. If you do add the wood, excessive water use is not recommended.
Using PVC in building is a great way to lighten the load. People use it for grind ramps, and skim board ramps as well. PVC lasts a long time and is durable in most situations. It can be brittle in extreme temperatures, so keep that in mind with usage. This project is simple and should take you only an hour or so to complete.