A lawn roller will even out the surface of your lawn and if you plant grass it will help to embed the seed into the lawn. This manual lawn roller is easy to assemble. It is also a green way to even out your lawn since it is manually operated. This kind of lawn roller is basically a heavy drum with a handle attached that the user walks behind.
Step 1 - Making the Center Platform
Make a platform by nailing boards together. Make it several inches larger than the diameter of the 12-inch pipe. Nail two boards to the platform so they will fit close against the sides of the pipe. Then find the center and cut a 1 1/4-inch hole for the end of the pipe to fit into.
Step 2 – Cut Strips for Flange
Cut pieces to fit inside of the tile pipe at the center of the end, of the right length to rest upon the inside shoulder of the flange. Cut a 1 1/4-inch hole, through the exact center of each piece, and then halve the two pieces together.
Step 3 – Mix the Concrete
Mix 1 part cement, 3 parts sand, and 4 parts stone to make the cement. Make a thin enough mixture to pour easily, similar to pancake batter.
Step 4 – Pour the Concrete
Pour the cement into the tile pipe, between the strips and tamp it down compactly. Fill the tile pipe to the level of the underside of the strips. It will start to set up within an hour. Let the cement harden up for a few days so it is fully cured.
Step 5 – Remove the Pipe
You can remove the tile pipe by cracking it off. But you can also leave it on for a larger smooth surface. Remove the flange and chip the end off level with the concrete. If the tile pipe starts to come off after using it for a time then you can remove it at that time.
Step 6 – Make the Handle
Fit the handle parts together with the elbows. Screw them together. Paint the handle to keep it from rusting. Attach it securely to the roller.
Take a test run to be sure it is rolling evenly and see whether you need to make any adjustments. When you have the nicest lawn on the street you will be glad you made this roller.