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Making Your Own Wheel Stops

If you have a small parking lot in front of your business or apartment complex, you may want to consider adding wheel stops for your customers or tenants. Wheel stops will help keep vehicles from rolling into unsafe areas while helping to keep adequate spacing between vehicles. Here are some instructions you can use to make your own wheel stops for your parking area.

Making A Mold

To make a wheel stop mold, measure wood to the dimensions you want the wheels stops and cut with a circular saw. You will need two longer pieces for the front and back of the wheel stop and two smaller pieces for the sides. Construct a rectangular shape by screwing the wood pieces together using decking screws and an electric screwdriver. Place the mold in the area where you intend on placing the first wheel stop.

Pouring The Concrete

In a wheelbarrow, place ready mix concrete powder and add water according to the directions on the concrete packaging. Mix thoroughly and get ready to pour as it will start to harden rather quickly. Pour concrete into the mold about halfway up the sides of the wood.

Lay a metal rod in top of the concrete you have just poured. This will be used to help reinforce the wheel stop, keeping the concrete from breaking or crumbling. Pour concrete over the metal bar until it reaches the top of the mold.

Waiting For Curing

You will want to leave the concrete in the mold for a full 24 hours to allow it to dry. After a day has passed, remove the wood from the concrete wheel stop. You may have to unscrew the boards in order for it to break loose. You also may have to make a new mold for the other parking spots if the concrete has hardened onto the wood in any areas. After the mold has been removed, allow the wheel stop to cure for additional day before painting.

Painting Your Wheel Stops

When painting your wheel stops, you can use a regular paintbrush or roller to apply. Make sure to pick a color that can be easily seen from all areas of the parking lot, such as white or yellow. Darker colors can blend in with grass or asphalt, making them more difficult to see when it is dark. Give your wheel stops two coats of paint, allowing it to dry in between applications.

If you don't want to or can't make your own wheel stops, check out websites like http://www.unitstepjoliet.com to see what you can purchase instead.