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Building a friggin' pole jam
« on: March 23, 2019, 04:36:39 PM »
So I'd like to make a pole jam soon, but I don't want to go through the process of buying a sledgehammer and a shovel, then breaking the ground and digging it up to put a pole inside (the Partanen Method).

I'd like to either A) dig a hole in some grass and then put the pole in and seal it with cement, or B) just put the pole on the ground and pour concrete around it to make it stick.

Does anyone have any tips on how to do this? It seems pretty straightforward. Or am I just being completely clueless about it?

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 03:26:36 AM »
We built some pole jams over the past couple years and i would recommend to not go with option B. We did this two times and initially it will work quite well but the fun wonīt last very long. Just pouring concrete on the ground is generally not a good idea because the edges will be really thin and break off eventually.

The last pole jam we built is a combination of the partanen method and option A. We broke the ground(hammer and chisel), put the pole jam in and sealed it with concrete. In my opinion this is the best method if you want to have something permanent which is also low maintenance.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 11:13:44 AM »
3 legged A shape? bolt it to the ground?
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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2019, 03:53:30 PM »
Iím interested in hearing what people have done. Personally I would like to make something to kinda get used to doing them more

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2019, 07:26:01 PM »
The last pole jam we built is a combination of the partanen method and option A. We broke the ground(hammer and chisel), put the pole jam in and sealed it with concrete. In my opinion this is the best method if you want to have something permanent which is also low maintenance.

Thanks for the advice! Very helpful. I guess I'll have to buy a sledgehammer and break the concrete. I've never done it before so hopefully I don't fuck it up.

3 legged A shape? bolt it to the ground?

Maybe...maybe, I honestly don't know how much work that would take, I haven't seen any instructional resources about doing it that way either. Seems like it might even take more work than busting the ground, but on the plus side, I won't have to worry about busted ground if I do that wrong.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2019, 08:19:36 AM »
shove a old board in a crack

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2019, 08:27:21 AM »
i think i've usually found a pre-existing hole and then deepened it as necessary. you want a fair amount of pole underground, about a foot. the great thing about polejams being metal is they act as re-bar and give the concrete something to cure to.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2019, 05:40:21 PM »
Make sure the pole grinds before you put it in the ground. I stuck on a fresh pole once and It was like hitting a rock at the end of a launch ramp. It was one of the worst slams of my life and I will not get close to a pole jam ever again. I shaved a piece of my hair of, hit my head and almost tore out my shoulder :'(

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2019, 07:30:20 PM »
Jesus.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2019, 04:11:41 AM »


Interesting idea I saw on IG a few years ago, can't remember whose photo it is unfortunately.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2019, 01:54:32 PM »
That looks titillating and perplexing.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2019, 09:34:11 AM »


Interesting idea I saw on IG a few years ago, can't remember whose photo it is unfortunately.

Whoever built that probably loves shop decks. Iíd like to be around when some 16 year old bits that with their new Honda Civic.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2019, 11:44:54 AM »
If you can/know anyone who can weld, have them weld the PJ onto a small plate at desired angle, make sure that plate has 4 holes, use a hammer drill to install bolts into the ground, bolt the PJ in. Very easy method, but only if you have access to the aforementioned items.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2019, 02:09:56 PM »
If you can/know anyone who can weld, have them weld the PJ onto a small plate at desired angle, make sure that plate has 4 holes, use a hammer drill to install bolts into the ground, bolt the PJ in. Very easy method, but only if you have access to the aforementioned items.

That's a good idea as well, thanks! My buddy works in construction and wants to build it with me, he's got access to tons of tools so maybe we can do it like that.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2019, 05:14:29 PM »
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If you can/know anyone who can weld, have them weld the PJ onto a small plate at desired angle, make sure that plate has 4 holes, use a hammer drill to install bolts into the ground, bolt the PJ in. Very easy method, but only if you have access to the aforementioned items.
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That's a good idea as well, thanks! My buddy works in construction and wants to build it with me, he's got access to tons of tools so maybe we can do it like that.

Dig/break a small hole in the concrete and hammer in a few pieces of rebar close together. Bend the rebar to the desired angle, place a pipe over them, fill the pipe with concrete, and patch the hole covering the base of the pipe which is now below ground level.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2019, 03:52:45 AM »


Interesting idea I saw on IG a few years ago, can't remember whose photo it is unfortunately.
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forgive me if i somehow missed it, but could someone help me with just how flat the flat as fuck decks really are?
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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2019, 12:19:02 PM »
Steal the design from Element:

https://youtu.be/s6rQ7nlTW_Y

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2019, 02:36:49 PM »
   Get a car or truck (a beater) and just drive around looking for whichever pole you wanna jam.  Just pull up to the pole till your bumper meets with it and then give it gas till the pole jam is formed properly.  Not a bad idea to have a look out who can call you. 
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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2019, 08:54:34 PM »
Steal the design from Element:

https://youtu.be/s6rQ7nlTW_Y

Haha. Ah, what absolute trash.

   Get a car or truck (a beater) and just drive around looking for whichever pole you wanna jam.  Just pull up to the pole till your bumper meets with it and then give it gas till the pole jam is formed properly.  Not a bad idea to have a look out who can call you.

Thinking of doing that for a natty jam I saw nearby. The one I want to build is going to be in a skatepark though, so I can't bring a vehicle in there....sadly.


I've got my shopping list written out, going to buy everything and build it next weekend for sure, the itch is growing too big. I'll post photos as well.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2019, 04:28:26 PM »
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Steal the design from Element:

https://youtu.be/s6rQ7nlTW_Y
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Haha. Ah, what absolute trash.



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   Get a car or truck (a beater) and just drive around looking for whichever pole you wanna jam.  Just pull up to the pole till your bumper meets with it and then give it gas till the pole jam is formed properly.  Not a bad idea to have a look out who can call you.
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Thinking of doing that for a natty jam I saw nearby. The one I want to build is going to be in a skatepark though, so I can't bring a vehicle in there....sadly.


I've got my shopping list written out, going to buy everything and build it next weekend for sure, the itch is growing too big. I'll post photos as well.

Iíve skated one of these these arenít steep enough.


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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2019, 04:37:44 PM »
Finally bought all the supplies and actually found a pole thanks to a tip from a friend of mine.

Most supplies aren't pictured in the photo, but I bought: 1 bag of quikcrete, 1 drain spade, 1 16 lb. sledgehammer, 1 mixing trough, 1 bucket, 1 trowel, safety glasses, respirators, safety gloves, and three pieces of foot-long rebar. 






It's going to be a bitch to dig a hole deep enough for the pole to go in if I use it as is, I'll probably get it cut down to 40 inches on Monday and then do everything either on Wednesday or the weekend. Home Depot doesn't cut metal, apparently. Weird.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2019, 06:28:45 PM »
A homie with an angle grinder and 5 minutes is all you need.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2019, 08:25:50 AM »
Let's see the jammer!

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2019, 09:21:04 AM »
whoah oh black betty
pole jam-a-lam-a-lam
whoah oh black betty
pole jam-a-lam-a-lam

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2019, 09:49:01 AM »
Let's see the jammer!

It's going slowly, I went there Wednesday and after 30 minutes of pounding at the concrete with a 16 lb. sledgehammer all I accomplished was this:



Then a city worker was cutting the grass near me, stopped to watch, then got on her phone and started texting. I got paranoid that she was calling the police or other employees to talk to me so I got out of the park.

I have no one experienced to help me and even a friend of mine who works in construction said it's going to take way more effort and tools. But I'm not going to give up - next Wednesday I'm hiring a concrete specialist to come cut out the concrete, then I'll dig the hole and do the rest. Hopefully we can get it done in two hours.

I honestly thought the concrete would break easier and I'd get it done quicker, but no dice. I wanted to get it done by today for GSD but them's the breaks, pun absolutely intended.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2019, 01:47:05 PM »
Thatís awesome man. Big respect for your dedication. Iíve been following this since the beginning and am interested in hearing how it goes. Might learn a bunch of stuff too reading about your experiences. 👍

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2019, 01:56:51 PM »
Any time i read the threads title i keep reading it in the cheeseburger walrus' voice
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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2019, 08:50:41 AM »
Any time i read the threads title i keep reading it in the cheeseburger walrus' voice

HA - Thought you were referring to the Mustard Tiger there for a second.

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2019, 01:49:25 AM »
Sooo, has the polejam been born?!?

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Re: Building a friggin' pole jam
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2020, 10:42:56 PM »
Has anyone tried to make a natural pole jam in the streets with just a sledgehammer?

Thereís an almost perfect one by me that goes into a little ditch. Itís already bent but itís just barely too steep. Wondering if it would even be possible to bend it with just a sledgehammer?