Fixing Your Concrete Driveway

Create Simple Benches For Spectators To Use During Your Next Horseshoe Match

by Gavin Jackson

Having a horseshoe pit in your backyard allows friends and family members to have something fun to do during get-togethers. When you have a horseshoe pit, it is important to have somewhere for spectators to sit while they watch the game. The guide below walks you through a quick and easy way to make spectator benches next to your horseshoe pit.

Determine How Many Benches You Want to Make

The first thing you need to do is determine how many benches you want to make. Each bench will be able to fit two to three adults, depending upon the size of the adults. You want to be sure that there is ample seating available so creating three or four benches may be the best option to consider.

Gather Your Materials

Next, you need to go to a home improvement supply store and purchase twelve concrete blocks for each bench that you plan to make. You also need to purchase four 2"x2" pieces of lumber for each bench. Finally, you need to purchase some ready-mix mortar to use to hold the blocks together.

Create the Layout for the Benches

Take all of your materials by the horseshoe pit. Position the blocks so that two blocks are laid flat on their side and then two more blocks are stacked on top of them flat on their side, as well. Lay one of the pieces of lumber in front of the stack that you created so that you can see how long the lumber is going to be. Typically, the pieces will be 8 to 10 feet long. You want half a foot of the lumber to stick out of either end of the stacks of concrete blocks when you are done. Determine where the next stack needs to be created to create the proper distance between the two stacks, based on the length of the lumber.

Secure the Blocks

Once you have determined the proper placement for the blocks, mix the ready-mix mortar in a large bucket or wheelbarrow according to the directions on the packaging. Lift off the top blocks and scoop mortar onto the bottom blocks. Lay the upper blocks back onto the bottom blocks the way that you originally had them placed. Repeat the process with the blocks in the other stack.

Once the mortar has a few hours to set, push the pieces of lumber through the four openings in the four top blocks. You want to be sure that the lumber is sticking out of either end roughly half a foot to ensure stability. Once you finish, you can start using the bench right away. Repeat the process with all of the other benches you want to create.

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