How To: De-Knob A Rail

Now that the Skatestoppers at San Francisco’s Pier 7 and Hubba Hideout have “mysteriously” gotten popped off, it’s time do some mysterious work of your own. With this rigged-up knobbed rail, courtesy of Jeff King, we reveal the secrets to making your Skatestopped spot skateable again. Just remember, TransWorld would never, ever condone any type of tampering with public or private property (wink, wink).

What You’ll Need:
_ 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw (Sawzall)
_ 2-4 six-inch metal cutting blades
_ 18-volt cordless grinder
_ 1-2 100-grit sanding discs
_ Charged batteries
_ At least 1 lookout

“Only cut the knobs that are in the way. Sometimes anti-skaters get carried away with knobs and put them all the way to the top of the rail. Don’t waste your time-get in and get out.”-Jeff King

1. Get out your reciprocating saw (Sawzall), rest the blade on the rail, and line it up against the knob. You want to cut as much of the knob without cutting into the rail. Slap on those protective goggles so shards of metal won’t find their way onto your eyeballs.

2. Pull the trigger and feel the power of that Sawzall. Push the blade into the welding and rotate it around the top 180 degrees of the knob. Once you’ve cut halfway through, move on to the bottom half.

3. Take a second to make sure the coast is clear-now keep slicing through that knob.

4. As certain spots of your blade dull down, move on to the other, sharper sections to get the most outta your cut. If you’re cuts aren’t doing much damage, it’s time to put on a fresh blade.

5. Once you cut all the way through the welding, the knob will pop right off. Watch out, though, that chopped knob is gonna be, as Jeff King would say, “toasty.”

6. The rail ain’t skateable yet-all that leftover welding is still stuck on there. This is where the grinder comes into play.

7. Make sure your goggles are still on and let the sparks fly. Move the sanding disc on your grinder back and forth over the top of the rail to smooth out the entire surface.

8. Keep grinding away so the rail is smooth enough to keep your board or trucks from catching on slides and grinds.

9. A little paint and no one will ever notice you were there. You should only spend about ten to fifteen minutes on the whole process, and using a Sawzall and a grinder is very loud and very noticeable-get in and get out is what we’re trying to say.