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Man builds roller coaster in his backyard

San Francisco Dad Builds Backyard Roller Coaster For Son

The dad of the year award might go to a man in San Francisco. He's reminding us all that with a little hard work anything is possible.

"A San Francisco dad built a roller coaster in his backyard ... Pemble said it took about six months to build the 180-foot ride."

It might be the best DIY project we've seen in a while. It took 300 hours of work and about $3,500, but the coaster is now fully functional. The coaster started with one 10-year-old's big dream.

KNTV reports Lyle Pemble came up with this idea after riding his first roller coaster over the summer. When he asked his dad if they could build their own ride, Will couldn't think of a reason to say no.

Will told KPIX it turns the worksheets Lyle had to do at school into something a little more tangible.

'There needs to be something on the other side of that math that's worth slogging through the math. So if there's a coaster at the other side of how many feet of track do we need...then suddenly the word problem gets done really fast.'

But "Fox and Friends" anchor Brian Kilmeade says this invention is raising the bar for dads a little too high.

"Congratulations dad you made us all look terrible. If you can't snap it together, it's not going in my backyard."

Be on the lookout, though. There's a chance you might ride on a roller coaster designed by Lyle in the future. He told KPIX he wants to become a roller coaster designer.

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Jeff Jewel May 07 2014 at 8:08 PM

How long before the government of San Francisco comes calling to tell him it is illegal for him to have an amusement ride in his yard and that he can't operate it without an official inspection and the purchase of an operator's license?

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Miss Diva May 07 2014 at 10:45 AM

Hats off to this Dad! What a great way to spend time with his son, and give him some real world experience in the son's desired ambitions. Have fun on the coaster!

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petpetdon May 07 2014 at 1:33 PM

I am sure that he will be forced to take it down by San Francisco or taxed on it. Anyway, nice job Dad. You did a great thing for your son.

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leftydap52 May 07 2014 at 11:16 AM

MY dad would also take me hunting even though I was nervous about it. But he was so nice. He'd give me a 15 minute head start

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luvprr May 07 2014 at 12:09 PM

Actually, this is an old idea from a Thirties or Forties home project book. I'm 77 and my own dad had a book like this in our house. This kind of thing was all the rage back when dads had lots of tools and scrap lumber was plentiful and kids spent lots of time outdoors. Lots of fun for all. Good luck with it!

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Mark May 07 2014 at 12:52 PM

Only a Fox News anchor would dumb everyone else down. If everyone was as dumb as Fox News believes we are no one would be able to tie their own shoes.

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Jesse Mark May 07 2014 at 2:35 PM

Very well stated. Why all the negative feedback and jealousy. This father did a great thing for his son going above and beyond and deserves to be applauded. It is so sad that our society has allowed our social media to get so negative and filled with airing only stories that include people being injured or murdered, fires that burn down peoples homes, devastating car crashes or other types of transportation such as trains or planes. We as a society need to speak and act up to do what is right. The more positive we stay the more we as a society can make a change and a difference. One person can make a difference by having one thought or doing just one small good deed for someone or others. The more this speads the sooner there will be a better world for all of us to cohabitate with eachother. It will also make the news and the rest of the media worth watching.

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Hello Bill May 07 2014 at 1:02 PM

Where were my paterents???? Never mind, they were up at the beer joint...that aways slip's me....:)

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abqparral May 07 2014 at 1:47 PM

In california Im sure tey will shut that down right away !!

No building permit
Too dangerous
Enviromental problems
Not zoned correctly
No carnival ride permit
No engineer stamp
and on and on !!!

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Jesse abqparral May 07 2014 at 2:20 PM

Give the guy a break. He built something cool for his son! And you are just jealous that you can't do the same. You have no clue. It went viral so obviously everyone knows about it. Try being positive for once. And as the old saying goes, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all."

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investigatorkch Jesse May 07 2014 at 2:24 PM

we all agree clown...........he is stating what AHOLES are in california

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eeodjo Jesse May 07 2014 at 3:53 PM

Jesse, you are right. Some people, especially the INEPT-TYPE, will go through their jealous comments just to masked their INABILITY to perform something constructive that involves with math.

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Jeff abqparral May 07 2014 at 3:50 PM

that the problem there---too much regulation and NO FUN!!

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Mark May 07 2014 at 2:08 PM

The only problem is the kids will ride it for a week or two, maybe a month, share it with some friends...then meh......sooooo boring, Dad.

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albatroll May 07 2014 at 2:35 PM

Too much of the talking "head" and not enough story content.

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