View Full Version : What are those concrete things called?

02-20-2001, 10:23 AM
Is there a name for those long skinny concrete slabs at the front of parking spaces, cunningly designed to rip your front bumper off? There's got to be a name, but none of my coworkers can think of it. Help, Teeming Millions!

02-20-2001, 10:40 AM
"Wheel stops" or "curb blocks." Cite. (http://chamberlaincontractors.com/curb_blocks.htm) I want you to know that it took me far too long to figure this out, and you are naughty for asking such a question when there is Science waiting to be done. :)

02-21-2001, 08:09 AM
A quick google search also revealed, 'concrete bumpers', 'concrete wheel bumpers' and 'parking bumpers'. I always called them 'berms' but that seems to refer to a mound of earth.

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02-21-2001, 12:23 PM
Huh. While I certainly appreciate the answers, I feel like there's a certain...elegance that's lacking by the phrase "curb blocks". I was hoping for a single word that, when spoken, would immediately bring to mind the object. Still, it's nobody's fault. Sometimes English just lets us down. Thanks, all!

02-28-2001, 04:09 PM
But here's my city's standard design for parking lot bumper curbs. (http://issweb.ci.austin.tx.us:5151/~aeservices/spec_detail/stdfiles/sd/439-1.jpg)

Don't ask, I just ran across it.

02-28-2001, 04:14 PM
jersy barriers


02-28-2001, 04:22 PM
I prefer "parking curbs". A friend of mine always calls them "Sure Stops", but I believe that's a brand name.

Those curbs don't rip off my front bumper, but sometimes a part of the undercarriage of my car can get hooked on one of them and I hear a weird noise when I back out.

02-28-2001, 04:34 PM
Ian't the "Jersey barrier" the taller formed-in-place concrete barrier used on freeways to divide the different directions of traffic? Although there are portable prefab versions used around construction areas, now that I think of it.

I always just called those concrete parking-lot things "bumpers".

02-28-2001, 09:27 PM
BTW, the concrete base you often see on light poles in shopping mall parking lots are called "sonotubes."

I have to know that -- I'm rewriting a zoning code.

02-28-2001, 11:30 PM
elmwood, I think your misapplying the term "sonotube."

A sonotube is the thick (approx .25 inches) cardboard cylinder-shaped form (they look like the Jolly Green Giant's toilet paper tube) that they use to cast concrete pilings, pillars and, yes, lampost bases.

BTW, I believe "sonotube" is a brand name.

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