Category: Washington DC

Adventures with Customizing and Configuring an Electric skateboard.

So, I received an electric skateboard in the mail the other day from Paradox Longboards. While it took a VERY long time to ship from China to the US I was really surprised at how nice the Skateboard and its accessories are.

Essentially it looked like a custom E-Wheelin Skateboard. The one that I received had a bit more horsepower than the typical ones they sell. I did run into issues as the first skateboard died but Paradox Longboards replaced that with a working one and while it did take forever to receive the company did stand behind their product and honor the warranty.

OK so let’s talk about what I did with it as this was more of a hardware move then a hack.  The Penny size board was fun but I decided I needed to get a longer deck so that I could have more control. Luckily, I had a dead board to mess with and I used it as a template to deconstruct and move the working board onto a new longboard deck. I choose a 38-inch-long by 9.37 width deck that I got off eBay for under $40.

I used the top white cover where the control and battery, I will refer to this as control housing, sit as the template and drilled the holes from bottom to top of the deck, thinking ahead about using the grip tape to cover any blemishes I create.


I also found a neoprene type of double sided sticky tape which was also 7” Wide x 14” Long which I also used under the control housing between the skateboard deck.

So, before any work I made sure to take tons of pictures, pictures of the direction of the trucks and pictures of the directions of the wires connected to the trucks. I also took pics of the control unit since I had it opened and compared to the failed skateboard.

Moving the trucks, control unit and padding was super easy once I had the control unit predrilled holes in place. I say that prep time was so much more longer than the time it took to move the parts over to the new deck.

Once I got the hardware, control unit and trucks moved over I got creative… I decided that I would make the grip tape design on the new electric skateboard deck in the design of the Washington, DC state flag. Now people probably don’t realize that the Washington DC state flag is part of George Washington official Coat of Arms, since I am a DC guy and patriotic this design concept worked out great for me.


I had to use a mail order service for the grip tape as not many people used that length of tape and luckily, I found an awesome online shop called that includes FREE shipping with NO minimum, so I got a very long length of red grip tape and a long length of black for about 5$ each with free shipping.

Links to some sources:

DuPont Circle – Abandon Subway / Streetcar line – Urban Exploration in Washington, DC

So I was allowed to go past the locked grate and down into the old abandon Subway / Streetcar line.

Not too many people know that under DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. is an abandon Subway / Streetcar line. The space is kind of odd as it is so expansive and yet so empty.

The first images you see are with the platform and that area is the only area that has electricity.  I was kind of surprised on how clean it was. You would think with an abandon Subway/Streetcar line you would have a rat or two, nope none.

There are several entrances but mostly it is completely sealed up. The tunnel in its current form has no destination and no purpose. Essentially you just end up in a big circle. The ends of the line are blocked up with concrete.

So as we toured the complete line we occasionally ran into an art exhibit and it was a neat surprise as it was not featured or mentioned. You can check the pics below.

Now I will say that I believe there are two more of these older abandon lines around, I wont divulge the locations of them yet but I have seen older Subway / Streetcar line Pics showing more underground stops and they can been seen on Google earth. I have located a door of another near 14th st.

You see more info here from WashPo about the circle, good link with a map 



I will add more pics and video soon, if you do decided to steal these or screenshot, or use these pics just remember to use a simple “Pic’s courtesy of”.

I shot this video with my Samsung Galaxy 6 and most of the walk was in the dark so I really didn’t have the pro lighting and camera because I really wanted to de-stress from work and just have fun while also taking shots and video on my phone. I also edited this on the Samsung Galaxy…lol Yea it has a edit app that I used so quality on this vid is not the best…lol

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