DIY Skate HOW TO MAKE A MANUAL PAD. I didn't think that I needed to write a page on how to make a manual pad because they are so easy to make. So easy in fact, that I could make one in the time it took me to write this page. But I've had so many people ask me how to make them that I decided to write a page and show you how I do it. Obstacle Guide - What is a manual pad? | skatedeluxe Blog Everything about Skateboarding Obstacle Guide. The manual pad, often referred to as a wheelie pad, can be used much like a curb. However, manual pads are often too shallow to be able to slide or grind properly. That’s why they’re more suitable for practicing your wheelie combinations.