We have a hill in our back yard, with a nice slope -- not too steep,
not too flat. Everytime I look at it, I think that it would be great to
have a slide just winding down the hill for the kids.
I image going to my local hardware store and picking up some kind of
large plastic tube or something that I could assemble together to make
a slide. Afterall, I just need a flexible material that's smooth enough
to slide on. Something lightweight and not expensive.
DOES anyone have any good ideas on what sort of material I could use to
make the slide that I'm imagining? :-)
Uh, no, not flexible- it will keep getting bunched up, and they will get
stuck. Do you mean tube slide, or half-pipe? Dry, or run a hose at the top
like a slip'n'slide? Dry, and friction is a problem, not to mention burns on
sunny days, unless they use burlap sacks to slide on. Wet, well, what is at
the bottom of the hill?
Take the kids to nearest playground and water park, and take lots of
pictures. (Camera without kids of your own a bad idea these days...) Go home
and stare at the pictures.
Lightweight and not expensive will be a problem. Plastic sewer pipe would
would work, but is heavy and hard to work with. Most commercial slides are
purpose-built fiberglass or sheet molding compound, and if full-circle, they
are often translucent. I suppose you could always dig a bobsled run in the
dirt, 'plaster' it with sakcrete, and run it wet. It'd only last a couple of
years, but they will outgrow it by then anyway.
Might I suggest a wheeled sled, instead? Anything from a traditional
push-car, to a all-terrain mechanics creeper? Definitely need a row of hay
bales and a sand pit at the bottom for those, though.
Be sure your insurance is up to date.
You construct something. Kids use it.
One kid with a heart problem dies. He would have lived to an old age were it
not for your "attractive nusiance."
Same concept as an un-fenced swimming pool.
Blue tarps and a pump to cycle water from bottom to top.
I was at a party at a roofers summer bash and they had about 150' of
slope tarped with a gas powered pump at the bottom, kids were tired at
the end of the day.
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