Bo Bigelow: Homemade Slip 'n' Slide

Posted on October 3, 2013 – 12:41 pm

Summer without a slip 'n' slide is like fall without gigantic piles of leaves.

Problem is, the slip 'n' slide they sell in stores just isn't long enough. You get some momentum and next thing you know, you have a grass burn, all the way up your back. Youch.

So this summer I made my own slip 'n' slide in my backyard. I found a design I liked from Ken Denmead. Then I tweaked it, so it'd be super-duper long, and also really wide, so multiple kids could go down safely.

Finally, those multiple kids (i.e., my nephews) tweaked MY design, in order to substantially reduce safety.


Here's what I used:

- Blue Hawk clear 6 mil extra heavy-duty plastic sheeting, 10' x 100'

- 2 pkgs of Velcro tape

- Banzai Spray 'n' Play Silly Snake Pool

- ACE Hardware sprinkler hose

- grommet set

- garden stakes (small enough to fit through the grommets)

- 12 foam pool noodles (not pictured)

All available at ACE Hardware, except the plastic sheeting, which I got at Lowe's, and the pool noodles, which I got at Wal-Mart.


1.) First I rolled the plastic out and placed the pool noodles all along the sides. The noodles were to serve as bumpers.

2.) Next, I doubled the plastic along the edges, folded the plastic over the pool noodles, and used Velcro tape to stick the plastic to itself and contain the noodles inside.

3) Then I used the grommet set to make a bunch of grommets all the way down the sides of the plastic, about every 10' on each side. Best to put the grommets between the pool noodles. Like so:


Stanley Hardware National Hardware V6201 4-9/16-Inch Lock Latch, Black
Home Improvement (Stanley Hardware)
  • Ultra-strong polymers and stainless steel components - will never rust, bind or stain
  • Horizontally and vertically adjustable -during or after installation
  • Key lockable for added security
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Nasty, but it works

2007-02-25 09:20:30 by Muriatic_acid

Muriatic acid, aka hydrochloric acid, is a general-purpose VERY strong cleaner for use around swimming pools. It takes off all those various mineral deposits left on pool tile.
Three problems to watch for/overcome:
One - if you go to the wrong place, they'll sell you two gallons. I got my quart jug at an Ace hardware store. You'll want to call around to find a place that sells it in small quantities.
Two - this stuff is VERY strong. If you open the bottle and breathe the vapors closely, you'll burn your lungs. You must have good ventilation to use it, and keep pets, kids, etc, away from the work area

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