Take the pool noodles on the edges and roll them over inside the plastic. Secure this using Gorilla tape as shown in the picture below. Do this to both long sides of the slide. At the bottom of the slide, fold over 4-5 times and secure. No wood is used at the end because it can possibly weigh down the slide and cause it to rip (especially if you are sliding down a hill).
Step #5: Flip the entire thing over! Now drill holes in the 2×4 on each end. Do not drill a hole in the center. You don’t want to put a metal stake in the middle for safety reasons. Once the holes are drilled, simply hammer in your metal stakes on both ends. Be sure that your slide is in the exact spot you want and that it is spread out and pulled tightly in the location.
Step #6: Secure the bottom of the slide. We used old plastic stakes from our previous slip and slide because of the smooth top and less risk of injury. You could also probably use patio rug stakes here as well. We poked a hole through some of the Gorilla tape that was used to secure the bottom fold of the slip and slide bottom fold and pushed the stake right through.
This will help prevent any rips and tears in the plastic.
Now your new slip and slide is done! We will be doubling the size and adding a makeshift pool at the bottom of the slide as well. Point the sprinkler onto the slide and start sliding your way into a fun summer!
A few notes:
- Use baby tear free shampoo instead of dish soap. We found out the hard way that dish soap burns the eyes pretty badly and the pain seems to last into the next day (OUCH!).
- This slip and slid is big, but it isn’t very heavy. Be sure to pick up your slip and slide after each use. If you can hang it over a fence or swing set to let it dry, then that is also a good option to prevent mold.Picking up your slip and slide after each use will prevent the grass from dying under the slide. If this isn’t a concern for you, then feel free to leave it up all summer and periodically check for any sun rot and that all stakes are secure before using.
- This slide should easily last you through the entire summer. If you wish to store your slide over the Fall and Winter months be sure it is completely dry before attempting to store it.
If you have any questions please ask below and I will do my best to get them all answered for you.
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