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    Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Starting the build yesterday...on our way. (Can't show pics since I reached my limit??!?)

    Anyway, we have to decide on a slide so they can put the plumbing in the right spot. We wanted to wait till next year, but they my other half raised the question....do we really need one.
    Do you have one? Is it used that much or take up too much space.
    I do have a 3 year old...but then just us too. Also, this is a sport pool with 5 1/2' depth.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    we wanted one for our pool as our 2 kids would love it. We reached out to the insurance broker and they told us that there is only 1 insurance company in the state that will cover a slide in a pool and I will not like what they are charging. Needless to say we decided against it! You may want to plum for a water feature regardless so you can add down the road or if you decide to sell the house it is there for the next person. I had plumbing added for a water feature later down the road.

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by currentking View Post
    we wanted one for our pool as our 2 kids would love it. We reached out to the insurance broker and they told us that there is only 1 insurance company in the state that will cover a slide in a pool and I will not like what they are charging. Needless to say we decided against it! You may want to plum for a water feature regardless so you can add down the road or if you decide to sell the house it is there for the next person. I had plumbing added for a water feature later down the road.
    Interesting...I never asked insurance about a slide, just a diving board. How dangerous is a slide??

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    If your pool is only 5 1/2' deep then I wouldn't recommend a slide. Ours is 8 1/2' deep and the adrenaline slide we have still shoots people to the bottom of the pool. 5 1/2' is just not deep enough for a slide or a diving board

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Hmmm, well of course PB will sell us anything. I have 3 deck jets on the other side, so maybe that will be good enough, and beats a little pipe sticking up.

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    With insurance companies the way they are... I would not do one. I don't have personal experience other than 2nd hand information but, even if your current insurance company says it is ok, if you ever have to change insurance it could become a problem or your current insurance company might change their rules upon a renewal.
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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Having hit my forehead on the floor of a neighbor's pool as a child after going down the slide head first (not a practice I would recommend), I can confirm that they can be somewhat dangerous. I was lucky and only needed stitches but I am well aware that it could have been much worse.
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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    I have one and I don't think it really affects our insurance. On the other hand the pool and slide was already installed when we bought the house and I wasn't going to dismantle it based on insurance quotes. I hate what insurance companies have turned into. Their only purpose now is to ensure you have live a boring life. Anything remotely fun is either not covered or carries unreasonable premiums.

    The slide is great fun for kids. We visited my brother-in-law outside Pittsburgh earlier this summer who also has one. My 3 year old loved it (I spotted him the first few times down) and prompt us to recondition ours right away. I get it back in a couple days.

    BTW- 5 1/2' is an absolutely reasonable depth. You go down the slide feet first and even if you go down head first, you get projected out over the water, not down into it like you would off a diving board. Width of the landing area is more of a concern for a slide, than depth of water.
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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Slides will normally tell you the minimum depth required. We have a built in slide that required 3 1/2 or 4 feet. The Hotel Hershey has two large slides that come down in about three feet of water. The width of the slide area is also important as you need enough to room to slide across. In
    My case the insurance company didn't even ask if we had a slide- only a diving board. However, going head first could be problematic and unless you are always watching you may be unable to stop
    Kids from being reckless and that will increase the chance of a serious injury (if the kid goes directly down instead of across the pool).
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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    When I grew up we had a slide into a 4' AGP. I can tell you right now, if you have a slide "head first" will be the only way anyone will ever want to go. Sitting upright with your arms extended straight, "the safe way", gets lame and boring pretty quick. It wasn't long before we were kneeling and trying to ride different floats down the slide. Yeah, it's amazing we survived and became the reckless adults we are today.

    I'm not saying don't get a slide, just realize it will definitely lead to more dangerous practices the second you turn your head.

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    I'm sure others will disagree but I have a slide for my above ground pool...it's an Sr Smith...my six year old and his friends love it...I go down it all the time..including head first and have never come close to hitting the bottom...I called my insurance company beforehand..state farm...and they said no problem at all....I was quite surprised and restated that it's an above ground pool....they said yep no problem...no increase in rates....

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.



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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbriggs1219 View Post
    I'm sure others will disagree but I have a slide for my above ground pool...it's an Sr Smith...my six year old and his friends love it...I go down it all the time..including head first and have never come close to hitting the bottom...I called my insurance company beforehand..state farm...and they said no problem at all....I was quite surprised and restated that it's an above ground pool....they said yep no problem...no increase in rates....

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Wow..they're so huge figured they were everywhere...bummer

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    I got the same from insurance agent. Insurance companies here will insure for a slide but it cost and diving boards they won't. Stinks as be are having a pool deep enough fora slide.

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    The instructions that came with my slide says 4.5 feet minimum depth...my pool only 4 feet and seriously never come close to hitting the bottom...it propels you off so u never go straight down....

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    My agent told me if I really wanted a slide I could get one and not tell the insurance company but if for some reason I filed a claim or i changed something in the policy someone would come out and look at the house and at that time would see the slide.

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    I am considering the SR Smith Typhoon. Does anyone have it?
    Seems the most logic and safe for our set up. Plus doesn't eat up so much space.

    As for width of deep end, we are good. Have a 35' x 20' pool.

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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    I am in AR and my neighbor is a district manager for Farmers Ins. He told me slides and diving boards here are not a problem as long you have a fence. He said trampolines are another story though.
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    Re: Slide or No Slide...that is the question.

    Not sure I have the Sr Smith rogue 2....and I agree definitely want to have a fence

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