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    Is a slide worth the money?

    We are about a week or less away from breaking ground on our new inground pool and I wanted to get the opinions of the veterans around here. What we can't decide on is whether or not a slide is worth it? We have a 3 1/2 year old daughter who loves the water and is the main reason we're building the pool but WOW I didn't realize how much slides were! The one we're looking at is the SR Smith Turbo Twister and it looks like Pool Supply World has it for around $2,600 with the 5% discount on FB. If you had it to do over would you get a slide?

    Side note: The PB is stubbing a line for us and running everything needed for water to the slide during construction. Hopefully attached Pool drawing as well.
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    Stenner Pump Company

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    Re: Question for beginner

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Yup they are pricey. Sometimes you can find used ones. Also there are a few threads here that discuss a home-built version that uses a playground slide.

    Also, you may want to verify with your home owners insurance that a slide is allowed, apparently many companies exclude having a slide (while a diving board is OK) and other companies are the opposite.
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    Re: Is a slide worth the money?

    Ours was worth every penny.
    18' x 36' saltwater inground vinyl pool

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    Re: Is a slide worth the money?

    Our insurance company would not allow a slide or diving board.
    Gunite/Plaster pool at 13k gallons. All Jandy with CL340 series cartridge filter, 1.5 HP Jandy Stealth pump. Jandy 1400 SWCG and PDA4 controller. Dual waterfalls. Polaris 280. Pool installed August 2012. Southern Louisiana. And lets not forget my trusty TF100 test kit!

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    Re: Is a slide worth the money?

    If your insurance allows it, I would guess a slide would be well worth it - especially since your daughter is still so young. My kids are almost 7 and would LOVE a slide. At their swim lesson place, all the kids love the slide - even the kids a little older and much better swimmers. Good luck!
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: Is a slide worth the money?

    Thanks for the answers/suggestions! Our insurance will allow anything along as there is a fence and HOA approval is already done as well. My big hold up is the $2600 price tag! I've found it cheaper than that online but those sites don't allow free shipping and shipping a slide is almost $300. Will be sure to take some pictures when we start construction and if we get the slide.
    John Nguyen, CWS I
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    Stenner Pump Company

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    Re: Is a slide worth the money?

    We added our slide during the first summer after our pool went in. Doing it during the install would have been easier, but it's been there 2 seasons now and looks like it went in with the pool. Anyway, the slide is a very popular feature with almost everyone who uses our pool. The kids use it the most, but it gets a fair amount of use from grown ups as well. As for the price you mentioned, I don't know about that particular model, but shop around to include mail order, amazon, and ebay. We got ours new on ebay for quite a bit less than the quotes and installing it ourselves was not all that bad - we did it over a weekend. Best of luck in your choice and hope your pool turns out well for you!
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    Re: Is a slide worth the money?

    IMO, a slide is the best part of having a pool!
    Size: Doughboy 12'X24'X48" Flat bottom ~9,000 gallon
    Filter: type: Sand- but plan to built chemical free natural swim pond
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    Re: Is a slide worth the money?

    Not only do the kids love it, so we the parents. Our pool would not be the same experience without it.
    GO FOR IT, you won't regret it.

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