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    Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Hi. We've had our above-ground pool for six seasons now and have decided to finally get a slide. Does anyone have any suggestions or pictures they can show me? I've seen pictures of the Boomerang, but I'm not sure I have enough deck space at the location where the pumps are located. It seems to me that the Boomerang needs to be set up close to the pump because I have to attach a hose to it I think. I think I would prefer a slide without the water setup. Thanks.
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Have you ever slid down a slide with no running water?

    I have and it's not fun. I'd reconsider that option. Just saying... unless you're going to stand there with a bucket everytime someone wants to use it.

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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Yep, I don't think I'd want to go with a slide with no water...I can hear the squealing skin from here! ;->

    Have you considered some lower tech options? You might consider doing some sort of waterfall pump designed for ponds as your pump source. Harborfrieght carries lots of them, or even lowes. If you went with a non-submersable one (external intake vs. needing to physically be in the pool,) you could pretty easily pipe clear tubing up to the top of the slide. Using some sprinkler system parts, you could even make it fan out for coverage.

    All you need to do is make sure the pump is rated for 8-10' of lift, and you'd be good to go.

    Heck, now that I write this, I might have to try it with my new pool!
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    IMHO, as a pool professional, I would urge you you reconsider entertaining the idea at all. You would have depth of water concerns, height of the ladder concerns and slides get hot and you stick to them without water on the sliding surface.

    I can see a kid going down head first and a serious OMG! accident. If my customer insisted, I would have a long Indemnification letter drawn up to cover me or they would have to find a new service.

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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Wow! Thank you all for your quick and honest replies.

    I guess I wasn't really thinking of myself when I said a "dry" slide. I wasn't getting on that thing. I like to lay on a raft and have my pool boy (hubbie) get me my drink!!!

    We're not that creative. I'm not sure if I can doctor something up. I would probably buy the boomerang, but like I said, I don't think I have enough deck clearance for it at that spot, unless of course, I can run a really long hose.

    I guess I'll have to think long and hard about that slide. The "accidents" do scare me. My girls are 17 and 12, but you know, kids will be kids. Even though I am out there all the time, I might run in to get a drink or use the bathroom, and wouldn't it be my luck when someone have an "accident".

    Thanks again!!
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Safety concerns aside, you might look into a mister setup like you'd use around your patio for your garden hose.
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    been using a slide for 2 years now with my intex 16x48. no problems at all. we angled the slide so that the kids do not go deep enough but at the same time gives them a good ride. its a regular playground from lowes. as far as sliding without water, the kids keep it wet and even without the water the slide is slippery enough so its not a factor. here is a pic:[attachment=2:1aql5gf3]37158.jpg[/attachment:1aql5gf3][attachment=1:1aql5gf3]21520.jpg[/attachment:1aql5gf3][attachment=0:1aql5gf3]10037.jpg[/attachment:1aql5gf3]
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    i got the kids a bigger slide this year. the kids LOVE IT! these slides are dished out at the bottom so they kinda launch you into the water reducing the angle downward and more forward..........[attachment=2:2za4aqal]24804.jpg[/attachment:2za4aqal][attachment=1:2za4aqal]97944.jpg[/attachment:2za4aqal][attachment=0:2za4aqal]53240.jpg[/attachment:2za4aqal]
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    Greate job, they sell a spray hose in Lowes that I saw some one use on the slide to keep it wet. I have to say them kids are in college by now!!!!!!
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Hello all, I have a question:
    dose the sunscreen comes off and ends up at the bottom of the pool creating a type of film that looks like jellyfish?
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    That's awesome, I have to do something like that!!!!
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Quote Originally Posted by jsf0656 View Post
    i got the kids a bigger slide this year. the kids LOVE IT! these slides are dished out at the bottom so they kinda launch you into the water reducing the angle downward and more forward..........[attachment=2:2za4aqal]24804.jpg[/attachment:2za4aqal][attachment=1:2za4aqal]97944.jpg[/attachment:2za4aqal][attachment=0:2za4aqal]53240.jpg[/attachment:2za4aqal]
    Wow! I love this!
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    What is the length of this slide ?

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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Oh, wow! Thanks for the thread and all the pics! We are hoping to put on a deck next year, and a slide will be immediately after that. Got to have a slide! I haven't found great results searching on above ground pool slides, but these pics definitely open up the field of ideas! Very nice.
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Can we be more unsafe. The moderators must be sleeping.

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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Quote Originally Posted by 1380ken View Post
    Can we be more unsafe. The moderators must be sleeping.
    I have to agree. My husband suggested that a few weeks ago and I was quick to nip it. I just feel like water needs to be deeper for a slide.
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    We have a slide and the kids enjoy it. Here is a thread that I started about it.
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Quote Originally Posted by 1380ken View Post
    Can we be more unsafe. The moderators must be sleeping.
    Every water park I've ever been to (which is very many) has had every one of their slides, no matter shape or size, empty into water that was no more than 3', 6"- at the very most, some are less. As long as it's done well and channels you forward, it should be plenty safe.
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    I went down a slide that droped like 100 feet and we were on tubes, pieces of plastic, almost anything (it was years ago ) the water we "landed in" was about 2 feet deep, below or at are knees but it was about 15 feet long.. we always tried to skim all the way to the wall, ahhh to be dumb kids and not even know it
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    Re: Recommendation for an Above Ground Pool Slide

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycasey View Post
    ahhh to be dumb kids and not even know it
    Hey now, I still resemble that remark!
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