This is the pool slide I made one day... These are the kinds of things I do when I'm bored... Digging down the pool and doing the solar and PVC piping were other things spurred by my boredom. How many of your 15 y.o. sons do things like this? :P
Total cost of this build was... $0.00 My dad found the slide when someone was throwing it out a month ago and brought it home, thinking it would make a good ramp for our Newfie(dog) to get out of the pool. The 2x4's were just laying around... I think for a shelfing unit that was never built. It was easy to do and took about 1 1/2 hours to build.
Despite how short it is, it's acutally pretty fun to go down, some of it is due to the fact that it's 1 1/2 ft. above the water.
Here's a pic from one side of the slide... The hose connects to a piece we have that screws onto the Intex fitting, it came with the Skimmer. The only problem is that water runs down the front of the slide and then to the lowest point, which is not over the pool, so water runs out of the pool. Does anyone know how I can stop this? I had a garbage bag Duct Taped to the bottom of the slide and over the edge of the pool, and it kept the water all going in the pool, but it won't stay taped.
And a picture from the other side of the slide. I would like to have it on the other side of the pool, but the return is on that side and the slide needs water from the return to be a Water Slide.
This picture shows what it looks like from the top of the slide and the hose where the water comes out.
We also have a long slide(7 feet high) from our old fort that we tore down. The thing is, it's made of steel(probably galvanized) and I don't know how well it would stand up to the pool water, especially if we switch to a saltwater system. It had stood up to 20+ years of outdoor weather though, and it's still smooth and slippery with NO rust AT ALL.
Also, this is has nothing to do with the slide, but we might be getting an 18' round 52" pool for $100.00 for next year... And it has no rust because the guy painted it with epoxy paint at some point. I hope he e-mails me back. There are a lot of good pools on Craigslist for great prices if you don't mind putting them up yourself, and possibly taking it down first.
As you can probably tell, I'm all about making things on the cheap or free. I am a strong believer in DIY!!!!! Well, that and I'm just a kid who doesn't want to spend his own money.
Thanks for looking,