78 comments on “Best Slip ‘n Slide Ever from @WiredGeekDad

  1. Totally awesome that you put this together and got some real enjoyment out of it! Please make sure you put a link to this blog post into the forums at the book website so others can learn from your efforts. W00t!

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  4. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

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  9. There is a outdoor camp and picnic area I have been to a few time that has a quite long one, they use a little bit of soap to slick things up on the way down.

  10. Could we get a closeup pic of the stakes? I’m just wondering if you put them through the plastic, or if they’re some sort of clamp thing.

  11. Joel-

    I just used some plastic stakes that I had laying around from tie-downs for tree saplings. They would be similar to what you would have in your camping tent kit for rope tie-downs. In one picture you can see four across the front but we ended up removing the two in the middle (at my wife’s behest) so that we wouldn’t trip/step on them as we were running. I ended up just using one at each corner through bunched up plastic, particularly at the front (uphill) corners since the plastic there was starting to tear.

  12. Yeah we read that baby shampoo works well. The shampoo is very mild so it won’t harm your yard and it gets the kids clean at the same time!

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  16. Instead of shelling out money for plastic, go to your local billboard company and ask for vinyls they’re throwing away. They would love for you to take them off their hands. These vinyla are usually 14′ x 48′ and have 4″ pockets on the edges.

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  18. Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site by accident, I bookmarked it.

  19. The billboard company I checked with simply repaints them.

    ALso when we built our slide, we scooped out a trench with a bobcat & put carpet under it.

  20. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  21. hey man nice slide.. when we did it, we used a $20 8ft wide/12ft long/2ft tall inflatable kid pool that you can buy from walmart at the end for our landing pool. How you do that is that you buy extra length than what you need and you roll that extra up and bunch it at the front of the pool and use that bunch as a soft ramp into the pool…. it works especially well if the slide is downhill.. hope this helps!

  22. Where could i find the plastic at? Also, does it need to be set up on a hill? Thanks.

  23. I got all my material (minus the noodles) at Menards. Just about any big-box hardware store (Menards, Home Depot, Lowes) should have similar materials. You can probably get the noodles for even cheaper if you find them at a dollar store when they have them at the beginning of the season. Otherwise your Wal-Mart or Meijer should also carry them.

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  25. Looks like a good ol’ Midwest backyard with plenty of green and no fence! How I remember it being…

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  29. it was very interesting to read.
    I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
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  30. Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  31. Paul — could you use grommets in the corners to put the stakes through so that you would have the plastic tearing?

  32. Where exactly did you get the Multi-Purpose Sheeting Material for the slip n’ slide?

  33. Yes that would probably have worked better. That was my main issue with the slide and what prevented it from being used more than a few times.

  34. I bought it from Menards I believe – back in the paint department with the other plastic drop cloth/sheets. I imagine all the home improvement stores would have something like that. I think I went with one of the thickest materials they had.

  35. You might want to pick up some grommets from a sewing supply store to create re-enforced holes to put your stakes through. It will prevent the plastic from tearing and you’ll get more use from Slip & Slide :)

  36. The old school slip and slides used to have a U shaped stake with a long narrow metal piece like a squished hoop that you would insert the corner of the plastic into then wind it up then use the u stake to stake into the ground. It was very strong and prevented the ripping problem.. I wonder if something like that could be found somewehere on ther internets…

  37. Help!!! We need help with our camping slide. The problem we have is where we go theres no grass but little rocks under. We do have little hills where we usually put but we cant slide down and with cant remove all the little rocks. Any suggestions?

  38. WE need help with our camping slide. Where we go theres no grass but little rocks. We do have little hills but still no grass. we put pad under so we wont get hurt but we do not slide.
    Any suggestions??

  39. When I was little, my dad made a simple slip-n-slide by *sewing* heavy duty black garbage bags together, wetting it down & putting a sprinkler near by to keep it wet. Worked fabulously!! Good memories.

  40. “Marlene says:
    26 July, 2011 at 1:18 PM
    WE need help with our camping slide. Where we go theres no grass but little rocks. We do have little hills but still no grass. we put pad under so we wont get hurt but we do not slide.
    Any suggestions??”

    Use that cheap outdoor carpet. It’s usually green and vary fine. Its sturdy enough to protect you from the rocks but thin enough that it won’t hinder the slide

  41. Methods for storage, and ease of reusability? Any estimates of the life of the plastic before it tears? I’m considering dropping $60 on a 10ft x 100ft roll of 6-mil plastic sheeting, but I would be more comfortable knowing I could get more than one good use out of it.

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