Both kids and adults deserve to stay cool and have fun during the summer months. There’s no better way to accomplish this than with a 100-foot water slide in your own backyard.
The instructions below include everything needed to build a mega water slide 25 feet longer and $50 cheaper than the biggest slide found on Amazon (which doesn’t even include sprinklers).
This will turn your backyard into a veritable frenzy of water fun. And don’t worry If your yard can’t accommodate a 100-foot slide — later in the article, there’s a chart that can help you scale down the size if you need to.
- 100-foot roll of eight mil-thick contractor’s plastic ($64.99)
- Gorilla tape ($4.79)
- 12 plastic tent stakes ($6.02)
- Three 25-foot hoses ($17.91)
- Three impact sprinklers ($8.58)
Total Price: $102.35
100-Foot Water Slide Directions
1. Unroll the plastic and position in your yard to allow for a running start before jumping onto the slide. Note that you don’t need to put this on a hill in order to result in a slide — the water will take care of that.
2. Secure the beginning of the slide with one tent stake on each side.
3. Wrap a piece of Gorilla tape around the edge of the plastic to keep the plastic from tearing.
4. Drive the stake through the tape and plastic, tucking the edge under the tab of the stake.
5. Do not hammer the stake all the way into the ground to allow for easy removal for initial adjustments.
Connect Hoses and Sprinklers
A smoothly running water slide requires water coverage all the way down the slide — the rest of the directions explain how to do it.
6. Run a hose from your home’s outdoor water faucet to the beginning of the slide.
7. Position the first sprinkler so it’s spray covers the beginning of the slide.
8. Run the second hose parallel to the slide and position the second sprinkler so it’s spraying overlaps the first sprinkler slightly, then continues further down the slide.
9. Repeat the process with the third hose and sprinkler.
Test Run and Adjustments
8. Have someone go down the slide to determine if the contour of the ground pushes riders off the side.
9. Adjust the slide until the test rider stays on the slide all the way down.
Secure the Slide
10. Using the same technique as with the first set of tent stakes, add stakes every 25 feet on each side until the end of the slide.
11. Pound all stakes flush with the ground.
Additional Water Slide Fun
A water slide of this magnitude allows you to increase the fun by using your imagination — here some examples.
- Add dishwashing soap to the slide to increase speed; actually, you can substitute anything slippery for this, including foam or even scuba-divers’ lubricant
- Spin around in circles all the way down the slide (this is something you can only can’t do on a slip-n-slide because there’s not enough room).
- Hold hands with others and go down all once (see parentheses above).
Speaking of variations, here’s some guidance on how to scale the slide for smaller yards.
|Slide Length In Feet||# Of Tent Stakes||# of Hoses||# Of Sprinklers|
Whether you try any of these variations or just stick to the traditional water slide directions, you’ve still got a pretty intense creation.
It’s bigger and better quality than anything you can buy and gives your family — and friends — wet, refreshing fun for the entire summer.
Readers, would you build a water slide in your backyard? Would you go down it?
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