How to Build Your Own Play Slide

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How to Build Your Own Play Slide
Build your own slide. (slide. a boy walking up the slide image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Playgrounds often feature a variety of straight, winding and covered slides. Kids relish the chance to climb up the steps of a slide and rush to the ground as they slide down. If you want to create the fun of a playground experience at home, build your own slide. A homemade slide designed for children may not support the weight of a full-grown adult. Always supervise children as they play to avoid injury.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 2 by 6 foot by 2 inch planks, 5
  • 3 by 4 inch posts, 4
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Plastic slide with screws and brackets
  • Step ladder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Build the slide box. Nail four wood planks together. Attach a support to these planks by nailing another plank across these planks. The support plank should go through the centre of the box.

  2. 2

    Construct slide legs. The slide needs four legs, one for each corner, of equal height. Cut four posts to a height of 42 inches using a saw. Line up the legs to double check that they are all the same size.

  3. 3

    Attach the legs to the slide box using a hammer and nails. Insert nails at a 45 degree angle, using at least one nail on each side of each post.

  4. 4

    Plunge the slide box into the grass. Each leg should reach a depth of at least 6 inches.

  5. 5

    Attach the plastic slide to the slide box using the screws and brackets included with the plastic slide.

  6. 6

    Set a step ladder next to the slide box for easy access.

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