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How to Build Your Own Play Slide

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Things You'll 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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Breann Kanobi has worked as freelance writer since 2010. Kanobi regularly submits content online to Gamer DNA. Kanobi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University in 2010.