Projects > Sewaslide

: water slide
sewaslide model sewaslide modelBuild time: two weekends
Dimensions: 40' long  36"
Features:  button activated hose (timer) - 2 min then water stops
Bodged: 1) it is  butt ugly 2) water level gets too low for late summer


seriously, why?
: We used to have an awesome rope swing, but we managed to bodge that too.  It turns out, that with the right amount erosion and years of swinging on a tree...well....the images to the right are self explanatory.  The good news is the tree did not fall while the rope-swing was in use.

Got friends?: Building the sewaslide was all about logistics - getting the right number of able bodies around to do things like lift, sllide and rotate the pipes into place. sewaslide boltas sewaslide bolt
20' and 400lbs: These stormwater ("sewage") pipes are long and heavy - we got ours in Thorndale Ontario.  We had to get them from there, about 500km to their destination (if you are in Ontario, very similar pipes can be had from a company in Muskoka and they will deliver - but where is the fun in that?).  This is one instance when having access to a trailer rather than (or as well as) a truck is handy.  A boat trailer is likely even better than the contraption we came up with.  It looked like we were transporting some sort of missle launcher...or pumpkin launcher...hey, now there is an idea...for another day. 
sewaslide model conjunction junction: Contractors connect theses things relatively loosely with a plastic sleeves and strapping.  The company we bought the pipes from gave us a sleeve free, but we guess it would not hold the pipe secure enough even with a platform underneath the connection.   We settled on a series of 3/8" bolts that required us to notch out the rib on the one side in order to allow the drill and bolt to fit in - did not compromise pipe strength at all, these things are extremely solid.
sewaslide bolt dang my back hurts!: We discovered very quickly how dangerous it is to work with a 400lb pipe on a steep incline.  We used a lot of ratchet straps and ropes - the ribs are your friend in this respect.  At one point we had the thing tied to a van trailer hitch...spinning wheels...dust everywhere...then voila it  was in place.  Sure a winch would have been nice, but we blew our "budget" on the pipes - we did use a come along to do the final fine adjustments.
sewaslide model h2whoa:  The water system took us a lot of trial and error to figure out.  Getting water into the slide is easy, threaded galvanized pipes into sliding pipe, connected to garden hose, a t-junction, a few shutoffs.  The problem is, in typical bodgework fashion our pumphouse is right next to the "happy hour" got very loud.  The barrels we had left over from a raft project were used as silent reservoirs (fill at off "peak" hours), but sliders kept leaving the water on - "YOU go turn off the tap", "No YOU do it!".  We bought a battery-operated hose timer switch - the water now turns off every 2 minutes - and sliders just press a button to turn it back on for another cycle.  We tried solar powered dc pumps with a float switch in the barrels, but it was way too finicky.
splash down: You would think a tall dock-style crib with long 4x4s would be enough to shoot sliders far enough into the lake.  It turns out our Wiley Coyote trajectory calculations were a littlle off.  That is, it is perfectly safe during high water, but later in the summer, we actually have to close it down (circular disk of wood with locks at the top end).  Head first is forbidden at all times.  So we have another problem to solve...once we finish the bunkie.
Mike Holmes approved?: More like Red Green approved, but we have used cables to tie off the pipes to trees all up its length - it is not going anywhere.  It certainly is safer than that rope swing ever was.