How to Build a Fiberglass Pool Slide
Fiberglass pool slides are strong yet lightweight. Knitting tiny glass threads together into a fabric and then solidifying the fabric with polyester resin assemble them. Moreover, the weather-resistant gel makes them smooth. A fiberglass pool slide adds hours of fun, pleasure, and excitement to your swimming pool. There is a simple way to build your own fiberglass pool slide which is explained below.
Step 1 – Making a Rough Sketch
The first step is to measure the vicinity where you are planning to construct your slide. Then make a rough draft of the blueprint, considering the taste, size, age and the weight of the persons who will use it frequently. You can even have a flume slide. It makes the slide more fun and very slippery but it complicates the building procedure.
Step 2 - Buy a Slide
You can easily purchase a fiberglass slide from a pool supply company. Some slides require little assembling and some slides come with the customizable kits. You need to select the slide, which fits into your pool perfectly.
Step 3 – Building the Slide
Now build your slide by connecting the parts with the given hardware tools. Follow the instructions given by the company carefully. The pieces should be flushed where they hook up so they must not create a safety risk.
Step 4 – Positioning the Slide
You should position the slide in such a way that it suspends over the border of your pool slightly. Make sure that the people who utilize your slide end up in the water and not over the border of your pool. Lastly, anchor your slide to the concrete or fasten it to the floor by using bolts
Step 5 - The process of Attaching the Slide to the Ladder
Put up your stepladder near the deep end of your pool and place your fiberglass slide at the peak of the stepladder. You should adjust your ladder in such a way that once the slide is joined to the ladder the slide should hang over the border of your pool about 4 inches below. Then fasten your stepladder to the floor by using lag bolts or concrete anchors for wood and concrete respectively.
Step 6 – Attaching the slide
To attach your slide to the stepladder you need to have carriage bolts, they usually have rounded heads. Place the top of the slide at the top of your stepladder. Then drill holes through your slide into the top/head of the stepladder and fasten the two together by using carriage bolts. Use two scatterings out as easily as they can set off and still connect to the ladder. Then drill a middle hole for the third bolt.
Step 7 – Final step
The base of your slide may rest on the floor or be held up by using concrete cinder blocks. You need to be careful about the end of your slide, which should be over the rim of your pool by 4 inches at least. This would save you from any injury when you fly off the end of your slide and into the pool.