A 60′ long waterslide off the roof of Ron’s house with a ramp at the end.
HOW IT’S MADE
The slide is made of 8 strips of ply wood 2′ wide by 8′ long. Underneath the slide 3 rows of 1″ conduit run the length of the slide – this gives the slide elasticity and prevents the wood from cracking. About 80 L-brackets hold the guard rails on which are just strips of paneling. 2 steel cables hold the slide to the house – they’re connected to the windowsill and where the back of the slide meets the lower roof. A blue tarp is stapled to the surface and a garden hose tied to the top to supply a constant stream of water. About every 4 ft there is some sort of a support structure – 2 by 4s, the van, the roof, big rocks, etc. The ramp needs extra support, we piled a ton of rocks underneath it. It’s also very important that the slide is level all the way down and won’t lean to the side if weight is put on it.