The History of Slip and Slide
The origin of Slip and Slides comes from the original Slip ‘n Slide from the toy manufacturer Wham-O. As with other crazy products it was introduced to the population of the United States in 1961 and has continued to be manufactured to this day.
It is a very simple toy that consists of a single long sheet of material that can best be described as made out of plastic. On the sides of slip and slides is a tubular fold that has been heat sealed and creates a 2 inch in diameter (estimate) tunnel that runs along the length of the product. At the entrance to this tunnel is an attachment that connects to any traditional garden hose. When a hosed is attached to the product, water is forced through the tunnel and comes out of tiny holes in plastic, thus sprinkling water along the slip and slides. Most slip and slides are yellow in color including the traditional Wham-O product.
Slip and slides are used in the following manner. First they must be set up in a large area so as to provide ample room to run up to the product, slide across the product, and then have enough room to come to a stop after the run has ended.
All three spaces are equally important as slip and slides cannot be properly used if one has no running start, or if there is not enough room to lay down the slide, or if one will hit another object at the end of the slide.
The slide is set up by laying it out on the ground and pulling it as taught as possible. If slip and slides are not taught then the water will pool up in the sagging portions of the slide as cause sliders to slow down will using the product.
Most users will agree that part of the fun of slip and slides is to go as fast as possible or at least to be able to cruise all of the way down the slide.
Once the slide is laid out and pull taught, it needs to be staked to the ground to keep it from slipping. It needs to be kept taught throughout this stage of the set up process or, as previously mentioned, water will begin to pool. After all is setup as user only needs to run along the slide and jump onto it for a great ride.
As slip and slides have developed overtime there has been the addition of pools at the end of the slides or even different obstacles to blast through while going down the slide. This gives the user a splash of fun at the end of their run and in reality has been quite a boon to many sliders. Slip and sliders of all ages have run, or should I say slid, into the problem of running out of slide before they run out of momentum.
This results in the slider grinding their body on the grass at the end of the slide. Keep in mind that a lucky user will end up on grass, for those who set up slip and slides on other surfaces the user that runs out of slide before they run out of momentum might not be so lucky.
How To Set Up Slip and Slide
Slip and slides are not complex products, but why waste your time trying to find the original instructions when you could just breeze through this brief guide and be off slip and sliding in no time. This is a simple guide for how to set up slip and slides.
First off you need make sure that your slip and slide does not have any rips and tears. Basically you want to make sure that your product is new or at least relatively new. Old slip and slides will very often have torn and will no longer work correctly. It is very irksome to have properly set up a slip and slide, only to find that it will not stay in place due to tears along the seams.
Now that you have checked your slide you are ready to take it out into the backyard to set up. It is here that you need to find a good spot that has plenty of room. An ideal location would be one that is completely covered in grass, has at least 10 feet of extra space at the front and backend of the slide, and slopes down hill. The down hill slope would is the icing on the cake for a perfect slip and slide location. Basically anywhere that you have some space will do, but for the users sake we highly recommend that it is placed on grass.
After you have found your spot go ahead and lay out the slip and slide. Next pull it as taught as possible as you drive the initial stakes into the ground. You want the stakes to be fairly difficult to stake into the ground, because if they go in to easily they will be pulled out when sliders begin to jump onto your slide. Remember that you need slip and slides to be as taught as possible throughout the length of the slide, otherwise the water will begin to pool up in certain areas and cause the sliders to slow down or even come to a complete stop. There is nothing more annoying when slip and sliding then to have a slide where there are great big puddles in the middle of the run. So keep you slip and slide taught and you will have happy sliders. One another note, if you are setting it up for the use of very little children they might enjoy have small puddles to splash through.
Now that the slip and slide is all set up you need to connect the hose to the front end connector. Once the hose has been connected just turn on your water and you should see small streams of H2O coming out of the holes in the tunnel. This will keep your slip and slide wet and in perfect sliding condition.