LF: 10 Foot Tube Slide? You’re Not The Only One (DIY Options)

  • If you’re looking for a 10-foot slide, we can help you find one 
  • We also share basic instructions for installing the slide 
  • Plus, find out if it’s safe to connect 2 slides to make 10 feet 
  • Bonus video: Swing-N-Slide 5’ Turbo Tube Slide

Are you looking for a way to get a 10-foot slide in your backyard?

Can't find any great solutions online? Well, neither could we!

You've already probably realized that there aren't too many options available out there. So what's an enterprising play area mogul to do? Other than finding something ready-made to order online, it may also be possible to make this happen by installing two 5-foot slides together. 

But before anything... Have you ever even wondered if a 10 foot tube slide is okay for a residential slide size, or is it already considered a commercial height instead?

In most residential areas, it’s okay to put up a 10-foot slide. However, this is bordering on the commercial sizes out there, so make sure you check with your city, county, and HOA (if you have one) before you put up something like this.

Below, we’ll give you some information about how to install one of these slides and whether or not you can make one out of two smaller slides as well. Read on to learn more!

How to Install a 10 Foot Slide

If you’re thinking of putting in a tube-style slide, you should first have an understanding of how it works. The process is a little different depending on the individual slide, so once you read through this quick run-down, make sure you read over the directions that come with your slide as well.

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But is this really a good DIY project or should you call in a professional? In the end, that decision is entirely up to how confident you are in your ability to install something your children will be playing on. This is a product that needs to be handled with care and be up to all safety codes when finished, so call a professional if you don’t feel comfortable with any of the steps.

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    Installing a 10 foot slide is as simple—and as complicated—as following the directions that come with your slide. Remember that these slides will all vary in the way they are installed, but they should follow the same general idea.
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    To begin with, you will need more than one person to help you out. You should never try to install this type of slide on your own.
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    First, assemble each of the sections according to the directions you received with your slide. This is most commonly done by attaching the plastic sections in the correct order with the included hex head bolts, nuts, and washers at each of the holes. The holes on the slide pieces are designed to line up and make this process as easy as possible.
  • You should first only tighten these pieces with your fingers. This way, if you need to make adjustments, it won’t be too difficult to do so. You will come back later and complete the tightening process.
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    Next, use hex bolts and washers that came with your slide to attach the mounting plate to the first (top) section of the tube slide. This should work the same way, by connecting the holes that line up with each other.
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    When the entire slide is assembled finger-tight, attach the run-off to the bottom portion in the same fashion.
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    Adjust the slide position as needed to get the right fit and shape.
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    Use tools to tighten all of the nuts as tight as possible at this stage.
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    With help, put the slide up against the playground, deck, or wherever else you’re going to install it. Mark all the holes you’ll need and drill the holes into the deck frame using a power drill.
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    Attach the mounting plate to the pre-drilled holes using the included lag bolts and washers. Finish with loc nuts.
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    Dig a hole beneath the bottom of the slide and position correctly. From here, you will need to make a slide support, which will work differently depending on the model of slide you purchased.
  • In general, you will need to use lumber to construct a small support frame to hold the base of the slide steady and safe for your kids. This support can be attached to the slide using lag bolts and brackets
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    Level the ground around the slide and support to complete.

Where to Buy a 10 Foot Slide

10 foot tube slide
  • Amazon: One of the best places to look for many different types of playground equipment for your backyard is Amazon. Here, you can find a wide variety of options across many different budgets, and you can easily locate a tube slide in several different sizes. Keep in mind, however, that Amazon does not sell commercial-grade playground equipment.
  • Home improvement stores: Stores that sell home improvement and renovation supplies often also sell playground equipment that you can install on your own or have a professional install for you. This is a great solution if you’re looking for something you can see in person. Keep in mind, however, that these stores often charge a little more overall for this type of product than many other places do, and that they may not have a 10-foot slide in stock.
  • Big box/department stores: These types of stores don’t always have playground equipment in stock, and when they do, it’s rarely very large playground items. However, it may be your lucky day, so it pays to check out these options even though they are a little less likely to have what you’re looking for. If they do have this type of product in stock, it will be very affordable in most situations.
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    Secondhand: Craigslist and resell groups on Facebook are both good options for looking for secondhand playground equipment. However, keep in mind that you’ll be at the mercy of your neighbors when it comes to what’s available, and you may have to check back several times to find someone selling a slide. Be careful of scams on Craigslist, as well.

Can You Connect Two Slides Together Safely?

In most situations, slide companies recommend purchasing commercial-grade, professionally-installed slides for this height. You may also be able to order a custom slide in this height to suit your needs, depending on the company you’re working with.

7 ft. Turbo Tube Slide for Kids Outdoor Play Set Climber, SwingSets, Playground Jungle Gyms
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    This Turbo Tube Slide may be able to be adjusted to different heights. The pieces of this slide fit together like extensions, and many customers have reported being able to make the slide longer by buying two and attaching them together for the right fit.

****PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering creating or modifying any kind of play construction for your kids, always make sure you are securing everything as safely as possible.

Conclusion

By now, you should be ready to figure out whether or not this is the right slide size for your needs. But is it really right for your little one? How old should your child be before playing on a slide this tall? In most instances, slides of this height are not recommended for any children under the age of six. You know your child best, so consider his or her preferences and needs before installing a tall slide like this. It may be best to wait a few years if your little one is not quite ready for a big slide!

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