Make your kids something very special with this working mini pool and slides.
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Inflatable pools are comfortable on hot summer days to occupy their children, but tend to break through and lack slides. Wouldn’t it be great if you could build something a little more substantial?
As it turns out, with some ingenuity and concrete you can do just that. Follow this simple guide to find out how.
As you can imagine, you will need some tools and materials before you start.
Necessary materials and equipment
- Wood waste
- Ceramic tiles
- Bricks or other building blocks
- Scrap sheets or strips
- Trowel and other masonry tools
- Metal wire
- Cement mixture
With all your equipment in hand, now is the time to actually get stuck.
Step 1: Prepare the ground and create the frame of the dam
Like any project of this nature, the first step is soil preparation. Clear any vegetation and level the ground as best as possible.
Ideally, you will want to choose a place with a small embankment for the pool and slide platform, but you can also maintain the level of the slides with columns if you prefer.
When finished, apply a layer of sand to the base of the main structure. As with the ground below, level the sand.
Then take your pile of old bricks, slag blocks or whatever you have on hand and start building the basic shape of the pool and slides you offer. But before laying bricks, make sure you put some guide wires to first mark the footprint of the structure (just like with any masonry project).
Then mix some concrete according to his instructions. Pour generously on the main brick base. Level the concrete if necessary.
After doing this, continue to build the main “walls” of the pool with bricks or blocks, if necessary. Don’t worry too much about pointing, as you will review the whole structure later.
Follow the best practices and tips for this stage to make sure that each course of bricks is flat and level.
Once the basic construction of the pool is complete, build the back of the pool to create short stairs that will be used to access the level of the pool slides. Cut the back brickwork in the back mound / slope if necessary.
Build another short staircase to the front of the main pool structure. To save on bricks, fill the gaps on each level of the steps with a little construction sand and place the final row of bricks on top.
Once the main brickwork is complete, degrease all exposed brickwork surfaces with concrete.
Step 2: Build the slide level of the structure
Once the main pool and stepped structures are completed, we can move on to building the highest level of the project. Take your pieces of wood and build a series of stilts on the same level as the topmost staircase. Add boards to the stilts to make a platform.
Once you’re done, take a few wooden boards and cut them to the same length as needed to build a ramp from the top to the top of the pool wall below.
Rinse and repeat for the other side of the structure. After doing this, take a few steel bars and build a frame on the wooden structure below. This will act as reinforcement for the main concrete structure.
Then add some formwork around the frame in preparation for the concrete. Once you are done, pour and level the concrete in the mold. Allow the concrete to harden.
Step 3: Line the main area of the pool
Once the concrete is completely hardened, we can begin to make the structure look beautiful. Take your ceramic tiles and cover the inner surface of the main pool area of the building.
You can either combine the same tile on the pool floor, or add more decorative. The choice is entirely up to you. The same goes for the sills and risers and the steps of the pool steps.
When finished, remove all formwork and wooden frames for the sliding elements of the structure. After doing this, add a short course of bricks on both sides of each slide and along the outermost edge of the main platform of the slide.
Also line the main inner surfaces of the slides with bricks to make the surfaces concave / curved. Degrease all brickwork as before.
Make sure you include several water pipes at the top of each slide. They will be connected to the water supply to act as a water channel later.
Then paint the exposed edges of the pool, stairs and slides in white or whatever color you prefer. If it is not already finished, also grout the cladding.
Leave the paint, concrete and grout for complete hardening.
Step 4: Flood the pool
Then connect the pipes to the slider to the water supply and test them. The water should flow freely down each of the slide ramps and into the pool below.
Once they work as expected, let them fill the main pool if necessary.
With that, your DIY outdoor pool and slides are complete. All you have to do now is let some children rebel with their new toy.
If you liked this small project, you may like to make some more concrete structures. How about, for example, doing a a miniature dam for your garden?
It’s not as hard as it sounds, honestly.
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