Friday, April 7, 2023

Slide Repair (Part 1)

Thursday - After one of the work campers mentioned that the section of the park we are in has horrible internet due to the directional antenna moving in the wind. I aimed the Ubiquity antenna in a different direction and locked it to another access point with a lower signal. I can now stream in HD of the no-additional-cost Internet. 

The current project is working on the living room slide. When the carpet was removed and replaced with vinyl plank flooring, we didn’t realize that the slide actually slid on the carpet. Without the carpet, the bottom of the slide scraped against the edge of the flooring and started to damage the bottom of the slide. 

This is the “before” picture just after removing the slide trim and what is essentially tape. The steel angle which supports the slide looked rusty but it cleaned up easily and was mostly glue holding a piece of something that is no longer there.

Friday - After cleaning with a wire brush and a little paint, it looks better. I picked up a piece of oak and after a little work in the wood shop here at the park, it’ll be fitted next to the angle iron and screwed into place. It was good to see that there was no water damage on the wooden floor. Fiberglass reinforced waterproof tape will be run from the sidewall, over the oak support, and onto the wood on the bottom of the slide. I’m thinking of adding a layer of Eternabond tape on the bottom of the oak, the edge of the angle iron, and the bottom of the slide. The tape is extremely tough. 

The oak piece is to support the side and bottom of a plastic slide ski. It is fastened into the floor with 2 1/2” screws. 

Here are the layers under the slide ski. Fiberglass reinforced tape, Eternabond tape, another layer of the fiberglass tape, the slide ski, and another layer of the fiberglass tape. There is normally 3M VHB tape under the slide ski but I didn’t have enough. I could always add it. 

All that’s left now is the caulk on the painted trim. I can’t really test it until I do the other end of the slide. 

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