So, inspired by our neighbors, who had built one on their own for their kids, we (and by we, I mostly mean my husband and sons...my role was essentially looking stuff up on Pinterest) took on the challenge. Sure, we could buy one, but they cost a lot of money. Plus, where's the fun in that? My husband and youngest son got to use the Pythagorean theorem as they calculated the measurements! Who says we never use math anymore?
|Lots of math & measurements|
It was a cloudy Saturday anyway, so a great time for a big project. There was PVC pipe, yardsticks, a hack saw, scribbled measurements, PVC primer and glue. Once they got the base formed, they had to pull out stepladders to hold the final pieces together as the glue dried. By the end of the day, the PVC frame was complete.
|I got to watch my hubby flex|
while holding the pieces to dry...
Also note my son's cast...he helped
The total cost after all this came to than $150. It would have been less if we used a more narrow PVC pipe, but we wanted it to be as sturdy as possible.
The finished product is a big hit! Even Otis approves:
|We're not a particularly handy group, so|
the success of this project was very satisfying!