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« on: March 12, 2008 09:56:46 PM »

Ok! I have great ambitions to have my husband make a swing set for my kids. Anyone ever done this?
I mostly want swings and a slide. I would love any tips on safety, dimentions, and suggestions on cost savings. Thanks!!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008 07:58:24 AM »

I found this site on google.com

backyardcity.com

If you go to google.com and type in "free swing set plans" there's lots of info.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 01:15:51 PM »

Woo! I'm checking it now!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008 11:56:10 PM »

Me! I've built one and I tell all about it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182478.msg1899298#msg1899298

I got most of the swing parts and accessories from byoswingset.com. The slide was from home depot. The lumber from the local lumberyard.

Safety-wise, you should put something underneath for sure. We used cedar play chips (make sure to put weed-blocker fabric underneath). And just make sure that you have enough clearance around the perimeter of the playset.

It's a very fun project to do. My kids are on it all the time (when the weather is nice!)

Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2008 01:14:02 PM »

Ha! I found byoswingset when searching around! Great site! I'll take a look-see at your project and definately have some questions for you!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008 01:25:31 PM »

We are putting one up next weekend...we are having the men in the family over for a BBQ and to watch the NFL draft...of course it starts at three and everyone is coming at nine in the morning to do the swingset first.  Smiley

One of the biggest things we learned was to make sure that you have enough yard for more than just the set you plan to build. You want to have a good space between the set and your fence, patio, etc so when they come flying off the slide or jump out of swings there is room for them to land.

We are going to use bark under and around the set. We had planned on using rubber mulch made for playgrounds, but the landscape company we ordered it from actually suggested bark instead. They said that in the summer the sun really heats up the rubber mulch and can burn your kids.
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We are going to use bark under and around the set. We had planned on using rubber mulch made for playgrounds, but the landscape company we ordered it from actually suggested bark instead. They said that in the summer the sun really heats up the rubber mulch and can burn your kids.

I wouldn't recommend bark - if you are talking about the same bark that you use in landscaping. That stuff leaves tons of painful miniscule splinters in bare skin - it's absolutely horrible. (I know this because we have it around our yard and if I go barefoot on it I am really regretting it later! ow!) Instead use cedar wood chips made specifically for playgrounds. Even better is if it's been "weathered" and it's not so pointy. I'd go around to different landscape companies and see who has the best stuff.
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