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Swingsets 101 - The Swing Set Learning Center — Swing Set Materials

Outdoor Swing Sets & Playsets: Research Before You Buy

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Outdoor Swing Sets & Playsets: Research Before You Buy

Have you been anticipating your child growing up to be old enough to appreciate the joys of outdoor playground equipment? It’s a real milestone, especially if you grew up with a swing set yourself, and now you get to impart that experience to your child. But becoming a swing set owner entails a little more care than becoming the swing set user. Learning your way around the outdoor playset will go a long way to ensure your comfort with your child’s soon-to-be-antics in your backyard. For starters, you know that the sheer number of configurations – from material to model...

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Setting Up Your Backyard Safety Zone

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Setting Up Your Backyard Safety Zone

  Congratulations, you’re getting a swing set and making an amazing investment in your child’s physical, social, and emotional development! The one thing you want to make sure of when you are installing your super playset is that it is safe for the kids to play with. Accidents happen so often on swing sets, but with a little forethought and planning, you can create the ultimate playground fun zone that’s safe for everyone! Flat or Sloped One of the first things to discuss when installing a swing set is the location. Many homes are situated on a hill or have...

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What Goes Into Building a Wooden Swing Set?

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What Goes Into Building a Wooden Swing Set?

  Building a wooden swing set can be complicated. Many online sets come with hundreds (if not more!) of pieces that you need to somehow piece together in a way that makes sense without the whole thing toppling over. And then there’s the drilling -- and the drilling mistakes that ruin the wood -- and the finding of all the right bolts and nuts and screws and nails and getting them to stay tight and in the right spots. If you don’t hire someone to build this complicated set for you (and pay them an arm and a leg), you’ll...

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Why Your Swing Set Shouldn’t be Made of Cedar

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Why Your Swing Set Shouldn’t be Made of Cedar

  You’re ready to purchase a swing set for your family and are considering one made of cedar. You want your back yard to have a natural feel and believe that a wooden playset will accomplish this goal better than a metal set will. Wooden swing sets also offer many more styles of add-ons:  a straight or curved slide, swings, a teeter totter, or monkey bars are only some of the many fun choices that are offered.  Cedar is the least expensive of the wood alternatives which also include redwood and pressure treated (PT) pine. However, should price be the...

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Swing Set Surface Material: What to Put Under Your Playset

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Swing Set Surface Material: What to Put Under Your Playset

  Active kids will get a scrape or two while playing on their swing set, but many accidents can be avoided with one simple step: The right surface material can prevent literally thousands of injuries from occurring. You can keep outdoor swing set play safe with this smart and easy precaution. Why do I Need Surface Material Anyway? Two factors affect the severity of a fall: the height of the fall and the surface the child contacts upon impact. Obviously the higher the fall, the more dangerous it will be. What’s less obvious is the contact surface. Certain materials absorb...

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