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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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How Much Space Do I Need to Fit a Swing Set?

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How Much Space Do I Need to Fit a Swing Set?

  This Q&A is the latest in a blog series featuring questions submitted by some of the parents (and even grandparents) who reach out to us on a daily basis. We've started documenting our answers and the subsequent conversations for you and other parents out there who might be asking the same questions about choosing, buying, setting up, maintaining, and enjoying a wooden swing set for their family.For today's Q&A Paul is asking about spacing in his backyard, what measurements to take and what he should look for when considering the placement of his swing set. Q: Our backyard is...

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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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Wooden Swing Sets: DIY or Hire it Out?

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Wooden Swing Sets: DIY or Hire it Out?

  So you’re ready to give your kids a swing set. It’s a great decision that will create endless hours of quality playtime that is healthy for the body and mind. Once the decision is made, the next question that every parent faces is whether to go the DIY route or to just hire the job out to a professional. There are benefits and drawbacks to both options, so let’s break down the argument to give you a better idea of your choices. Which is cheaper? Outdoor playground equipment is expensive. Unless you want to settle for something of inferior...

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Swing Set Setup: Catering to Kids of Multiple Ages

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Swing Set Setup: Catering to Kids of Multiple Ages

  Whether you have one child or many, you need to ask yourself WHO you are intending your new swing set for. Do you buy a set for the current age of your child or one that will suit him later on in life? If you have more than one child, do you just go for the median age of the lot or cater to one rather than the other? Pretty confusing, huh? Fortunately for you, this article will give parents a good idea of the best swing set configurations for kids of multiple ages. This way you can cater...

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