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Swingsets 101 - The Swing Set Learning Center

Can I Leave My Outdoor Wooden Swing Set Out Year Round?

Q&A Swing Set Maintenance

Can I Leave My Outdoor Wooden Swing Set Out Year Round?

  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 the sake of 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, Brenda Harris, mother of 3, is curious if her wooden swing set could hold up well throughout the year. Question: Can I leave my outdoor wooden swing set...

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How Sturdy Is a Swing Set?

Wooden Swing Set

How Sturdy Is a Swing Set?

  How sturdy a swing set is depends on the quality of the materials and the strength of the assembly. Obviously the stronger the hardware, the longer lifespan your playset will have. The same holds true of the construction. A poorly-made jungle gym will fall apart after a short time. Here is what you need to look out for to ensure that you are buying a solid wooden swing set that will last you throughout the years. Wood Type The type of wood might be the most important factor in keeping your outdoor swing set standing for the long run....

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What Surface Should Go Underneath the Playset for Safety?

Q&A Safety & Set Up Swing Set Materials Swing Set Safety

What Surface Should Go Underneath the Playset for Safety?

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 the sake of 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, Anna Russell, mom of 3, wants to know what surface material she should use for playset safety. Question: I just purchased a swing set. What surface should go underneath the playset...

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10 Commandments of Swing Set Safety

Safety & Set Up Swing Set Safety

10 Commandments of Swing Set Safety

  While swing sets can be a fabulous outlet that provide hours of excitement, creative play, and practice using social skills, safety must be our number one priority. That’s why we’ve come up with the 10 Commandments of Swing Set Safety. It’s every parent or caregiver’s guide to keeping their kids safe and happy on the jungle gym. Take a look. Commandment #1: Thou Shalt Cover Thine Surface Properly Close to 3 million children are treated for falls from swing sets annually. Avoid this by placing the proper surface material beneath and around your playset. Commandment #2: Thou Shalt Not...

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Swing Set Maintenance: The Right Sealants to Use & How to Do It

Swing Set Maintenance

Swing Set Maintenance: The Right Sealants to Use & How to Do It

  Wooden swing sets are a kids’ dream come true, and if you want to keep it from becoming a nightmare, parents would do well to use a quality sealant periodically. Read through this fast guide to using sealants for easy outdoor swing set maintenance that you can do on your own. To Seal or to Stain? First, a word on the difference between sealant and stain. Sealant is a clear coating that creates a barrier around your wooden play set, protecting it from weather and water damage. Stain does the same thing, but it comes in various shades, giving your...

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