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Step By Step Tips For Buying And Installing A Swingset

Aug 17, 2007
Buying a swingset for your child is a wonderful addition to your outdoor play yard. You will find that owning a swingset provides entertaining fun, healthy exercise, and hours of enjoyment for your child. Whether you have one child or several, there are some things to consider before purchasing a swingset to ensure that your new addition will be safe as well as fun.

The first thing to consider is whether you will purchase a wooden or metal swingset. Both are very popular and you will most likely choose your type of swingset based upon personal preference and location. For instance, those who live in hot climates may prefer wooden swing sets due to the fact that they don't retain as much heat as metal swings.

However, regardless if you prefer wooden or metal, you will find that you need to prepare a level ground in your backyard to ensure that the swingset is stable. You should also take into consideration the fact that your children will most definitely fall off of the swingset therefore, when preparing the ground, keep in mind that the area is a place where your children may fall. Because of this risk factor, many parents opt to install shock absorbent materials around the swingset area. Some of these materials include sand, wood chips, and mulch.

Once you have prepared your yard and begin looking for the right swingset make sure that you choose a style that is age appropriate. Many parents make the mistake of purchasing swingsets that are too advanced for their children and this can lead to injuries. You should also ensure that the swings are a good distance apart from each other, to prevent children from bumping into each other while swinging. There should never be more than two swings installed per section.

Additionally, you should regularly check the hardware on your selected swingset to ensure that everything is properly secured. Children can put a lot of wear and tear on a swingset, causing nuts and bolts to loosen. By regularly checking and tightening hardware you can help prevent accidents from occurring. Always check for damaged, corrosion, or decay on swingsets to make sure they are in proper working order.

Swingsets that remain outdoors should be treated to withstand weather conditions. Wooden swingsets should be pretreated to keep them safe from water damage. Some areas may require you to have a building permit for the swingset as well, so be sure to check with your local zoning laws as well.
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