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Replace Playground roof

The cedar shake roof of my kid's playground is falling apart. This is the summer I do something about it. Just not sure what the best way to replace it is. The roof structure seems to be in decent ...
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How to cover exposed OSB flooring

I built a playhouse for my daughters a few years ago and it has a porch that is just part of the flooring (OSB housing floor) - I had painted the floor and that seemed ok for a while but now it's ...
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How much load can a 7' wooden 4x6 beam carry?

I'm planning a swing set for 4 children. I'm considering using a 4x6 beam (with the 6" dimension placed vertically) to support the swings over a span of about 15 feet with a center support. What ...
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Hilltop Playset F29080 Rebar Stake Depth

I have a question about the assembly instructions for a Hilltop Playset F29080. The full instructions can be found here, but I'll quote the important parts. On the Page 3, when talking about shock ...
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Will a cantilevered 4x6 support a swing?

I built a simple swing set for my toddler daughter. I just want to make sure that the beam can hold up for the two swings. I have two 6x6x12 post set 3 ft deep at 23 inch apart for a slide. Than I ...
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I'm assembling a swing set, having issues keeping it square

Let me start off by saying I am a complete and total newb when it comes to wood work, so any advise is super helpful. Okay, so I purchased a swing set that you assemble yourself. I started to put it ...
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How should I reinforce this slide from my deck?

I recently bought a house that has an attached deck in fairly poor shape, so I will be replacing it in the next year or so. Until then, my children want to play on a spiral slide that is attached to ...
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Playhouse flooring options

I've started a playhouse for my kids on a figure-it-out-as-I-go basis, and I finally hit the point where I'm recognizing how little I know about what I'm doing. My specific question is what's my best ...
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How to connect cross bracing on rotated posts?

I'm adding X style cross bracing to an elevated playhouse to increase stability. The deck sits 8' up on joists, which are on two beams, which are on posts. Problem is, the posts are sorta in a V shape ...
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Fastener Material for Children's Play Structure

I'm building a back yard play structure for my children. It is composed of some treated lumber (where necessary) and cedar. I'm trying to keep it as "healthy" as I can, which is why I ...
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Ideas for making a backyard fort moveable

I'm in the planning stage of a backyard fort similar to this, standing on six 4x4 posts with the floor roughly three feet above grade with far more structure than the linked example. Since this thing ...
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Swing set strength

I'm building a swing set for my 3 year old. My plan is to make a standard simple A-frame swing from PT timber. I intend to use a similar plan to the one which is shown here Plans for building a ...
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2 post swing set strong enough?

I was planning on making a 2 post swing set. Posts 6x6 inches (5.5x5.5) by 12 feet. 4 feet into ground with cement. Cross beam of 6x6 inches (5.5x5.5) by 10 feet with 2 swings. Will this be strong ...
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Safely securing a 4x4 vertically and horizontally

I'm looking to find the safest way to secure a 4x4 to act as a beam for rope-climbing. In the picture below, the "top" beam sits on-top of two 4x4 posts. The rope will extend from the far right of ...
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Is this a stress fracture or natural cedar characteristics on a swing set?

This a 3 year old (lightly used) weather exposed swing set. Should I be concerned about the cracks?
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Is a 12-in diameter tree stable enough to support a tree house?

I plan to build a tree house by bolting two (2) 2x6 on the side of this 12-in diameter tree: I don't know what tree it is and in the process of asking here: https://gardening.stackexchange.com/...
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Looking for a part: I want to put a vertical hinge onto a standing pipe

I would like to attach some kind of pivoting hinge onto a 1/2" - 3/4" metal pipe (e.g. galvanized or cast-iron): Something almost like this but instead of bolting onto a flat surface, it clamps onto ...
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Roofing choice for outdoor sandbox cover

I built an outdoor sandbox for the kids that's about 4' x 5' but haven't had the time to put a real roof on it yet. To keep the rain (and the poo of roaming cats) out, we have thus far been using a ...
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What is the best way to anchor a swing set for high usage by rambunctious children?

At an organization where people take their children, I recently noticed that the swing-set was in poor condition, and being used hard by the children there. The entire apparatus would shake and sway ...
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Can I repurpose pine tree stump grindings

I recently had some pine trees removed from my yard and had the stumps ground down. Now I need to get rid of the stump grinds. Can I use the stump grounds for a playground area or are there reasons ...
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How can I support a spinning log for a playground set?

I've been slowly building an outdoor play area for my kids (4 energetic children aged from 2-11). One of my neighbors recently put a large number (~25) of wood posts out for the trash, and we saved ...
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Fix broken basketball pole

I have this basketball from previous owner of the house and it's concreted to the ground. Now after many years (I assume), it's rusted and broken on top. I am wondering what is the best way to ...
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Reuse Old 4x4 vs New

I was thinking of adding on to my playset and had older 4x4 that are in pretty good condition (no apparent structural issues but a lot of surface cracking). I was going to reuse some of the wood but ...
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Will a 6x6x16 pressure treated lumber be okay for a play structure with a single super swing

I want to create a play structure for a super swing. A super swing is like a tire swing in that it can travel in all directions and spin like crazy. I used to have it on a tree branch but we moved ...
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Using pressure-treated wood to make a sandbox

I'd like to build an sandbox for my toddler children. I'd like it to be inexpensive and low-maintenance (no repeated annual sealing of wood, etc.), and it seems that pressure-treated (as opposed to ...
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Ground material for toddlers swing set

I am going to build or install an A-frame swing/play set for my kids. I've read rubber mulch can be a potential carcinogen. I want to: find a safe ground cover for under and around the swing set ...
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Mesh or waterproof sandbox cover?

I'm building a sandbox from playground border. It will have landscape screen on the bottom so it drains. Is it better to have a mesh cover just to keep out debris and critters or a waterproof cover? ...
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Fix Leaning Playhouse

We just moved into a new house and acquired this playset/swing in the process. When we walked through before buying it I never realized how badly it was leaning. I am now trying to figure out the best ...
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What is cable reinforced rope used in playground nets called?

This children in this photo are climbing on a rope play structure made out of cable reinforced rope. Does rope like this, that is gentle on hands, have a specific name? I've been trying to Google it ...
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Need Tree Platform Build Advice

First time here and I am hoping someone can help me with my issue. I have been planning platforms for the past couple weeks for the kids and am starting with the most basic one. Rough sketch is ...
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What material would support the outer ring of a woven children's nest swing? [closed]

I would like to build a nest swing for my daughter (similar to attached image) but am not sure what I can use as the base ring under the rope. I have considered bending some plumbers copper pipe into ...
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Repairing / refurbishing cedar swing set

I've got a swing set (pdf manual) that came with the house. Not sure exactly how old it is, but I'd guess it's 8-10 years old at this point, but could be 12 or 13. One side was severely sunken into ...
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How to drain water from a plastic sandbox?

I have a Step2 plastic sandbox as shown here (Step2 stock image, not my kid!): I live at a place where my options for outdoor play structures is extremely limited, plus I'm renting, so this is the ...
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Can I use eye bolt to mount kid swing?

I am planning to mount swing (max 100 lbs) using eye bolt like this Is there disadvantage vs. the swing hanger sold by playset manufacturer?
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A-frame angle for swing

I'd like to figure out the smallest angle possible for the kid swing A-frame. I will be using 4x8 beam on top and 4x4 for the legs. I am reading two sources and each has different angles: This site ...
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Footing for 4x8 swingset beam and playhouse

I am building a playhouse with swingset attaching to it. One side of the swingset beam (4x8x12) will be A-frame. The other side is attaching to the playhouse. I have a question about attaching to the ...
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A-Frame Bracket for 4x8 swing beam

I would like to build the A-frame swing structure. One end of the beam attaches to the playhouse. The other end is the A-frame and I plan to use 4x8x12 treated lumber as the beam since I already ...
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Beam size and material for 15 feet long swing

I need to create a 15 feet span beam for kid swing (300 lbs load / 150 lbs and 2 swings assumption). One end will bolt to the tree (just for convenience). What "treated lumber" lumber size and ...
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swingset beam (8') 4x4 vs 4x6?

I am going to build a swingset. Four 4x4 will be used to build two A-frames but I don't know what size to use for the beam which will be 8 feet. The max load would be about 300 ~ 350 lbs. Would 4x4 be ...
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swing set off the ground or directly on the ground

I am going to build a A-frame swing set with 4x4s and am wondering about one thing. When I read most of the tutorials, the swing set sits directly on the ground. Is it ok for the water introsuion? ...
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Will 2x6 cedar be ok for monkey bar rails?

I'm planning a build of a back yard jungle gym/mini ninja warrior obstacle course and I'm in a bit of a pickle. On the one hand, I don't mind spending more for cedar and I prefer the look, however, ...
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What size posts for elevated Kids play house?

I'm building an elevated kid's play house. The raised platform will be 6' - 8' off the ground. The platform will be 8' x 10', the house will take up half of the platform and maybe less. I'm planning ...
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When pouring concrete, is it safe to add large rocks to increase volume?

Backround I'm going to pour some concrete to anchor a swing set. The base of the swing set that is being anchored is two 4x4s with a 2x4 footer crossed perpendicularly to the 4x4s. I have a bunch of ...
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Cheap way to reinforce 1/2" Pipes

I used some 1/2" pipe (I got it at Lowe's; I think it's typically used for gas?) to build a simple frame for a heavy bag, essentially an inverted U (about 6.5' high, 5' wide), attached to wooden feet, ...
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Tire Swing Frame

I want to build a multi-use frame. Our plan is to take two 6x6x12 posts, sink them vertically 4 feet down with concrete and put a horizontal 6x6 post on top of the two. Question is, would that hold ...
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Building an inverted climbing wall onto a tree?

We have a cottonwood tree in our back yard with a treehouse in it, I have one vertical climbing wall on one side, but we're thinking of putting an inverted wall on the other. The tree is one large ...
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How can I make the underneath of an outdoor playset usable and not a mudpit?

Based on this bulletpoint from the allowed topics: Which tools, materials, and best practices for home improvement task. I'm looking for advice on dealing with our playset. Specifically the area ...
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Playhouse Structural Question

I have created a playhouse deck that is 8'x 8' and 5' off the ground. It is supported by 10' 4x4s on all four corners. I want to place a 12' beam across the top of two of 4x4s in order to place a ...
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What kind of sand should I use for a sandbox?

What type of Sand is normally used for Sandboxes? I've heard some people love Masonry sand because it clean of small pebbles. Other like Concrete sand because it packs well.
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What is the most durable wood to use for an outdoor swing set

I'm looking to build an outdoor swing set for my kids in the garden. I'd like to know what is the most durable wood to use that doesn't warp or bend. I've been down to the big department stores to get ...
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