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Blog series by RobH updated 1784 days ago 5 parts 22035 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Let's build a children's play set...

2240 days ago by RobH | 4 comments »

Once again, the time has come. It is time to build a back yard playground for my two boys. Yes, I am still in the middle of the bunk beds right now, but I have a lot of planning and research to do. My plan on this project is to blog my way through it just as I work on it every day. Back last year my wife started wanting to get the boys a play set for the back yard. Looking at all of our pre-built options, I came to the conclusion that I could probabl=y do a little better building this ...

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Part 2: Safety and Concept Drawings...

2236 days ago by RobH | 3 comments »

Well, the project is off to a good start, and I am really excited about this. I know my boys are going to really enjoy all of the things they will be able to do and imagine on this play set. That said, let’s get down to business. The first thing I considered was safety. I went Googling and came up with the following web site: National Program for Playground SafetyFrom here there is all sorts of good information, including a link to the Consumer Product Safety...

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Part 3: Construction Started...

2187 days ago by RobH | 4 comments »

Well, last Wednesday I got home and the weather was absolutely beautiful. I thought there would be no better time to dig the holes for the concrete pads for the play set to sit on. Well, the digging was the fun part as you can see in the following pictures. I would loosen up some dirt in the boys holes and they were in charge of cleaning them out. They both did a really great job. Then the younger one start making a game out of putting a scoop of dirt back in to an already clea...

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Part 4: Completing the tower portion of the structure...

1786 days ago by RobH | 4 comments »

Sorry about this everyone. I got a little side tracked a little over 400 days ago and forgot to post the completion of the play set for the kids. The last thing I showed was the completed floor with the slide leaning up against it. Well, over the next few day after that, I got the railing up and got everything finished. here are a few shots of the final stages of construction as of the beginning of summer last year. This shot shows the starting of the rail structure. Here is a sho...

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Part 5: The Swing Arm...

1784 days ago by RobH | 4 comments »

Okay, well I am a little late on this, but here it is. Just a couple of weeks ago I put the swing arm on the playground. Here are some shots of the work. Here is on overall shot of the swing arm and the two swings. The arm itself is a 10 foot long 4×6 and the end support is made of 4×4s with a 2×4 brace between them. It is attached to the rear corner 4×4 of the tower with two 1/2” galvanized bolts. Now, here is a close-up of the intersection of the swing ar...

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