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Blog series by Roostermiester updated 07-20-2010 02:32 AM 4 parts 17726 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: The plan

06-08-2010 10:42 PM by Roostermiester | 4 comments »

I’ve been planning this playset for nearly a year now and it is now finally in the making. I have built up some walls to level the play area using 6×6 PT timbers that were reclaimed from a school playground that was being renovated. Some of the lumber for this project came from a used playset that I bought for a couple hundred bucks last fall (mostly for the slide and swings). The rest of it I got off of CL for free from what used to be a redwood deck (I’ve also made some ...

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Part 2: The basics

06-12-2010 12:10 AM by Roostermiester | 1 comment »

In this pic you can see the timber walls are in, the posts are up and I’ve started laying the decks (ran out of deck screws that day so I started the bottom railings). It was a little shaky when standing on the deck until I installed the railings, then if firmed right up. I expect it to do more so as things are added. For the playhouse area I’ve layed down the PT lumber with the intention of putting in hardwood flooring once the playhouse is build (left over from a previous job...

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Part 3: Up go the swings

07-01-2010 07:43 PM by Roostermiester | 1 comment »

Progress: the swingset has been installed and the play area filled with playground chips. The depth on the chips is 6-”10”, I figure it’ll compact somewhat and I’ll add some more next Spring. The swingset works great (yes, I know there is not the recommended distance behind it, but what’re ya gonna do), and the legs where bolted to a bracket set in concrete so they should never move. Now the wife is pushing me to finish the play house part (which she’s m...

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Part 4: Change of plans

07-20-2010 02:32 AM by Roostermiester | 1 comment »

As plans usually do, this one has changed. The wife didn’t care for the idea of the playhouse on the playset once she learned I was planning on making it house-like. “If you want a playhouse, build a playhouse.” Well, my idea was to build a playhouse and a playset combined. So, the playhouse has transformed into more of a fort, what you would usually find on a playset. In many ways this is good – it’s much easier to build! Below is the revised plan I drew u...

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