|Project by Mark||posted 07-07-2011 05:32 AM||19900 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Have a redwood swing set that was eleven years old – and frankly was really starting to decay…
I guess we could have let it go, but when we bought it new (in March, 2000) we decided we would try to maintain it to the point of having it 30 years from now. I’m not quite sure that will be possible – but I plan to do what I can. And frankly, I’m almost half-way there now – so of course it’s possible! But what I’ve discovered is that insect damage, wood rot, rust and sun damage require more than just annual maintenance. It was recently time for a full restoration.
I was [quite thankfully] able to invoke my manufacturer’s warranty to get replacement redwood at no cost other than shipping – and from the photos above, you can see I was replacing nearly half of the swing set. Carpenter bees had really done a number on many of the load bearing supports, and anything that had been touching the mulch was pretty much shot as well.
What was really disconcerting, though, was that once the set was broken down – the damage was far worse than I anticipated. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised; that’s the way things tend to go – especially when they’re sitting in wet mulch for eleven years. Still though, it was more work than anticipated. We had to manufacture new footers on the fly (which we were able to do with some of the older wood), had to replace a lot of the hardware – and had to improvise a bit further here and there.
In the end, though, I now have what I consider to be a “significantly” new set – and possibly good for eleven more years! I’m going to make it to thirty though… :-)
For anyone striving to conquer something similar (even if perhaps with a cedar or pine set – and especially if you’re thinking about buying a used set), you might want to check out a much more elaborate article with many more photos than I have here on my web site at the link just below…
Thanks for reading, and I’ll leave you with this: as much maintenance as these sets are, I have to say I think they’re worth it. My kids are now 13 and soon-to-be 16, and while they act like the set is for babies – they’re still using it all the time when their friends are over. It’s a focal part of our yard. True – they’re probably talking about “cute boys” now while they’re swinging, but they’re still using the set!
-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com