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04-20-2014 03:13 PM

I have an old wooden swingset that has a long cross-beam with swings hanging from it (the cross-beam is probably 8 feet long). I just paid someone to refinish the set, and they replaced the cross-beam. However, I don’t think they used strong enough wood because I now see A LOT of flex when my kids use the swings. Any suggestions? Do I need to replace the cross-beams? Is there something I can do to reinforce them?


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#1 posted 04-20-2014 03:19 PM

Just nail another board on each side of the cross-beam as an example if it’s a 2×6 just nail another 2×6 on each side of the beam.

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 05:21 PM

Thanks!

There’s a swing hanging underneath and nothing to attach to on the sides. Could I put another piece on top?

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 05:24 PM

The strength of the wood is on edge not flat . Can you tell me what size the beam is or include a photo ?

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 05:26 PM

If you could post a photo it would really help, we can see what you have to work with.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 05:57 PM

Could an LVL be used, would it stand up to the weather? Just thinking/wondering.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 08:39 PM

Here’s a picture.

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 08:47 PM

I don’t think these cross-members look strong enough.I would beef them up and add a frame to the left like the right side has but in any case I would use stronger cross beams. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 02:23 PM

What if I ran a beam along the top (effectively doubling the size of the cross-member)? Would that adequately support them?

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#9 posted 04-21-2014 02:43 PM

I can’t really see in the photo but it appears that the swings are attached to a ladder type structure and that it is made out of 2×4s(under sized for this application) . It looks like you can still nail or screw some 2×6s to the outside of 2×4s on both sides of the ladder structure. Again adding wood on top would have to be attached with it’s flat side down offering very little additional support . I’m a contractor of 25+ years experience.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 04-21-2014 02:46 PM

a1Jim, thanks! I’m having a little trouble understanding your recommendation, though. Can I add the 2×6s to the sides of the cross-members (basically widening them)? Or do I need to add something to the posts that run down to the ground?

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#11 posted 04-21-2014 03:06 PM

Add the 2×6s to the cross members.First look for straight 2×6s ,then you cut the 2×6s to the length of each of the cross members attach them with one (3” deck screws or 16 penny nails) on each end then see if you can pull the bow out of the existing 2×4 cross member in the middle and attach it to the new 2×6s, you may need a clamp or someone pushing up from the bottom to do that.After that go ahead and screw or nail the rest of the 2×6s every 16” or so.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 04-21-2014 04:23 PM

I recently took down that same swingset since the kids don’t use it anymore. Our monkey bars were only 2×4s and the swings hung down from them. If you just scab a treated 2×6 to the existing 2x you’ll be just fine. As Jim said, stick a 2×4 under the middle and get it back to more or less straight and then put some construction adhesive on a 2×6 and nail it into the existing 2×4 (use 2-1/2” nails so nothing pokes through). I’d probably do both sides of the monkey bars.

See how well the swings are into the old 2x. You might want to move them into the new 2×6 .

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