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Old 09-04-2015, 07:50 PM   #1
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I need to level an area for a swing set. I also want to put down some pea gravel under the bottom wood that sits on the ground (square shape) so that water drains away from the wood. In my mind I am thinking of digging a square trench say 1' wide, fill with gravel and then put the swing set base on top of the trench.

I'd love suggestions here, but the main question I have is how do I make sure I get everything level?

The attached picture is where the swing set used to be at our old house. The reason i am thinking of doing a trench rather than just putting down a ton of pea gravel and leveling is because I don't really want the rocks overflowing into our grass area.

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Old 09-04-2015, 11:04 PM   #2
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how to make level? spread the pea gravel, git er flat, by spreading/screeding with a 2x4. When ya think ya get 'er close, lay a level down, 'n see whatcha got!
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I just wasn't sure if I should do what I have seen done for concrete slabs where they use a line wrapped around stakes in the ground or if I could get away with a simple level.

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IMHO, pea gravel is a bad idea here. It doesn't compact and it gets caught in shoes etc to later then scratch floors or generally just make a mess. If your looking to level the area and allow drainage, I would dig a trench where the base of the playset sits about a foot by 6" deep and fill with paver base (limestone screenings). Compact and set then put your mulch in. The mulch will drain well enough but wont track.
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