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Old 03-05-2015, 09:01 PM   #1
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I am looking to build this swing set in the picture below. I plan on using 4x6x12 pressure treated for the post and also for the 12' beam. I plan to sink the posts 48" in the ground with cement. I also will have one swing, one toddler swing and a trapeze bar on the swing set. I feel it will be structurally sound due to the four posts. I am looking for input. Thanks!
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How big are your toddlers???

Should be fine.
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I have a 4 year old and a 10 month old.
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I am looking to build this swing set in the picture below. I plan on using 4x6x12 pressure treated for the post and also for the 12' beam. I plan to sink the posts 48" in the ground with cement. I also will have one swing, one toddler swing and a trapeze bar on the swing set. I feel it will be structurally sound due to the four posts. I am looking for input. Thanks!

Looks great! Nice plan. Appropriately hardened S-hooks and chain will help the swings stay up,
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Great- thanks for the feedback... Yes I have purchased Swing-n-Slide extra duty hardware rated for up to 250lbs.
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Does this hardware have any type of protective sleeve for the chain links?

I knew a youngster that liked to swing high and jump out of the swing, land and roll, until he left a finger behind accidently that is.

Them little fingers go into a link easily, and don't always pull out easy, especially when jumping out.


Just a safety feature that I try to add when building swing sets.

That swing looks plenty sturdy to me.


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I purchased the swing-n-slide heavy duty swing that has the chain dipped in rubber
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your swing-n-slide link bring up a play telescope from a company named quill.com.
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The past weekend we removed that last part of it. About the time they reach 7-8, it will get no use.

That does not mean you don't build it....it just means you need to understand that it does not need to be permanent
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your swing-n-slide link bring up a play telescope from a company named quill.com.

I am not sure why it made a link as I did not intend for there to be one.
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The past weekend we removed that last part of it. About the time they reach 7-8, it will get no use.

That does not mean you don't build it....it just means you need to understand that it does not need to be permanent
I agree that is why I want to keep it simple.
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Would it be correct to put pea gravel in the base of the 4' holes then place wet concrete around the post with a larger amount lower like a tear shape? Also how long does it take for all this concrete to dry to use the swing set?
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Concrete sets in a few hours, but takes a week or more to properly cure. So your decision.

A bell shape sounds good and gravel allows some drainage to further prevent frost heave.

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