How to Build a Backyard Swing

Swing sets are a great addition to your yard, they can be used to relax and unwind at the end of the day.  They are also pretty entertaining for small kids.  When it comes to getting a swing set you have two options, either get someone to come install one or you can put one up yourself.  If you’re fairly handy you won’t have any problems putting in your own you are going to need a few tools and some supplies.

There are really just five basic steps to putting up your swing set.  Once you have the plans, which you can find anywhere online, the tools and materials you are ready to get started. Remember you can use these tools for assembly of swing sets for small yards as well.  Let’s see what you have to do next.

  1. The location. You need to select a good location for the swing set that is safe and stable. Adults and children need to be able to use it safely and the soil that it stands on needs to be solid.
  2. The foundation. You are going to have to dig holes in the ground that will be the foundation for your swing set. Each hole needs to be at least an inch diameter and no less than four inches deep.  If you live in the northern part of the country then you want to make sure that the foundation goes below the frost line.  In the holes you are going to put in concrete to solidify the foundation. While the cement is drying you’re going to put an anchor which will get you started on the next step.
  3. Securing the swing. You are now going to need four pieces of 2 X 4, and you will need to round out the ends.  Next you will have to miter one end of the stocks to the 2 X 10 beam with the opposite end mitered to the anchors of the foundation.  You will need to make a mid point attachment to the leg boards, cut the boards on the horizontal and connect them together.
  4. Assembling the swing set.  Take a pair of leg boards and clamp them together and drill holes in the middle of the leg boards.  You will need to widen the outer end of the drilled hole.  Next you want to create eyebolt holes at the top of the beam and put the top board together, horizontal boards and leg boards.  Once you have all of the parts put together then you attach them to the foundation.
  5. Finish everything off. Once you have the swing set assembled then double check everything and make sure that it is perfect.  Now you want to grab some sandpaper and get rid of rough patches or splinters.  You can also paint the swing set at this point in time.  Bear in mind you will need to prime the wood first.

Now you have your finished swing set…enjoy!

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