Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

janet April 28, 2016 What is the maximum span of the beam between a-frames, assuming a frames are constructed with 4×4s and 4×6 as you recommend? I think this depends on the wright of the swings and the pressure from torque during swinging. For a typical swing, you might give an answer of something like 3 swings on a 16 foot span. Or . . . ? Now suppose hanging something much heavier like a wooden porch swing. How long can the span be niw? Note that the weight hanging from the beam has increased (especially if mom and grandma are in it) but you wouldn’t be swinging so high. If you had all porch swings on the span you cant assume the weight of swings plus passengers is static, but it’s got to ve close. And a second question: i have heard that eyebolt (or metal bracket with an eye) should be mounted on the side of the beam instead of underneath the beam (even though mounting under the beam is more common). I think i agree that mounting on side is stronger, but doesn’t that set up wear on the chain and beam as the swing goes back and forth and bangs into the beam? So can i put hardware under the beam?
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Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

You can usually recognize pressure treated wood by its greenish tint, especially on the cut end, and staple-sized slits that line the wood. However, the greenish tint fades with time, and not all pressure treated wood has the slits. If you are uncertain what your structure was made of, try contacting the manufacturer or builder. If your deck or swing set is more than one or two years old, unless it was made of cedar, it was probably made with arsenic treated wood. Most play set manufacturers switched to non-arsenic preservatives by 2003.
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Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

Non-arsenic containing hardwoods such as cedar and redwood, wood composites and non-wood alternatives such as metals and plastics, are excellent substitutes for pressure treated wood. The EPA has registered a number of alternate wood preservatives that do not contain arsenic. Wood treated with these preservatives is available in the marketplace. Prior to purchasing treated wood, you may wish to seek additional information on the type of preservatives used from the manufacturer.
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Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

Owners of existing public playgrounds made from pressure treated wood should maintain and operate the structures in a manner to minimize CCA from leaching from the structure. Apply a coating product to pressure-treated wood on a regular basis. According to the EPA, studies suggest that applying certain penetrating coatings (e.g., oil-based, semi-transparent stains) on a regular basis (e.g., once per year or every other year depending upon wear and weathering) may reduce the migration of wood preservative chemicals from pressure treated wood. Ground cover surrounding the playgrounds should be maintained in a manner to minimize exposure to potential CCA contamination. Suitable ground cover such as sand, pea gravel and rubber chips lessens the risk of exposure to arsenic. If owners of public playgrounds wish to replace pressure treated wood structures, disposal of the pressure treated wood should be at an approved solid waste handling facility. Check for approved handling facilities at Landfills, Transfer Stations & Compost Sites .
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Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

Dealer Exclusive! Get a quote Backyard Discovery Playsets Liberty II Wooden Swing Set from our Backyard Adventures Collection A tree-house, fort, and playroom all in one — the Liberty II sets children free to play as they please! We call it a clubhouse, but the beautifully designed, large upper structure topped with a peaked wooden roof and surrounded by big bay windows, dormers and a covered front porch transforms into whatever kind of room your kids can dream up. Take the stepladder, rock wall or 10’ wave slide down to the lower level where a built-in bench, table area and sand box await. And this chameleon house even comes with its own front yard sporting two belt-swings and two-person glider. Better than a guesthouse on your lawn, the elegantly constructed Liberty II will entertain your kids for years! All-Cedar Construction The Liberty II is made from 100% cedar. With small, tight knot structure, your lumber will be less likely to develop small cracks emanating from knots. In laboratory testing, our durable cedar wood proved to be rot resistant and highly resistant to natural decay. All lumber is pre-stained for a smooth and clear appearance, as well as cut and stamped with the part number to help speed up the building process. Some pilot-hole drilling may be required. Our exclusive Safe-T-Fuse hardware makes assembly easy and secure. Its laminated swing beam is built strong, with steel clam-shell brackets to ensure that swinging is always safe.
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Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

Side note: most installers Ive worked with prefer angle based for people with sloped yards. However, most experienced installers can level either type of set. If you are unsure about whether or not your yard is level enough for a swing set, consult  your local swing set store or local installer. 
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Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

Hari June 05, 2016 Hi, Nice to have seen this website. As I’m clueless about the play sets. -I am actually looking for a swing set, that’s affordable, and also has trapeze /monkey bars to build upper body strength and swings too. →What’s a 4×4. I was looking at a swing set. It says we have to buy the slides and 4×4 s separately! – Also, do we have to remove the grass and do other prep for my lawn?? If so, what is to be done? – also, dad is scared of splinters. Which material would you recommend. Btw., we don’t have a very huge backyard. Ours is a small single family home. Thanks ahead, Hari
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Wood You Like To Swing On A Star

The preservatives formerly used to pressure treat wood for non-commercial applications are chromium, copper and arsenic, which are classified as pesticides. Wood treated with these pesticides is sometimes referred to as CCA treated wood, and is commonly used for decks, walkways, fences, gazebos, boat docks and playground equipment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered a number of alternate wood preservatives that do not contain arsenic. Wood treated with these preservatives is now available in the marketplace.
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No. Manufacturers of pressure treated wood reached a voluntary agreement with EPA to end the manufacture of pressure treated wood for most consumer applications by December 31, 2003. EPA has indicated that some stocks of wood treated with CCA before this date might still be found on shelves until mid-2004. Pressure treated wood will still be available for certain commercial applications, such as wharves and bridges, where little human contact would occur. Learn more about the EPA agreement with pressure treated wood manufacturers.
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I am looking at purchasing the Woodplay/Childlife Lion’s Den Swing set. When comparing it to the much more expensive Outback model, the sales person said – ” the deck supports, which the decks sit on and hold the set up is 4×6 beams (on the Outback) rather than 2×6 on the Lion’s Den.” I don’t think that the swing beam is 2×6 but does the fact that the deck supports are 2×6 make it unsafe in your opinion? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Katherine February 15, 2017 I am looking at purchasing the Woodplay/Childlife Lion’s Den Swing set. When comparing it to the much more expensive Outback model, the sales person said – ” the deck supports, which the decks sit on and hold the set up is 4×6 beams (on the Outback) rather than 2×6 on the Lion’s Den.” I don’t think that the swing beam is 2×6 but does the fact that the deck supports are 2×6 make it unsafe in your opinion? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Cedar – Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay and damage. Most cedar sets are configured in and imported from China.  This affordable, but durable, wood will hold up well for years. When buying a cedar set, however, pay attention to the thickness of the cuts of wood used in a set. For example, is the frame of the set made with 2×4 pieces of cedar, or 4×4 pieces of cedar? Is the swing beam made with a 2×6 piece of cedar, or a 4×6 piece of cedar?
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Deck height will determine the size of your deck, the swing arc, the footprint of the set, and ultimately, the cost of your set.  In general, the higher the deck height, the larger the set.  The larger the set, the more wood that is used.  The more wood that is used, the more costly a set becomes.
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The Liberty II is made from 100% cedar. With small, tight knot structure, your lumber will be less likely to develop small cracks emanating from knots. In laboratory testing, our durable cedar wood proved to be rot resistant and highly resistant to natural decay. All lumber is pre-stained for a smooth and clear appearance, as well as cut and stamped with the part number to help speed up the building process. Some pilot-hole drilling may be required. Our exclusive Safe-T-Fuse hardware makes assembly easy and secure. Its laminated swing beam is built strong, with steel clam-shell brackets to ensure that swinging is always safe.

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