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When your kids are having fun and getting all jumpy and excited in the playground, it is your job as their guardian to make sure that they are protected and safe from any harm. This is why knowing how to anchor a swing set properly is important. Here, we’ll guide you through the installation of your swing set aptly so that there’s no loop in any safety-related issue.
Why do you need to anchor a Swing Set?
Playground injuries are the most common ones among children up to age of 14. In the United States alone, more than 2 million kids get affected by these traumatic instances. 45% of such unfortunate events are concussions, severe fractures, internal injuries, dislocations, amputations. The most common factors causing these are either falling from or being hit by some playground equipment. Sometimes it is being hit while another kid was using this same equipment, or result of impact injuries. These statistics clearly show the lack of safety in playground equipment that may look fine on the surface. Swings especially pose a potential danger, as it can tip over due to the fast and forceful motion. To provide your child with a fun yet secure playground experience, we will help you figure out the best way to anchor a swing set properly.
Anchoring a Swing Set using concrete
The foremost and undeniably, the most important part of the whole process is – to study your backyard and find the most suitable spot to place your equipment. Pick a flat yet solid ground, and keep in mind that the ground should stay dry even when it rains. From then it is a straightforward process. Next, you will find out how to anchor a swing set to the ground.
Tools and materials needed
- Tape measure
- Anchoring plates
- Bolts and screws
- Carpenter’s level
- Mark the position: Once you find the perfect spot for your swing, place it, and mark next to each leg by digging a bit with the shovel. Or you can just spray paint the spot, to be easily recognizable.
- Dig the holes: Once you’ve finalized the position, move the set aside, and dig the holes at each point using the shovel. Each hole should be around 12 inches deep and 8 inches in diameter.
- Drilling the legs: Use a 9.5 mm drill bit and drill holes into the sides of the swing’s legs. The holes must be positioned 1 inch above the bottom of each leg.
- Place the anchoring plates: Screw the bolts through these plates and place them at the bottom of each leg.
- Position the swing set: Once the set is in position, make sure it’s level. Use the carpenter’s level or even some helpful phone apps to get the job done.
- Fill in with the concrete and place the swing set: Mix a batch of concrete and pour it into the holes you’ve painstakingly dug. Fill the holes up and carefully place the set. Make sure it goes all the way down, so the anchoring is deep-rooted to the ground. Leave the concrete for 24 hours.
Once it dries and gets hardened, your best baby swing set is anchored and ready. Bring the kids in!
Anchoring Swing Set using ground anchors
Although concrete is the best way to secure your equipment, ground anchors work just fine too. To know how to anchor a swing set without concrete, you’ve to know how to use ground anchors. Follow these steps to know how to anchor a metal swing set and how to anchor a wooden swing set.
Tools and materials needed
- Ground anchors
- Screw and bolt
- Wooden spikes
- Anchor attachments (for 2-piece anchor system)
- Position the swing set: Mark the position of each leg with a wooden spike hammered into the ground. For 1-piece ground anchors, position them in front of each leg. For 2-piece ground anchors, insert the spike into the ground underneath where each leg would be.
- Insert and attach the anchors: Remove the wooden spikes and insert the metal supports into the ground in the marked spots. Once these are rooted in the depth of the ground, attach the corresponding legs with them. For 1-piece anchors, drill the bolts and screws into the side of the swing set leg. For 2-piece supports, fix anchor attachments to each leg.
- Secure the anchors: When the supports and their attachments are in place, make sure the fastening brackets tighten them.
Once you’re done with the safety-checks, get the kids swinging!
Anchoring Swing Set: Tips and Precautions
Before you let your kids get on with the swing set, cover each leg of the equipment for several inches with materials like wood chips, sand, and gravel. This layer works as a cushion and protects the kids from any potential harm. Also, test the swing set yourself. Push the legs forcibly, try to move them, and see how strongly those are rooted.
The swing set is a great option to give your child a fun and exciting childhood. While setting it up, your primary and most important concern should be their safety. Knowing how to anchor a swing set comes in handy when you have a stretched outdoor space and turn it into their playground. Keep the tips in mind and ready, set, go!