5/25/11

Swing Sets

Oh swing sets, how I hate you. I want to give you the middle finger and tell you to take a long walk off a short cliff.

Swing sets are the devil, well, the people that make, install, and sell them are, anyway. Have you ever priced out a swing set? Like a legit, nice, sturdy swing set? Yeh... they are like buying a used Honda.

We are fortunate enough to have very generous family members who gave us their old swing set for free.

The downside to this free business, is that the set is 13 years old, all of the accessories need to be replaced, and, oh yeh, they dont have any pictures of what it looked like when it was assembled. Ooof.

It is however, a super high quality, sturdy, heavy, strong set. The manufacturer actually guarentees all of their accessories for 10 years. Damn those last 3 years... so close.

We are grateful to have even the free base of a swing set, because we know that buying accessories is a helluva lot cheaper than buying a set. There is nothing our new power washer and a can of stain cant make beautiful, but the building of the whole she-bang? That we are dreading. Especially when you factor in no instructions, no pictures.... yikes.

They should do something like this on Reality TV... build a swing set with no picture, take all these boards and make them into something safe and awesome.

I know what you're thinking. Call the company, ask them to come install it and figure it out themselves, that's their job.

Wrong. The company wants 500 big ones to install it, and that is before I buy a new slide, glider, tarp...

So, I am basically hoping that Husband and some gym buddies are feeling extra smart this weekend; because they will hopefully be making this mess, into something amazing, and safe for Lovebug and friends.



Here's hoping.

1 comment :

  1. Rich built ours from plans he got at Home Depot. He bought all the wood, etc and saved a ton of money. You might be able to google plans online and go from there?? (are you sick of me yet)?

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