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Old 03-31-2012, 07:59 AM   #1
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Daughters 3rd birthday is coming up. Been looking at swing sets. can't believe how expensive they are. Of course I want one that has all the bells and whistles. Even looked at stuff on Craigslist. Looked at a 6 year old cedar works set and it was all loose and everything in the ground was starting to rot. It was all lagged together for the most part too which I thought was cheesy. Wish I had the time to build my own set. I am just amazed by how much money these things cost for the quality of what you get. Guess I shouldn't be though.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Some of the boughten ones can be a real pain putting together. One thing to remember when putting together , read the instuctions and if that fails then follow them. Good luck am sure your little girl will think daddy is just the best what ever you build for her.

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Buy her a pony instead............

I have been looking at sets for years and can never force myself to fork out the cash.

When the time comes I will just build one my self.

I guess I better hurry..............
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I got a free one from some one I knew. I think I spent about 25 bucks on some lumber and GRK screws and my kids have been using it for 5 years now.
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If you don't want to buy one and don't have time to build one, why not consider hiring someone to build you one - might be the best of both worlds.
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It's easy to build a quality, inexpensive swing set with little labor involved.






















Just plant a nice tree about 50-60 years before the kid is born.
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It's easy to build a quality, inexpensive swing set with little labor involved.

Just plant a nice tree about 50-60 years before the kid is born.
If only I could have told my folks to plant a tree for my kids before I was born. Actually got a free one offered to me from a friend. It is a total POS. perfect because super easy to fix. It's all 2x4's and 1x's with lots of t nuts.
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Just a suggestion that worked for us...... Go on facebook and tell everyone you know that you are looking for one. Then go to your phone and send out a text to everyone you know. People talk, especially about kids. There always seems to be someone wanting to get rid of their play sets.
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Someday I'll build one out of mahogany and stainless.
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Why not build one? Picking up and fixing a CL buy would take almost as long as making a new one. You probably have a bunch of the lumber and hardware you'd need to do a small one already. You can get the slides, swings, etc. from a supplier like PlanItPlay.

Imagine a meranti and ipe(those are what I have laying around) swingset with stainless bolts.
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If you don't want to buy one and don't have time to build one, why not consider hiring someone to build you one - might be the best of both worlds.

Ummmm, not sure that would work.
Had a potential client ask me to build them one, I asked for a budget

They said they weren't sure, so I drew up a basic elevated fort with ladder and told them the price

They were thinking more like $300
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You didn't even nail down a budget range before drawing a plan? Ouch...

I'd have told them over the phone that a Walmart kit, without assembly, runs $600.
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You didn't even nail down a budget range before drawing a plan? Ouch...

I'd have told them over the phone that a Walmart kit, without assembly, runs $600.
Well it wasn't detailed drawings, I'm no fool. (usually)

I'm real handy with a pencil and it was honestly more of an "artist rendering" than a set of plans.
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Ummmm, not sure that would work.
Had a potential client ask me to build them one, I asked for a budget

They said they weren't sure, so I drew up a basic elevated fort with ladder and told them the price

They were thinking more like $300

But Im sure he understands labor/materials costs. It may not be the cost but what you get for the dollars spent.

Also, getting quotes for a project you need completed but dont have time to do quickly results in you finding the time. Im sure we can all relate to some degree.
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I would never pay someone to build one for me. That's ridiculous. I could do it myself. I don't have the time to build one at the moment. But I'll take a freebie and patch it up to last a year or so. I'll have to hit the computer and design a swing set. Lots of options out there and designs to get ideas from. Don't think I'll ever be able to swing mahogany of any kind. Maybe fir...
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It doesn't cost to much...
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