While it is true, most consumers do not know the proper steps for installation of wooden swing sets and now with providers such as Gorilla Playsets and Swing-N-Slide, the step by step instructions make this task easier than in years past. If you have basic carpentry skills and can follow step by step instructions these company’s offer an affordable solution to owning a wooden swing set. With the help of a friend and about 10 to 14 hours or a long weekend you can build a brand new outdoor swing set for your children. These types of projects require organization and commitment to follow the instructions to the letter. This is very important to ensure the safety of the children. By following the outlined steps in the owner’s manual and the installation instructions you can build one terrific wood playset for the kids. Both Gorilla Playsets and Swing-N-Slide offer easy to follow guidelines and they are available by phone just in case you have a question when building one of their wood playsets.
If you think you are not up for the challenge many people prefer to hire a professional to complete the project due to several reasons which can include, time restrictions or a lack of wood working skills or simply want it done quickly. When researching and hiring a contractor make sure to check their references and find out if they have experience with swing sets and playground equipment. A licensed contractor will be able to build a swing set in a shorter amount of time but they still need to follow the instructions so it is built to the manufacturer’s specifications. In other words, they should not create shortcuts or attempt to build without following the directions. Here are a few recommendations for hiring a local contractor.
Ask family, neighbors and friends for referrals. Consult your yellow pages or complete an online search. One of the first questions to ask is how many swing sets they have built and what brands are they familiar with. Second question is the time frame and number of hours they will need and if they use more hours are they going to charge you. Watch out for those hidden fees. Thirdly, are you required to help the contractor? These are just a few questions and comments for consideration but most importantly check out the contractor’s references and don’t be afraid to ask questions.