The first thing to do is inventory the parts. This will not only identify if anything is missing, but will help you organize them so the assembly will go much faster.
Depending on your experience, assembly of your play set could take approximately 6 to 12 hours after inventory of parts. Therefore, we recommend you set aside a full day for assembly.
After everything is laid out, check carefully to ensure all parts are present. Make sure there are no broken boards.
Find an area to sort your hardware. It is best to open the hardware on a solid surface so that you do not lose any pieces in the grass. This will save time and familiarize you with all the different pieces in the hardware bag.
Important note: Wood has some natural defects such as knots, surface cracks, etc… We reject parts that are structurally defective. We use a high quality lumber in our structures; however, you should inspect each part for splinters or rough spots and sand them smooth to prevent injury.
After steps 1 thru 4 have been completed, read all the way through the instructions completely. Reading instructions after you have studied the parts will help you understand more clearly the installation process, and help to eliminate unnecessary mistakes.
Pay close attention to the diameter and length of each bolt and screw.
Swing hangers should be buried past the threads, so that the loop is against the swing beam. Backyard Discovery is not responsible for incorrect installations of swing hangers. Failure to properly install swing hangers may cause severe injury.
Never tighten hardware completely at first. It helps to have some adjustment for bolt alignment while you are attaching parts together. After everything is square, tighten each joint.
After the main unit is assembled it is critical that the floor is level and square. If the main frame is not level, the walls and floor will be out of square.
After you complete installation, make sure every bolt, screw, and nut is tight, and every board is secure. Wood will expand and contract with the seasons. Check all bolt connections and swing hangers every two weeks.
Place the set on level ground, not less than 6 feet from any structure or obstruction such as a fence, garage, house, overhanging branches, laundry lines, or electrical wires.