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|Finish: Multi-Color||Primary Material: Wood|
|Additional Materials: Plastic and metal||Swing Seat Material: Plastic|
|Non-Toxic: Yes||Weather Resistant: Yes|
|Water Resistant: Yes||UV Resistant: Yes|
|Number of Swings Included: 2||Swing Type: Sling swing|
|Swing Positions: 3||Swing Suspension Type: Chain|
|Ladder Included: Yes||Slide Included: Yes|
|Climber Included: Yes||Glider Included: Yes|
|Rooftop Included: Yes||Monkey Bars Included: Yes|
|Playhouse Included: Yes||Play Deck Included: Yes|
|Sand Box Included: Yes||Picnic Table Included: Yes|
|Trapeze Item Included: Yes||Lumber Included: Yes|
|Do-It-Yourself Hardware Kit: Yes||Installation Type: Grounding stakes|
|Required Surface Area: 769.5 Square Feet||Age Group: 3 to 4 Years; 5 to 6 Years; 7 to 8 Years; 9 to 10 Years|
|Weight Capacity: 115 Pounds||Eco-Friendly: No|
|Country of Manufacture: United States||Swing Weight Capacity: 115 Pounds|
|Assembly Required: Yes||Installation Required: Yes|
|Additional Parts Required: No|
|ASTM Compliant: Yes||CPSIA or CPSC Compliant: Yes|
Better Than I Expected But Not Perfect
Phins from Charlotte, NC
Most helpful act was to take the time to separate and identify all of the pieces ahead of time, and please don't take my "man-card", but to read the instructions. It was below freezing outside so I assembled as much as I could in the garage before braving the weather. The main structure was lighter than I expected which helped me out for this, but now I will need to anchor it down better than I expected to have to. Issues/Criticism: 1. "Self-Tapping" screws - I was skeptic from the start so I pre-drilled everything as I started construction. Started running close on time for when it HAD to be done so I stopped pre-drilling and 3 out of the first 8 boards all split..... stick with common sense and pre-drill. 2. Slide Mount - granted it was below freezing when I was setting this up outside so the slide wasn't feeling so flexible, it ripped out the mount screws immediately. I used a 2X4 and "modified" the mount a little to gain a better angle. Without proper tools this could have been a real pain. 3. Materials - Was one board short of the longer length 1X4s but had several extra of the shorter ones. Easily replaced the board but it does not color match. Honestly I haven't even tried to contact them for a replacement, but I do not doubt that they would make it right. Pros - Easy Assembly (not quite "build and play in one day" as advertised, but still better than expected) Cons - The swing area. If the kids do not swing perfectly straight they will hit either the support legs or main structure. I removed the handle/trapeze bar and repositioned the inner swing chains to its mounts and it greatly helped. I plan on replacing the beam with a longer one, but I really shouldn't have to.... poor design.
twinmamaMD from MD – Verified Buyer
We bought this for our 2 year old twins. It's still a little mature for them because they can't get up the ladder rungs or the rock climbing wall themselves yet, but they love it otherwise. We did modify the angle of the rock climbing wall a little because it was just too vertical, so we had to buy some extra rocks for it. I do love that Swing N Slide has so many extra accessories that you can purchase to add on to the swingset. We still haven't done the monkey bars part because it's going to be a while before our kids can use that. I think overall it was a pretty easy put-together, taking my husband and father in law most of one day and then we did the finishing touches the next morning. This set it nice because it has so many features in one swingset. The picnic table is great for little kids, and the whole thing is very sturdy.
Chesapeake Swingset- pretty good
njdawn from nj
We had 3 men come to build this thing, took them 2 full days. The slide is flimsy. We had our 12yr old nephew do the monkey bars and the whole thing shook. Our 2 kids, age 7 and 6 are ok on it. But when we used it for a birthday party, I thought it was going to break apart and collapse. I would not recommend it for groups of kids or heavy kids. I would not buy this set again. I'd pay double and get a good, heavy, sturdy set or consider a metal set. We will put a sealant on it to try to preserve the wood but never again!
Love play set
Shanna from Dallas – Verified Buyer
Love the play set but it was pretty difficult to build. It will take two people for sure.
Randy from Pottstown, PA – Verified Buyer
looks good, but some of the lumber chipped. just hope they made a better type of wood. 34 done in one day. my daughter loves it!
Good set, have extra hands for assembly
MommyOfBoys from Charlotte, NC – Verified Buyer
Our two-year-old son and his three- and six-year-old pals enjoy this. He'll grow into the monkey bars, but already likes the rock wall, swings, trapeze and slide. During assembly, you must be careful not to sink the screws too far or you run the risk of splitting the soft wood. We easily adjusted the plans to move the monkey bars to the end of the tower instead of the back, resulting in a linear playset instead of an L-shape, to better fit where we wanted it to go. It took a good deal longer to assemble than we expected, even with extra hands enlisted, but that may be because three of us workers are engineers :). We've had it for just a few months, so can't comment yet on durability or weathering, but it strikes us as being decently well-made; it will probably require periodic painting since it's surface-stained wood rather than treated lumber, but we knew that when we bought it and would make the same choice again.
Well made, instructions could be better
roge from Georgia – Verified Buyer
Well made and good/solid quality. Just hope wood holds up. Plan on spraying with deck sealer later. Took 1 1/2 days to put together. Will need at least 2 people some times during construction. Ended up with several screws/lag screws and boards at end. Then realized 2 large lag screws should have been installed where it appeared only 1 - instructions were not clear. Suggest calling co. if any questions. Part numbers on the wood pieces are not same as in instructions so will need to measure/sort before starting assembly to make sure you use the correct parts.
Nice set, but assembly directions stink!
Daddy Daycare from Andover, MN – Verified Buyer
This is a nice set when assembly is complete, but getting to the finished product is a challenge. The Assembly Manual is horrible - numerous mistakes, poor drawings and ambiguous instructions. Besides missing 2 small support brackets, kit did include everything needed for assembly. In fact, you will have quite a bit of extra lumber and hardware. Strongly recommend that you take time to organize all hardware and lumber before you begin assembly - this will save much time and frustration later. Lumber was rather soft and split easily - take care when drilling, and drill away from edges as much as possible. Now that the set is assembled, I am satisfied with the product - our 3-year-old loves it, and it appears to be sturdy enough to last for years. Time will tell on that, however!
PRE DRILL HOLES
WOW SR. from Metairie, LA
The overall quality of the swing is good. Would be greatly improved with pre-drilled holes. It says this is not necessary, but I found a lot of boards starting to crack, regardless of the drill speed (slower was less likely to crack the boards). The manufacturer was very helpful in supplying missing/damaged parts.
Kerri from Apopka, FL – Verified Buyer
This was a Christmas present for our kids so we had to build it at night. It took about 24 hours total for my husband and I with a couple flood lights. The monkey bars are definitely the most difficult part! I'd advise you to read all the directions and unpack (and sort) all the wood before you start! The kids love it and are always playing on it