Hints & Tips for SwingsAlan
These are our Hints & Tips for Swings…
Over the past 14 years we have displayed, stocked and sold hundreds of swing frames and thousands of swing seats.
Based on our experience, here are some general guidelines;
Swing Frame Size
- Quad (commercial only)
Swing Frame Material
- Round wood
- Square wood
- Swing Frame only (i.e. you choose your own seats)
- Swing Set (i.e. seats included)
Duo-Rides and Nest Seats
Because of the potential forces involved, both Duo-Rides and Nest Seats can only be fitted to a strong swing frame.
Swing Frame modules
Both we and tp Toys offer swing arm modules that attach to our own climbing frame towers.
- Read the instructions don’t just look at the diagrams!
- Get a friend to assist; reduces the build time, helps when solving problems, they can support the frame & help lift the heavier items.
- Most Swing Frames come with ground anchors, which must be fitted to provide greater stability. Other designs have over-long legs which need to be dug into the ground.
- The tp Giant Metal Swing frames use galvanised steel so they are maintenance free.
- All wooden swing frames use pressure treated timbers (see below) so they are maintenance free.
- You can treat timber swing frames with a surface timber preservative to keep it looking it’s best.
- When locating your swing frame under certain trees remember that sap, aphids and leaf fall can make extra work.
- To clean your swing frame accessories use a mild detergent, warm water & a sponge, then rinse off with plenty of fresh water.
- To treat mould growth, simply use a plant sprayer with a mix of 10% bleach, a few drops of washing up liquid & water. Just spray, scrub and rinse with water.
- Allow 2m in front and 2m behind your swing frame.
- Many domestic swing frames benefit from having their ground anchors set into concrete (e.g. 1 bag of ‘Postmix’ per leg).
- The safety regulations require that all commercial installations (e.g. pubs, schools, parks) are set into concrete.
- We recommend that you check all the fittings regularly. This is especially important soon after the first period of use when the structure settles down.
Cracks & Splits in Wood
Timber is a natural product which expands and contracts depending on the ambient temperature and humidity. As a result, exterior softwood timber such as fencing and play equipment will always show some signs of splitting or cracking. This is perfectly natural and only represents a problem when they are excessive.
Roundwood structures (e.g. tp) use young wood which is much more prone to shakes but, provided a shake does not exceed 3% of the circumference or continues through to the centre of the timber then the structure will not be affected. Square timber will be less prone to shakes but here you should look out for the timber grade and finish.
A lower grade timber will be cheaper but usually have a higher knot count, a wider grain and a rougher finish. A higher-grade timber will be more expensive but have a low knot count, a tight grain and a smoother finish
These are natural features of any timber and will vary in size depending on ambient temperature and humidity.
Since July 2004 timber products have had to be pressure treated with a non-toxic, water based solution (e.g. Tanalith E). This has been in use for more than 10 years and is an EU approved alternative to the older arsenic based preservatives, which have been banned from use in domestic and residential applications.
The current preservatives can sometimes leave a light green stain on new timbers, this will fade with time. A light mould can sometimes develop as the preservative dries in storage, we try to avoid this by storing on ventilated racks but it is harmless and can be brushed off.