How To Secure a Swing Set Without Concrete

The standard way of anchoring a swing set to the ground is shown here. It requires using concrete otherwise the legs of the swing set frame will unevenly go down in the ground.

Now the question is can you anchor a swing set without using concrete at all?

The reason you may want this is because you don’t want to damage your garden or you may want to be able to move your swing set, disassemble it in the winter and so on. I can think about several methods to avoid using concrete:

  • One of the options is using a shap metal legĀ that is driven deeply into the ground. Then the legs of the swing set frame are attached to it. Such sharp legs can be found in some hardware stores.
  • Building a wooden platform on the ground and then ataching the a-frame to it by bolts and plates is probably the best option. It can be a DIY project, it’s stable and easy to disassemble.
  • Another idea is to weld large circle or rectangular steps around the frame legs and drop them directly on the ground. The disadvantage is that the swing set will need more space. It’s also not very easy thing to do especially if the surface isn’t ideally flat.
  • While this also involves concrete, using ready concrete blocksĀ might be a viable option. Especially if your primary motive for avoiding concrete is the ability to remove the swing set when you want. The swing set frame can be stabilized over the concrete blocks either by digging holes into them, or by using bolts and plates. The blocks themselves will need to be dug into the ground. Make sure they are large enough to ensure stable construction.

These are just four ideas. If you have more, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments!

How To Safely Disassemble a Rusty Swing Set

Metal swing sets tend to rust over time when exposed to rain and snow. You can slow the rust processes by regularly applying primer and painting your swing set. Nevertheless one day (sooner for non-maintained sets) it will rust. And then you may want to disassemble it for safety reasons or just to replace it with a new one.

There is nothing special about disassembling such swing set, except few safety measures:

  • Use good handyman gloves to protect your hands. These might be a good choice
  • It will often be impossible to unwind bolts. So you may need a hacksaw to cut the parts
  • Be careful and start from the top. As some part might be that rust to fall over you.

Don’t forget that even rust metal can be recycled. So collect the parts and send them for recycling.

After all is over, clean up the place from any metal debris. Attach your new swing set on the same place, or recover your garden grass if you don’t want to place another swing.


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