Archive for the ‘playground’ Category

playground progress: decking and slide

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

I had a few hours and a three-year-old helper this weekend, so I finished the decking for the playground. Next up are the rails and balusters to prevent young’uns from flinging themselves off the upper levels.

Playground progress: posts are in the ground

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I’m about halfway done getting concrete into the post holes – this weekend I’ll finish the job then I can take off the temporary framing.

Playground progress

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Wah! It’s raining today (Saturday) so I can’t work outside. I did pick up some gravel for the post holes. Oddly enough, Home Depot doesn’t have gravel (WTF?), so I had to go to Lowes instead. I picked up 500 pounds of gravel for about $35.

I’ve been digging post holes every evening this week, and I’ve completed eight so far. One more to go, then I can start setting the posts for the main play structure. I’ve never worked with concrete before, so that should be interesting.

I’m fascinated by concrete, I think it belongs up there with other discoveries such as fire, the wheel, and computers.


Playground progress

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

playground layout post hole

This weekend I cleared the area, set up some batter boards and string to lay out the posts for the central tower and get them perfectly square, then dug one of the post holes as an experiment (to see how hard it would be, and to determine if I needed to rent a power auger).

I learned a few things while digging my first 12″ diameter, three-foot-deep post hole:

  • I am really out of shape
  • Digging post holes is great exercise, so hopefully that will help remedy the previous point
  • Three feet doesn’t sound that deep but it is approximately one third of the way to the center of the Earth

I also drove to King of Swings and purchased a ten foot wave slide, and learned the following:

  • A ten foot slide is pretty much as long as you would expect. Why is my visualization of ten feet so accurate while I woefully misjudge three feet?
  • A ten foot slide fits completely inside a Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon, even with the hatchback closed. Impressive. (Although I said the same thing about an 8ft landscape timber in a Toyota Rav4 until it put a crack in the front windshield.)

The following book kicks ass and has all the information you’ll need to build your own: Build a Kid’s Play Yard