Every since the swing set debacle of last week, I've been on the hunt for another! I finally found one near enough to home to get. I had it all set up to meet up with Bree after the two kids were picked up but life had other plans and I ended up going with just Evie. Going alone on a Craigslist pick up is not normal for me and I do advise to taking someone else with you, just in case, but my husband and Bree both knew where I was headed and checked in with me through out the night.
|Picture from Craigslist.|
The gal that sold me the set was super nice and even helped me break down the swing set. We probably could have finished earlier had I been on time and knew what I was doing. Also I was my chatty self so you know how that goes, lol. We ended up needing the neighbor teen boy to help get the set into the back of my truck, in the dark. Then I realized that I left the other tie down and tarp at home so I had to get creative with one and the lady found some rope for a little extra security. I drove slow!
The next morning, my husband laughed when he saw the pile in the back of the truck and wished me luck. I unloaded the stuff and brought it around to the back. I laid all the big pieces out to get an idea of how I wanted it positioned. Then I got the bolts out and put them in order. My husband had suggested that as I took it apart, to label each bolt and bolt hole with a number (1 and 1, 2 and 2, etc) which was so smart because I actually haven't had any trouble getting it together so far. When we taking it apart, we keep forgetting what number we were on so we skipped ahead to the next 10 set. I could see from the bolts, as the night went on, we were getting tired or something because we had 1-30 without missing any number but then skipped ahead to 40 to about 45 and then 50 to 53, but in all really did a good job labeling.
|41, 41, 41, check!|
I put the main platform together without much trouble. It is super heavy so I stopped in case I want it some where else in the back. I might push it towards the back of the yard near the "garden". I want to have it easy to mow around until I decide what kind of mulch I want to put around it. I also had to stop because Evie wasn't feeling very well and complained that she could cuddle herself so I packed it in for the night and cuddled her in our recliner until her daddy got home. I'm hoping today she feels better and I could maybe run into town to get a couple of bolts for around the bottom of the platform. They had rusted pretty bad and some broke off inside but that's to be expected in our wet weather! I will do a price break-down at the end of the series but not planning to do too much of a tutorial because all swing sets can be different. I am SUPER excited to get it all pretty for you though so stay tuned!
|Where we are this morning!|
Hang in there!
Jessi and B