We bought this swing set based on the price and the positive reviews, and after putting it together, I have to say I'm pretty satisfied with the purchase. I built this in one weekend, spending about 4 hours on Saturday (with the help of my 14 year old son) and about 8 hours on Sunday, mostly working alone. The first day was spent laying out the wood/hardware and assembling the ladder, monkey bars, and swing assembly according to the instructions. The second day was spent mostly on the fort (as this had the most pieces), and then attaching all of the big pieces together. My 4 year old was so excited when I finished and she loves the swing set. Here are some tips: 1. As many reviewers have stated, it helps if you lay out your wood beforehand and try to group it together. All of the wood is marked but some pieces are hard to read. The hardware is also marked in bags. 2. It's very helpful if you have two drills as you'll often be drilling pilot holes and then driving in screws. Fortunately, I have a set of Makita drills (one drill and one impact driver), and these were invaluable. They include two T40 torx bits with the swing set that you can use in the chuck of your drill. My drills only have a quick release shank, but fortunately for me, I had my own torx bits I was able to use. Make sure you can use the torx bits because it will probably take you at least twice as long if you have to fasten the bolts by hand. 3. Pay close attention when building the top section of the fort. I put two of the four corner posts in wrong. I could have taken them down and flipped them around, but since one on each side was correct, I only needed to drill new pilot holes to attach the upper face plates. 4. In the section where you attach ladder support pieces to the floor, there are no measurements that tell you where to attach them (there are no pre-drilled holes either). I used the ladder that I built in the first step and temporarily attached the support braces to it. I then held it in place where it was going to attach to the fort (measuring to find the center), and marked where to drill the holes for the support braces. 5. The roof is a PAIN to attach to the fort. One reviewer just drilled his own holes, which is certainly possible. I was able to get it by attaching one side (don't tighten it down yet), then attach the other side. You'll really need to work at it to get it all lined up. Once you have the bolts connected, cinch it down with your drill. If all else fails, drill your own holes or use longer bolts (2" instead of 1/5").
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