This swing set is the perfect swing set for a lower budget if you "want it all". All my 5 year old daughter wanted was monkey bars and this was the best set anywhere for the money. I wish I had an extra few hundred to spend so I could have got a slightly bigger set, but for our budget this was perfect. She is very pleased with the buy.
The wood was either really hard or really soft so we had to re-drill some of the pilot holes for the huge screws because the drill couldn't get them to go in very well. Some of the smaller wood screws went through the wood easily, it was kind of hit or miss, so just be careful. I didn't feel completely comfortable putting all my weight #170# on the structure, although it held me fine, but it's fine for children. We bought a trapeze bar separately to replace one of the swings so my daughter had more activities to do. We had to use a trailer to get it home from site to store because the boxes are very long, about 8 feet, as that's the length of the slide. it came in two boxes, they came to the store one day apart but before the estimated time of arrival. So I was pleased with that. The only thing I did wrong was put the clubhouse door on backwards. So I haven't got the slide on yet #see pic# because the door swings out and won't open with the slide on it. So once I make the door swing inward I'll be able to add that. I don't know if I really like that it swings inward, but oh well. My daughter was very excited and loves playing on it.
The directions don't say to have a wrench but you will need one to tighten the bolts. a ratcheting one is best as there's some small spots to turn inside. We had to use the provided allen wrenches to tighten all the bolts really good, which was a pain but came in handy. I basically put the whole thing together myself as my husband was helping watch the baby #I'm the handyman in our home!#. He helped me hold large pieces, and my mom came over and helped one day when he was at work. I finished it in about 12 hours the first day with a few small breaks for meals, and about 5 hours the next day. If I had an adult helper continuously we would have had it done the first day, no doubt! But since I did most single handedly it did take longer.
Make sure you have some sealant as it is not pre-sealed, only stained. If I could go back I would have done that first before assembling the thing, but it rained every day except the two days I was able to put it together, so I just had to get it up to beat the weather or else it would have never been assembled.
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