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Set your Backyard Swinging

Set your Backyard Swinging By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Adding a backyard swing set is an easy way to give your children some recreation options without breaking the piggy bank.

Whether your backyard is large or small, you probably have room for a backyard swing set. Playing outdoors is important for younger children and a recreation option such as a backyard swing set does not have to cost a lot. Most sets are easy to assemble with just a few tools although you may need a partner to help you.

Choosing the Right Backyard Swing Set

Depending on where you live you may have to wait until early spring to see recreation kits for your backyard in the hardware stores. When you are ready to look for your backyard swing set you may be able to order from catalogs sooner than from a store as their inventory may not have arrived or be still in storage.

The three most important things you will need to think of before shopping for your backyard swing set are:
  • How much room do I have in my backyard?
  • How much am I willing to spend on a backyard swing set?
  • What recreation needs does the set need to address?
With measurements, budget, and a picture of your kids in hand you are ready to visit your local hardware stores. Look for a backyard swing set that will be challenging to your children (but not overly so), at the right price and fits your backyard space.

Solid Backyard Recreation

Safety should be a primary concern as you assemble your new recreation furniture in the backyard. Most backyard swing sets will come with appropriate anchors to keep the four legs firmly attached to the ground but if not they can easily be found at hardware stores. With everything secure it is time for some backyard play!

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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