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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 9:04 pm 
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Hi,

My summer outdoor project is to build a 4-pillar play tower with a swing coming out at a right angle.

I have left over decking boarding and bearers to make the platform, but I wonder if someone could advise what sort of wood to do the pillars and swing supports in? And how far to dig them into the ground.

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 10:53 pm 
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are you on good terms with your neighbors
a platform above 300mm can breach planning if it overlooks them :dunno:

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We back into a field. Can’t see the farmer being too concerned...


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ok brilliant go for it :lol:
was only pointing out you have to be careful as planning regulations are written with a degree off wooliness :lol: and councilors are laypersons with opinions and interperitations that can skew what happens

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ok back to subject
perhaps 4" posts soaked in preserevative for about a week at the base to give longevity to the timbers

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Right.

Back on the case.

Should I be using particular type of wood?

I was planning to use fencing posts for the platform, but should the swing frame be made in a more specialised wood?


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Right.

Back on the case.

Should I be using particular type of wood?

I was planning to use fencing posts for the platform, but should the swing frame be made in a more specialised wood?
Tannalised wood is what you need to use

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I 'd perhaps say use tanilised cls simply because it's smoother and the corners are rounded so just a little more child friendly than sawn timbers.



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Construction going well with framework and upper and lower deck in place.

One area I haven’t decided on and would welcome some advice is what to make the guard rails of the upper deck of? I have 100x47mm decking bearers to build a hand rail but I’m thinking some sort of tongue and groove cladding to stop the little darlings getting their heads trapped.


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I need to put a solid panel in one of the sides to attach things to - I’m wondering sort of material to use?

Any advice would be much appreciated!


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if its exposed to the elements then sheet material would have to be something like marine ply
or why not use decking or scaffold board with or without gaps for shooting guns or crossbows through :thumbright:

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