September 28, 2022

Description of Job
• Working with a client, specify a design for a backyard playground or playset.
• Order a unit from a ready-made catalog, or commission a custom unit.
• Prepare the ground with anchors and concrete footings, as appropriate.
• Assemble and install playset.
• Cover ground with foam, rubber, sand, or other safety surface.
The Need
Backyard swing sets have come a long, long way from the days when you hung
a rope and a tire from a tree. Modern equipment offers multiple platforms, various types of swings and slides, and design options to reduce the chances of
injury.
These complex constructions often require specialized tools and skills for
assembly; the ground must be properly prepared and adequate anchors installed.
The job may be beyond the skills and interest of the client.
Challenges
You must install equipment exactly to the specifications of the designer.
Some areas may require permits before installation or inspection afterward.
In some subdivisions there may be regulations that limit the type or size of backyard equipment.
Some clients may have some very specific needs and wants for their playset
based on particular interests or health and safety concerns. Some pieces of land
may be uneven or hilly or require an unusual form of anchorage.
Consult an attorney so you understand proper procedures to limit your liability. In theory, if the equipment is faulty, liability for injuries or damage goes to
the manufacturer. If owners make modifications or use the equipment improperly, it is their responsibility. However, if you specify, assemble, or install equipment improperly, the liability for injury or damages most likely will fall on you. Don’t agree to a job you feel is unsafe. Don’t agree to modify equipment on
your own.
Know the Territory
Modern swing sets have the same basic idea as the steel tube and leather constructions of our own childhood, but today, many playgrounds resemble luxury resorts,
built with handsome wood or attractive color-coordinated plastic and vinyl.

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