Here at Wicken Toys we obviously supply lots of happy parents (and children) with a host of wonderful outdoor play toys and get asked frequently as to the best way of building it when its taken home.
So in today’s blog we thought we would share with your our building tips, designed to make the process of getting your purchase up and ready for use.
Irrespective of whether your climbing frame is wooden or metal you should always have the right tools! While it’s easy to think that something will do, in reality if you want a good job done, then the right tools are essential.
So before you start building make sure you have the following:
- A tape measure – you will need to measure the space etc so this is a must have item.
- A pencil
- Some paper to note measurements down with
- And most importantly a good tool set. Most of us have things like screw drivers, but if you’re unsure consider what you might need before you start and then make sure it is available during the build.
Where to place your climbing frame
The absolute best place for this is on a flat and level piece of ground in the garden. Your outdoor play set needs to be stable so trying to put it somewhere that is unlevel will make things very difficult.
You will also find that working on flat ground makes construction the outdoor play set much easier.
Make sure you read the instructions! Things like our modular play sets have different instructions so it’s best to read them through and then go back to the beginning. Try to note the instructions in detail and think through the build in your head before picking up any tools!
While it’s tempting to use logic to put things together, the instructions for outdoor play sets are put together to be done in a certain order. Therefore, by following them you will actually save time and hassle when you realise you’ve attached something that needs to be taken off. So stick to the instructions!
Next you will want to unpack your boxes and review the parts inside. Within the instructions you can check what you should have with what you have got. Use your pencil to tick off the parts.
Once you’ve got this far, it’s time to start sorting out the contents of the boxes. You will want to sort out the wooden or metal components so that they are in length order and match up parts together such as floor boards.
Look thoroughly at the way the piece looks in the instructions and compare it to what you have. Are the holes in the right place? How many are there? This will help make sure that you are working with the right piece.
Keep the nuts and bolts together and if possible perhaps put them in one place, so you don’t find yourself looking aimlessly around. A bowl or even a bucket are good for this.
It is important to understand that bolt lengths can be different and therefore, you will want to make sure you have this covered by putting them together and noting their lengths.
Now you’ve checked everything it’s time to start building. Hopefully you will have found your level piece of ground for your outdoor play set and you can begin construction.
One important tip is not to tighten the bolts fully during the build. It’s more logical and easier to tighten them at the very end. However, equally make sure you do not over tighten the bolts either as this could make things look untidy.