Kids’ Playset Dismantling Safety TipsWhen you’re ready to jump into the job, be sure this is what you truly want to do. While kids’ backyard playsets are designed to be assembled, disassembled, and reassembled, over time, certain parts and components wear. This will present a problem if you do plan to put it back together later. But, if you are taking it apart as part of tropical storm damage cleanup, this won’t be an issue.
For many families, a backyard playset or swing set means hours of family entertainment. When moving, these families are often reluctant to leave their kids’ favorite outdoor play equipment behind. Moving a backyard playset is not nearly as challenging as people think it is, Byrum notes. A few basic tools, a wide open Saturday, a truck and some helping hands are the only prerequisites. —Metro Parent.comAnother consideration are the logistics. Exactly how are you going to take the playset apart? And, what will you do with it afterward? You can’t burn it because it’s treated wood, which will emit noxious fumes. If you simply want to get rid of it and off the property, as part of a duplex property cleanout rehab, or for another reason, you should try to sell it. That way, you can put some money in your pocket and the buyer will have to deal with it. However, if you are getting rid of it for good, follow these important playset dismantling safety tips:
- Know where to dispose of the materials. Learn where you can dispose of the materials. Or, just opt to sell it, if the playset is still in good condition. If it’s in bad shape, you can dismantle it yourself and dispose of it or have a junk hauling service take care of the whole thing.
- Be sure to check the weather forecast. If you are committed to going the do it yourself route, then set aside a full weekend (yes, it will take two whole days). Check the weather forecast so you have a couple of days of clear skies to work under.
- Keep the area clear of children and pets. Dismantling a kids’ playset will present safety hazards. Many of the structure’s parts are big, unwieldy, and heavy. So, keep children and pets away from the yard while you’re working and until you dispose of it.
- Enlist the help of at least one or two friends. This isn’t a one person job. It will take two or three people to dismantle it. When you are working together, communicate clearly about what each person is doing to minimize the risk of injury.
- Clear a predetermined path out to the street. Before or after the playset dismantling, you’ll need an open path to your driveway or to the street to carry the materials out to a truck or trailer. Here again, keep children and pets away while you work.