If you purchased the set from a dealer sometimes discounts or incentives apply if you use them for relocation. Check that out first. If that doesn’t work and you don’t want to use a household mover, then follow these tips to help take down and move the swing set. Generally the same rules apply for most swing sets, the following directions apply for a cedar set with a fort, attached ladder and slide, and crossbeam connecting to an A-frame.
Things you’ll need:
- Yourself and 1 helper to help disassemble
- Yourself and 3 helpers to move
- Spray corrosion solvent
- Spray lubricant
- Socket (deep sockets with drill preferably)
- Pliers or vise grips
- Plastic bags or small box for parts
- Large box or bin
- Markers or stickers to inventory pieces
- Camera, video camera
- Mark all connecting joints that will be taken apart with a marker or inventory tags. This will make reassembly much easier. A video record or series of pictures is also helpful.
- Spray any bolts with spray corrosion solvent and let sit for about an hour.
- Take off any swings, gliders, etc that hang from the large crossbeam. Use of a large box or bin to carry these items is a good idea.
- Remove the bolts connecting the crossbeam from the fort. Have one person help you support. Pull back, and lower crossbeam to the ground making a tripod. Then remove the bolts and disconnect crossbeam from a-frame. Put the bolts back in the wood they came out of or place in a bag and mark to keep things more organized for reassembly. (If need be clean up bolts’ thread with a wire brush).
- Remove any ladders, fake rock walls and slides attached to the fort. Replace bolts back in the fort or place in a bag and mark. Sometimes the “roof” to the fort can also be removed to reduce weight a little and make the fort a little easier to handle.
- Then lay a sheet of plywood in front of the fort and lay the fort over on its side. From this point forward you’ll need 4 men to carry. Clean off the base of dirt, mud if necessary.
- Carry the fort on its side with one man on each corner out to transporting vehicle. A rental straight truck or pull behind flat trailer both work fine.
- Reverse the steps of dis-assembly to reassemble.
If the base is attached in concrete you’ll either have to dig posts out or loosen the concrete from the wooden posts with a jackhammer or sledgehammer. This can be quite a project so if you are planning to move a swing set don’t anchor posts with concrete.
Also remember if moving in winter the swing set may be frozen to the ground.
These tips can help disassemble and move a swing set. As with any other project preparation and planning are important in insuring successful relocation of the swing set.