make swingset safe for teens

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Old 05-20-20, 05:49 AM
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make swingset safe for teens

they are 100 to 115 lb now and the kiddie swings dont seem to be able to hold them. question i have is even if a buy a stronger swing, like this

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can the existing steel hold the weight or is it made for just younger kids? the new swing appears to come with the chain for 200 lb and if i go to the hardware store is it just a matter of getting thicker bolts/carribeaners etc and maybe making the existing hole a big bigger?

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A stronger seat will address the breaking seat issue but I'm not sure how much weight that hollow tube can take. Two teens sitting on swings hanging from that hollow tube could cause it split in the middle where it's drilled for the chain hardware.
 
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We don't know anything about your swingset frame. Most are pretty inexpensive and the steel quite thin. About the only advice I can give is to get on a ladder and sight down the length of the top tube. Then have some big kids get on the swings and see if the top tube bends. Then have them swing and see how the top tube reacts.
 
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would a 4x4 be stronger than the steel tube. they have another set with few broken things on it. rope with the disk etc
 
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Not sure why you are looking at heavier chains etc. when one of the mounting eyebolts snapped.
It probably was defective from day one as there looks to be other parts that are of lighter material which should have given out first.

As stated earlier check out what you have.
One thing to remember is that with teenagers nothing is safe!!!!

 
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The seat will probably rip where the hole is, too, since it does not appear very well reinforced there. I have seen others with a metal reinforcement at the ends.
 
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i ordered 2 heavy duty swings and hangers and told my friend it will be worth the investment. 93 bucks for all. they have another wooden set and the wood is in good shape. very firm when i picked at it. will be easy to install the new hangars on the 4x6 and the swings will be more spread out.

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Another safety consideration: if the legs of the swingset are not anchored,
bigger kids can cause the legs to lift up off the ground as they swing. Two bigger kids swinging in tandem might cause the swingset to fall over, due to their weight and momentum. Please do keep an eye on them!
 
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Old 05-22-20, 05:55 AM
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oh they already know the problem. told my friend she has to find someone else as i'm not working with cement at my age lol
 
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If kids anything like I was you need a commercial type heavy duty set made for parks. I would have broken anything out there and I only weighed about 100 pounds at that time.
 
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Old 05-22-20, 11:53 AM
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her girl is about 110 but the boy is only 75 now. they do run skinny. they are twins lol. i saw some kits online where they spiral metal into the ground but i dont know how that could work given PA winters and heaving
 
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