Building a Zip Line for Your Child's Outdoor Play Area Building a Zip Line for Your Child's Outdoor Play Area
If your child craves an adventurous outdoor experience, you can build a zip line in your backyard. This can be done easily, especially if you have some strategically placed trees in your backyard, but you may also build some supporting structures. However, when building the zip line, it’s essential to bear in mind your child’s safety.
Step 1 – Identify the Start and End Points
Identify the start and end points of the zip line. The zip line can be placed between two trees, but if your trees are not strategically placed, you will have to build one or two structures. You may use your house as a departing point.
Step 2 – Build Sturdy Structures
Choose a sturdy post beam, which should be placed in a concrete base. The concrete will ensure that the weight of the structure is concentrated in the lower area, so the structure is robust. You can get a post beam and pour some concrete around it. Allow the concrete to dry before you carry on building the zip line.
Step 3 – Install Metal Stakes
Install the metal stakes using a mallet at the front and back of the departure and arrival points. The metal stakes at the arrival point should be lower than the stakes at the departure point. However, make sure that the point is not much lower from the starting point, as otherwise your child could build up too much speed, and this may be dangerous.
Step 4 – Attach the Nylon Cord
Cut the nylon cord, to the length between the departure and arrival points and add two more feet of cord for the knots. Attach the nylon cord to the metal stakes located at the front and back of each point. Do this in a circle. Secure the nylon cord in place to prevent sagging.
Step 5 – Put the Harness and Pulley in Place
Place the harness and pulley onto the nylon cord. Ensure that the nylon cord is high enough to prevent your child from reaching the ground. Make sure the cord is not too high either, so that your child is safe at all times.