Monkey bars are a fun alternative to expensive-recreational facilities, and the best part about them is that you can make them yourself. Whether they are for your own physical exercise, for the kids or both, monkey bars allow playtime possibilities in your backyard while at the same time saving you the trip to the park. Building monkey bars yourself is easy as long as you have the proper materials and a bit of imagination to get you started. Here are a few steps that will help you along the way:
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Tape measure
- Bars with hollow insides
- Screw driver
- Cement mix
- Hole digger
Step 1 – Plan the Design of the Facility
Draw the layout of your monkey bars according to your desired appearance. Keep the people who are going to use the monkey bars in mind while making the layout; you do not want the monkey bars to be too high if children are going to use it, whilst you need to make it high enough for yourself if you are going to use it for exercise. You should also note whether there are trees or posts that are in the place where you plan to build the monkey bars. With a little bit of ingenuity, you can even use them as the starting point of where your monkey bars will be.
Step 2 – Take Measurements
Measure the backyard for the area where the monkey bars will be. Take note of the height and coverage of the monkey bars. Again, these can be as high or as low as you want them to be depending on who will be using them. Mark the areas where the posts of the monkey bars are supposed to be located. Nails can be used as markers.
Step 3 – Dig Holes
Dig holes on areas that you marked with the nails. Keep the holes deep enough to ensure the stability of the posts.
Step 4 – Install the Foundation
Slide the tallest bars into each of the holes and pour cement mix on them. Use the level to make sure that they are as far apart as you planned them out to be. Make sure that they stay in place while you wait for the the cement to dry. Do not go to the next step unless the cement mix has completely dried up.
Step 5 – Attach the Bars
Drill some holes into the bars. Attach the bars to the posts and screw them in place. These bars are where you or the children will latch on to. Make sure that these fixtures are screwed on tightly and that they are stable enough to avoid accidents.
Step 6 – Ensure Stability
Test out the facility after building it to ensure that they are good enough for use.
Step 7 – Color Your Monkey Bars
Apply primer and paint to the monkey bars. The paint is not only meant to add aesthetic appeal to the monkey bars but also to protect the bars from the harmful effects of rain and sun.
Be sure to wear protective gear when building monkey bars or any type of structure. Likewise, always observe safety when undertaking any construction activity.