Outdoor Furniture

FAQ - Swings

How do I prevent my swing set from sinking in sandy soil?

We recommend you dig 4 holes about 8 inches deep and 8 inches wide, then add a bag of drainage rock under each of the 4 posts. This will keep the swing from sinking slowly through the wet seasons.

How much weight can your Heavy Duty Swing Springs hold?

The Springs are rated as a pair up to 700 lbs, and you can purchase them separately. Our Garden Swings themselves are rated to hold up to 600 lbs. If you require additional weight capacity we can always make some additional reinforcements.

Is the Rory's Small Kid's Swing strong enough to support an adult?

Yes, the Rory’s Small Kid’s Playground Swing Set is robustly built and adults can use it. But, because it is only 6 feet tall, you have a limited range in the arc of the swing. It was designed for kids 9 years old or younger. Therefore, you may want to consider one of our larger swings. The Rory’s Swing comes in Small Kid’s, Big, Grande, and Giant sizes, ranging from 6 to 12 feet tall. Please see our Rory’s Playground Swing page for more information.
All our swings are strongly built— just choose the size that best fits your needs!

How much travel (back and forth) do your swings allow?

From the photos it appears that there may be limited travel with the cross bracing on both ends.  I've been shopping around for a durable, robust bench swing for a while and keep ending up back at your website.  If you could answer this question for me it would allow me to make my final decision.  Thanks!

Basically the bench swings with our framing allow you to move forward about 3 ft and the same to the rear. You can get it really going if you want to, but it is intended more for moderate amounts of swinging where you can go forward about 30 to 40 degrees or so.
With the springs and the 4 points to attach the chains, you can set the height and angle to whatever is the most comfortable and forget about it. The springs add a bit of softness to the ride and really add the finishing touch. The roof is also a great option if the spot you are choosing to place it is in direct sun.
Please let us know if we can answer any other question. Glad you keep returning to our site. We do not cut corners in any way and I think you can tell the difference between our products and what may be fancier competition but not stronger or longer lasting...

Do we need to Anchor our Face To Face glider swing set to the ground?

Our swing does not need to be anchored to the ground. You can just put it up. It is way too strong and heavy to need to be bolted down. Plus the footprint is plenty wide. Yes, you can bury some of the posts a few inches in the ground. What we actually recommend is that you dig out a bit of the soil and throw in drainage gravel. The drainage gravel helps keep the swing level year after year. If you place it directly on the ground, then it may start to sink into the ground during the wet season and the swing will become uneven. The one thing you must do with the face to face glider is keep it level so that it never creaks. It has no parts that need to be oiled, but you must put it up squared and level. If you do this and also add a bag of drainage gravel under each of the 4 corners, you can just put it up and forget about it. So, as he prepares to put it in, you can dig about a 10 inch by 10 inch patch of dirt about 6 inches deep or 8 inches deep and throw in some drainage gravel. Then set the corner posts atop this. The grass will grow back over it in a month and you will not see it, but it will keep the swing perfectly level year after year.

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