Play Set Upkeep

By: Danny Lipford
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Most of the kids are out of school now and play sets across the country are putting in overtime. The wooden sets seem to be most popular and like any part of your home that’s at the mercy of the elements, they’re subject to wear and tear. The rain, snow and sun make wood fibers constantly expand, contract and change color. The color change won’t matter to the kids but the expansion and contraction leads to cracking and splintering which is hard on little hands. Sand down those rough spots and apply a wood sealer afterward to prevent this problem in the future. All that expanding and contracting also loosens up fasteners like the nuts and bolts, so check those to be sure they’re all tight.  Finally, check around the set for obstacles like tree limbs or shrubs that may have grown too close since last summer.



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