We build many Jungle Gym Climbing Frames and have found the following tips and bits and bobs make the job much easier.
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Before starting to build the climbing frame or module, please take out the instructions manual from the box and read the information on safety, and check that all the items are present. There is a cutting list included, you should have all the timber on the cutting list. When checking the boards, please choose the quantities on the far left hand column only as we supply the widest type of boards. For the tongue and groove, use the middle column, we supply the medium size boards.
1. We would recommend a couple of "Quick Grip clamps" to help you build your climbing frame as these can hold the boards/beams in place as you fit them and means you can do much of the build on your own. 2 x 12" clamps, very useful!!
2. An electric drill as well as a battery powered drill. The electric drill will have more power than a battery powered drill to drive in the large construction bolts. Use the battery drill for driving the screws.
3. A saw, although we cut the timber to length according to the cutting list there will be one or two bits that need cutting during the build process.
4. When building, if on a slightly uneven site construct the tower first and then position and level by removing the soil from under the boards, until the frame is level. This saves in a lot of work trying to get the whole site completely level.
5. If you are putting down a play surface, place the membrane down first then the frame and finally the safer surface. If you drop things into the surface while building the frame they can be a nightmare to find.
6. If building the frame on grass, mow the grass short before you build on it as again it can be a nightmare to find things in long grass if you drop them.
7. Concreting the ground anchors into the ground: We recommend using Post Fix or Postcrete, found in any building yard or DIY store. Once you make the hole about 1 spade deep and wide, pour water in, and then add 1/4 of the Post Fix bag in each hole. It doesn't require mixing, it is instant. That should be it!!
8. If you are building towers with modules, always read the module instructions before building the tower, to see how the module connect to that particular tower. This will save you time as you might not need to build the tower completely.
9. For the playhouse XL and L and Crazy playhouse XL, you will have instructions to build the playhouse first, and then put it onto he platform. The playhouse will be heavy so make sure you have someone else to help, or you can pre-built but not completely assemble the playhouse so you can take it up the platform in large pieces, and finally assemble it on the platform.
10. Do not over tighten the fixings.
These Tips are speaking from experience and we hope you enjoy building your Climbing Frame and your children get years of fun from them!
In the Jungle Gym website, you can see more information about assembly, http://www.junglegym.co.uk/assembly
We can send you a sample of instructions manuals if that helps, please email us.
If you need further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.
11. How to concrete ground anchors into the ground?
We recommend to use a ready mix for this, there are several on the market: Postcrete, Postmix, Postfix and they can be purchased at a DIY store. See example below.