Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 25
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Skywalker12 Great playground, but description doesn't specify that it requires digging holes.
This is a great looking playground with some good features to play on. It looks good once it is set up. It took me and a friend about 8 hours to assemble. Neither the Home Depot online description nor the box states that it requires 16 in. holes to be dug for the monkey bars supports, so be aware of that! Also it will requires a good amount of sanding after construction. Furthermore, the lumber that comes with the kit is not treated like the lumber purchased at Home Depot, so it will require stain and sealant. Overall it is a good playground, but you will need to be prepared to dig if you want the monkey bar attachment. My kid loves it.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by UrbanDweller Nice set for a small yard!
We purchased this set for our small yard after looking at numerous other stores. This set appeared to be the best quality and best value. Other big box stores offered sets with 2x4's - this set is far sturdier.
We purchased this on a Monday. We were able to fit the box and additional 4x4's in our Honda CRV. Took it home and spent the next couple days organizing the wood and screws. Measured all the wood and wrote lengths on it, and marked all the bags of screws with their length. This would save time later. There are a LOT of little parts to deal with. I also stained all the pieces. I found the wood to be in nice condition. No significantly warped or damaged pieces. The swings and hardware are also very good quality, heavy and substantial.
The hardest part (so far) was constructing the main tower feature. The brackets were in good shape but would shift when you screwed them together, making the whole thing not level or plumb. We were quite worried that the whole thing would be off if it wasn't perfectly level and plumb, but it turns out it didn't matter so much. My husband spent a solid 8 hours working on this and still hadn't added the slide or climbing wall. He said it was hard work, but there were no real "problems". He's a novice with such things, and said the instructions were good, although sometimes he wished for more explanation (i.e. they would show a picture of three screws but not actually state "put the strews here." We kind of had to guess where the climbing wall attached because the picture wasn't detailed enough).
A word on the space needed. We have a small city yard. We had a 25 x 16 ft. area to place this set, far less than the 28x26 required. The actual footprint of the set is 15x15, or 10x15 without the monkey bars. The set fit just fine on our yard, however we made a couple adjustments (thereby voiding our warranty- fyi). We switched the swings to the other side with no issues. We haven't put up the monkey bars, and aren't in a hurry to do so because our son probably won't use them. We have barely enough room for them as-is and I can see why other reviewers say they are hard to put up. The manufacturer warns that the set requires the monkey bars for stability. I do believe that the set is extremely sturdy, even without the bars.
We will probably add a second coat of stain to really make it look sharp. We're very happy and anticipate all the kids in the neighborhood flocking to our backyard this summer.
April 20, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 4mychild Check the package
We ordered this and recieved it in about a week. The only problem was they sent us the wrong one and we didn't realize it until the next day. The packaging says right on it to make sure you inspect it before you sign for it, but I didn't pay attention. So make sure you pay attention and look it over first (do it while it's still in the semi trailer if you can because it would be a pain to have to reload it!) The one they sent us is very similar and was fairly easy to put together. It took three guys about seven hours to assemble and my son LOVES it. All in all it was a good investment and I would recommed the Home Depot outdoor playsets.
April 23, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer fun for all
so it's taken me awhile to put this baby together, but that's because i did all by myself in the spare time that i had. I decided to beef it up a little by adding a 4x6 on top. Which is fine as long as you have your own hardware to hang the swings (or are prepared to countersink 2") I didn't think of that! The other pieces of wood that is not included are the two by fours for the outrigger swing supports (2x4x20"). I also found that i was stripping a lot of the wood when screwing it all together. It was all pretty soft. I found myself having to adjust the clutch on my screwdriver. Anyways... the 3, 6 and 9 year olds are having a blast!
June 29, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Canyonman Great Product, instructions lacking
Overall the set was exactly what we had expected. The store had a spec sheet available to help make sure you knew what was included and not included when you picked up the set. The HD staff was helpful and loaded the play set on my trailer with a fork truck. The project took around 10-11 hrs (one Sat.) to build, mostly by my wife and I. The only complaint I had was the instructions. Some of the diagrams were lacking detail needed to eliminate guesswork. The monkey bar step installation was lacking detail, and took several tries to get them right. Better detail in the instructions could have shaved an hour off of the set up time. In all this is a great product, good quality material, and not especially difficult to set up.
May 23, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by crashngiggles Great buy!
This was one of the greatest investments I bought for my family. My daughters' love it and it is very sturdy. After I sanded it and water treated it, I believe that it is going to last a long time. It did take two people both weekend days to put it together. Dedicate at least 12 hours to it and if you don't have completely level ground I found that patio blocks work great before anchoring it. The best thing is is that I can build onto it if I want and expand my daughters' play area.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FunMom Best Investment Ever
This is a great set. We did a lot of research and shopping to find the best playset. By far this product was the best on the market. The 4x4s make it nice and sturdy. I don't worry about it falling apart when my kids play on it. It took my husband and father-in-law one weekend to build. A little time consuming, but the directions were easy to read. They decided to get a 4x4x12 (it calls for 4x4x8)for the cross beam where the swings hang to give the kids more room, and it has worked out perfectly. We bought the wood and set at the store to save money.
April 14, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GrandmaM Lumber surprise!
I purchased this playset for my 5 year old granddaughter and had it delivered to their house. The delivery appt. was 5pm, but it was on the driveway before that time, so no one was able to inspect it or sign for it per the instructions on the packing slip.
The lumber surprise is that you will need to buy another $60 worth of various sized 4 x 4's that were never mentioned in the description of the set!
It is a great little playhouse, does take some time (all day) to put together, but the little ones spent a lot of time in it right away.
June 26, 2010