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AndyR
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Jul 2018 06 10:08

Wooden external play equipment

Hi Guys - In the continuing hot weather, is anyone else having trouble with their wooden external play equipment becoming unusable due to the shrinkage and large cracks opening up. we've got 2 "Trim trails" that I've had to cordon off for safety reason, but as usual SLT are wanting to know why I've done it. Hopefully, come the Autumn, a bit of damp weather will return equipment to a usable condition.

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Jul 2018 06 11:39

Re: Wooden external play equipment

Just the other day had to re-attach a side plank to a post on the adv. equipment. The coach bolts had come away as the wood has cracked open. Went to T&P and got a bag of 200mm M10 bolts with nuts etc (with a good dose of Nut Lock) and with a bit of elbow power managed to recess the nut enough not to be a finger trap.

Am waiting for other similar faults appearing, but I dont think wet weather will make the wood "seal" itself in fact might make it worse when the freeze comes.
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Jul 2018 07 08:01

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I hate these things, a few years down the line and they start to become expensive to maintain and despite an ever decreasing budget they are still installing them making the play area bigger.
Weeds will be in abundance in in floor matting after the holidays and the children will be covering themselves and the doors and walls inside school with black marks as they prefer rolling around the equipment rather than play on it.
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Jul 2018 11 17:00

Re: Wooden external play equipment

I've just had this conversation with the school Bus manager.
I'm not sure what to do about them yet, nearly all the poles have cracks going over half way though
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Jul 2018 12 08:36

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Before the heat wave i check our trim trail and we had over £1000 spent on repairs then this week had a check and there are splits twice as bad as before [JawDropped.png]
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Jul 2018 12 16:46

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well, we have had some advice from the men in suits who know everything.
this is it .
The excessive heat has done this but rest assure the gaps will close up before the autumn kicks in.

Now I'm not the brightest button in the tin, but once wood splits it cant un-split. ( or can it ) we will see.
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Jul 2018 12 17:18

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wood always shrinks and swells, depending on the weather, moisture etc etc as you all know, not much you can do about it. Soaking them in oil or creosote, or go heavy on the yacht varnish. None of those are practical for a playground. Stuff like linseed oil, wood oil, and beeswax would help, but they are expensive and i wouldn't do it know, i's wait until the timber as swelled again.

try Rustins Quick Dry Exterior Wood Oil 500m for £10. also food safe, so safe for the kids
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Jul 2018 12 17:34

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I have a task to replace pegs in the grasscrete, no chance of hammering nylon pegs into baked earth!
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