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Question DetailsAsked on 4/11/2014

What type of provider would work on the repair of the surrounding area of a play set?

Our play set in the back yard is fairly new however, the surrounding border and gravel need repair and maintenance. There's a wood border with missing parts and nails sticking out that probably needs to be completely replaced. The gravel is spreading in the grass.

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Sounds like a prime DIY job. I used 4x6 ground-contact (green copper treated) timber for ours, dug into the ground about 1/2 inch so they cannot slide around. Used 8 inch long half-scarf lap-joints at the running joints and normal lap corners - like these -

using a skil saw and lag bolted with two 3/8" galvanized flush-recessed lag bolts at each joint - nails cannot be expected to hold. Be sure to use touch-up green coat preservative on cut ends and laps - available in quart bottles. 25+ years without rot or movement, though I did recoat the bottoms and sides of timbers before putting them in to provide better long-term ground contaxt protection. DIdn't have to do this with older 0.5 and 0.4 lb/cf CCA treatment, but most of the treatments these days are much lighter dose, so do not penetrate as well or as far, leaving untreated wood exposed to insects and rot.

Another option is placing thick concrete pavers for the border, though harder on kids falling on them.

If you still want a contractor to do it, Handyman would be cheapest, Landscaper most commonly the professional for this type work.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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