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How to Stabilize a Swing Set

By Michael Davidson ; Updated April 18, 2017
Swing sets can tip over and cause injury if not properly stabilized.

Swing sets are a common fixture in many backyards across the country. Families can enjoy a swing set together and it is an effective place for kids to play outside and be active without venturing too far from the house. While using swings is generally a safe activity when they are used correctly, care must be taken to ensure the set stays in optimal condition. The swing set must be properly anchored to ensure it doesn't sway or tip when a swing is in motion. Stabilizing a swing set takes some time but is worth the effort.

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Ensure your swing set is located on level ground. If it is lopsided in any way, the set is much more likely to tip. The ground should also be firm without much give to it.

Check the frame of the swing set to verify the screws are completely tight and there is no wobble anywhere there shouldn't be. Screws come loose over time so the set should be inspected weekly to make sure everything is tight.

Hammer metal spikes into the dirt to create the holes that the swing set anchors will be screwed into. The holes need to align with the legs in the swing set, which should already have holes in them to accommodate anchors.

Thread the anchors through the legs of the swing set and twist them in with a straight rod all the way until they penetrate the ground. Most swing sets come with anchors designed for that particular set. You can otherwise get them from a hardware store.

Cover the heads of the anchors with foam or protective rubber to help prevent injury hazards.

Things You Will Need

  • Metal spike
  • Hammer or sledgehammer
  • Four ground anchors
  • Straight metal rod
  • Foam or rubber protective covers


Anchors should be placed a foot deep into uncompressed ground to help guarantee that they cannot be pulled out.

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About the Author

Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.

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