|The A-frame side boards are what rotted, where the chain pulls |
the most tension, and close to ground level.
I've been waiting for cooler weather to rebuild, but now that it's cooler weather I always seem too busy. But I took the time today to assess what materials I need to repair them, and took a few i-photos to illustrate where they gave way on my push. Seems it was always at the water collection points or where a few pernicious wood mushrooms grew and cracked the wood.
Anybody who doubts the wisdom of getting aluminum equipment for outdoor use if you can afford it, show them these pictures.
I thought I did a good job building my equipment --solid wood, clamped glue, caulk wherever water might gather, primer, several coats of paint, screwed not nailed, reinforced at all the stress points. But I didn't use pressure treated wood, to save on weight. On my rebuild, you can bet I'll use pressure treated wood. My A-frame is on wheels anyway so weight doesn't matter.
|Dog Walk rotted under the slats, almost clean across.|
I feel naked without my dog walk and A-frame. The see saw, by the way, is doing fine -- I think because it doesn't have slats holding moisture on the board. I think I know what I'll be doing the whole month of December. That will be my Merry Christmas to my dogs.
Upwards and onward!