How to level a wood playset on uneven ground

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How to level a wood playset on uneven ground
Playsets come in many materials. (Todd Warnock/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Wood playsets are an environmentally-friendly option for children's play equipment. They can reflect the natural elements in your backyard and provide just as much enjoyment as a metal or plastic playset. However, as with any playset, it must sit on level ground to function properly and be safe for use. If you have an backyard with uneven areas, there are several options for creating a flat surface for your wood playset.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Fill material (dirt, sand or clay)
  • Compacting tool (power or manual)
  • Rake or hoe
  • Level
  • Concrete
  • Shovel
  • Shims

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase an adjustable playset that can be modified to the site. Contact a professional installer to survey the area. A professional can also install and adjust the legs of the playset as needed.

  2. 2

    Fill the low side of the area with some kind of fill. This can be dirt, sand or another type of material that can be compacted. Shovel the material over the low side and spread it with a rake or hoe. Tamp the material down with a compactor. Use a level to check the area. Adjust the amount of material, higher or lower, as needed, until the land is level.

  3. 3

    Lower the high end of the uneven area. Dig out the dirt from the high side with the shovel until it is level with the low side. Tamp down the dirt with the compacting tool. Use the level to check the evenness of the area. Remove dirt, as needed, to make the location level.

  4. 4

    Install concrete footings for each leg of the playset. These can be above-ground around the legs or in holes dug for each leg. The concrete can be poured at levels for each leg to allow the playset to sit evenly.

  5. 5

    Slide shims under the lower legs of the playset until they are even with the legs on higher ground.

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