What a play set! I mean that mostly as a good thing however there were some hiccups along the way. Firstly, the shipping was an issue. If I had not called ABF Freight myself to get some information the playset would've arrived at my home via tractor trailer and an 8'x4' crate would've been left at the end of my 200ft long driveway, in the middle of the street. Thankfully ABF was understanding of this huge dilemma and they contacted lifetime who authorized them to use a flatbed truck that had a forklift that could not only get down my driveway but also put the crate in the backyard, where the playset was going to be assembled. On to assembly: It took 3 of us (sometimes 4) about 10.5hrs to assemble over the course of 2 days. I definitely suggest at least 3 people for the job! -Thankfully I read a lot of reviews before assembling and knew that the instructions were unclear in some parts and that the videos Lifetime made where somewhat helpful... There were still times where we were confused because the directions did not use enough of a description to go with the picture for the step we were trying to complete. I feel as though this sucked up some of our assembly time and was rather frustrating. Familiarize yourself with the manual beforehand!! -We had 2 tables outside where we could layout the hardware we were going to use for the assembly step we were on. We had all of our tools laid out on the other table. Before each step one person gathered all of the hardware needed for the step and all of the pieces. If washers had to be threaded for the step it was helpful to do that on all bolts for that step. I had on a sweatshirt with a giant front pocket where I put all of the hardware needed for that step so that they were right there (a tool belt would work too). While the other 2 workers where tightening up the hardware for that step I went back to the table and got everything ready for the next step. This is where a 4th person comes in handy as well. 2 ppl holding pieces, one person handing hardware, 1 person readying the next step. Use a ratcheting screw driver with an allen wrench head on itâ€¦. Youâ€™ll still need one of the allen wrenches provided but the ratchet will save you time and save your wrist! Barrel nuts suck!! Since they connect inside the poles you have to hold the bolt still while trying to catch a threat with the nut. Use the hole in the nut to look through to line up the bolt! Make sure you have tower poles facing the proper way. It would've been helpful if Lifetime could label the poles not only with numbers but also with a marking to identify which side needs to face inward. You'll have to identify other poles besides the Swingbar at some points and if they were numbered on the pole and in the diagram you wouldnâ€™t be second guessing yourself. After you get the Adventure Tower Assembled its smooth sailing from there. Other than those tips I think itâ€™s an amazing playset and very well built! The slide is a little steep and the hump causes my daughter to go airborneâ€¦ I even got a little air when I went down.
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