Add just a "Shade" of fun!
We recently built a house and have been working on the yard all summer and wanted a fun place for the kids to play. Mainly somewhere in the shade. Our house faces North and South with a deck off the back to the North. We recycled an old slide from a broken playground (which was too short for our deck) but I fixed that by adding a little deck off our existing deck. We wanted a spot where the slide wouldn't end on our grass and create a dead spot as most playgrounds do. I also didn't want to have to mow around it every week. However, there were some challenges before I could start on playground. Our footings were also poured too high so I had to drop them about 8 inches to make them level with the ground. That was a challenge because we have so many rocks. I persevered after many hours of digging and prying but finally got them where I needed. Using common boards (redwood), I also widened our deck about two feet so we had somewhere for a Grill because originally it was only as wide as the door (3'). Needless to say, I pretty much rebuilt our deck aside from the stairs. Using pressure treated 2x6's I created a perfect little area for a sand box. Once again, we used the deck as a covering and a place in the shade where the kids can play. The Ryobi impact driver and drill are awesome for driving screws and drilling holes. Especially when you have so many as on a deck. Now the kids can still play on the hot, sunny days and don't have to worry about burning themselves while sliding or wearing sunscreen! (Although sunscreen is still recommended)