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Owner’s Manual
FAQ’s
Assembly Instructions
Warranty Information
Discovery One
Wooden Playcenter - 2010
Model: 40110
Manufacturer:
Backyard Discovery
3001 North Rouse
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Made in China
Rev. 09/15/2009
Tools Required for Installation:
(These are the tools that are generally required for assembly of our play sets. These tools are not included in the playset
purchase.)
(Level 24”)
(Tape Measure)
(Open end Wrenches
½” & 7/16” )
(3/8” Drive Ratchet, ½”& 9/16” std sockets (Claw Hammer)
½” & 9/16 deep sockets)
( 3/8” Cordless Drill or Electric drill)
(An Adult w/an
Adult helper)
(Nut drivers
½” & 9/16” )
(1/8”, 5/16” &
3/8” drill bits)
(Phillips & Straight Blade
screw drivers)
INS-Discovery One 2010
(Drill attachments:
Phillips head screw
3/8” Socket Driver
Torque head screw)
(Rubber Mallet –Optional)
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Dear Customer:
Please read entire booklet completely before beginning the assembly process.
Equipment is recommended for use by children 3 to 10 years of age. Structures are not
intended for public use. The Company does not warranty any of its residential
structures subjected to commercial use such as: Daycare, Preschool, Nursery School,
Recreational Park, or any similar Commercial Application.
WARNING: This Symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not
followed, could endanger the personal safety of yourself and your children
and/or damage your property. You MUST read and follow all instructions in
this manual before attempting to use this playcenter.
WARNING: Children must NOT use this playcenter until unit has been
completely assembled and inspected by an adult to insure set has been
properly installed and anchored.
Please follow all recommendations below. Failure to do so may result in the warranty
being void and/or safety violations that could result in serious injury. This manual
contains helpful information concerning Assembly Preparation, Installation Procedure, and
Required Maintenance. Always keep the safety of your children in mind as your play
structure is being built and as your children play on the set. Before your children play on
the set please review the Operation Instructions with them to help ensure their safety.
PLEASE RETAIN THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. KEEP THEM IN A SAFE PLACE
WHERE YOU CAN REFER TO THEM AS NEEDED. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST
EFFICIENT SERVICE, IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU PROVIDE US WITH THE PART NUMBERS WHEN
ORDERING PARTS.
For Your Records:
Please take time and fill out the information below. This information will be needed for
warranty issues.
Where Purchased: ______________
Date of Purchase: ________________
Installation Date: _______________
Installed by: ______________________
Staple Receipt Here
Please refer to the Assembly section of the Assembly Manual for Maximum
Fall Height.
Positioning Your Playcenter
1. The Playcenter is designed to be installed on a level surface by an Adult with an
Adult helper. Place in a flat area of your yard to minimize ground preparation.
2. Choose a level location for the equipment. This can reduce the likelihood of the
play set tipping over and loose-fill surfacing material washing away during heavy
rains.
3. Place the equipment not less than 6 ft from any structure or obstruction such as a
fence, garage, house, overhanging branches, laundry lines, or electrical wires.
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4. Provide enough room so that the children can use the equipment safely. For
example, for structures with multiple play activities, a slide should not exit in front of
a swing.
5. It is a good idea to place your Playcenter in an area that is convenient for adults to
watch children at play.
6. Create a site free of obstacles that could cause injuries – such as low overhanging
tree branches, overhead wires, tree stumps and/or roots, large rocks, bricks and
concrete. Additional suggestions in the Suggested Playground Surfacing Section.
7. Do not build your playset on top of surfacing material.
8. Locate bare metal platforms and slides out of direct sunlight to reduce the likelihood
of serious burns. A slide that faces north will receive the least direct sunlight.
9. Separate active and quiet activities from each other. For example, locate sandboxes
away from swings or use a guardrail or barrier to separate the sandbox from the
movement of the swings.
Suggested Playground Surfacing
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Playground equipment should never be placed on hard surfaces such as
concrete or asphalt.
Do not install loose fill surfacing over hard surfaces such as concrete or
asphalt.
Shredded bark mulch, wood chips, fine sand and fine gravel, are added
as shock absorbing materials after assembly. If used properly these
materials can absorb some of the impact of a child’s fall.
All surface material should extend a minimum of 6 feet in all directions
around the play area.
Do not apply playground surfacing until after the unit is completely
constructed. Playset should not be built on top of surfacing.
Use containment, such as digging out around the perimeter and/or lining
the perimeter with landscape edging.
Installations of rubber tiles or poured-in-place surfaces (other than loosefill materials) generally require a professional and are not “do-it-yourself”
projects.
Shall use Playground Surfacing Materials (other than loose-fill material)
which comply with the safety standard ASTM F1292 Standard
Specification of Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use
Zone of Playground Equipment.
The following chart explains the fall height in feet from which a life
threatening head injury would not be expected
Critical Heights in feet (m) of Tested Materials
Material
Wood Chips
Double-Shredded bark mulch
Engineered Wood Fibers
Fine Sand
Coarse Sand
Fine Gravel
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Uncompressed Depth
6" (152mm)
7' (2.13m)
6' (1.83m)
6' (1.83m)
5' (1.52m)
5' (1.52m)
5' (1.52m)
9" (228mm)
10' (3.05m)
10' (3.05m)
7' (2.13m)
5' (1.52m)
5' (1.52m)
7' (2.13m)
Compressed Depth
12" (304mm)
11' (3.35m)
11' (3.35m)
>12' (3.66m)
9' (2.74m)
6' (1.83m)
10' (3.05m)
to 9" (228mm)
10' (3.05m)
7' (2.13m)
6' (1.83m)
5' (1.52m)
4' (1.22m)
6' (1.83m)
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Medium Gravel
Shredded Tires*
5' (1.52m)
10-12' (3.0-3.6m)
5' (1.52m)
N/A
6' (1.83m)
N/A
5' (1.52m)
N/A
*This data is from tests conducted by independent testing laboratories on a 6-inch depth of uncompressed shredded tire samples
produced by four manufacturers. The tests reported critical heights, which varied from 10 feet to greater than 12 feet. It is recommended that
persons seeking to install shredded tires as a protective surface request test data from the supplier showing the critical height of the material
when it was tested in accordance with ASTM F1292.
Operating Instructions:
NOTE: Your children’s safety is our #1 concern. Observing the
following statements and warnings reduces the likelihood of
serious or fatal injury. Please review these safety rules regularly
with your children.
1. This Playcenter is designed for specific number of occupants whose
combined weight should not exceed a designated weight on the elevated
floor or the swing area, the total Unit capacity is outlined in the assembly
section of instruction manual. The maximum fall height and recommended
play area is also available on the assembly manual for the specific unit.
2. On-site adult supervision is required.
3. Instruct children not to walk close to, in front of, behind, or between moving
swings or other moving playground equipment.
4. Instruct children to sit in and never stand on swings
5. Instruct children not to twist the chains and ropes and not to loop them over
the top support bar, since this may reduce the strength of the chain or rope.
6. Instruct children not to jump from swings or other playground equipment in
motion.
7. Instruct children to not to push empty seats. The seat may hit them and
cause serious injury.
8. Instruct and teach children to sit in the center of the swings with their full
weight on the seats.
9. Instruct children not to use the equipment in a manner other than intended.
10. Instruct children to always go down slides feet first. Never slide head first.
11. Instruct children to look before they slide to make sure no one is at the
bottom.
12. Instruct children to never run up a slide, as this increases their chances of
falling.
13. The parents should have the children dress appropriately with well-fitting
shoes. Loose clothing such as scarves and ponchos should not be worn.
Always take off, tie up or tuck in cords and drawstrings on children’s
clothing. These things can get caught on playground equipment and
strangle a child.
14. Instruct children not to climb when the equipment is wet.
15. Instruct children to never jump from a fort deck. They should always use the
ladder, ramp or slide.
16. Instruct children to never crawl or walk across the top of monkey bars.
17. Instruct children to never crawl on top of a fort roof.
18. Verify that any suspended climbing ropes, chain, or cable are secured at
both ends and that they cannot be looped back on it.
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19. Instruct children not to attach items to the playground equipment that are not
specifically designed for use with the equipment, such as, but not limited to,
jump ropes, clothesline, pet leashes, cables and chain as they may cause a
strangulation hazard.
20. Instruct children to never wrap their legs around swing chain.
21. Instruct children to never slide down the swing chain.
Maintenance Instructions:
1. Check all nuts and bolts twice monthly during the usage season and tighten as
required. (But not so tight that you crack the wood) We recommend you check
the swing beam and hardware every two weeks due to wood expansion and
contraction. It is particularly important that this procedure be followed at the
beginning of each season.
2. Remove plastic swing seats and take indoors or do not use when the
temperature drops below 32 °F.
3. Oil all metallic moving parts monthly during the usage period.
4. Check all coverings for bolts and sharp edges twice monthly during usage
season to be certain they are in place. Replace when necessary. It is especially
important to do this at the beginning of each new season.
5. Check swing seats, ropes, cables and chains monthly during usage season for
evidence of deterioration. Replacement should be made of any swing seat that
has developed cracks in the plastic seats or has exposed metal in the edges of
the swing seat. If there are already exposed metal inserts on the edge of the
seat, immediately remove the seats and chains to prevent serious injury. Ropes,
cables and chains should be removed and replaced if excessive wear is found.
6. For rusted areas on metallic members such as monkey bars, hand supports,
brackets, etc. Sand and repaint, using a non lead-based paint meeting the
requirements of Title 16 CRF Part 1303.
7. Inspect wood parts monthly. The grain of the wood sometimes will lift in the dry
season causing splinters to appear. Light sanding may be necessary to
maintain a safe playing environment. If you are treating your Playcenter with
stain regularly, it will help prevent severe checking/splitting and other weather
damage.
8. We have applied a waterborne transparent stain to your unit. This is done for
color only. Once or twice a year, depending on your climate conditions, you
must apply some type of protection (sealant) to the wood of your unit. Prior to
the application of sealant, lightly sand any “rough” spots on your set. Please
note this is a requirement of your warranty.
9. Creating and maintaining the Playcenter on a level location is very important. As
your children play, your Playcenter will slowly dig its way into the soil, and it is
very important that it settles evenly. Make sure the play set is level and true
once each year or at the beginning of each play season.
10. Rake the surface periodically to prevent compaction and maintain appropriate
depths.
Disposal Instructions:
When the Playcenter use is no longer desired, it should be disassembled and
disposed of in such a way that no unreasonable hazards will exist at the time the
unit is discarded.
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APPENDIX A
Information on Playground Surfacing Materials:
The following information is from the United States Consumer Product Safety
Commission’s Information Sheet for playground surfacing material Also
see the following website for additional information:
www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/323.html.
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X3.1 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that about 100,000
playground equipment-related injuries resulting from falls to the ground surface are treated
annually in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Injuries involving this hazard pattern tend to be
among the most serious of all playground injuries, and have the potential to be fatal, particularly
when the injury is to the head. The surface under and around playground equipment can be a
major factor in determining the injury-causing potential of a fall. It is self evident that a fall onto a
shock-absorbing surface is less likely to cause a serious injury than a fall onto a hard surface.
Playground equipment should never be placed on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt
and while grass may appear to be acceptable it may quickly turn to hard packed earth in areas
of high traffic. Shredded bark mulch, wood chips, fine sand or find gravel are considered to be
acceptable shock absorbing surfaces when installed and maintained at a sufficient depth under
and around playground equipment.
X3.2 Table X3.1 lists the maximum height from which a child would not be expected to sustain a
life-threatening head injury in a fall onto four different loose-fill surfacing materials if they are
installed and maintained at depths of 6, 9, and 12 in. However, it should be recognized that all
injuries due to falls cannot be prevented no matter what surfacing material is used.
X3.3 It is recommended that a shock absorbing material should extend a minimum of 6 ft in all
directions from the perimeter of stationary equipment such as climbers and slides. However,
because children may deliberately jump from a moving swing, the shock absorbing material
should extend in the front and rear of a swing a minimum distance of 2 times the height of the
pivot point measured from a point directly beneath the pivot on the supporting structure.
X3.4 This information is intended to assist in comparing the relative shock-absorbing properties
of various materials. No particular material is recommended over another. However, each
material is only effective when properly maintained. Materials should be checked periodically
and replenished to maintain correct depth as determined necessary for your equipment. The
choice of a material depends on the type and height of the playground equipment, the
availability of the material in your area, and its cost.
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This information has been extracted from the CPSC publications “Playground
Surfacing — Technical Information Guide” and “Handbook for Public Playground Safety.”
Copies of these reports can be obtained by sending a postcard to: Office of Public Affairs, U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., 20207 or call the toll-free hotline: 1800-638-2772.
The American Society for Testing and Materials takes no position respecting the validity
of any parent right asserted in connection with any item mentioned in this standard. Users of
this standard are expressly advised that determination of the validity of any such parent rights,
and the risk of infringement of such rights, are entirely their own responsibility.
The standard is subject to revision at any time by the responsible technical committee
and must be reviewed every five years and if not revised, either approved or withdrawn. Your
comments are invited either for revision of this standard or for additional standards and should
be addressed to ASTM Headquarters. Your comments will receive careful consideration at a
meeting of the responsible technical committee, which you may attend. If you feel that your
comments have not received a fair hearing you should make your views known to the ASTM
Committee on Standards. 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.
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Limited Warranty
This Limited Warranty by Backyard Discovery applies to products manufactured
under the Backyard Discovery brand or its other brands including but not limited
to Backyard Botanical, Adventure Playsets, and Leisure Time Products.
Backyard Discovery warrants that this product is free from defect in materials and
workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. This
one (1) year warranty covers all parts including wood, hardware, swings, slides,
and accessories. All wood carries a five (5) year pro-rated warranty against rot
and decay. Refer to the schedule below for charges associated with replacement
of parts under this Limited Warranty. In addition, Backyard Discovery will replace
any parts within the first 30 days from date of purchase found to be missing from
or damaged in the original packaging.
This warranty applies to the original owner and registrant and is nontransferable. Regular maintenance is required to assure maximum life and
performance of this product and failure by the owner to maintain the product
according to the maintenance requirements may void this warranty. Maintenance
guidelines are provided in the Owner’s Manual.
This Limited Warranty does not cover:
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Labor for any inspection
Labor for replacement of any defective item(s)
Incidental or consequential damages
Cosmetic defects which do not affect performance or integrity of a part or
the entire product
Vandalism, improper use, failure due to loading or use beyond the
capacities stated in the applicable Assembly Manual.
Acts of nature including but not limited to wind, storms, hail, floods,
excessive water exposure
Improper installation including but not limited to installation on uneven,
unlevel, or soft ground
Minor twisting, warping, checking, or any other natural occurring
properties of wood that do not affect performance or integrity
Backyard Discovery products have been designed for safety and quality. Any
modifications made to the original product could damage the structural integrity
of the unit leading to failure and possible injury. Modification voids any and all
warranties and Backyard Discovery assumes no liability for any modified
products or consequences resulting from failure of a modified product.
This product is warranted for RESIDENTIAL USE ONLY. Under no circumstance
should a Backyard Discovery product be used in public settings such as schools,
churches, playgrounds, parks, day cares and the like. Such use may lead to
product failure and potential injury. Any and all public use will void this warranty.
Backyard Discovery disclaims all other representations and warranties of any
kind, express or implied.
This Warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may have other rights as well
which vary from state to state or province to province. This warranty excludes all
consequential damages, however, some states do not allow the limitation or
exclusion of consequential damages and therefore this limitation may not apply
to you.
Pro Rated Part Replacement Schedule
Product Age
All Parts
0-30 days from date of purchase
31 days to 1 year
Customer Pays
$0 and free shipping
$0 + S&H
Wood Rot and Decay Only
1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years
Over 5 years
$0 and free shipping
20% + S&H
40% + S&H
60% + S&H
80% + S&H
100% + S&H