swing/monkey bar joists in and deck railing started
made a couple mistakes. i looked at playsets before i started to get an idea of what i needed to do, but missed a few things anyway.
even though i'm building my own playset, i still need some acessories that need to fit what i built. the individual bars, that i could find, to make monkeybars don't come wide enough to fit what i've done. not a big problem. i can weld up some that should probaly be better (and cheaper) anyway, but it's something to remember if you make your own playset.
also i've made my deck height without considering what's available for slides. again, not unfixable. i plan to find one higher than my deck height (i think i'm going to go for about 7') and just make a step or two up to it on the platform it's connected to. i guess a higher slide would be funner anyway.
the deck railing for now, i only plan to put on the front and outer sides. the inner sides where the ladders are, i think i'm going to fill the space in with something solid like some weather proof plywood. i'm thinking that's where the two forts face each other and kids can hide behind them for watergun fights or whatever.
the back is where whatever slide i find and way up to the right fort if someone is swinging will be. haven't figured that out yet. what's left after i make openings for them will either get deck railing too or make solid.
i had a little running tally list going that i can't find now, but i think i'm about in the $500 range right now. i'm thinking i'll hit about $800 before i'm done, then still need playset acessories, the biggest being the slide, which so far casual pricing looks like will be in the $350-500 range.
as mentioned earlier in the thread, part of this (actually the main thing for me) will also support a screen for outdoor threater. i ordered some stuff for that so the budgets on hold for the playset part for a bit. hopefully i'll start building again next weekend.