Firstly, on a serious note, and yes I know this sounds rather obvious, but please use common sense when constructing something that potentially has an element of danger and could cause injury to your child(ren) and/or their friends. And please check your knots and fixings, etc on a regular basis.

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For the trapeze I constructed for my kids I managed to find a perfect sized length of aluminium tube under our house, however you should be able to purchase something suitable from your local hardware store or similar. I would definately recommend using aluminium as it is light weight yet strong enough to support the weight of children. Please consider that the likelihood of the bar swinging around and hitting someone on the head is quite high, so a heavy steel bar really isn't suitable.

You will also need a long length of rope, a length of rubber tubing (such as car radiator hose or the waste water pipe on clothes washing machines), and something to stop the rope from fraying where it loops over your tree branch.

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In my case I hung the rope off a chain from the tree to avoid fraying. You could use another length of rubber tubing here too if you wanted, in fact it would probably look a bit neater and more professional. It is a common fact that the first thing an adult does when they see a swing is to look up to see how well it is attached.

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Feed the rope through the rubber tubing, and then feed the tubing through the aluminium pipe. The rubber hose should be a tad longer than the pipe- the purpose of the rubber hose is to avoid the edges of the ends of the pipe cutting through the rope strands. In my case I looped the rope all the way back around and through twice to make it extra strong.

Handy hint- if you are having trouble feeding the rope through the rubber tubing, then using a length of string tie one end to the rope with the other end tied to something like a large nail(as a weight). Drop the nail through the hose first, and then pull the string in order to pull the rope through. Make sense?

Another handy hint- if you intend to leave your trapeze outside in the elements then it would pay to hang it up on it's end so rain water won't end up accumulating inside the tubing and rotting the rope. And doubly make sure you check the condition of the rope and knots.

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Hang the trapeze at a suitable height so that your kids have the ability to be able to climb onto it without using a chair, and be able to safely swing and do their thing. The higher you hang your trapeze, the further your kids will travel in the event of a fall and the greater the ow.

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And in case you were wondering... School Holiday Projects is in no way liable for any damages or injuries as a result of this project, nor from your child running away from home to join the circus. Sorry.

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