How to Make a DIY Swing From an Old Tire and Chain

Make your kids a tire swing that is durable and safe. It's a fantastic way to recycle an unwanted old tire too!

Steps

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    Find a used tire.
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    Clean it thoroughly. Scrub well and use disinfectant.
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    Drill some holes on the bottom side of the tire. This will be the base of your swing and will prevent the tire swing from becoming a breeding place for insects like mosquitoes.
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    Obtain 3 U-bolts.
    • Spread them out evenly on the tire.
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    Drill the holes for the U-bolts.
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    Color the tire if desired using spray paint. Coat it with white first then your desired color. Allow to dry.
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    Insert the U-bolts in the holes you drilled earlier.
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    Screw the nuts tightly on the U-bolts.
    • Do the same with the other U-bolts.
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    Obtain about 12 feet (3.7 m) of steel chain. Have it cut into 4 feet (1.2 m) giving you 3 sets of chain for each U-bolt to attach to.
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    Get another 3 U-bolts, the ones with a lock. Slip it on the end of the chain.
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    Attach the chain to the U-bolts and lock them into place.
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    Combine the 3 chains into one big U-bolt. Find a sturdy place to hang your swing.
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    Enjoy your durable tire swing.

Warnings

  • Limit the amount of people on the tire to one or two at most at a time. The tree branch only has so much strength.
  • Supervise children when they are using the tire swing to be sure they are using it properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Used Tire
  • 12 feet (3.7 m) of Chain
  • Drill
  • 3 sets of U-bolt (Large)
  • 3 sets of U-bolt (small with locks)
  • Suitable strong tree

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