DIY TYRE SWING FOR THE BACKYARD
Sometimes the simplest things can bring the greatest summertime pleasures. If you have a strong mature tree with thick branches in your back yard, why not add a little fun with a tyre swing? It will be a wonderful way to entertain the children, and they can be a part of the process through helping assemble the swing.
An old tyre
Before you start, give the tyre a thorough cleaning inside and out; a power hose works best. Drill a few evenly spaced holes in the tyre- these will serve as drainage holes so that water doesn’t pool in the bottom of the swing when it rains. Use the ladder to reach a sturdy branch with the rope in your hand, and throw the rope over the branch; be careful, ladders are higher than they look! Get back on the ground and tie a slipknot in the rope, pulling until the knot is at the top and you have a double rope of unequal size.
Tie the rope around the tyre in a square knot and get the heaviest person in your family to test it before enjoying your swing.