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A few weeks ago I was on the lookout for a new toy for my grandchildren to play with in the garden.
While out doing a bit of shopping in Morrissons Supermarket I noticed that they were doing some great deals on outdoor toys and games. They had a see saw which doubled as a roundabout and it was half price. The normal selling price was £19.99 and it was on special offer at £9.99. I decided to buy it.
It came in a very large and heavy cardboard box. One of the assistants in the store kindly took it to the car for me and put it in the boot. It stayed there until my husband came home from work, so that he could carry it into the garden. It was really heavy. There was nothing on the packaging to say it was very heavy.
On opening the box we found a large bag of screws, nuts, washers and a small spanner, together with easy to understand assembly instructions.
The see saw comes in lots of different sections. The entire see saw is pale blue and yellow in colour and there is a picture of it on the box.
My husband assembled the entire unit as I thought he would probably be able to tighten all the screws better than I could. I wanted to be certain that it was completely safe for the children.
He said the assembly was very straightforward. He did however use his own tools as he thought the spanner supplied was no good.
The entire unit is made from metal except for the two seats which are made of hard plastic. It is suitable for children from age three to eight.
The stand for the see saw consists of four metal poles which are angled. The feet of the stand measure 17 inches each and are in a horizontal position with the remaining 10 inches of the angled poles in an upright position. These are attached by screws to the central pole. The top of the central pole is open so that the main part of the see saw can fit in to it.
The length of the see saw is 78 inches. This consists of a central pole and two seats. In the middle of the pole there is a section underneath which fits into the central pole on the feet.
The seats are 9 inches by 7 inches. There is a looped handle in front of each seat which is 12 inches high. The handles have thick foam wrapped round the top of them.
All this is held together with the various screws and washers. When assembled it looked very impressive.
The top part of the see saw is not joined to the bottom. It is kept in place by, inserting the section, underneath the main pole, into the pole on the bottom section. The length of pole going inside the bottom section is six inches. This allows the see saw to be used as a roundabout.
My grandchildren loved their new garden toy. They used the see saw and then happily used the roundabout. They did this by doing leapfrogging motions so that the roundabout would spin round.
All was going well until I saw my five year old grandson trying to lift the see saw to move it to another part of the garden. He managed to lift the entire top off. As they kids were being supervised there were no accidents. I think that had my grandson done this unsupervised he could have seriously injured himself.
Another more minor problem I have with this see saw, is that the screws and washers have started to rust and the lovely blue and yellow colours have faded quite badly.
My husband has now secured these poles so that nothing moves and the roundabout can no longer be used. He has also bolted the see saw into the ground so that it cannot be moved until he moves it.
There were no instructions on the packaging to say that this unit needed to be bolted to the ground and none of the parts, needed to do this, were included.
I have written to Morrissons and am still waiting on a reply back from them.
If you have purchased one of these then please be aware of the possible dangers. If you have not purchased one I do not think it is advisable to do so.
This wonderful see saw has now lost most of it's magic.