Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour 2.24 x 1.09 x 2.33m
Good item but beware!
We bought this item through Screwfix who had a very good price. Item delivered on time so all great up to then. There was some damp on the wood sit had been stored outside and a little warping of the seat but nothing too bad. Finish is untreated save for preservative so we opted to to give it two coats of Sandolin redwood stain before assembling. This is definitely a 2 man job and a degree in engineering is helpful.
There are some mistakes in instructions eg. the positioning of the chain supports is described as 40 mm from the end panel -WRONG - just inside of the slope on the main beam. It suggests putting on the metal feet first. Don't, leave that till last then you can pack up inside the feet and wet the swing level, how many patios are dead flat, most slope to allow for water run off (or should) Attach the feet last. The brackets attaching the two roof sections are 90 deg but should be nearer 110 deg. Flatten them with a big hammer to fit. Also, don't assemble the roof and then put it on, much easier to lay it on then tweek it till it fits correctly then screw together. Once the top rail and sides were together, we also put a 30 mm by 20 mm brace across the back to hold the construction square - helped a lot.
In addition to the recommended tools needed you also need a set square a tape measure, a spirit level, a rubber headed mallet and quite a lot of patience and careful planning. A fairly good level of DIY skill is needed to assemble but it does look good and is good value for the price, especially compared to similar items in DIY outlets which are rubbish in comparison.
Took about 3 hours to assemble but looks good.
21 Apr 2015
Great Arbour Swing Seat
We first thought about the Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour Swing Seat last summer but delayed ordering until Spring. Best price from ScrewFix. Excellent service and delivery. Easy to assemble but took us rather longer than 2 hours. Wanted to be sure we had everything correct. Husband has made some planters for each side and clematis and other flowers already planted. Very relaxing to gently swing while enjoying a cuppa or glass of wine! Looking forward to the warmer weather. Would definitely recommend the seat and ScrewFix.
23 Mar 2015