The Swing set guy

Bentleyville, PA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I put my heart and soul into all my jobs, I think safety 1st I have 4 kids of my own an I build every swing set is if it was for my own babies. I been doing this for 18 years now and I know from passed exp. from other customers that tell me I should have hired you instead of a carpender that has no exp. with swing sets but think they can do the job, yes they can do the job but would take them much longer is all. They end up under biding the job thinking it will take 4 hours till they get into it and then want to charge you more. Yes it does take me 4 to 5 hour but the job gets done safe and correct. Also please this is very important, if I don't answer that means my hands are tied up with work and can't pick up at the moment so I highly recommend you leave me a very detailed message and I will return your call asap. Thank you so much.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I have never loved any job like I love doing this, is not a job you just call a job its a career and i love making people and there familys happy. I have not got to be a kid myself I had a very bad childhood and when I first found this work yes it was a job till I started do it for a few months and see how happy all the kids are and the parents. I never had that happiness like that and there is no better feeling in the world than to see your children happy, and don't forget its not just me who make them happy your the one that made it happen by getting the swing set and hiring me to install it.
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Location

Bentleyville, PA 15314

Background check

Complete

Years in business

21

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

47

Reviews

31 Reviews
  • Angela F. Aug 5, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Cris was awesome! I have already recommended him to family and friends. He came out the next day after speaking with him and built my daughter's swing set. He couldn't have done a better job. Thank you Cris!
  • Robin R. Jun 27, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Cris came right out to set up our playset and did a fantastic job! They were quick and professional. We were very happy and our kids were super excited!
  • kris G. Jun 16, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Cris and Mike were great. We purchased the skyfort II and after reading through the instructions, decided to hire Cris to help us out. They were very personable and had to job done in the amount of time that they said they would. Would definitely recommend! My boys loved the playset!
  • Dana D. May 30, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Outstanding job! Got the swing set up in a few hours the day after I contacted him. Would definitely recommend and hire again! Thank you!
    Cris M. May 30, 2016

    Thank you so much Im glad I was able to help you out. Yes it was a holiday but if I didn't install it today tou would of had a few months to wait till I was able to get to you. Hope the kids like it a lot and enjoy there new back yard adventures.

  • Amber H. May 25, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    So disappointed in this entire Thumbtack and The Swing Set Guy experience. I requested assistance assembling a playset we ordered and he replied very quickly. I requested additional information and asked to schedule something, and never heard back. Now I cannot get a hold of him. He said he would call and he didn't. We are trying to move on and can't find anybody to help us! So frustrating. It sounds like he does a great job, if you can manage to schedule with him.
    Cris M. May 30, 2016

    Just so everyone knows I did get a hold of Amber and I took care of her set Saturday. Something must me wrong here on thumbtack because I did talk to her but then she wast on here so I thought she got someone till I got an email saying this so I was able to help her. I'm gonna have her confirm this so you all know that she has been taken care of. Thank you.

  • Taina M. May 11, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Cris and Jean came to our home after another contractor could not make it due to vehicle issues. I called and they both came on Mother's Day. We were very impressed with their work and they finished the project that day. We are very appreciative that they came on short notice and did a great job. We definitely recommend hiring Cris. Thanks Again, my son enjoys his play set everyday.
    Cris M. May 11, 2016

    Thank you so much Miss Taina for the great review and it was not a problem to come out on such short notice that's what we are here for. Yes I do work all week but if I have to work a holiday I will. I been working Christmas eve for the past 20 believe it or not lol it kinds crazy but I do it. You guys was great as well ans very polite to us and your son was the greatest he was watching the hole time but he didn't get in the way not one bit so you raided him very well. Right spidie lol I loved his hat like I said I'm a Spider-Man fan myself. I hope he is enjoying the swing set me and jean aren't the only ones who made him happy you bought the set so you did just as much as we did. Thank you again for the great review and enjoy.

  • Angela R. Apr 24, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    I was impressed with how quickly Cris got back to me regarding the installation and that he came the next weekend. He did the installation alone, and had nobody with him to help. Nonetheless he got it done.Once I started looking over the swingset, I noticed that that parts aren't aligned properly, there are gaps, there are some random screws screwed into the set...he did NOT put the screws into the set to anchor it down!!! I bought this set with a roof,, but guarantee that water is going to pour in when it rains, I wish I would have done it myself, i would have gotten similar results..I definitely expected better results from a "professional"..now we are trying to figure out what we can do to "fill in the gaps." Sad with the kinda money I paid to have it done right!!!
    Cris M. May 11, 2016

    Miss Angela I need to change this response to you. Not one set is perfect not even the ones I install for $5000. I want to take care of any issues you might have yes I might of missed putting the anchor screws in and we both went over that hole set and you didn't mention problems and it upsets me to get a bad review. That's the fist in 20years that I have been installing. Please call me I will come free of charge to talk and fix and make whatever it takes to make you happy. As you know there was even a missing bolt that you even went and got so its mostly the set. I'm a ver professional swing set inataller or I wouldn't been doing it for 20 years that for sure. 412-297-6436 or ill call you to come out and take care of whatever might need taken care of for free for sure. Thank you.

  • Damon H. Apr 23, 2016
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    I used to work construction. This guy can build the sets almost without instructions. He knew part letters and numbers without even having the manual. Don't waste ur time screwing it up. Hire him. Sky fort 2
  • allison r. Dec 10, 2015
    IKEA Furniture Assembly
    Verified Review
  • alicia p. Nov 17, 2015
    IKEA Furniture Assembly
    Verified Review
    Cris assembled 7 pieces of ikea furniture for me. Cris was punctual, professional, efficient, and his price was fair. I'd definitely use him again.
  • Crystal R. Aug 3, 2015
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    We couldn't be happier with the job! Very fast, professional, and worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY!
  • Thomas R. Jun 25, 2015
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Chris was great and I would highly recommend his services. I had ordered a Gorilla swing set online and he was very responsive setting up a time to complete the install after a lot of back and forth due to inaccurate shipping information from UPS. He and his son arrived when they said they would and had the entire set up in about half a day. He was very nice, great to work with and did a wonderful job on the install. My daughters could not be happier. Thank you again.
  • Stephanie B. Jun 6, 2015
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Chris did a great job getting the set together. He was quick and efficient. However, he did reschedule a number of times and arrive very late on the day we planned. But, he got it all done on the same day and we are very happy with his work.
  • Renee R. May 31, 2015
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    I just want to say that if you have a Skyfort ll Cedar swing set to put together Chris is the guy to call. He came with 2 other people and had it up in 6 1/2 hours. He and his crew were absolutely fantastic , friendly and full of tips on how to treat the cedar and any questions I had. I will be sure to recommend him . My grandkids were thrilled with it.
  • Jennifer L. May 15, 2015
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
  • Danielle S. May 12, 2015
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Cris did a wonderful job setting up our swing set! He picked up our swing set from vendor at no extra cost which was much appreciated. Highly recommend!
  • Gina C. Nov 30, 2014
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Excellent experience!! It was great having Chris and his son come and build our Skyfort II. The entire process including: contacting him, setting up our date, and having them come out and build it was easy and quick! I am so glad we went this route and even happier we chose the Swing Set Guy :-)
  • Aimee S. Oct 15, 2014
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    I was very impressed with the quick response on the bid from Chris. He showed up on the day of the project with one additional worker and had our fairly large swingset built in 3 hours. i was very impressed and thankful that i spent the money to have a pro build it. Saved my husband and i a lot of time and stress and the kids have been thrilled!
  • Stacey S. Aug 29, 2014
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Very pleased with "The Swing Set Guy" and his son. Quite a team. They came to install our new Skyfort II right out of the 4 giant delivery boxes. Extremely courteous, showed up, did a great job in the exact amount of time quoted. Cleaned up when they were done and the set looks amazing, and my favorite part....SAFE! Thank you Chris and Chris. I highly recommend your work.
  • Joe B. Aug 6, 2014
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    fantastic!!!! very polite well mannered gentleman! my wife was very happy so that tells me he did a great job would highly recommend chris and his son !
  • L. K. Jul 13, 2014
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    While searching the Internet for someone to install a playset in my back yard, I came across the Thumbtack site. I received an almost instant response from "The Swingset Guy". (such a quick response, I'm impressed already.) I contracted Chris for the installation. Chris and his crew are the ultimate professionals. The cost of installation was very reseasonable, the installation was completed in just a few hours, 19 missing bolts?, no problem, Chris sent one of his crew to Home Depot to buy the bolts and paid for them out of his own pocket! He has gone above and beyond. This has been THE most pleasant experience we have had EVER with a serviceman/craftsman. Chris receives the highest recommendation we can give. Linda and Gary Kingan
    Cris M. Jul 13, 2014

    Why thank you Miss Linda, you was a great customer as well. It was in the high 80s and she kept offering cold drinks which was great because we do bring are own but run out and not all my customers offer us anything. Like she said, there was 19bolts missing and was not her fault what so ever it was gorillas responsibility to reimburse for that. The trucking company also lost her spiral slide and she had to wait a couple weeks to get it to her. Again, not her fault but I did have to charge more to come back out to put it on for her. When she paid me for it I didn't count the money till almost home and I noticed there was $40 extra then should of been, she paid me for the bolts I had to buy. I wish she didn't do that but I very much appritate what she did and I thank you linda. Linda and her husband was great and thank you guys.

  • Joe A. Jul 8, 2014
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    Chris and his team came out while I was on vacation and put up a Skyfort Cedar Playset. When we came back, the set completed and looked great. He left the yard clean and had the job done within a day. He kept in constant communication with me before and after the job. I would highly recommend Chris for building swingsets
    Cris M. Jul 13, 2014

    Joe was also a great customer, he worked with me as I had to changed his date of installation twice which I don't like having to do but he was understanding and very patient with me. He also without knowing me from nothing he went on his vacation and left e my payment hidden outside for me and I told him I don't want to know where its at until I call you and tell you the job is completed, well he told me first thing in the morning when I called to talk about where he was wanting it located in his yard. He had trust in us without even meeting us just by reading my reviews. I thank you Joe for everything as well.

  • Jonathan V. May 13, 2014
    Play Equipment Construction
    Verified Review
    I found Chris after searching on the internet. I needed my swingset/playhouse moved to another part of the yard. He contacted me the very same day and was very busy, but he was able to work w/ me and took care of the job right away. Great communication (which is hard these days), a reasonable price, and great work! Would highly recommend Chris for any swing set needs!
  • Doug C. May 9, 2014
    Can't say enough good things about Chris! Not only did they install our swing set in a short time but they were truly professional. Chris really takes pride in what he does and he is GREAT at it. Just an all around nice guy!!! I highly recommend him!
  • Melanie H. May 6, 2013
    Play Equipment
    Verified Review
    Chris & his son built our Monterey play set in about 6 1/2 hours. They did a great job and even suggested a different placement in our yard, which worked out great. They were good workers, never took a break. The play set looks wonderful and our daugther can't wait to use it every day.
  • Michael M. Apr 11, 2013
    Play Equipment
    Verified Review
    Chris and his son did an excellent job building the playset for our family. The instructions said it would take 2 people working 20 hours to set it up. Chris was done in under 7 hours. He also was able meet me at Sam's club to pick-up and deliver the playset to our house the day he built it. This was definitely one of the best investments I made. I would recommend Chris to others.
  • Sarah V. Sep 24, 2012
    Play Equipment
    Verified Review
    Great to work with and the playset looks great! Thanks for a flawless experience!!
  • Stephanie N. Jun 6, 2012
    Play Equipment
    Verified Review
    Chris was extremely professional as well as knowledgeable! I would use his serices again if needed!
  • Dean A. May 15, 2012
    Play Equipment
    Verified Review
    Chis was awesome. He and his team built our Skyfort purchased through Sams Club super fast - it looks great, and is solid as a rock. There were some missing and broken parts in the boxes that were shipped from Sams Club - and Chris called the maufacturer directly and took care of it all - I never had to do a thing. The replacement parts arrived within 2 days, and Chris came right back over and finished up the day they arrived. Chris also took apart my old swingset and hauled it away. If the manufacturer hadn't mesed up the shipping - Chris probably would have done ALL of this in one day - amazing! He did great work, very quickly, for a fair price. Thumbs up!!
  • Timothy E. Apr 29, 2012
    Play Equipment
    Verified Review
    Chris is professional, and he knows what he is doing! He put up our Gorilla Highpoint in a few hours and did a wonderful job! I would highly recommend him. Colleen E. - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Brandon P. Mar 24, 2011
    I am more than happy with the job Chris did for me. He installed my sons new Gorilla Sundance playset in about 4hrs. I couldnt believe how fast it went up and my son loves it. I would recommend Chris to anyone that doesnt have the time or know-how to do the job.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First I get your name that's very important, I then ask the swing set they bought and where just to double check on what I'm quoting. Answer any questions you might have and about the location in the yard levelness and how far I can get to job site.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have worked for Lilliput play homes for 12 years been doing this on my own for 8 year. I have installed all sets from all companies and alot of the times I dont even need the directions.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I price my jobs at a flat rate by how long it takes me to install each set or furniture it`s not by the hour.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It`s kinda a long story but to make it short, I found a job Installing swing sets and I loved it for a long time till my boss started getting greedy and my pay was going down instead of up. I started to hate getting up in the morning and going to work just to get less money. I quit my job and got started on my own and now I love it again and all my customers are happy and when they are happy I'm happy.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my customers are great with me but you always get that one from time to time that nothing makes them them happy but I do my best to give them what they want but that dont happen to much at all. All my customers love me and no im not bragging its just the truth im a loving kinda guy is all.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am proud of all my jobs, the best part of the job is when it`s completed and we get to see the kids play on some thing that we built and was not there when they got out of bed that morning.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I think if your mechanically inclined you anyone can install a swing set but you will run into problems here and there and it is frustrating at times and you`ll probably curse as well and it will take you the time that is estimated in the directions. That`s where I come in, I been doing this work for 18 years and if it says it takes two men 20 hours to install if going to take us 4 to 6 hour s. That save you all that extra time to spend on other things you need to take care of. Also please spend that extra money on the better swing set for your children so that it last them all there childhood and be much safer then a cheap set that will fall apart in two years. I also have never had any complaints on my work in all my years. An please watch out for other professionals if there price seems to low then trust me only getting what you pay for so dont go by the cheapest go by experience.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How many years experience do you have. Have you ever installed this model before. Have you ever made any mistakes with a job and if so how did you take care of the problem. What do you think of this product I picked.