Tom and Mirage: Hi!
I put up a hammock system in a little bedroom last weekend. Having read some of
Ed's comments in the past I know something about the stress a hammock can create
(static 600 lb pull laterally is common.)
This is what I did, and it seems to be working:
I looked around the garage for two 24 inch 2x4s. I also found 4 4" 2x4s.
Then I found two walls 10 feet apart (12 would have been better.)
[construction of my house is 1970 style: 2x4 studs holding gypsum wallboard]
I carefully found two vertical studs at each end, and made sure (by drilling
several small holes) I knew where the center of the studs were.
I held the 4" blocks in the center of those adajacent studs and held the long
2x4 over them, so it looks a little like a heafty safety rail. I made the rail
about the height of my navel (height/PHI.)
I did the appropriate drilling of the rail and wood blocks so I could screw two
lag bolts into each 2x4. I placed the assembly on the wall, making sure the lag
bolts were centered on the 2x4s and marked the needed holes. Then I drilled the
holes through the wallboard and deep into the stud. I wanted to make sure the
lag bolt did not split the stud.
I used 6 inch lag bolts, designed to go almost all the way through the 2x4,
after passing though the stack of two 2x4s in the rail. End result is a pair of
rails, each of which is supported by four 6 inch lag bolts.
When/if I tire of the set up, all I need to do is remove the lag bolts, patch
the holes with spackling and paint.
Quoting Mirage <web_dawg@...
> --- In email@example.com, Thomas Peltier <Thomas@G...>
> > My question is how do you have them hanging in your homes?
> > Tom
> > Pura Vida
> My wife is really frowning on me placing chromed steel eyebolt
> directly into the studs. I was browsing HomeDepot the other day and
> really did not come up with any other good alternatives.
> The other question is what load capacity does standard 2x4 wall stud
> have and should I be thinking of that in my planning?
> I'm trying to put some up in the kids play room for them to use, and
> for me to use when rigging up my quilts, hammocks and tarps during
> design and contruction.
> Shane "Mirage"...
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