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Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: Hammocks in your home

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  • ra1@imrisk.com
    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
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 22, 2004
      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 hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, Thomas Peltier <Thomas@G...>
      > wrote:
      > > My question is how do you have them hanging in your homes?
      > >
      > > Tom
      > > Pura Vida
      > Ditto!!
      > 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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