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Old 07-07-2019, 06:03 PM   #21
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Re: Hanging Porch Swing From A Beam Held By Joist Hangers One Each End

I see so much crap done in so many wrong ways. Usually 40 or 50 if not more, years later and it is still standing.

How many porch swings are done with that really flimsy chain and some lamp hooks. Still there after 40 years.

Sometimes I think we over think things way too much.

That being said, I need to hang a hammock chair and I am thinking of climbing above the porch and adding a ton of blocking and a fat beam.

It's hard to not do it right, or over do it.

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Old 07-11-2019, 10:13 PM   #22
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Re: Hanging Porch Swing From A Beam Held By Joist Hangers One Each End

I think I would take a pce 2x8 -10- or 12 and lay it flat between the rafters and side nail the ends. Then either lag screw hook or bolt an eye (3/8") through with flat washers top and bottom with and hang the swing cable or chains from that. 1/8* aircraft cable is good to 850#. But I'd go heavier or a chain. Traditional seat swing uses wire chain.

The swing seat probably is not made of 2x 8 single or double.

If you don't trust the existing dble eight. Why don't you just side nail it with real nails? Not the thin ones coming out of a gun.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:23 AM   #23
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If you don't exceed the load on the beams, posts have a positive attachment at the base and you have sway braces installed onto the posts to provide lateral support if this is a free-standing structure you will be fine.


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