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Forum topic by Ryan522 posted 772 days ago 1510 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ryan522

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772 days ago

Hello there,

I brought a hammock from a trip from Brazil and I was wondering If I could hang it on those wood beam?

I know that the hanger looks very old and weak, that’s why I’m here.
The hammock is designed to hold about 300lbs.. but will those hangers be safe to hold more than that? about 800lbs just to be safe?

Thanks for your help !


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 772 days ago

Id hang a hammock off of those beams if it were at my house. Id probably use a lag bolt with an eye hook on the end right into the center of that beam. 800 lbs? you planning on having a party in that hammock? ;)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 772 days ago

We need three bits of info to give a good answer:

1. How fat are you?
2. How far would you fall if it broke?
3. Are there any alligators below the hammock?

Sorry, I couldn’t help it!

I think it should be just fine. Those joist hangers are super strong!

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#3 posted 772 days ago

Thank you for your reply Chris, and I would consider doing some changes, but it’s a rented house.

I just need an answer from a specialist saying that it would be safe or not. anyone?

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#4 posted 772 days ago

You’ll be putting just part of the load on this hanger, given the beam is also supported at the other end somewhere. Shear strength of a single nail is into the thousands of pounds, and you are very unlikely to put much stress in the direction that would pull them out of the wall. As long as the wood isn’t rotten, I’d say you’re ready to lounge.

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#5 posted 772 days ago

1. I’m 162 and my wife is 140.. about 300 hahaha…
2. 2 feet?
3. nope ;) but it’s a rented house.. and the landlord can’t tell me if it would be safe or not

Should I just try and see what happens? Is there any way to test those hangers?

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Viktor

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#6 posted 772 days ago

You could probably find some specs for such bracket on the label in hardware store. But at least replacing nails with screws would help.

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Ryan522

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#7 posted 772 days ago

Thank you 1stmistake !

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#8 posted 772 days ago

Just look on the bright side.
If the beam gives way and you fall to the ground, that heavy beam falling on your head will make you forget all about the pain in your backside.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 772 days ago

Thank you Viktor, that’s a really good idea !

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#10 posted 772 days ago

i think youre good to go, youd have to pull out 8 nails taht im asssuming are about 2 1/2”, if it were to go it would be a slow and gradual thing so youd see the nails pulling out.

For the rest of the group in terms on shear strength i always thought nails were better than screws?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#11 posted 772 days ago

For once I’m going to beg to differ a bit with Viktor. Not all screws are suitable for structural applications and would violate building codes if used on that bracket. At least that is my understanding. The big-box stores carry Simpson Strong-Tie products, and they have nails and screws specifically designed for these kinds of applications.

-- Greg D.

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StumpyNubs

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#12 posted 772 days ago

Maybe if you posted a photo of yourself and your wife we could tell you for sure. :)

Just keep a cell phone in your pocket. If you fall, call 911. I called them yesterday when McDonalds messed up my order. They were very helpful.

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#13 posted 772 days ago

I don’t know about building codes, but obviously you need to use appropriate screws (not drywall screws). I don’t trust nails because they loosen over time. The reason this topic attracted my attention in the first place is because recently I was replacing similar bracket on a very similar beam that was even less exposed to the elements for +15 years. I could easily pull the nails with pliers with one hand.

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Howie

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#14 posted 772 days ago

Well you could get some maple rod and weld it to the house. :-)
I could not tell you if it was safe because if you fell down you could sue me.

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 772 days ago

Those hangers are designed to carry vertical, dead loads. If nailed correctly, it would probably be fine, but I sure wouldn’t bet much on them standing up to an oscillating live load (i.e. actually swinging in the hammock).

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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