I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to ask my question--I'm not a hammock camper, but I imagine the folks on here know more about hanging hammocks that any other group, so I registered in order to benefit from your collective expertise and advice. I could not find a thread that addresses my question, so I'm plunging on here by starting a topic with my hanging question.
We recently built a retirement house overlooking a lake, and the view is life-enhancing. We have a back sloping lot high on a brow with a walk-out basement. The main floor has a deck and ten feet below, directly beneath the deck, is a patio where we can escape rain or too-hot sun. The deck is supported by steel poles around each of which is a brick column, 16 inches on each side. My wife wants to hang a hammock between two of these columns. We have two in good position that are 15 to 16 feet apart, depending on which corner of the brick column I measure from.
Most hanging instructions I have found online would have me sink hooks into the brick. I have a masonry bit that will drill into the mortar, but I don't have a hammer drill that will go into the brick. I'm afraid mortar won't hold a hook supporting two people. So I wonder about using some kind of rope or tree sling that will wrap around each column. Since the columns are ten feet high, I can move up any distance I need from the brick floor, but each column has a circumference of 64"--that is a lot of strap or rope--and I wonder if it will slide down the brick, or if the rough masonry edges will cut or fray the strap. Reviews I have read about straps complain that they frequently tear, come unstitched, rot, etc. I wonder if a length of thick polyester rope would be better than a fabric strap--if I knew what knot to tie it with. And what about stretching--the strap or the rope, will they stretch and sag? We are going to hang a DuraCord, rope-style, two-person hammock.
Thanks to any of you who can help for taking the time to share your suggestions about the best (labor- and cost- saving, yet reliably strong) way to hang a hammock between two brick columns.
Best wishes to all,
--Allen in Alabama