Originally Posted by gee something
Hey everyone. Another top rail question.
I've spent quite a bit of time going over the the thread, however with it being so long it gets a little overwhelming and difficult to find something I *think* I may have read. That's my long way of saying if this has been covered already, I apologize. :-)
I have built the stand, though I haven't tried to hang in it yet. I am a big guy (300#) so I am concerned with having a sufficient top rail. (I built the tripods with 2x4s.) Instead of using a fence rail or EMT, I opted for galvanized pipe. So I purchased two 5-foot sections of 1" galvanized pipe and a coupler. However, when I tightened them up, they don't look very well connected. It looks like it only tightened maybe half-way down the threaded section on each pipe.
So a few questions:
1) Do you think the 5' sections should work, or do you think I should really try to get 6' pieces (like bundy71 did)?
2) Do you need to use a wrench to tighten the pipe/coupler/pipe? I hand-tightened it as much as I could and it does not look very tight.
3) Am I off-base with the galvanized pipe? It looks like EMT is less expensive, so should I maybe try to get two 6' pieces of 1" or 1-1/2" EMT (with a 3/4" or 1", respectively, reinforcement in the middle)? The galvanized pipe is pretty beefy and looks like it could do some damage if it came down on me. On the other hand, EMT looks like it wouldn't hold as well (though I know it has worked for a lot of you).
Thanks in advance for the help!
In addition to what the others have already said I would add that if you are careful to get the spot where the pipe is suspended and the spot where your hammock is suspended as close together as possible that will minimize the bending forces on the pipe and the result will be mostly compression force.
I don't know if I've described it very well think of trying to break a pencil (or better yet a longer piece of similar thickness dowel). Attach one end of the dowel to something fixed and hold the other end with your fingers. If you try to bend the dowel to the breaking point with your other hand by pushing very closely to either end then it will be very difficult. As you move the pushing point towards the middle you will soon begin to bend the dowel and as you get closer to the middle you'll be able to easily break it. (I'm not sure that helped either
I've added the most recent two to the list (I'll edit my most recent post of the list)