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    4x4? 4x6?

    Hey all. The house I just moved into has ONE really nice tree I have permission from the other half (she owns the house ) to do whatever is needed to give me a place to hang. I'm figuring a treated 10' post concreted 3' deep. Would a 4x6 be overkill or would a 4x4 be ok? Either way I'm going to put a eye screw near the top with rope staked out to the backside of it. Suggestions?
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    Why mess around 8x8 buddy! 4x4 should get it done especially with a counter balance stake but pick through them and find a good one I have seen some bad stuff even in pressure treated. I have been thinking along the same lines for some spots to hang at our place. I had thought about a pair of 4x4's with a line running down to a block of cement that has a guy line to it. Eye bolts at both points to make it easy to change the guy line or the post if we ever had to. Nothing but tumble weeds and a couple sage brush on our property. Maybe some day I will get the forrest in.
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    What I did was pound a sleeve in the ground, about 40" of 2.5" diameter stainless steel. IN that I can place a 2" rigid galv. conduit. I drilled the top and bolted in an eye bolt for attachment.



    When I need to mow, or the kids want to romp around the yard, I just pull the pipe.

    But a 4x4 should suffice.
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    the 4x4 should be fine...but after awhile it will bend and warp from the weather and you weight just something to think about befor you cement
    the poles down for good...trust me
    you can add a top rail to help it from warping inwards ...that should help some...but after a few years you will need to replace the post
    i did the same for my setup...and i wish i built a stant insted
    as for cementing them in 3 feet should be fine...but make sure you make the hole wide also..i would say a good 2 foot wide would be a good idea
    and use a mix that has stone in it as well..

    i would use a medal fence post ...4inch post should do the trick
    if i could do it again i would use medal fence post...and set them in at the same depth and 2 foot wide hole than cap the tops....and drill a hole for your eye hooks

    this way it can be used at a cloths line as well for when your not hanging
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    Opie, I remember PMing you about your setup a few months back. I just looked out in the garage. I have a 2' piece of 1/4" thick wall pipe. 1 15/16 id. You think that buried would support a 1 7/8 od upright pole? Along with the counter going to the backside?
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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    What I did was pound a sleeve in the ground, about 40" of 2.5" diameter stainless steel. IN that I can place a 2" rigid galv. conduit. I drilled the top and bolted in an eye bolt for attachment.



    When I need to mow, or the kids want to romp around the yard, I just pull the pipe.

    But a 4x4 should suffice.

    thats a good idea...and if you bend a pole..it's nothing to replace it
    just pull it out
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    Quote Originally Posted by optimator View Post
    Opie, I remember PMing you about your setup a few months back. I just looked out in the garage. I have a 2' piece of 1/4" thick wall pipe. 1 15/16 id. You think that buried would support a 1 7/8 od upright pole? Along with the counter going to the backside?
    If you are only going 2 foot down, I think a tie out is a must. Heck... I use tie outs on mine...I didnt at first. Peace of mind sorta thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    thats a good idea...and if you bend a pole..it's nothing to replace it
    just pull it out
    Exactly that happened when I was weight testing the slings early on....



    Now I have guy lines off the backside anchored to these...

    http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amp%3B+Leashes

    These also work on the same concept. Sleeve gets pounded in the ground and the attachment point can be removed for mowing or play.
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    Thanks for the quick replies guys! But do you all think that 2' on my post sleeve will be deep enough even with the rear anchors? I plan on using pretty stout steel for my upright.....
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