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    How to hang in an uncommon house

    So, my wife and I are about to move into our new home.
    We've been building this place for more than 6 years now.
    Granted 3+ years were spent in a legal battle with our original contractor.
    And another year was lost to repairs and what not.

    But here's the deal:

    The whole house is built out of concrete and steel. Originally, the concrete was going to be exposed. So that would have been easy for hanging hammocks.

    But because of the repairs, the walls were ugly, ugly, ugly. So we put in thin steel studs and hung drywall.

    Our roof is also steel, with steel purlins.

    Obviously, those thin steel wall studs are not weight-bearing. Screwing into those for hanging would be disastrous.

    So, what would you engineer types recommend?

    Bonus: I have a CNC plasma cutter, welders, etc. and can fabricate just about any bracket we can dream up for this application.

    The only thing I can come up with is cutting through the drywall to expose some concrete. Then coming up with some sort of bracket that attaches to the concrete but sits flush with the drywall.

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    Build a stand.
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Build a stand.
    Yeah, but then I've got a giant stand taking up room somewhere.
    I'd love to just have some tucked-out-of-the-way hooks/brackets.

    There are some exposed steel I-beam columns in the living room area. And that would be easy enough if the angles work. But then I'm sleeping in the living room. That's my fall-back idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Build a stand.
    The prudent part of me (quite tiny, really) agrees with oldgringo; a stand would be by far the simplest most efficient solution. Plus, if you decide you want to move your bed, moving a stand is a whole lot easier than reattaching some kind of custom bracket. Considering your skills with metal, I'm actually surprised 'sculpting' a stand wasn't your first impulse. I have zero artistic ability, but can imagine some really cool and fun stands.
    Trust nobody!

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    Tap cons in the block will solve that problem post haste!!! I would "back" my bracket with something behind the drywall if possible. A filler of sorts. I live in a concrete block house.


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    I think that putting a bracket into the cement is your best bet. But rather than just cutting a hole in the dry wall and having it exposed I would get creative. Hang some small pictures on the wall or a light fixture or something of that sort. You can swing them open to expose your secret brackets and hang your hammock. That way you wont have the unsightly holes in your walls when not hanging. Your house is also begging for a hidden safe or two.

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    sorry for your TROUBLES Recess the dry wall . make shelf out of it and tap cons. fast nail is the place to go. like a medicine cabinet .

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    Purlins can be extremely strong..or else they wouldn't use them for holding up the roof.
    I did major construction for years and I can tell you from experience those purlins are strong.
    Look inside a factory or warehouse that uses them, lot of stuff hanging from them..Air ducts, plumbing, etc. I've installed lots of piping and extra items below them. No fail.
    As long as the load is vertical and does not tweak the purlin to the side.
    So hanging in line with one should not be a problem. Drill a 3/8 or 1/2" hole install bolts with large washers and double nut the connection.

    Your wall idea should be doable as well. Given that standard construction methods (8" thick) were followed.

    ****Disclaimer** This info is based on standard construction methods. Without actually seeing your project, proceed at your own risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    As long as the load is vertical and does not tweak the purlin to the side.
    So hanging in line with one should not be a problem. Drill a 3/8 or 1/2" hole install bolts with large washers and double nut the connection.
    .
    That was one of my concerns. If I went from purlin to purlin or from purlin to wall, obviously there's some lateral stress on the purlin.
    And that's the part that makes me nervous.

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    I work in the hvac field. I hang duct work for thoes that weighs alot more then you do. Hang from the top of the purlin and you will be fine the top is made to hold the stress but you can hang from the bottom beacuse you will not be carrying the load for a long time just lounging and sleeping. I would love to have that I could hang like mad and make wife mad as well. happy hanging

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