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    Senior Member pedro's Avatar
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    Indoor hang from ceiling joists

    Last week I installed two stainless steel padeyes in my living room ceiling and successfully hung from them. The padeyes are 7/8" I.D. and are rated to over 2000 lbs. apiece. They are available from West Marine. About $20.00@.

    I think that it is worth it to use these for two reasons. Being yacht hardware, they are very good looking in comparison to hardware store galvanised stuff. More importantly, though, is the fact that the padeye is attached to the joist via a base plate with two #14 screws ( I used 3" long
    stainless screws) instead of a screw eye's 3/8" thread. This does not compromise the structural integrity of the joist as much, and distributes the load over a larger area.

    The height of the ceiling is 8 1/2' and the span between padeyes is 22'. Both padeyes are screwed to the same joist, making it into a 2 x 8 compression member. No big mystery, then that there wasn't any deflection or creaking or anything when a load (my butt) was applied to the hammock.

    Certainly, hanging from ceiling joists instead of wall studs puts much less stress on the frame of the house, but I don't think that it would be doable on a shorter span unless you had a compression pole to place in between the ends of the hammock.

    I've slept several nights in this rig, and my back and shoulders definately feel better than when sleeping on my Tempur-pedic mattress.

    Now I just have to install another set for my wife's hammock

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    Well, that sounds good to me. Let us know if you see anything different. Pictures would be cool!
    Is the wife on board w/ hanging a second hammock for her?
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Thanks, Slowhike. I will post pictures soon. As far as the wife goes, I didn't have the first hammock up for 30 minutes before she scammed me out of it and took over "load testing" duties! We traded off for the rest of the evening every half hour or so, while we watched tv.

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    Ahhh... if only all the mates were that quick to see the beauty of a hammock
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Hmm ... if I put a set of eyes in the ceiling of our living room ... I'm pretty sure the blonde would install the second set.

    Unfortunately for me it would take a proctologist to remove them!!!!

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    Just hang a couple of potted plants from the hooks during the day. If shes a true blonde she'll never catch on.
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Just hang a couple of potted plants from the hooks during the day. If shes a true blonde she'll never catch on.
    Genius! Pure Genius!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Just hang a couple of potted plants from the hooks during the day. If shes a true blonde she'll never catch on.
    I have nothing to say, fantastic!
    Trust nobody!

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    Hmmmm ....

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    yep, and all that amsteel is for her macrame plant hangers, that I'll finish...some day.
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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