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    The right hardware to hang in my garage

    I don't have 2 mature trees close enough to test out my new hammock. So I was thinking of hanging it in the garage to play with it. Can I just use two 1/4" I-hooks screwed into the studs?

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    I would go with 1" ID forged eye bolts 3.5"long. The problem my arise when you test the build quality of your frame work. There is the possibilty you could pull a stud out of the wall. A hammock stand my be a better option if you rent or have any doubts about the structural integrity of your home.
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    I agree with the comment about the hammock stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronAlso View Post
    There is the possibilty you could pull a stud out of the wall.
    I have this image in my head of ...



    This guy, Dean Winters, great actor from the HBO series OZ. Anyway, him with a hammock set up inside a garage as described above, flopping onto it as lazily as possible and both walls crash in. Then the roof cmes down on top of him.

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    Yeah, it's a real possibility that could happen to you. However, hanging from the cieling joists is much less likely to result in the previously mentioned catastrophic failure. Though since the ideal hang is a function of suspension angle, it can be much harder to get the correct distance and height with this method.

    How tall is the ceiling in you garage?
    How much length do you have to spare for your hammock?

    With those you can use the hang calculator at theultimatehang.com to determined if you have enough room. Othewise a stand is your only feasible option.
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    The right hardware to hang in my garage

    Wow, I never thought about pulling a stud out of the wall. I live in a 10 year old home, although by a builder without the greatest reputation in the world. Do you think a 160 lb. guy is going to put that much force on the wall studs?

    My garage is 20 1/2' feet wide with 9' ceilings. I was thinking opposite walls.

    Thanks for the website calculator. I just bought the app.
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    Crunch some numbers with the calculator. You will quickly see that yes your 160 pounds can put a lot of load on a suspension. Hundreds and hundreds of pounds of force is not to hard to get to. The way a house is framed is not meant to handle the forces pulling inward. The walls bear load down from the roof onto the foundation, not inward. Makings guess to if there are one nail or two or six driven in crazy holding the stud in place, or a horrible knot in the stud that makes it weak are things it very hard to guess about.

    Paul the skeptical of all framing I have not done myself....spent 2 weeks reframing my house after the "best crew" in town put it together. I really want to hang a hammock in my bed room but know that I would pull a wall over guaranteed.
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    The right hardware to hang in my garage

    Ok, I'm going to look for a stand on Craigslist. Thanks for the warning.

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    You should look into making a stand.
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    Take a look at these two threads. I'm 150 pounds and have no problem hanging from my room's studs.
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=74386
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=73188

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    Someone recently posted a YouTube (?) video of a skinny guy pulling down a brick support post (perhaps 18x18"?) next to a swimming pool, while trying to cross the pool hanging from a rope with about 15-degree hang. Quite an eye-opener.

    If you're going to hang in your garage, at a minimum hang from a support brace that crosses at least two studs or better yet, ceiling joists.

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