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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguel View Post
    So is there any general consensus on the thickness of the pole and the depth of the bury. In my backyard I have a tree to 4x4 configuration. The 4x4 has been in the ground for over 17 years that I know about and I am going to replace it. My choices are 4x4, 4x6 or 6x6. I was planning on reinforcing it with concrete. I live in upstate NY with semi rocky soil.

    Anyone care to recommend a size and depth of hole? I recently had a tree fall on my hammock while I was in it so I'm a little gun shy. In fact....that's why I'm replacing the current pole. I do have to admit....the 6x6s look HUGE!

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    Other than having them warp sometimes I have never had an issue with a
    8 ft 4x4 post 2 ft in the ground. But this next time around i'm going to use the pressure treated round posts. there 5-6" thick and not expensive.
    I prefer the look of them.
    Advantage of the 4x4 posts are you can buy post caps for them.
    They even make solar lights for the tops that are pretty cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary_R View Post
    Other than having them warp sometimes I have never had an issue with a
    8 ft 4x4 post 2 ft in the ground. But this next time around i'm going to use the pressure treated round posts. there 5-6" thick and not expensive.
    I prefer the look of them.
    Advantage of the 4x4 posts are you can buy post caps for them.
    They even make solar lights for the tops that are pretty cheap.
    I never thought of getting round posts. I like that idea...easier on the straps too without the sharp corners. Also a little beefier than the 4x4s. Thanks.

    Miguel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguel View Post
    I never thought of getting round posts. I like that idea...easier on the straps too without the sharp corners. Also a little beefier than the 4x4s. Thanks.

    Miguel
    I'm still adding anchor points to them.. just cause.

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    just did a quick craigslist search and found a guy local to me who is selling telephone poles cut into 10foot sections. that should work nicely. score

    if you can't find any in your area Tractor supply carries 8 foot round fence post in 5in and 6in diameters that would work good.

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    If you use the poles you could cap them like This

    It would help the water run off, and birds wouldn't land on it.
    They are also removable.

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    i'd go with a treated6x6' and have at least 4foot in the ground....i would'nt bother with cement unless the if soil was too loose to support the timbers upright. if it ended up, two posts i would do the same with 4x4"s and run a steel pipe something that comes in 20' lenght, between the two to resist the inward pull.

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    i put up a treated 4"x4"x10' - i have a tree on the other end. i was able to get a hole about 30" deep dug with my post hole digger. I did not use cement or concrete - I have pretty hard, clay like soil in my yard. I hard packed it down on all 4 sides of the post with the back of a rake handle and kept packing the soil in. I hung on it yesterday and it was fine although I am not sure if it is going to remain stable over time with rain etc. I guess I will see and if need be, use concrete. What do you think?

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