Join Date: May 2011
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Stripper poles as indoor anchor points??
Unusual request for info follows...
Like many others, I find that sleeping in a hammock helps my back as well as just being downright comfy. My back has been painful for years & as soon as I get into my hammock the relief is almost instantaneous and lasting. The thought of hanging indoors and getting relief from the pain regularly has been on my mind for a while. So I bought a couple of eye-bolts & mounted them into the ceiling joists, hung up my hammock & got in - bliss...or so I thought.
When the hammock is strung up so that it sits at a normal workable height it has too much sag for me & is too uncomfortable to sleep in. If I string it tighter to get the right amount of sag, it ends up too high of the floor to get in & out off easily. As it is, I have to stand on a footstool to get in & out the hammock & want to avoid using a stepladder!! I have 8ft ceiling height & the eye-bolts are mounted about 12ft apart. I'm using a WBBB with adjustable webbing suspension.
I can't mount the eye-bolts any further apart so I was wondering how to fix my problem. I don't want to mount the eye-bolts into the walls because of the high tensions put on them when the hammock is weighted. I could buy a hammock stand but it would take up the entire room & I'd have to get rid of my bed altogether or have it leaning up against one of the walls out of the way - so those options are out for now.
Spoke to my GF about it & she said "Why don't you get a couple of stripper poles & install them where you need them & tie your hammock to them?" Clearly, I thought this was a great idea (hoping she might decide to also use them as intended ). So I check out the price of them & they're £150 each for the strongest one - too much money for me right now but could save the cash if necessary.
Thought about using scaffolding poles instead & mounting them using suitable flanges screwed into the ceiling joists & floor, however I kinda like the idea of having two ahem, poles, in my room that primarily hold up my hammock. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made... these poles are specially designed to be strong enough to support a human swinging on them & not pull out, so they'd be perfect to suspend a hammock from - right? I could stop the hammock suspension from sliding down the poles by running a sling from the ceiling eye-bolts to the suspension & anchoring each end in place. This would mean I could adjust the tension & get the right amount of sag at any height off the floor that I like. I'd most likely anchor the poles with screws/bolts permanently just for peace of mind, but it's also handy that they can be removed easily & quickly if need be.
Has anyone else tried this? Did it work? Are there any other options I should consider?
SWMBO is clearly awesome for understanding my need for hanging my hammock indoors and suggesting an equally awesome solution that took me by surprise at it's sheer genius & simplicity - and made me grin from ear-to-ear at the same time!!
Would welcome any comments & suggestions on this idea from all on HF. It's certainly an unusual way of hanging a hammock indoors, & it's probably more unusual for a guy to have not one, but two poles in his bedroom - for any reason!! But kinda cool at the same time
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Charleston SC
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i wouldnt do that, for several reasons
1: the lateral force on the poles is greater when hanging that far from the pole. put it this way, pick up a cinder block and hold it near your body, then hold it at arms length. big difference.
2: those poles are VERY slippery, and getting a proper hold on them with the hammock suspension will be hard.
my suggestion is to take enough amsteel with loops in the ends. you can attach one end into the eyebolt, the other at the hammock end.
that way it would drop it down a bit and should hold it correctly.
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How about hanging a couple loops of rope from the ceiling eye bolts and then hanging a single pole from them, as a ridge? Kinda of a reverse-Turtle Lady stand (as this is my 1st post, don't know how to put in appropriate link to thread). Should be completely height adjustable/sag adjustable/easily put away. Also, if you do use your GF's suggestion as type of pole to use, a set of flanges in the ceiling and a half-flange on the floor (with the other half handy for install) can convert it back to original use. My only thought on this is that at 8', the pole may be too short and you'd have to find some way to add an extension, ala fence toprail.
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Go with the stripper poles that way when it doesnt work for the above reasons you still have the poles and can tell your girlfriend you dont want to waste the money so she might as well use them, lol
IDK, who posted it or where to find it, would be a hassle from my phone anyway. But the indoor 2"x4" frame stand seems to be the most cost, space, structurally effective indoor hanging solution where you cannot make modifications to the building's framework.
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Join Date: Aug 2011
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Just like Dracfodder suggested: hang a steel pole from the eye bolts. It will lower your attachment points but still give you the 12' reach you need.
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