Anchoring a Hammock
COPYRIGHT 1999 G.G. ALONZY
Today a customer in the hardware store where I work asked me what to do to hang a hammock (which he said should be able to hold 200 lbs.) from a stone and mortar wall in a basement. I was unsure as to the best method to use, and hesitant to make a suggestion, since the wrong one could cause someone on the hammock to fall. I'd appreciate your suggestions on the matter, because I want to be able to help customers with their projects.
Normally, any plastic or lead anchor will work well in masonry. However, a hammock's load is partially vertical and partially horizontal, so there is a great risk of the anchor pulling out.
With a stone wall, it is usually easier to install the bolt between the stones in the mortar... some stones defy easy drilling. So given these two problems, the best solution would be to use 1/4" or 3/8" eyebolts. They would have to be set into the mortar at least a two inches. The hole would have to be large enough to allow a nut installed on the end of the bolt to fit easily into the hole. This nut will keep the bolt from pulling out.
A fast setting anchoring mortar would be used to set the eyebolt in the hole. This should hold the hammock in place safely provided that the wall is sound and the rest of the mortar is solid and not crumbling. If confidence in the integrity of the wall is low, though, it might be better to suggest the customer purchase a hammock frame!
Have a small home repair question for THE NATURAL HANDYMAN? Just click here www.naturalhandyman.com/aitikia
For more home repair information, visit NH's growing list of original home repair articles and quality links www.naturalhandyman.com
If this information has been valuable to you, please consider making a small donation to support NH's free service to the home repair community! For more information, please visit our "Friends" page www.naturalhandyman.com/friends
The Natural Handyman Site Directory
- Home Repair Articles www.naturalhandyman.com/iip
- Home Repair Links Library www.naturalhandyman.com/linkslibrary
- NH's Bookshop www.naturalhandyman.com/bookshop
- Find a handyman at www.naturalhandyman.com/network
- Win unique home repair gifts and prizes at www.naturalhandyman.com/contest
Please read the important copyright and disclaimer information is located at www.naturalhandyman.com/copyright
Also in Home
- 5 ways your house can make you go broke
- 5 simple and affordable luxuries for your home
- 12 ways to lower heating bills
- 8 ways homebuyers annoy sellers
- Why pay extra toward mortgage principal?
- Avoid mortgage closing costs on a refinance?
- 6 ways to stock your "man cave" for under $500
- 6 home projects that don't pay for themselves
- Should I refinance my home equity line?