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Old 07-25-2009, 07:15 PM   #1
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How could we mount plant hanger on an aluminum post?


I have been asked to find a way to mount a plant hanger post or hook off the side of an aluminum column that holds up our patio roof.

I AM AT A LOSS OF HOW TO DO THIS.

Does anyone have any ideas?

The only thing that I can think of would be to locate a strip of metal behind the aluminum (if that is even possible to do) or possibly use butterfly bolts. Does anyone know if or whether either of these will work? Any better ideas?

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  • How wide is the Al column? 2'?, 4"?
  • Is the column embedded in concrete?
  • What is your Location? wind storms? tornadoes?
  • Can the Al post be replaced with a 4x4?
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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Thanks, let me see If I can answer your questions

  • How wide is the Al column? 2'?, 4"?
about 3.5" and is square
  • Is the column embedded in concrete?
No. It is bolted to the concrete and to the roof it supports.
  • What is your Location? wind storms? tornadoes?
Location = on a ridge in the East Bay across from Redwood City (San Francisco Bay Area).
Prevailing winds = typically breezy, some stronger gusts. No tornadoes. Typical and rather infrequent wind storms come from the hills. Direction from sea/bay are most frequent & are the ones that would impact this structure the most since it is sheltered from Santa Ana winds (direction from the hills) by the house.
  • Can the Al post be replaced with a 4x4?
I've not considered that, but the enclosed section of the patio (also under the same roof) is supported by redwood 5x5's. And yet, replacing the Al columns is a little more work than I was thinking of doing.

BTW, I just had another idea: using a couple of strips of aluminum banding. But where would I find it and the tool to tighten it?
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I would suggest that a worm drive hose clamp would be used. These can be purchased in various lengths and if greater length is required than is available, they can be 'daisy' chained to make them longer!
Using these won't effect the structural integrity of the post!
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my initial instinct is to not pierce the metal... what if your friend doesn't want the hanger there in a few years?

What about suspending it from the rafters of the patio roof?
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my initial instinct is to not pierce the metal... what if your friend doesn't want the hanger there in a few years?

What about suspending it from the rafters of the patio roof?
That might work except the patio roof is interlocking 'U's of Aluminum. they are held together by self-driving screws at the interlocking overlap of the capital (top lateral lines) of adjacent 'U'.
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I would suggest that a worm drive hose clamp would be used. These can be purchased in various lengths and if greater length is required than is available, they can be 'daisy' chained to make them longer!
Using these won't effect the structural integrity of the post!
That's along the lines of what I was thinking about when I thought of "banding." Except perhaps, do those bands conform to squares (like these columns)?
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That's along the lines of what I was thinking about when I thought of "banding." Except perhaps, do those bands conform to squares (like these columns)?
I used this method to place a screened cap on my fireplace chimney opening and it worked well. Although the ceramic flue did have rounded corners.
Right angle bends can be made in hose clamps. So with care, they should able to be fitted to your post.
Perhaps if you made a point of using 4 clamps (one per side) it could be done neatly!

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