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Old 03-07-2011, 03:47 PM   #16
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Get a couple 1.5' pieces of extruded 2" angle, lag them to the sides of the rafter, drill some holes for the eye hooks, hang swing, drink beer

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sorry, I forgot to explain the images I posted. The first one is just a side shot of the rafter I cracked during my first attempt. The other side is nice and smooth. The second picture is of the first hole with the split and the eye bolt going into the wood with the tiny crack. It was the best shot I could get of that. What are these 1.5' extruded 2" angle you are talking about? My dad stopped by and had the idea of leaving the eye bolts where they are, sandwich the original beam with 2 more 2x6's and bolt all 3 together with 6 bolts with washers and lock washers and just tightening them up real good. It got dark so we are going to pick up on it again Wednesday. Do you think that idea will work?
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:40 PM   #18
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How much does this swing weigh?
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How much does this swing weigh?

Its actually not that heavy (maybe 50-60 pounds max). Its made out of some sort of plastic or PVC or something so its light but really strong.
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How far is the rafter span?

The occupants will add additional loading, this must be taken into consideration.
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How far is the rafter span?

The occupants will add additional loading, this must be taken into consideration.
It is 74" long and its a 2x6. The eye bolts are screwed in a good 4.5-5" into the beam so I do not think the weight is to much of an issue. The big issue is that the first attempt was a failure and I was not centered to the board causing it to split and drop the eye hook. And its just the one side that had the split..
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Sandwiching three 2x6s should be fine--- just make sure you hit the center and I think you're good!

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