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Hello,


Sorry for the noob question. But i was wondering what everyones opinion is or experience on how to mount a heavy bag (50lbs) in the ceiling of my basement? I want to hang it in between the joist supports. Would putting a 2x4 in between the support joist and hanging the bag on the 2x4 be good enough? Im just making sure its safe and all, but mostly if its all good for the basement ceiling itself. I may be just paranoid but i thought id ask people who have more experience in that.

This is an image i found on google that looks exactly how my joist supports look like:

( https://www.google.com/search?q=basement joists&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg%3ACdimAy4VZTZdIkAmZr0S6vG7_1w5gosr_1W4eP7rH6aIficplRYRhzTk6lCpKE7DCLCaA7t3mKXTSwtGjHgMTvtcCMi3PMSpKSbqMyKhIJJma9Eurxu_18R3d-kNGH4WlEqEgkOYKLK_11uHjxFDhZego_17PNSoSCe6x-miH4nKZEYUwOjKQrA0UKhIJUWEYc05OpQoRI9wdaZ8IxJ0qEgmShOwwiwmgOxFGyNaXniaAVyoSCbd5il00sLRoESQUCxXuDzrsKhIJx4DE77XAjIsRGTb_1zARigZ4qEglzzEqSkm6jMhGN3VvbdMf-w2ENpxoA45e-8A&prmd=inv&hl=en&ved=0CBIQuIIBahcKEwjYn-HNjLzoAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQKQ&biw=360&bih=668#imgrc=QkX31vKAG31dbM&imgdii=dnHsKVbj1xIaqM )


Thanks in advanced
 

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Since @Nealtw says it isn't a good idea, it probably isn't.....
Nonetheless, I've hung heavy bags like this by screwing a 2x6 (or 2x8)
on flat to the bottom of 4 joists. Then added 3/8" eye bolt in the center.

Worked fine, but apparently a lot of noises were transmitted upstairs.

Hmm....may have thickened/stiffened central area with another 2 by
on top with tight fit between those two joists....
 

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Neal, could you mount a couple-three 2x8 (or whatever size fits) webs between those engineered joists, screwed through the web part of the joist? Then screw a couple more webs between those to mount the heavy bag?
 

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Neal, could you mount a couple-three 2x8 (or whatever size fits) webs between those engineered joists, screwed through the web part of the joist? Then screw a couple more webs between those to mount the heavy bag?
They are trusses, so that would be a question for their engineers. And we know what they would say. Boxing the truss with plywood would be the best bet. Lot's of people hang these bags most don't use them long because they shake the whole house.
 

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Floor joists are designed to support a load of more than 250 lbs per square foot, otherwise a singel fat person could create problems. The two joists are capable of supporting 500 lbs between them. It is also a static load with the bag as all the force is straight down.

I would mount a section of 4x4 between the joists and use Simpson Strong-tie connectors. Put an eye-bolt through the 4x4 before attaching it to the joists.
 

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Floor joists are designed to support a load of more than 250 lbs per square foot, otherwise a singel fat person could create problems. The two joists are capable of supporting 500 lbs between them. It is also a static load with the bag as all the force is straight down.

I would mount a section of 4x4 between the joists and use Simpson Strong-tie connectors. Put an eye-bolt through the 4x4 before attaching it to the joists.
The are TGI and trusses. Not joists. :wink2:
 
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