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Hammock missing second tree , alternate solution

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Hammock missing second tree , alternate solution

I have been wanting to put up a hammock but I only have one big tree, I was going to dig hole and insert a wood 6x6 or metal post. I had a few questions which was going to ask here. I started digging the hole reluctantly wondering if I would hit any rocks how long this would last etc.. I settled on hiding the post in a cedar tree patch.

Then on a random search I found this : Image

The product description :
The post is made from locally sourced larch, after being planed and sanded they are treated with wood preservative.
It is anchored into the ground by two 50cm steel anchors.
The two guy ropes are made from nautical quality polypropylene rope which are fitted with clever plastic cleats used on yachts so the rope can be shortened or lengthened quickly and easily to facilitate hanging the hammock at your preferred height or making small adjustments without removing the ground anchors.
The double eye bolt at the top of the post is specially made and very strong and the guys are already tied for you.
We include an overhead tensioning rope that adds stability and although it takes no strain when the hammock is occupied means that the hammock can be removed without the stand falling over.
We believe that because of the quality materials used in the making of this stand it is the best value on this website. We've tried to make it as foolproof as possible but naturally, instructions are included.


Wow pretty nice product, that inspired me to to put some effort in my own version.
-I started with Some fine Canadian grown treated pressure 4x4 post, grown to capture nasty carbon that would have other words been released in the atmosphere. ( Don't worry just enough carbon was released as to provide you with a cloud cover for use of your hammock.) (https://www.renodepot.com/en/fix-me-84895043).
-The post includes 3 hooks taken from my parts box, providing a better distribution of the magical forces that allow this system to work.
-The two guy ropes are crafted from a back and red rope providing 450 lbs per rope of breaking strength. The ropes allow precise adjustment by way of the superior auto-ratcheting system, you won't need the help of boyscott to install this system. (https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8460271e)
-It is anchored into the ground by two 20 cm rebar steel rods, the type that's typical encased in concrete. ( https://www.renodepot.com/en/20-in-anchor-22875003)
-The post is oversized to convince your kids and wife that everything is structurally sound even though the RFD engineers have not yet weighed in on the matter.

This product is safe for kids :
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surprisingly it's even strong enough to allow horsing around.

The important part, it don't collapse when put to the test :
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The picture does not show it but the post is completely free standing, no hole no digging and so I can place it anywhere I want. much more flexible than a permanent post would have been.
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Think of the Childre…
yeah you be careful now.


WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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naimc wrote: -The post is oversized to convince your kids and wife that everything is structurally sound even though the RFD engineers have not yet weighed in on the matter.
Step 1: Draw free body diagrams.

Step 2: ????

Step 3: Comment on the fact that a lot of faith is being put in those ground anchors.
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: yeah you be careful now.

That's the dumbest thing I've seen. How hard is it to determine if a tree is about to fall down? Their lame test only sank the posts in 1ft.

OP, my biggest concern with your setup is making sure those anchors are securely in the ground. There's not much holding them unless you encase them in concrete. A screw in anchor would be more secure.
Alternatively, you could set a beam in compression between the post and the tree, secured with metal brackets. The post would need to be dug in some distance to give it side to side stability.
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You really shouldn't hang a hammock from your tree at all. The rope will damage the bark. Use two posts.
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engineered wrote: That's the dumbest thing I've seen. How hard is it to determine if a tree is about to fall down? Their lame test only sank the posts in 1ft.

OP, my biggest concern with your setup is making sure those anchors are securely in the ground. There's not much holding them unless you encase them in concrete. A screw in anchor would be more secure.
Alternatively, you could set a beam in compression between the post and the tree, secured with metal brackets. The post would need to be dug in some distance to give it side to side stability.
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Katedontbreak wrote: "Hammock expert" the things you learn from Inside Edition.
lol, yea
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Katedontbreak wrote: "Hammock expert" the things you learn from Inside Edition.
Hey, "the higher you hang the hammock, the greater the risk when you fall". This guy really knows his stuff!

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