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Re: help locating rafters

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03-01-2013 10:31:24

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Thanks a lot. I think I will brace between rafters and then bolt to that. Probably use screws to fasten the braces between the rafters. I would think this would share the load and be firmer as well.

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Billy NY

03-03-2013 05:40:50

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 Re: help locating rafters in reply to Tuckermac, 03-01-2013 10:31:24  
Again use care with any screws, most common modern screws used for wood framing you'll find are not rated for any shear loading, and are likely not to have much in tension. However, you may be able to source wood screws that will suffice, well worth finding the fastener that has some loading capability in shear, tension and has threads with the best pull out or failure values. I would assume you could "beef up" the framing, for that garage door repair I mentioned, I liked being able to span a few trusses to spread out the load, and being able to clamp down on that bottom chord, eliminated any free play, the swing will impose some kind of rotational forces, so I would want to anticipate that and incorporate what makes sense to stiffen and safely secure it above, I kind of overthink some things, and like overkill and substantial safety margins, especially when it comes to things like these.

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03-02-2013 04:41:44

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 Re: help locating rafters in reply to Tuckermac, 03-01-2013 10:31:24  
put you a 2x6 at bottom of rafters and then get an eight ft 4x4 and put on top of rafters, toe nail 4x4 and long eye bolts..this will spread the load to more than 1 or 2 rafters, double nut eye bolts

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Zachary Hoyt

03-01-2013 10:41:03

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 Re: help locating rafters in reply to Tuckermac, 03-01-2013 10:31:24  
If you use eye bolts I would recommend nylock type nuts, I hung a swing with regular nuts and one came unscrewed after a while. With the lock nuts it has been years with no problems. Zach

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