Hanging porch swing from deck headers?

Old 08-05-14, 09:24 AM
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Question Hanging porch swing from deck headers?

I can only seem to find posts about porch swings on...porches. None for under deck installations. I just finished my paver patio under my deck so I'd like to put a swing under there. The best location I can find would be between two 6x6 deck posts that are spaced 6' apart. I was thinking I could hang it from the headers which are 2 - 2x8's. Good idea? or would the torsion mess with the headers' purpose? Otherwise, I can put the swing elsewhere, attached to the joists. I'm sure the joists would probably be a worse idea but I don't see why either option would be doable for a swing?
Let me hear your thoughts, especially ways to strengthen it or ways to attach the chain to the joists/headers.
Old 08-05-14, 03:14 PM
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If the headers are supporting anything substantial, I don't think drilling through them for attaching the swing's chains would be a good idea. Why not just install a dedicated support beam between the 2 columns, just below the existing header, using through bolts?

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