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Old 09-12-16, 10:15 AM
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Post for a hammock support

(There is no hammock section, so I'm asking this here because the same idea applies as a fence post.)

I want to stick a post in the ground to support one end of a hammock. The other end ties to a tree.

I plan on setting it in concrete. Would a 4X4 work, or should I go 6X6? How far in the ground?
 
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Old 09-12-16, 11:33 AM
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I'd go 6x6... Usually don't like to set posts in the ground, but for this application that's what I would do since all the force will be sideways. Minimum 3 foot in the ground. More if you have sandy or loamy soil.
 
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Old 09-12-16, 11:38 AM
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Normal rule of thumb is to bury 1/3 of the post and I would consider a little more in this application.
 
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Yes, 1/3 of the post in the ground and I consider 30" the minimum depth for a post. And, I vote for a 6x6.
 
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We did one for a client with the same scenario. We angled the post in the ground at about 30 degrees away from the tree, then filled the hole with concrete. It adds to the ability of the post to hold the weight without tipping.
 
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Old 09-13-16, 06:56 AM
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Thanks for the advice.

I was planning on angling it away from the tree.

I see that Lowes readily stocks 4 X 6's. Do you think that would work - with a 4" side facing the tree? Or should I hold out for a 6X6?
 
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The others seem to be avoiding the question: How much do you weight?

It's all about the load & span. I'm sure a 4x4 at 3-4 foot unsupported span would hold. Consider how thin & weak those steel portable hammock frames are. The angle is a great help as well.
 
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Old 09-13-16, 09:57 AM
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That's a valid question! If I was a jockey, your answer would be different than if I said 250# - which is the answer...
 
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Ah, a Clydesdale jockey.

If you are going to the trouble of digging the hole and sinking a post I'd get the 6x6 which Lowes also stocks. At my store an 8' one is about $25 versus about $17 for a 4x6.
 
 

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