Hanging a porch swing

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Old 04-12-05, 07:43 AM
skilz3
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Hanging a porch swing

Hello. I am trying to hang a porch swing from my cement back porch and would appreciate any help anybody could offer.

The cement is about 6 in. thick. The swing will hold about 450 lbs at most. Would anchoring two metal fixtures (perhaps something you'd use to hang a heavy item like a punching bag) directly into the cement work? Or would I need to secure a 2x4 to the ceiling and place hooks in that? I'm looking for a safe yet uncomplicated solution if there is one.

Thanks to all who respond. Andy
 
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Old 04-12-05, 09:54 PM
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Is there anything on top of the cement roof/ceiling?
A balcony or anything?
 
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Old 04-13-05, 09:32 AM
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Yes... there is a wrought iron balcony. Unfortunately it's too flimsy to support as much weight as the swing would impose.
 
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Old 04-14-05, 06:05 AM
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I was wondering if people would be standing on the "roof" of the porch
...trying to picture your situation
I don't think there's an easy universal DIY answer w/o some real technical details, and/or a hands-on once over
I think from a safety standpoint you may want an engineering-type to look at this
 
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