Weight Tolerance for Ceiling Joists

Old 08-26-03, 07:01 AM
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Weight Tolerance for Ceiling Joists

I'm planning to attach a swing in my living room. The swing along with the chain and hooks weighs about 46 LBS. Add to that the weight of the person who is going to sit on it. My question is how much weight can the joists take? I think it is a regular wooden joist of standard size. I'll be attaching the two sides of the swing hooks with bolts to two different joists (about 42" apart). Do I have to reinforce the joists to make them stronger? How?

Old 08-26-03, 01:11 PM
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What size standard joist do you have?
Old 08-26-03, 02:13 PM
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They are 2x10.
Old 09-01-03, 05:34 PM
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Assuming you don't load the swing with more than 500lbs or so, the joist will take it....just make dang sure you get the screw hook in the joist center and not to one edge.

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