Lag Screw or Bolt Lag Screw or Bolt

Hanging up your own porch swing is very easy as long as you have access to a lag screw or bolt. These are much thicker than regular screws and are capable of supporting human weight.

  • Step 1: Find a place to hang the swing. Find a place with a ceiling beam or a rafter.
  • Step 2: Drill small holes for the lag screw or bolt to fit through. You will have to use a drill bit that is thinner than the screws you are putting in.
  • Step 3: Measure out lengths of chain for the four corners of your porch swing and cut your chain to size.
  • Step 4: Screw in the lag screw or bolt and attach a swivel hook to help the swing motion.
  • Step 5: Attach the chains to the swing and the swivel holes.

Choosing the Correct Lag Screw or Bolt

The thickness and length of a lag screw or bolt is the most important. The lag screw or bolt must be able to support the weight of many people without breaking or twisting. For this reason, you will want to make sure that you pick out very thick screws and bolts with large heads.

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