. Telephone poles attached with 1/2" bolts and the swing. We have 3 swings already on a 4x6. Can't find them anymore.
Mike Haasl wrote:Could we get a sketch or drawing of how this beam would be supported and what would be hanging from it? It's hard for me to figure out how it's going to be used so I can't really offer any advice.
Doubling up supports more weight but not increase the span
elle sagenev wrote:Our obstacle course, which uses telephone poles, requires 12 foot long boards. I am hoping to put up 2 swings and a climbing net. I cannot find 4x6x12 beams anywhere. I can find 4x4x12 beams. I've been looking for awhile. The swing and net are a bday present for daughter on the 26th. While it's hardly required that I put them up I'd like to.
So the question is, are the 4x4x12 beams too small to handle a swing and climbing net?
elle sagenev wrote:So I put up 4x4s for the net. My hubs decided to hang on one, which happened to have a
big knot in it and you could hear it cracking.
elle sagenev wrote: ... not even going to try swinging weights at this point.
greg mosser wrote:we had a builder friend out to check out the state of our barn, and he said ‘the only people building right now have money to burn, quality is down and price is way up.’
John C Daley wrote:Elle, I notice in the photo of the cracked beam the large knot in the timber is a weak spot.
Its unwise to use a beam with knots in the middle of a span.
Perhaps better timber types need to be considered.