Help building a tire swing...
August 24, 2007 1:52 PM Subscribe
Logistics of building an indoor tire swing...
posted by dobbs to media & arts (16 answers total)
Okay, so I previously asked a Q on Ask about what to build in the middle of my loft. Tire Swing has won out. Now I'm just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Here's the situation:
There is already a bar between the beams in my ceiling which will more than support the swing and rider.
Now, the problems I have are:
A) what to use for the "rope" (important: strong, attractive, nice to hold on to for rider)
B) how best to attach the "rope" to the bar
C) what kind of tire to get (factors: strong, attractive, good size for a human to sit in it, doesn't warp when rider is in it pulling down on the "rope")
D) how to attach the tire to the "rope" so as not to warp the tire
E) if possible... easily "hidden" for a person who doesn't have a ladder in the loft
Solutions I've thought of that I'd like smarter people like yourself to comment on so that I don't fuck everything up:
A) Rope: chain or, best, I think, firehose
B & D) Attaching rope to bar and tire:
firehose: tie strong knot around bar and around tire
chain: paddlock it to itself
C) I have no clue--what should I look for in a tire? Where do I find a single tire? What do I ask the tire people when they say "what do you want"?
E) No clue... but using a padlock for D makes it easy to remove the tire.
Essentially what I'm picturing is a "rope" in the shape of a figure 8 with the bar in the top circle and a tire in the bottom. One or two padlocks secure the "rope" at the intersection of the two circles.
This is where you come in... thoughts? Suggestions? Advice? Will this work? Am I an idiot (regarding this idea)?