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Your New Hammock

Your New Hammock

When people think of long summer days, there is perhaps no image more timeless than relaxing with a cold drink while lounging lazily in a hammock. Indeed hammocks are a wonderful way to enjoy a day off, or even after a long day at the office for that matter. Hammocks come in many shapes, sizes and materials, and are designed to accomodate any space in which one might desire to place it, both outdoors and indoors. The following article is designed to assist the homeowner in selecting, installing, and safely using a hammock. In no time, you will be enjoying your new hammock, so read on!

The first step is, of course, selecting the right hammock for your needs. Hammocks can be purchsed relatively inexpensively from most hardware stores or large retail stores in the yard or garden department, and they come in a variety of styles and materials, everything from canvas to nylon mesh. Apart from looks, the material makes little difference in function. The only thing you might want to consider is whether or not your hammock has spreader bars. These are two bars at either end of the hammock that keep the material pulled tight, to allow more than one person to fit in it.

So you've purchased your brand new hammock, and you can't wait to use it, right? Not so fast...we still have to figure out where it's going! The first thing you should do is find an appropriate place. A general rule of thumb is to select an area 2-3 feet longer than your hammock. Your hammock will stretch out when someone lies in it, so keep that in mind. Choose an area too narrow, and your hammock will end up touching the ground. If you are using two trees to hang it, make sure they are strong and sturdy. If you don't have trees to use, don't worry...anything stable will do. If you are hanging it indoors, the same rules apply.

Most, if not all, hammock kits will include the appropriate installation hardware. If yours does not, all you will need is two high-strength S-hook screws. Drill a hole into your mounting surface, then simply screw in the S-hooks. If you are hanging the hammock indoors, be very careful. Ensure that you are installing the screws into something stable. Do not use drywall, as it will not support the weight and likely severely damage your walls. Also, ensure that you do not inadvertently drill into an electric or water line, which can be very costly and very dangerous.

All that's left now is to hang your hammock. More than likely, you will need a length or rope or chain to make up the distance between the end of your hammock and the installed S-hooks. Often, these are pre-attached to ensure that the lengths are even, to prevent your hammock from being off-balance. If your hammock is equipped with spreader bars, make sure it is hung to allow even weight distribution.

Always check the hammock's stability and security before getting into it, to avoid injuries. It is also advisable, to avoid damage to your outdoor hammock, to disconnect it during adverse weather conditions.

And you're finished. The last, and most important step, is of course to enjoy your hammock! If used properly and safely, it will provide years of comfort and relaxation.

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