Lucky you---you just inherited an old fire hose. Should you toss it? Store it? Here's an idea---use it to make a relaxing summer hammock. With just a few extra materials and a lovely shade tree, you can turn that old fire hose into the frame of a solid and well-made hammock that will make your summers more delightful.
Things You'll Need
- Fire hose (30 ft. minimum length)
- Two 2x4 planks, 4 ft. long
- Drill with 3/4 inch boring bit
- Wood file
- Steel clamp
- Nylon cloth webbing, 6 ft. x 8 ft.
- Nylon cord, 12 ft.
Drill a pair of 3/4 inch holes in the center of each 2x4 plank, 6 inches from the end. The fire hose will pass through each hole. Use the wood file to sand the edges of each hole to reduce chafe on the fire hose.
Locate a pair of trees, between which the hammock will be strung. Ideal trees are 10 to 12 feet apart with a trunk of 8 inches or wider diameter, with a solid branch 4 inches or wider at 4 to 6 feet from the ground.
Run the fire hose around the first tree, through the left-side holes in two of the planks, around the second tree, and then through the right-side holes on the planks. The hose should be a band around the trees, with the planks serving as a support foundation for the hammock.
Put the hammock into final position and pull the fire hose taut. Use the steel clamp to connect the two loose ends together, then screw the clamp tight with the screwdriver.
Space the planks about 7 feet apart, then place the nylon cloth webbing over it.
Cut the nylon cord into 6 inch segments, to make 24 segments total.
Wrap the webbing over the planks and over the sides of the fire hose. Use the nylon cord segments to secure the webbing in place by tying it to itself. Use four segments along each plank and eight along the fire hose, evenly spaced. Use a tight, no-slip knot.
Grab a pillow and a delicious iced beverage and enjoy the new fire hose hammock.
Tips & Warnings
- If the planks move too much, add a clamp to both sides of the fire hose to restrict the 'play' of the planks along the hose.
- The wooden planks, even if sanded, presents a chafing hazard for the fire hose. Consider adding some sort of chafe protector to the hose or to the plank, to reduce the friction.
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