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Hanging Your Hammock


Your Seaside Hammock must be securely fastened to solid structural elements. If you are not familiar with your structure and are uncertain about tools and their use, a qualified general contractor should, if necessary, strengthen or create support structure and install the support hooks - to insure years of safe and comfortable enjoyment.
! ALL supporting eyebolts must be fastened into sound, solid structural elements!

TYPICAL INSTALLATION IN INTERIOR SPACES (Refer to installation schematic next page:
Determine your preferred placement of the Hammock by two persons holding the ends and finding the location that best suits your life style. This pre-positioning tells if the eyebolt will go into wall structure, ceiling structure or both. Keep in mind that the double looped extension ropes can add 2FT (.6M) on each end.
. If hanging from wall-to-wall allow about an extra 15 inches (.4M) length for first-time stretch...
. 1f hanging from an 8-foot ceiling, allow 16.5 feet (5M) between hooks to provide ideal catenary drape.
1. Determine and locate structural elements. A simple way to find studs or rafters is to first tap the wall or ceiling to find the solid area indicating support, and then insert an awl or ice-pick probe through the outer wall material to find and bracket the concealed wood support behind. The eyebolt lag screw must go into the center of the support, so it is necessary to locate the edges of the stud or rafter to mark the center where the hole is to be drilled.
2. Once the supports are located, double-check the hanging configuration. Personal tastes vary, but most prefer a
configuration with the ends about 78 inches (2M) from the floor and an under-hammock clearance of about 2 FT (.6M).
3. When certain about the hook location:
. If into wood structure, drill a 1/4" pilot hole horizontally into a wall stud or vertically into a ceiling joist or rafter, (the pilot hole also insures that it isn't into a lath or intermediate drywall support.)! Hole must be into the center of the wood structural member!). Then turn the 3/8" eyebolt lag screw into the pilot hole with a screwdriver blade as a lever so that all of the threads, (2-1/2 inches) are in the wood. ! If the provided eyebolt lag screw is not long enough to completely seat its threads, you must get a longer one with the same capacity!
. If into concrete structure, drill a 1/8" pilot hole into the concrete with a concrete drill bit, (the pilot hole insures there are no underlying steel bars, and helps drilling the larger hole.) Then drill a 1/2" hole to a depth of 1-3/4", insert the Hilti HDI anchor, tap the inside center of the Hilti to seat it and finally turn in the 3/8" machine thread eyebolt into the Hilti to firmly expand and set the anchor - The Hilti anchor sets when 1/2" threads are inside. Do not over tighten.
4. Connecting the unit to the eyebolts is done with the adjusting ropes and the "S" hooks - providing a natural transition from the soft yarns of the hammock to the metal. (In the case of higher ceilings, lengths of chain, [not provided] could be added to facilitate hammock relocation.) These ropes must be securely tied into loops with a "Fisherman's Knot" which is pictured on page 3. ! If you are uncertain about tying knots, get assistance!
. Tie each rope section into a loop with a "Fisherman's Knot" (See Page 3).
. The rope loops provide convenient hammock adjustment. By double or triple looping and passing the loops through the eye it is easy to change the hammock configuration without retying the knots.
. Hook one end of the "S" hook into the double-loops and hook the other onto the eyebolt, open side down and repeat this for the other end.
. If the ropes are too long and bulky, you may want to shorten and cut the rope in half. Before cutting, melt the polyester rope where the cut will be with a flame or heat element so that the ends will not unravel when cut.
5. Before using the unit test all the ropes and fittings by tugging on them with weight. Then test the installation by first sitting in it, feet under, while you check all ropes and fittings to insure that all is secure and solid. (When a Hammock is first hung, it will stretch some and will likely need to be adjusted with the ropes.) ! Test before you rest!
6. To finish installation, spackle any holes and paint the hardware if desired to match ceiling or wall colors.

It is a good idea to install additional eyebolt pairs, (not provided) at other locations so you can enjoy your hammock in different places. To do this, get the appropriate hardware, install and double your enjoyment.

Basic fact of life is that anything left outside will deteriorate faster than if left inside. When using a valuable Hammock outside it makes sense to determine a support system that will allow the unit to be easily taken inside for inside use or for storage. If you have trees, then trees can be the system: if not trees, the simplest, most practical and economical is with posts, or if portability is desired, consider a hammock stand.
1. To facilitate installation onto trees, the simplest and most tree friendly system is the "Tree Hugger" install Kit, which is a kind of belt with a ring onto which the hammock is attached plus adjusting rope and S hooks. The hanging geometry is the same as for inside use, with the hammock eye about 6' or 7' high. Simply put, the greater the distance between trees, the higher the attach points, and of course, branches as well as trunks are useful attach points.
2. If posts are to be used, we suggest buying 2 pieces of 12' long 4'x4' and setting them 4' deep into the earth at a distance of 16'. Lag screw eyebolts from the Install Kit - Wood Structure placed at a height of 7' would provide an ideal hanging geometry for any hammock and the posts would serve as mounts for lights or mosquito control devices.
3. If a hammock stand is to be considered, it must be appropriate to the style of hammock.
The basic Hammock is all yarn, without wooden "instability" bars". It cradles and cocoons an occupant with one's center of gravity in line with supports and is therefore inherently safe, secure and free from "fallout". To use:
1. Get into or out of the hammock as you would a chair. You do not need to back into it but instead you sit down, feet under your weight, holding the sides open. When comfortably secure, swing in your legs and align your body to your comfort position. Most find it comfortable to initially sit closer to one end so that the head is higher than the feet, but however you enter the hammock, once in you can adjust to many positions:
. Sit high in one end with head on pillow for back supported TV or reading. (If you put your leg(s) outside the unit you can control a gentle swinging motion with your feet.)
. Lie diagonally for marvelous horizontal back support and sleeping.
. Stretch across the width for greater comfort.
. Invent your own individual, "free sprawl" position.
2. There is a decorative tasseled loop in the Nicamaka model to facilitate moving or stowing the unit to one side. Slide the loop to the middle of the hammock, unhook the "S" hook from one support while holding the unit at the quarter-point, hook under the loop, to pick up the half and hook onto the other support. This keeps the unit off of the ground or floor while moving and provides for an attractive wall hanging when stowed.
3. To clean the hammock, remove from hooks, keep arms from tangling, and dip and gently agitate in a bathtub with some cold water and detergent. Rinsed thoroughly and spread unit outside for drip-drying. Yarns used in the hammocks may bleed when first washed so do not wash with other fabrics.
4. If using between trees, we suggest using "Tree Huggers" for hammock attachment instead of drilling holes for an eyebolt.
5. When using the hammock outdoors, we suggest that it is not left exposed to the elements when not in use. (Trees, animals, insects, sun, bacteria and moulds are not conducive to long fabric life.
CAUTION: The Nicamaka® is comfort rated for persons less than 400LB (182KG) and the maximum safe weight is 500 LB (228 KG). Other Hammocks have ratings that can be checked on Seasidehammocks.com, if not listed on the packaging. The provided ropes and hardware exceed these limits when installed correctly; however, the safety of the installation is your sole and total responsibility. If there is any doubt about installation, a qualified contractor should perform installation.
1. Do not attempt to install your Hammock if you are not familiar with your structure and/or are uncertain about tools and their use - instead contact a licensed general contractor.
2. Do not stand, jump into or bounce up and down in the hammock - it is not a trampoline.
3. Do not let children play unattended in the unit. Excess swinging is dangerous and destructive.
4. Do not allow unattended infants in the Hammock.
5. Do not wear or carry sharp objects into the Hammock.
6. Do not smoke in the hammock - (if not for your lungs then for the Hammock.
7. Do not use hardware with less capacity than that provided. (When and if in doubt, strengthen.)
8. Do not attempt to install to weak structures, drywall, plaster, wallboard, plywood, etc. (When and if in doubt, strengthen.)
9. Do not leave outside for long periods. Trees are beautiful and shady, but tree saps, animal and insect droppings and general detritus are not good for any material, (even cars).
10. Do not use harsh chemicals or cleaning agents. Treat your Hammock as you would your jeans.

Courtesy Ray Baur, Nicamaka Distribution, Inc.


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