How to Install a Post for a Hammock

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How to Install a Post for a Hammock
Ensure your hammock is secure with anchored posts. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Digging posts for a hammock is a more permanent installation method than a hammock stand. It ensures stability and longevity for the hammock's location. Always make certain of the hammock's desired location before installing the posts, as digging up posts and the cement in which the posts are encased is a very difficult task.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Post digger
  • Hammock posts, preferably metal
  • Concrete
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the stretched distance of your hammock from one metal hook to the other and add 1 foot to this measurement. This is the distance between your two posts.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark the location for the two posts. Always measure a second time once the locations are marked to verify precision.

  3. 3

    Dig the post holes with a post digger. The holes should be at least 18 inches in diameter and 26 inches deep.

  4. 4

    Attach the hammock hooks to the posts before installing the posts in the ground.

  5. 5

    Mix concrete in the wheelbarrow, adding the manufacturer's recommended amount of water.

  6. 6

    Pour concrete 2 inches deep into the bottoms of the holes and set the posts into the holes.

  7. 7

    Pour concrete around the posts, keeping each post vertical. Make sure the concrete completely covers both the bottom and sides of the posts. Fill the holes so the concrete is flush with the ground, then leave the posts to set for 24 hours.

  8. 8

    Install your hammock after 24 hours. For best results, do not use the hammock for 48 hours to allow for complete drying of the concrete.

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