Types of rope for a tire swing

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Types of rope for a tire swing
The wrong rope can ruin the fun of a tire swing. (Tire Swing image by Luke Haverkamp from Fotolia.com)

It's the simple pleasures that usually mean the most, and hanging a tire swing in your yard can provide hours of entertainment for your family and friends. You probably remember the feelings of excitement and freedom when you stood on the tire with the wind in your face or spun around like a top after twisting the swing's rope. You may also remember the discomfort and rope burn if the wrong materials were used on the swing, which is why it is better to use certain types of rope for your tire swing.

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Fibre Ropes

A fibre rope is probably the most common and recognisable rope used for tire swings. Manila and sisal are good, strong fibre ropes. Ropeswings.com recommends going with sisal to avoid manila's tendency to rot and break with use over time. Using a rope at least 1 inch thick provides a good size for hand gripping, safety and durability. Ropeswings.com also recommends coating your rope ends with rubber or whipping to keep fraying at bay.

Mountaineer's Climbing Rope

You may want more give, style or bounce to your tire swing, in which case you could use a bungee-type rope, or mountaineer's climbing rope. Many forms of this rope, like Dynamic Rock Climbing Rope, are strong and durable; however, many sizes are too small for a comfortable, safe grip. To avoid hazards such as slipping and rope burn, get a larger size bungee cord for your swing. If you hang your tire swing from a tree, Landscapingideasonline.com suggests you put a piece of rubber hose around the portion of the rope that will contact the tree limb to prevent deterioration and damage.

Chain Rope

Although some metal chains do rust in the elements, they are still a viable option to use as rope for your tire swing. According to Treetopbuilders.net, cables or zinc plated chains are best for resisting the damage from exposure to UV rays and moisture. A lot of wear and tear can come from the grinding of metal on metal with these ropes on tire swings, requiring more frequent replacement. However, with careful maintenance and a watchful eye, accidents can be averted. For longevity with chain rope tire swings, Treetopbuilders.net suggests purchasing the correct swing hardware for installation.

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