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Prowell’s Porch Swing represents the only product that bears some attention to physical liability. Please take care to hire someone sufficiently qualified to install your swing. This would involve accessing the overhead supports for proper load-bearing properties.
Rope supports are an optional application, relegated to Porch swings. Outdoor Swings, fully exposed to the elements, are better served with the coated chain supports.
The Crimps are best crimped with a vise or large vise grips.
If they are crimped to a rope diameter less than spec’d, the brass may crack.
Illustrating a few basic principles regarding installation of your Porch Swing
Always measure your porch or patio ceiling for height. This is to determine the length of the swing chains. Choose a wide area for swinging back and forth. Be sure to set the bolts with enough clearance from your porch rail to avoid striking the railing.
A standard is about 12″-16″ from the railing. Locate a solid overhead beam and install two bolts or lags spaced 3″ further apart than the width of the swing to hold chains (this is to insure the chain or rope does not burnish against the side of the swing). If using lags, drill pilot holes slightly less in diameter than the lags. This not only prevents the wood from possibly splitting, but insures the lags have a good thread purchase into the wood.
When setting the Porch Swing in place, there is plenty of forgiveness to adjust the eventual height by simply moving up or down the length of the chain. A average height from the floor to the seat of the swing would be about 17 inches.
If you are using rope, the rope will ship already mounted to the swing in two lengths per each side of the swing. These two lengths are commonly tied off at the brackets or spring within the overhead framing. It is acceptable for each rope to tie off individually to a pivot or carabiner, but being careful to insure the lengths of each rope make for a balanced swing.
Check that your hardware is installed correctly before testing your swing.
* DON’T leave children unattended in a swing or let them stand up on a swing.
* DON’T hang or support swings from brick or masonry.
• ALWAYS hang the swing from solid framing.
A typical 60″ swing will weight approximately 80 lbs.