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Pictures of swings suspended by rope from a sturdy tree limb are part of Americana. Various swings are featured in backyards, suspended from tree limbs with one of the more popular being the traditional tire swing. A tire swing is one way to add an i

How to Hang a Swing From a Tree Branch

Pictures of swings suspended by rope from a sturdy tree limb are part of Americana. Various swings are featured in backyards, suspended from tree limbs with one of the more popular being the traditional tire swing. A tire swing is one way to add an inexpensive and enjoyable element to a backyard. Constructing the swing should be done with safety for users in mind as well as protecting the tree.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Used tireHeavy duty cleanerStiff bristle brushDrill with bitRopeKnife

Instructions

1 Select a tree limb from which the tire will be suspended. Choose a limb that is at least 10 inches in diameter and appears to be healthy.

2 Wash the tire with a pressure washer at a car wash. Apply high-pressure soap to the tire and rinse. Spray on a heavy-duty cleaner and scrub the tire with a stiff bristle brush to remove as much road grime and debris as possible. Rinse the tire thoroughly.

3 Place a ladder under the limb to which the rope will be attached. Cut a 2-foot length of old garden hose with a knife that is larger in diameter than the rope being used. Slide the rope through the hose to protect the tree and rope from excessive wear. Choose rope that is at least 1 inch in diameter for the swing.

4 Position the hose so it is on top of the branch. Pull the free end of the rope down and secure to the main rope length with a double overhand knot.

5 Extend the rope straight down from the limb. Determine the height at which the tire should be mounted based on personal preference. Feed the rope through the centre of the tire and raise the tire to the desired height.

6 Wrap the rope around the tire two times. Secure the tire in place by tying the free end to the main line with another double overhand knot. Trim excess rope from the swing with a sharp knife.

7 Drill three or four holes in the bottom of the tire to allow rain water to drain so it will not collect and attract mosquitoes.

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