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Question DetailsAsked on 5/20/2018

Can I hang a hammock from my screen porch collar ties?

I want to hang a rope hammock in my screen porch. There are 2x8 collar ties connecting every other rafter across the width of my screen porch. I hung my hammock using straps diagonally across two of them but even though it seemed to hold the weight of an adult, it generated a inward pull on the collar ties and made them bend a little so I took it down.
(1) Are the collar ties strong enough to support a hammock if I sistered them to make them 4x8 or even 6x8? (2) Is that an acceptable solution to strengthen the collar ties by sistering them?

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