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HOW WE MADE OUR TREE TIRE SWING

 

This is how we made our tire swing and supported it from our tree. There is several ways to build and hang a tire swing. This is a discription of events as to how we made our tire swing. It took a couple of hours in time and we have spent about sixty dollars.Click on the tire swing above to see other tire swing images.

First of all find a tire in good condition. No steel exposed in the treads. I managed to find one on a construction site in pretty good shape. Drill some drain holes in the tire bottom for water to drain out when it rains. The tire must be cleaned to prevent those using it from getting dirty. We used some dish soap water and a scrub brush.

Then find a sturdy tree with a sturdy branch . In our front yard we have a old gum tree with a eight to ten inch hefty branch about 16 feet from the ground.

Next is to purchase the hardware. We used Four Tire Swing Eye Bolts,Three feet of heavy duty chain, one heavy duty swivel and 50 feet of 5/8"heavy duty rope.The amount of chain will vary tree to tree . The heavy duty chain is for mounting the swivel to the tree branch. It took about three feet to go around the tree branch loosely.( to prevent damage to the tree)The amount of rope will vary according to how you decide to use the rope and how far the tree branch is from the ground. You may wish to use just Three Tire Swing Eye Bolts instead of four. We used four because we felt it was a better design for the tire swing.We used two pieces of rope run through the heavy duty swivel and down to the tire swing eye bolts.

We used a 3/8" drill bit ,cordless drill and a wrench to fasten the tire swing eye bolts to the tire.The layout for the four holes was made simple by using a piece of shoe string. First mark the string from on end at 13 inches. Then position the string in the center of the tire side wall ,laying it in a circular manner around the tire. Mark the end of the string and the 13 inch mark onto the tire. This will be two of the holes for the tire swing eye bolts. The other two holes need to be the same distance from the other two. By using the string as a measuring instrument I was able to position the other two holes equally from trial and error. After marking the four holes drill four 3/8" holes into the tire. Fasten the tire eye bolts to the tire.

Next is to attach the heavy duty chain to the tree. I used an extension ladder to reach the tree branch. To protect the tree from damage I placed a piece of rubber ( about 3 inches wide and 18 inches long ) between the chain and the tree bark at the top of the branch. The chain loops around the branch and is connected to the swivel under the branch. I left the chain loose for the tree to be able to expand when it grows larger.

After determining how much rope I needed I cut it into two equal pieces with a fishing knife. I then ran two pieces through the heavy duty swivel and down to the ground. I positioned the tire on top of a couple of buckets and used a two foot level to make it level.After that I ran the rope through the eye bolts and tied knots in the ends, cut off the excess rope and thats it.The top of the swing seat is about 24 inches off the ground. No kids ever complained about the tire swing so I must have done a good job.


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