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    I am a occupational therapist and I treat kids in private practice. One of my main Sensory tools require that a swing be attached to the ceiling. I purchased a 2 x 6 kit from a therapy company to to reinforce the eye bolt that will attach to the supended equipment. (www.southpawenterprises.com) When I open up the ceiling I discovered that this part of the house was 2 x 4 construction. My contrator went ahead and installed the unit which which has a load bearing capacity of 500 lbs. My question is,.. Is the 2 x 4 strong enough to support a swing that will be used to provide linear, rotational and orbital swinging for kids that weigh roughly 20 to 80 lbs max??? FYI my landlord said that the ceiling construction was probably 2 x 4 because it was a second floor addition and their is not a second level above just a roof

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    All I can say is that I've made provisions for such a swing in room labeled Occupational Therapy in an elementary school, so I don't doubt your intentions or motives. I fortunately had the services of an engineer and a steel structure to attach it to.
    In spite of the rant, consulting an engineer and the manufacturer would be prudent. If you have 2x4 trusses or rafters, spreading the load across a number of members as well as additional reinforcing should be possible.
    I too am busy, so unfortunately I don't have time to review the website or take time jump to conclusions or devise any insults.
    God bless you and the work you do with children.

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    Default Re: ceiling swing

    I appreciate your responses. Still don't appreciate the sarcasm. However after teasing through the angry contractor comments and usefull information it appears that perhaps I should have investigated the installation more closely. I was just following advice from other therapists that have had similiar installations with good results. Another therapist recommonded I use UNISTRUT. As per the therapist this is a long track that can be installed and have numerous eyebolts attached and can be repositoned. Why would the manual have the
    2x4 illustration as an option if it is not a reliable one? DIY.com has another way of installing the swing that is much simpler than what was suggested to me and does not seem as safe according to your recommendation.

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    Thank you JLM. The room is approximately 11 x 7 and has a vaulted ceiling (another wrench in our plans) This room was our first choice because it is the second adjoining room. The first room is 11 x 11. the size of this room is better, especially for rotational activities. This room has a second floor above it. Would this be a better option??? If, so I would have to have an electrician remove the large ceiling fan in the middle and probaly install recessed lighting so that I can install the swing in the center of the room. All suggestions are welcomed. I just signed the lease a month ago and I am really concerned that I may not be able to use the space as originally intended

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    Default Re: ceiling swing

    First let me apologize for your first contact being our resident Googleist who has failed to provide any credentials at all.

    The 2X4 is not strong enough, especially considering the shock loads it may be subject to. Depending on the width of the room, you could have steel or larger wood cross member installed . Considering the lumber currently available, I wouldn't want my livelihood dependent on marginal at best. Considering the liability involved, I would suggest you get a contractor who knows what he is doing to do the installation.
    Jack
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