When he mentioned a few days ago that he would like to replace the old rotten rope hammock from years gone by, I'm pretty sure Braxton thought it would be as easy as....snap, unscrew, screw, pop a cold one, enjoy. But no. Come along I'll show ya....
|The old maple tree had grown around the original metal loop for hanging the hammock, making it completely unusable. It also made me feel sorry for the tree.|
|The post that had held up the other end of the hammock had rotted....meaning a father's day afternoon trip to Lowes. Bummer.|
|These are still made in the United States. Sweet.|
|All the tools we will need. A drill, hammer, screw driver, tape measure, chain (for hanging the hammock), post hole digger, tamper, and of course the new post.|
|Using the new post as leverage, he was able to stab the old post with the sharp end of his tamper. When that failed he then wiggled the post back and forth until the rotten end broke off.|
|Using the screw end of the hook to determine what size drill bit is needed. Make the drill bit smaller than the diameter of the screw, so the screw will bite into the wood|
Now it's time to dig a new hole for the new post.
Wow - men's tools really are clever).
|Because of the dry weather - the ground is really hard. Braxton uses the sharp end of the tamper to soften the dirt as he digs.|
Watching Braxton sweat like this is really hard work!)
|Placing the new post in the hole.|
|Tamping the dirt around the pole for a tight fit.|
It's perfectly okay to do a little dance here if you like, after all it's not like anyone is taking pictures or anything!)
Tell me you didn't put the wrong end of the pole into the ground!!).
BTW; when you screw in the new hook, make certain the end of the hook is pointed up, so you have a place to attach the chain for the hammock.
|A very tired Braxton. This man definitely deserves a beer.|
Have a Beautiful day.