Simple steps to installing a hammock at home
The wait is over - warmer weather is here! Prepare for more frequent hangs by installing a permanent structure. Keep your Python straps at bay for the next trip, and pick up a Bolt Pack. Warning: you'll be the go-to neighbors for barbecues, play dates, happy hours, etc.
Required tools + materials:
1. Kammok Bolt Pack
2. Tape Measure
3. 5/16" Drill Bit
4. 9/16" Wrench
1. Measure Distance
Lay your hammock out on the floor in a straight line to get a sense of how far apart your anchors will be. Measure from carabiner to carabiner.
• For Kammok Roo Double hammocks we suggest 132” between anchors and about 50“ from the ground. (This dimension accounts for using the included 2 Racer Slings on the metal hangers.)
• For Kammok Roo Single/Wallaby hammocks we suggest 104” between anchors and about 50” from the ground. (This dimension accounts for using the included 2 Racer Slings on the metal hangers.)
*Because of variations between models and user preference, these numbers should only be used as a starting point. If you put your anchors too close together, your hammock will hit the floor, but if you put them farther apart, you can always use extra Racer Slings, Python Straps or Python Extenders to span the distance.
2. Find Two Studs
Studs are vertical 2” x 4” beams that make up the form of your structure. From windows to doors to interior walls and exterior siding, studs are part of most structural features in the common household. Locating studs properly will ensure a secure hang, while failing to do so can result in injury.
• If you have an electronic stud finder, use it now and skip to step 3.
• Tapping on a spot where a stud exists will produce a solid sound. Every place without a stud will produce a hollow sound. A good starting place is 16 inches from a corner.
TIP: Studs are almost always located next to electrical outlets and light switches. Additionally, windows and doors always have studs going up both sides and above them.
3. Measure Height
Once you have found studs, decide on a height and mark it on the wall directly on top of the stud.
Before drilling, you will need to find the center of the stud. Studs should be 1.5” wide and perfectly vertical, but that is not always the case.
Make a horizontal row of holes every 0.5” with the nail until you find the edge of the stud. Once you have found the edge, measure from there 0.5” back toward the center and make a mark. Fill in unwanted nail holes with putty.
4. Drill Starter Holes
Using a drill and a 5/16” drill bit, drill straight into the stud to a depth of 3”.
5. Screw Anchor Hangers into Wall Studs
With a 9/16” wrench or socket driver, begin tightening the lag screw (#4992) and anchor (#4991) to the wall by hand. Position the anchor hanger as shown and tighten until snug. The anchor hanger should not be able to move and the sheetrock should be slightly compressed when sufficiently tightened. Over tightening may result in damage to the sheetrock. Rarely, studs are spaced 24” on center. (These are not always on the 16“ layout as door and window placement is based on preference, not the consistent stud layout.)
6. Attach Racer Slings™
Feed the included Racer Slings through the steel hangers, and loop back using a girth hitch. Now you can attach your carabiners to the Racer Sling. This will ensure a ‘quiet hang experience’ and no metal on metal screeching while swaying. Do not attach aluminum carabiners directly to the anchors. Doing so will damage the carabiners and may result in injury.
7. Test and Enjoy!
Gently lower yourself into the hammock, checking anchors for correct and secure installation. Check anchors and attachments before every use to ensure a safe hang.