My son has just bought a punchbag and wants me to hang it from the ceiling.
It's quite heavy (around 25kg) and a foot in diameter and 4 ft tall. It
comes with four pieces of 1' webbing attached to the top terminating in a
metal D ring around 2" diameter. Ceiling of his downstairs room is around 10
ft high and made of lath-and-plaster, and joists, accessible by listing
floorboards above. What would be the least complicated way of hanging it
without bringing the ceiling down or disturbing the plaster?
Find a convenient joist and screw a large hook into it from downstairs room?
Try to get a hook with a closed eye.
You'll presumably need a length of rope to hang the metal D ring from if the
ceiling is ten feet high. Otherwise, you son will only be able to practise
shots at head height! (You did mean 1' webbing, did you? Not 1'' wide
perhaps rather longer than a foot long. Now I'm confused.)
Two carbine hooks, a piece of chain and a threaded eye hook will let adjust
the height to suit your son growing up.
I assume from what you are saying that your son is fairly beefy - not a
The answer must be that no Edwardian house is built to take Mike Tyson
beating the shit out of it. The house won't collapse but the plaster may
well crack, etc.
In that case it might be sensible to spread the load across several joists.
I think that is not so much to do with the weight as to do with the twisting
force on the joist, especially as you don't want to loosen the plaster. I
have seen these things fixed to the ceiling with a large piece of thick
plywood say 6 feet square (depends on your joist spacing) screwed into each
of the joists it spans.
I have no idea if that is strictly necessary. If you have nice mouldings on
the ceiling, I would strongly suggest some reinforcement as a preventitive
Just wondering, have you had a look inside it at all?
I fancied getting one, but after seeing a thing on Watchdog, where one
person found theirs was full of nappies, another full of curtains, and
one found a letter of complaint from another customer about what they
use to fill the bags - it put me off a little!
I used a large 'Eye' bolt with a screw threaded stem and simply screwed this
into a joist at the desired position (or at least as near to it as I could
find a joist). Used a piece of chain from the local hardware store to get
the height right.
My brother drilled through the ceiling joist from the loft into his room.
His punchbag is 6ft by 1ft diameter. He bought bolts long enough from the
local hardware store, with washers and nuts to fit. However, when he punches
it, it shakes the ceiling and upstairs lath/plaster walls a bit, but my fish
don't seem to be bothered by it.
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