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Dillinewton
03-29-2017, 05:22 PM
Thought you guys might enjoy the new rope swing I built in hopes of going off my back deck, but I don't believe it's going to work that way. Still should be fun. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170329/cad3ab9c09938017f8bfbe9c5705427c.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170329/5b83b4848f2a96b907f0307129be7f66.jpg


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mikeg205
03-29-2017, 05:24 PM
gonna make for some great vids and some not great vids ;)

swc5150
03-29-2017, 05:42 PM
gonna make for some great vids and some not great vids ;)

Someone will smack that dock on the way out for sure!

Dillinewton
03-29-2017, 06:02 PM
So negative:( I plan on making that part of the dock into something like a drawbridge. If it makes you feel any better, the water is only 4' deep at best...All my buddies and I are only in our mid 20s, so not always making the best of choices. Next is a slip and slide off the back deck.

DavidF
03-29-2017, 06:11 PM
gonna involve a lot of beer buddy!

swc5150
03-29-2017, 08:19 PM
I should've added that it does look like a lot of fun, and I'd be the first one out!

ahhudgins
03-29-2017, 08:29 PM
gonna make for some great vids and some not great vids ;)


What could possibly go wrong? :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmIyjZEnhyA

ewilcox11
03-29-2017, 10:27 PM
Rope swings are the best. I love the people that swing out and then don't let go. And anytime you see a fat girl on one you know you're getting ready to see an epic fail.

Rocketboy
03-29-2017, 10:41 PM
I think it is going to start something like this- "Hold my Beer I will show you how it is done!!"

CantRepeat
03-30-2017, 06:31 AM
Dunno, watching kids slam into that dock because they let go too soon seems like you are asking for a law suit. The liability seems too great to have that on your property. You using it is one thing, letting others is scary.

We built one up at our local sandbar and it was there for 15+ years. It was on a large tree that leaned out into the river dropped you in 20 feet of water. You could get double backs off of it pretty easy. Then someone got hurt on it and DNR cut down the tree.

6KidSurf
03-30-2017, 07:06 AM
What could possibly go wrong? :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmIyjZEnhyA

I think it is going to start something like this- "Hold my Beer I will show you how it is done!!"

Get the GoPro ready - this is gonna be good! (and for the record, I am not judging as I did similar things in my 20s - and now years later, I am so glad I made it thru those years in one piece!!)

Mathewfamily
03-30-2017, 07:33 AM
That is the thinnest rope I have seen on a "rope swing". There are so many nightmare scenarios in this picture however it brings back so many great memories!

clrussell
03-30-2017, 08:05 AM
Not gonna lie I'm really hoping this is a joke.. 4' of water? I wouldn't jump off the dock into 4' of water..

jgraham37128
03-30-2017, 08:20 AM
So negative:( I plan on making that part of the dock into something like a drawbridge. If it makes you feel any better, the water is only 4' deep at best...All my buddies and I are only in our mid 20s, so not always making the best of choices. Next is a slip and slide off the back deck.

Reminds me of time when we were kids (20's) and we decided we were gonna ride a bike down this steep concrete drainage ditch and off into the lake, problem was we didn't have a bicycle so we went to Walmart and bought a bicycle. My buddy says he'll go first...off he went after about 50ft which was very step he lost control and smacked a tree knocked him out.....blood all over his face....ambulance came....hospital stay.....to this day he still has the scar directly in the middle of his forehead, and I can't help but to laugh (its been 15-20 years) .....most people don't believe the story when he tells it but I was there and that's the real story......

Make sure whoever owns the property has insurance.... you'll probably get to use it this year.

jgraham37128
03-30-2017, 08:28 AM
Not gonna lie I'm really hoping this is a joke.. 4' of water? I wouldn't jump off the dock into 4' of water..

That's what I was thinking....what could possible go wrong a rope swing over a dock and if you go out far enough you'll land in 4ft of water...what could possible go wrong = answer is a whole lot.

MMPRES
03-30-2017, 08:37 AM
Sounds like the margin for error is considerable with those variables. Might want to have everyone sign a waver and prove they can do a pull up before they get on that setup. I commend you for your ingenuity, but it's sketchy nonetheless.

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 08:40 AM
What could possibly go wrong? :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmIyjZEnhyA

Thank you for sharing the video, that was the best start to my day I could of asked for. I've never seen so much failing at one time.

I do not believe this is the rope we will be using. Its rated for 355 and its doubled up, but it has a good amount of bounce to it. So yes I would like to change that up. We are still in the testing stage of this.

I understand the liability thing, but is this the world we really live in? We have to be afraid of our buddies suing us because their decisions got them hurt. Also, with the dock situation and shallow water I do not plan on letting just anyone with a pulse to go off of it. Idk, I'm just trying to make for some good times with friends and family. I hope to put up a zip line across the cove and then also some sort of slip and slide. I appreciate the comments.

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 08:43 AM
Sounds like the margin for error is considerable with those variables. Might want to have everyone sign a waver and prove they can do a pull up before they get on that setup. I commend you for your ingenuity, but it's sketchy nonetheless.

I'm not sure if this is a compliment or insult:D. My friend and I got it up in the trees one night after work last week. I hate to say it. I think building it and seeing if it was possible was more fun than even swinging on it.

CantRepeat
03-30-2017, 08:47 AM
I'll make a suggestion here: For the rope, get a 35 dollar ski rope from walmart. It will handle just about any load and it has a handle already on it. We changed out the rope every spring.

CantRepeat
03-30-2017, 08:48 AM
lol, found a video on youtube of our swing before it was cut down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM8Fc8ozVzI

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 08:52 AM
Nice! There was a beautiful rope swing down at Dale Hollow for most of my younger days. That thing was so epic, but unfortunately they cut that tree down also.

JPK
03-30-2017, 09:04 AM
Make sure someone is there to hold your beer.

slalomjunkie
03-30-2017, 09:56 AM
I want to see the "Rope Swing Gone Wrong" compilation video done to the "Here's Your Sign" song at the end of the summer. :D

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 10:01 AM
I want to see the "Rope Swing Gone Wrong" compilation video done to the "Here's Your Sign" song at the end of the summer. :D



Hahaha I'll see what I can put together.


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slalomjunkie
03-30-2017, 10:39 AM
Hahaha I'll see what I can put together.


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Your thread gave me the idea to attach an old rope/ski handle to the end of my dock though

i dont have more than 8 feet of water in back so needs to be a short jump

:cool:

Burdhntr
03-30-2017, 10:52 AM
Sweeet! LOVE IT! Only thing is that you're going to kill the trees with that set up of chains and tighteners. It's a thing called "girding" and it essentially means strangling the tree. I'd run a huge lag bolt clean through the tree instead. If you're up to spending a few bucks more for long term usage look up the "treehouse bolts" used for treehouse construction. Stout as hell and adjustable over time as the tree grows.

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 11:10 AM
Sweeet! LOVE IT! Only thing is that you're going to kill the trees with that set up of chains and tighteners. It's a thing called "girding" and it essentially means strangling the tree. I'd run a huge lag bolt clean through the tree instead. If you're up to spending a few bucks more for long term usage look up the "treehouse bolts" used for treehouse construction. Stout as hell and adjustable over time as the tree grows.



Hey. Thanks for the tip. I wasn't exactly sure how to fasten it to the tree. At first I thought I would make basically giant exhaust clamps. This way we first used a come along and sucked it tight. Then we used the ratcheting binders until we made slack in the come along. I'm very happy with it. My buddy weighs 200 and when he swings, you can't see any movement. Probably a few inches of deflection out at the end.

So far I've got about 150 bucks in it and 12 man hours. Luckily I had the material leftover from a job I just finished up.

It really doesn't throw you too high. I swung from as high as I could and gave it the best jump I could and my friends said I was only a couple feet above the top of the boat lift.


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moosehead
03-30-2017, 11:17 AM
Looks like a good stupid test.

clrussell
03-30-2017, 11:21 AM
There's a good swing on tablerock too..


Maybe we need a "let's see your local rope swing" thread

hunter991
03-30-2017, 11:55 AM
looks really dangerous.. i love it.

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 12:49 PM
Here is a video for ya all.

https://youtu.be/geJZeDIuTM0

CantRepeat
03-30-2017, 12:59 PM
For an added measure of safety you can ball up your retriever rope in your hand so it doesn't get tangled around your legs or neck even!!

And I give your landing a smooth 6!!! lol

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 01:03 PM
Yes we cut that to the proper length. That was the first test hit. I didn't go off it, it was my buddy. I thought I'd let him be the idiot.


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kscrib
03-30-2017, 02:18 PM
I love rope swings - I have used them many times.

Be super careful with the depth you have. Our dock is 4 ft at the deep end and a friend got pushed off a the swim platform of a boat the was tied to our dock - he dang near broke his toe on a rock. If you are jumping from any height - that could be pretty bad. Not trying to be a nay-sayer, just wanted to share our bad experience.

Covi
03-30-2017, 02:42 PM
What's the temp? No leaves on the tress. It cant and doesn't look that warm?

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 02:51 PM
What's the temp? No leaves on the tress. It cant and doesn't look that warm?

We skied a couple days after this and the water was 55 I believe. Air temp was about 55 also this day. It was last week I believe on Tuesday. I am located in central Indiana.

jgraham37128
03-30-2017, 03:13 PM
Dude.....Someone is going to get killed with the retriever rope.....

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 03:44 PM
Dude.....Someone is going to get killed with the retriever rope.....



Brother man, it won't be there. We've cut it to length.


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jgraham37128
03-30-2017, 03:59 PM
Man I'm not trying to bring you down, it will be awesome just like driving 130 miles until someone gets hurt and then you can't turn back time, What's done is done.....

Be careful and very careful with the rope it scares me more than the dock or the 4ft of water....

slalomjunkie
03-30-2017, 04:12 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXMznMib5Ko

:D :D :D

MC25
03-30-2017, 04:21 PM
I'm all in for some dipshttery, but you couldnt pay me to swing on that lol

bbymgr
03-30-2017, 04:23 PM
Are you on Raccoon?

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 04:34 PM
Are you on Raccoon?



I live on lake holiday. Just south of crawfordsville.


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moosehead
03-30-2017, 04:35 PM
Thin rope
Dangling noose of a retrieval rope
4' water depth
Gangplank perpendicular to the pendulum, at the bottom of the slope/max point of acceleration
Folding ladder start platform on sloping ground

How bad could it be? Reminds one of POTUS' first 65 days.

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 04:59 PM
Thin rope

Dangling noose of a retrieval rope

4' water depth

Gangplank perpendicular to the pendulum, at the bottom of the slope/max point of acceleration

Folding ladder start platform on sloping ground



How bad could it be? Reminds one of POTUS' first 65 days.



I've already spoken on how I have or am going to correct most of those problems.
I can't do anything about the water unfortunately.
The folding ladder will go away and a nice platform will be built will multiple levels, so you don't have to give it 100%.


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moosehead
03-30-2017, 05:34 PM
^My bad, apologies Dilli, don't mean to come off as a jerk. Just don't want to see any fellow TT'rs maimed before their slalom set.

Kelley97
03-30-2017, 05:48 PM
If we go against new ideas, we will never have new YouTube videos to watch. lol

Dillinewton
03-30-2017, 06:28 PM
^My bad, apologies Dilli, don't mean to come off as a jerk. Just don't want to see any fellow TT'rs maimed before their slalom set.



No no! I'm not upset at all! No worries. Hard to offend me, I appreciate the concerns.


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lsupcar
03-30-2017, 07:39 PM
If this is serious, it could be future Darwin Award material.
Get good video documentation.

Dillinewton
04-02-2017, 07:40 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170402/77a50d043d11eafc5992fdb83795f934.jpg
Well for everyone who hates the rope swing, here ya go.


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Maristar210
04-03-2017, 07:53 AM
Your neighbors must love you.

CantRepeat
04-03-2017, 08:06 AM
Flugtag 2017?

moosehead
04-03-2017, 10:03 AM
Dilli, you win man. Larry's gonna be pissed when he sees a real skate ramp. Looking forward to the inverts.



Is that angled pipe at the bottom for the tiki torches/flame ring?

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170403/ce286e3b399c3ebc6061a8ba577b74cc.jpg

Dillinewton
05-25-2017, 08:45 PM
The slip n slide has been a complete failure so far this summer.
https://youtu.be/ld-ILYfmFQA

Gonzo
05-25-2017, 09:55 PM
The slip n slide has been a complete failure so far this summer.
https://youtu.be/ld-ILYfmFQA
You... are... my... hero!

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flyguy570
05-25-2017, 09:55 PM
That rope swing looks close to the lift!

jgraham37128
05-25-2017, 10:00 PM
Nah, he had at least a ft.

2RLAKE
05-26-2017, 07:09 AM
I'd give it a go!

Dillinewton
05-26-2017, 11:46 AM
Ya we finally built the platform for the rope swing. It's sends you farther away from the lift.


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CantRepeat
05-26-2017, 12:32 PM
I hope your homeowner's insurance is up to date!!

Cc4me
05-26-2017, 06:49 PM
The slip n slide has been a complete failure so far this summer.
https://youtu.be/ld-ILYfmFQA

The Slip in slide looks like a lot of fun! My wife would never go for something like that being built at our house just because of aesthetics....not to mention the safety fight I'd have with her. Of course she originally told me no to a backyard zipline but we now have one!

Rope swings are a lot of fun, but as has been pointed out by many here, they can be dangerous. Of course I look at things much differently with kids than I did when I was a teen and in my 20's. When my buddy's and I tell stories now from when we were younger, I am often thankful to be alive! It does look like the swing lands you awful close to the boat.