Took a look in the attic above the garage to find somewhere to hang my 70 lbs punching bag. After seeing what was up there, I wasn't sure it was a good idea anymore so I was hoping to get some feedback.

Garage depth: 24 ft / width: 30 ft

Here is a link to more pictures of the attic so you can have a better idea of the structure https://i.stack.imgur.com/LhREe.jpg

The red arrow shows the spot I was going to hang the bag from. It's a 2x12 going all the way from the front to the back of the garage, supported by those respective walls. Is that considered a beam?

I hope this is enough information to determine if it can hold and not cause structural issues.

The red arrow is the spot I was going to hang the bag from

The other side


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    note: drill down between the boards where the red arrow points .... then lay a piece of a 2x4 on top of that ... drill a hole in the piece of 2x4 and run the hanging bolt all the way through and put a washer and nut on top
    – jsotola
    Oct 12, 2018 at 20:46
  • @jsotola sounds like an answer to me.
    – bib
    Oct 12, 2018 at 21:14

2 Answers 2


something like this

drill from the attic side

afterthought: use lockwashers

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  • Thanks! I had to buy a threaded rod and a coupling nut because I couldn't find a eye bolt long enough but it worked. Oct 16, 2018 at 0:19

That's not a typical garage attic, but 70 lbs isn't too much of a concern unless those toolboxes are loaded up and weigh another 70, and another, and another....

Just make sure you anchor to a robust framing member, and not just one thin board that could tear loose or fail over time. The 2x12 should be fine.

  • It's 70 pounds when the bag is just hanging there. When it's being used, the attachment point will be getting jerked around with quite a bit more force, I imagine. Oct 12, 2018 at 22:29
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    And yeah, that is a really weird looking attic structure. Oct 12, 2018 at 22:38

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