I'm looking to hang an aerial yoga hammock in our garage from 2 attachment points. I'm based in Australia which might change some of my measurements/ratings so sorry in advance!

I can use a manhole to access one third of the ceiling. The rest of the ceiling is under our second level, blocked by an i-beam with the brick wall on it (flanges are around 7mm thick).

The part I can access has MGP10 rated joists around 35x90mm in size.

So my question is: can eye hooks be used directly in the joists/flange as long as they are correctly rated and supported on top with a washer/plate? Or would spanning a large beam across multiple joists then drilling into that (or another solution) be the preferred method here?

It's not a passive hammock, so due to jumps/drops of a few feet most guides recommend around 800kg+ bearing capacity to avoid surprises.

Hiring a specialist is another option but most guides recommend finding a certified rigger which doesn't seem to be getting many matches around here (maybe we call them something else).


Photo inside roof: https://imgur.com/MwCyOE4

Some rigging ideas: https://www.aerialyogaonline.com/rigging-residential/

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  • How far do your joists span? (Clear dimension from support to support.) – Lee Sam Oct 18 '19 at 15:31
  • @LeeSam it's a little inconsistent as it's near a corner and the manhole so they vary in size. I have added an image. The closest (longest) is 190cm between eaves and i-beam however it isn't attached to the i-beam, just resting. The end at the eaves is cut triangular then attached to the upper beams with a connector plate. Space between joists is 56cm. – Nick P Oct 19 '19 at 9:16
  • No, I would not drill all the way through a ceiling joist. The size of hole needed for your eye bolt will weaken it. How far apart do you need your attachment points to be? – Mattman944 Oct 19 '19 at 13:21
  • @Mattman944 yes I figured the joists were too narrow. The distance is not very strict but around 55cm would be ideal. – Nick P Oct 20 '19 at 0:48

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