Lemon aid, picnics, and swinging on that old tire swing. Nothing can bring back memories of lazy summer days spent outside playing with friends and family out under that giant oak tree than seeing a tire swing hanging from a tree. Every kid should have the experience of swinging and spinning around on a tire swing even in today's busy times. Now you can even purchase "fake" tire swings made of plastic that will work almost as well as the real thing. I say almost because to me nothing can replace the real thing.
A tire swing is easy to tie to a tree limb by using a simple knot that is used to secure an anchor line to a boat anchor. The knot used most often to attach a new line to an anchor is called an Anchor Bend. An anchor bend provides more security than using two half hitches due to the extra turn around the ring that spreads the chafe over two turns. The knot can be used to tie both ends of the rope. You can use it to tie one end of the rope to the tree and the other end of the rope to the tire. You can also use the knot to tie a line to a post or dock eye. So, go ahead and find a strong tree limb, a tire, a rope and have some fun.
Things You Will Need
Tire, rope, Tree with a strong limb, Stranded nylon cord
Step 1First make two turns around the tire or tree limb leaving the turns open.
Next take a half turn around the standing line and feed the free end through the turns and pull tight.
Next tie a half hitch knot around the standing line and pull tight. The half hitch is made by passing the free end around the standing rope and passing the end through the loop and pulling tight.
The free end should be secured to the standing rope by wrapping and tying the two together with stranded nylon cord.
Nothing can bring back memories of lazy summer days spent outside playing with friends and family better than swinging on a tire swing hanging from a tree. So, go ahead and find a strong tree limb, a tire, a rope and have some fun.