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Horizontal Tire Swing
Horizontal tire swings are more stable and more fun than regular swings, according to retired banker Elmer Reitmeyer, Vincennes, Ind., who says he got the idea for building them while playing with his 4-year old grandson.
"There was a tire swing in a near-by park and he liked it so much I decided I could build one as good or better," he says.
Reitmeyer says the advantage of the horizontal-hookup swing is that 2 or 3 children can get on at once with maximum safety. He hung his first swing on a high limb and his second in place of regular swings on a metal swing frame. "The second one wasn't as popular as the first, because it doesn't swing out as far as the one on the high limb. However, it's mounted low to the ground which makes it ideal for very small children."
Three segments of chain attach to eye bolts fastened to the tire sidewall. The three chains come together at a steel ring about 5 ft. above the tire. A single chain runs from the ring up to the limb or swing frame above. Reitmeyer has put together plans detailing what equipment he used. Plans sell for $3.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Elmer Reitmeyer, Rt. 4, Box 141 A, Vincennes, Ind. 47591.

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5