How to Remove Porch Swing Hooks

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Porch swing hooks are the safety anchor for your hanging porch swing. If you are renovating your porch or relocating your porch swing, you may need to remove this porch swing hardware. Porch swing hooks come in two formats, depending on the type of beam to which they are anchored. Before removing them, you need to find out which kind you have.

Step 1 - Find Out Which Type of Porch Swing Hooks you Have

If your porch swing involves a solid beam with space above it for a long bolt and washer to protrude, it will require a hook called an eye bolt. This bolt will be fastened in a pre-drilled hole that penetrates all the way through the beam. You can spot the bolt end and washer sticking out of the beam on top. Two of them hold up your hanging porch swing.

A beam fastened directly to the ceiling with no clearance space will have two lag-and-eye bolts to support the swing. This bolt is more slender than the full-sized eye bolt, but equally strong. These bolts and screws are sized by the weight they support, generally up to 500 pounds for each type.

Step 2 - Remove the Porch Swing Hooks

wooden porch swing on wood deck

Lift the porch swing off the S-bolts that connect the porch swing chains to the support bolts. Move the swing out of the area. Slip the S-bolts out of the support bolt eye loops. Climb a suitable stepladder and examine the support beam. If it has clearance space at the top, you should be able to see and touch the reinforcing nuts on the large eye bolts. Using an adjustable wrench, fit it to the nut and, turning the wrench slowly counterclockwise, work it upward off the eye bolt stem. Grasp the eye of the bolt below the beam, and turn it counterclockwise slowly. It should unwind itself from the beam. If it seems to be stuck or jammed, use a power drill to open up the drill hole slightly. Grasp the eye bolt and turn slowly. If it is firmly entrenched it may have to be drilled out. Do this if you are planning to replace the beam anyway. For lag-and-eye bolts, use an adjustable wrench to grip the eye section of the bolt and rotate it counter-clockwise. When you feel the bolt start to release, unscrew it from the beam.

Step 3 - Examine the Porch Swing Hooks for Safe Condition

child on a wooden porch swing

Inspect the porch swing hooks for rust, corrosion, damaged threads, or crookedness. If they are damaged in any way, do not reuse them to rehang the swing. Under no circumstances should you reuse the original drill holes in the beam. If you wish to hang other objects from the beam, drill new holes.


When installing or metal porch swing hooks and hardware, wear eye protection to guard your eyes from splinters, wood dust, and metal shavings from the bolt threads. Have an adult stand near the stepladder to assist you if needed.