Old 23rd June 2009, 13:03   #1
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Building a pull-up bar

While I'm home for a few months, I'm trying to stay in shape without buying a gym membership. The gym at college was very cheap and I'll have to join one when I move somewhere permanently, but not for now.

Here's what I'm thinking. . .

I'll get some of these:



And some pipe, and hang it on four ceiling beams in the basement. So, the pipe will cover 3 spaces and 4 beams.

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I'd hang from the center. The sides would serve just to make sure there's some extra support. There's enough room for my head between the beams.

Any thoughts? Can that type of mounting hardware support the weight of a person?

Oh, about how long a screw do you think I'd need?

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Old 23rd June 2009, 13:26   #2
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get this kind of thing maybe, or any door contraption of this kind, will save you on drilling extra holes
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Old 23rd June 2009, 13:52   #3
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Well, yes of course I can get that, but it's more expensive.

I was going to just get a regular door bar, like I had at school but I don't really have a suitable door here.

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Old 23rd June 2009, 16:23   #4
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what is your roof made of? is there any wood support structure you can drill into?
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Old 23rd June 2009, 17:08   #5
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Indeed. This is going in the basement. The beams in the ceiling are wood, with the centers about 16 inches apart.

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Old 23rd June 2009, 17:54   #6
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I can't begin to tell you how amused I would be if you managed to pull the house down on top of you , take photos if you do
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Old 23rd June 2009, 18:00   #7
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I can't begin to tell you how amused I would be if you managed to pull the house down on top of you , take photos if you do
If I manage to do that, I'll even take video.

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Old 23rd June 2009, 19:29   #8
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Old 23rd June 2009, 19:40   #9
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House Destruction?

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Old 23rd June 2009, 20:00   #10
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For gawds sake, if you do this, use something stronger than copper pipe clips, that's what they look like.

I doubt copper clips would support any weight hanging off them, specially at the point where you screw them to the beams.

Oh, and make sure you use long ass screws.
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Old 23rd June 2009, 20:18   #11
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Oh, and make sure you use long ass screws.
With some washers to distribute the weight. Don't wanna pull the screw heads through. Since u are bolting it down in 4 places, I think the copper clips would be ok, as long as u used washers. Those probably come in galvanized steel.... which would be mo' betta'.
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Old 23rd June 2009, 22:15   #12
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As a contractor, I see nothing wrong with your blueprint.

... and what ROH said.

... assuming you aren't as big as an elephant.
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Old 24th June 2009, 22:39   #13
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I decided to find a suitable door upstairs in my house instead of this contraption in the basement.

I thought I had a good door downstairs but I went to drill the holes and the drill went right through the door frame into sheet rock or plaster or something. Definitely not enough real wood in that one to support any significant weight.

Also, I had to use two pairs of pliers to get the chuck on the drill to move at all. Old ass drill. I'll put the bar upstairs tomorrow.

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Old 25th June 2009, 00:21   #14
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Yeah yeah, double post I know. The mounting hardware doesn't fit on the upstairs door frame :\

New plan:





Thoughts, aFfLiCtEd?

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Old 25th June 2009, 02:19   #15
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i see the beam that holds your bar is reinforced by screws? or is it supported by other beams\metal to support your weight?
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Old 25th June 2009, 02:20   #16
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That's the pic that I'm going from. It's not my house in it. I think screwing the board to four rafters should be solid enough.

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Old 25th June 2009, 02:28   #17
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if you're going this way make sure you use big ass screws and nuts to hold it all tight, also make sure it will not buckle\break from weak middle points, which means... make it as short as possible, and tight as possible.. you know better than me what to do (i hope)
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Old 25th June 2009, 04:31   #18
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Yeah yeah, double post I know. The mounting hardware doesn't fit on the upstairs door frame :\

New plan:

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Thoughts, aFfLiCtEd?
If that doesn't work, nothing will. Just make sure the "coarse thread deck screws" are at least 3 to 3½ inches long screwed into the flanges that I see in the pictures. (as long as at least one or two are screwed into the floorjoists') Everything else seems overkill but you can't be too safe I guess.
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This is an example of what you didn't want to happen

LOL!
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Old 25th June 2009, 12:02   #20
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looks massive enough. if you use metal discs (dunno the english name) with the screws it should hold your weight fine. make sure to use really long screws.
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If that doesn't work, nothing will. Just make sure the "coarse thread deck screws" are at least 3 to 3½ inches long screwed into the flanges that I see in the pictures. (as long as at least one or two are screwed into the floorjoists') Everything else seems overkill but you can't be too safe I guess.
Okay, thanks. I'll head over to Home Depot today and let you guys know what happens.

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Got it set up and installed today. works great.

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Don't have a digital camera, but it looks exactly like the picture I posted.

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Got it set up and installed today. works great.
Cool! Need a job?
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Cool! Need a job?
Yes, I do. I just graduated college. However, I'm a lot better at fixing broken networks than carpentry.

My problem is that I learn best by doing - an expensive method in construction.

Thanks for taking a look at the plans. I appreciated having at least one person saying that it wouldn't collapse.

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Just looking at threads that passed me by when I was away from the forums...

I would recommend a wider pipe than that little 5/8" or 3/4". A thin pipe will tire your knuckles and cause blistering before you're too tired from the pull-ups. Something wide (over 1") would be very comfortable.

The other thing I worry about is the height of the ceiling in a basement. My basement would probably be too shallow, meaning I could grab the bar without jumping. I usually prefer to have to give a little jump so that I can't touch ground until I let go, even with straight legs.

With that goes proximity of the main floor floorboards. I'd hate to hit my head on them... I'm hoping that if you followed the plan on your previous pictures that there is plenty of headroom so that you don't have to be distracted by a possible collision.

On the topic of your pics, I had to laugh, because I have the same exact setup for drying laundry.

The last time I built an indoor pull-up bar (in 7th grade when I started wrestling) I used a 1.5" pipe that I set atop garage rafters, wrapped in medical tape for grip, held in place by a really hastily-done staple-gunned rope. Since the pipe was above the rafters, I didn't really need anything all that strong to hold it; the rope just kept it from rolling, and since there was no attic in the garage, there was no floorboard to worry about when it came to headroom. It was high enough that I had to either use a chair or jump to reach it, which I liked. I used it until I quit wrestling in 11th grade. The only downside was that the garage was quite hot during the summer - no air conditioner, so my comfort level really dropped after maybe only 3 sets. For all it was, it worked well. Sometimes when go home I visit my parents it gives me a laugh to jump up there thinking I'm still in shape and then only do maybe 10 chin-ups at most in a set...

I realize the post is a little (or a lot) late, but if you ever come across a garage and a decent sized pipe, it's an easy job to find something to hold it in place over the rafters and get to work on chin-ups.

edit - by the way, what are you doing for work these days?

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So far the thing is still working out well.

As far as work goes, I'm working in an electronics store. What fun.

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Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar is ideal for pull-ups, chin-ups , dips , crunches, and much more.... Its a great way to work on the pull ups at home . Its very easy to put up and takes seconds to take it down.. Its really a good product
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Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar is ideal for pull-ups, chin-ups , dips , crunches, and much more.... Its a great way to work on the pull ups at home . Its very easy to put up and takes seconds to take it down.. Its really a good product
I agree to Tasha. If you want to work out at your home, it's essential to get a doorway pull up bar. You can easily set it up and remove it after the workout. You won't damage your doorway nor you don't have to worry to fall down while doing pull ups. However, if you have your own apartment then it's better to consider about wall mounted pull up bar. This bar is much more stable and durable and you'll be able to do a lot more exercises on it. Check out some of the best pull up bars online.
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