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Old 07-03-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
Robert Flynn
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How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

I would like to run a 6 foot pipe for a pull-up bar at 3/4 inch thick. 6 feet gives me enough space for 2 to work. I am about 160lbs, my wife is 115lbs. Will this hold us or do I need to shorten to 5', or increase the thickness to1"? I would rather not split it in half and add a support in the middle because it seems like that would get in the way of my grip. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:12 AM   #2
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

That will hold you.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:11 AM   #3
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

My brother in law and I ran into the same problem spanning a 7 foot section with 1.25" pipe. We ended up running 1" pipe of the exact same length inside of the 1.25" pipe instead of adding a middle brace. This design should allow for the inner pipe to reinforce the outer if it does flex. This seems more than capable of handling the weight and force of kipping pullups despite the gap.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:22 AM   #4
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

Is 3/4 comfortable for you. I would go with 1" or 1 1/4". Reguardless any of those sizes will hold. Just make sure its braced properly. I am getting ready to go 1 1/4" Galvanized Steel approx 20 feet across the gym. Lots of support on both sides and the middle.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:01 PM   #5
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

Have you held 3/4" pipe before? That's pretty narrow - most people use 1" or 1 1/4" for this application. 1" pipe would hold up just fine but I've never seen 3/4" pipe used for multiple athletes simultaneously (and rarely for even 1 athlete).
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:23 PM   #6
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

We have a six foot span with 1 1/4 inch pipe and it holds two adult men over 200 pounds each with no problem. 3/4 Inch pipe will be to small, I would go 1 inch minimum.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:24 PM   #7
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

Thanks for the input, I figured it would hold, but the set up to support the bar is somewhat complex due to a 10' ceiling. I do not know once it is set up if there would have been a way to take it back apart. I keep going back and forth on the 3/4 vs. 1" bar - sounds like 1" is the way to go. Thanks again.
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:39 PM   #8
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

Just a friendly FYI.

Pipe and Tube are measured differently.

A 1" Tube is 1" diameter.

A 1" Pipe is 1.315" (about 1-5/16") diameter.

3/4" Pipe is 1.050" (about 1-1/16") diameter.

1-1/4" Pipe is 1.660" (about 1-5/8") diameter.
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:28 PM   #9
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

The pipe will hold you, but the 3/4 dia will tear the hell out of your hands (I used 3/4 for a year and a bit because the was all that would fit in the set up I had). However it toughened my hands up like nothing else, and I haven't ripped since then FWIW
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:53 PM   #10
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Re: How much weight can plumbing pipe take?

Hi Robert, are you attaching the pipe to the wall or ceiling? I'm curious because I'm thinking of building a pullup stand at the end of the year and may have to use pipes to do it... or some cheap and readily available material.
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