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Old 09-01-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
Camille Lore
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Deck screws or bolts for mounting pullup bar?

I'm putting together a gym in a shack behind my house. It has big beams (about 3-4" thick) that I want to mount a pullup bar onto. I bought a 4' section of black pipe, elbows, nipples and flanges. If I mount the flanges onto the beam, what should I use to secure them? I have 1 5/8" deck screws in there now. Will that be enough to keep the bar fast while I kip from it?
I did search, but no answers for how people mounted their flanges to the wood.
Don't really want a mid-kip incident!
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:12 AM   #2
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Re: Deck screws or bolts for mounting pullup bar?

Seems lag bolts are the way to go.... I didn't know the difference between a screw and a lag bolt until now.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:21 AM   #3
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Re: Deck screws or bolts for mounting pullup bar?

Lag bolts / lag screws definitely.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:07 AM   #4
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Re: Deck screws or bolts for mounting pullup bar?

Hey there. My experience has been that most people use 4 screws per flange to secure it to the wood, and lag screws if they are securing a piece of 2x6 to the beams.

My setup in the garage involves a piece of 2x6 secured with lag bolts to 4 different beams, and then my flanges secured by 4 screws each to the 2x6. This has proven very stable for even two people.

Hope that helps.

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Old 09-01-2008, 08:28 AM   #5
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Re: Deck screws or bolts for mounting pullup bar?

I have deck screws holding the flanges to my ceiling studs and have not had any problems at all. It is very secure.
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:23 AM   #6
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Re: Deck screws or bolts for mounting pullup bar?

Thank you. So far, I have 6 lag screws in (darned battery operated drill) and that bar is solid! Definitely feels more secure than with the short deck screws I had installed. Of course, I moved it closer to the wall on the beam as well, so that might make it more stable also.
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:01 PM   #7
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Re: Deck screws or bolts for mounting pullup bar?

Camille - look at my new pull-up bar!!!

It's 10' high, secured to the deck with eight 4" timber locks. I'll be waking up in the middle of the night to go outside and kip.
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:48 AM   #8
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Hey- that looks a LOT like my new one!!
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