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Old 11-26-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Help on Pullup Bar Construction

Hi All,

I'm trying to build some pullup bars outside my garage and am looking for a little inspiration and engineering knowledge. You can see from the pics there's a wall on either side of the garage with metal pipes above it. I'd like to construct something that extends from the metal pipes outward a few feet into the space in front of the garage. I was thinking a horizontal piece going from the bottom metal pipe and a diagonal piece from the top pipe attaching to the first horizontal piece. I would do this in two places a few feet apart then attach a bar in between to make the pullup bar. Whaddya think?

I have very little engineering knowledge so if you could give me some advice about the type of materials and fittings I should use to construct this, I'd be very grateful. Thank you!

Tom
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: Help on Pullup Bar Construction

I dont fully understand the project because I need to see a picture of the whole area but It looks like speedrail fittings would be a perfect fit. COuld you attach a picture of the whole site?
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:35 PM   #3
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Re: Help on Pullup Bar Construction

Thanks Matt. Hopefully this gives you a better idea. The attached pic shows the whole garage site. The driveway descends to the garage with retaining walls on each side, each of which have metal pipes on top. Ideally I'd like to build pullup bars similar to this picture, but fastening to the top and bottom pipes instead of the wall as is shown in that picture.
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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Re: Help on Pullup Bar Construction

Tom,

Assuming the bars on each side are level with each other, you could easily just span the whole gap with a bar system. This could be easily done with Speed Rail fittings and pipe.
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Re: Help on Pullup Bar Construction

I am not an engineer, but I would not build a system similar to the pic you linked. It would not be strong enough to support all of that weight unbraced.
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Re: Help on Pullup Bar Construction

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Thanks Matt. Hopefully this gives you a better idea. The attached pic shows the whole garage site. The driveway descends to the garage with retaining walls on each side, each of which have metal pipes on top. Ideally I'd like to build pullup bars similar to this picture, but fastening to the top and bottom pipes instead of the wall as is shown in that picture.
You mean a sort of inverted triangle; two bars across the top supporting a single bar across the lower? That would probably work if it was well-constructed.
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