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Old 02-28-2012, 04:07 AM   #1
Jacopo Scazzosi
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Farmer's P-Bars

"Where am I going to dip now?" has always been a problem of mine until I realized that P. Bars are just... well, parallel bars. As long as you have two parallel or almost parallel surfaces and you don't swing much, any kind "bar" can work. Farming/gardening/digging tools' sticks included :-).
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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Re: Farmer's P-Bars

I foresee a broken table and splinters in your future.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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I foresee a broken table and splinters in your future.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:49 AM   #4
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Re: Farmer's P-Bars

With a bit of attention and testing, I don't see why. That table can easily hold (tested) twice my bodyweight, the other table the same. Yes, it's a bit close to the edge of the path in that picture but I made sure to move it a couple of inches away. It's better than not being able to dip properly.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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With a bit of attention and testing, I don't see why. That table can easily hold (tested) twice my bodyweight, the other table the same. Yes, it's a bit close to the edge of the path in that picture but I made sure to move it a couple of inches away. It's better than not being able to dip properly.
I would be more worried about the wooden handles snapping. I work in the construction industry and can guarantee you that those wooden handles are going to break sooner or later.

If this setup is your only option, you might try to find a couple pieces of plastic or steel pipe. maybe throw a "T" joint on each end for a little more stability. The most common diameter for parallettes is 1.5".

I do like the ingenuity in your idea, but i can't foresee anything but disaster.

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Old 02-29-2012, 01:02 PM   #6
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Re: Farmer's P-Bars

Everyone, I really do appreciate the worry, concern and suggestions you've given me. I did a bit of testing with those two sticks and each one can hold me jumping to a narrow-grip hang on it. I'm not saying that this is the safest method around but, with some testing and some attention, it does allow proper dipping pretty much everywhere (even between low tree-branches).

I like the ideas of steel pipe with Ts - I'll give that a try soon.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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If it works for you, great. But don't you have saw horses or two chairs lying around?
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:49 AM   #8
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If it works for you, great. But don't you have saw horses or two chairs lying around?
Yes, I do have chairs but no, I can't use them for dipping. Long story, don't ask :-). And yes, I do have saw horses but they are too low for dipping.

I just don't have the time right now but I'll build something in the future.
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