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Old 05-27-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
Allen Griffin
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Pullup bar for big boys

So I made a thread about putting a pullup bar in my garage a few weeks ago. I was trying to get some feedback, but to little avail. I did get one post from someone recommending the Stud Bar. I'm a big guy. 6'1" on a bad day and always over 220. The thought of a couple of screws into a floor joist 1 1/2" thick holding me and not splitting the wood seemed unrealistic. And not to bash anyone else's work, but I didn't really feel comfortable with the designs I've seen other people use in other threads.

Now I'm no engineer, but seems like it would be better to screw into the side of a joist. And what would be better than a couple of screws? A big a** bolt. So that's what I did, and the pictures are the results of my work. I've personally hung upside and kipped on it. It's going nowhere. It was pretty simple. Probably not the easiest way to do it, but peace of mind doesn't always come from doing things easy.

So check it out. Hopefully this helps someone out.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:37 PM   #2
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Re: Pullup bar for big boys

very nice setup
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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very nice setup
Thanks James. I appreciate it.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:21 PM   #4
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Re: Pullup bar for big boys

that thing looks almost bombproof ,just a thought, maybe two anchor bolts for each arm, that way there's not a pivot point.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #5
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that thing looks almost bombproof ,just a thought, maybe two anchor bolts for each arm, that way there's not a pivot point.
That was my first thought too but then I see he sandwiched wood between the two vertical pieces and tight to the joist so it is going nowhere. Job well done. Simple but effective.

Make sure you take a file to some of those high/rough spots on the bar - your hands will appreciate it.
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:28 PM   #6
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That was my first thought too but then I see he sandwiched wood between the two vertical pieces and tight to the joist so it is going nowhere. Job well done. Simple but effective.

Make sure you take a file to some of those high/rough spots on the bar - your hands will appreciate it.
Thanks Mike. Yea, there's no movement. That's the best way I could think of to keep the pullup bar from swinging. Glued and screwed the pieces together.

Thanks for the tip. I'll do that.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:17 PM   #7
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Thanks Mike. Yea, there's no movement. That's the best way I could think of to keep the pullup bar from swinging. Glued and screwed the pieces together.

Thanks for the tip. I'll do that.
Makes me wish I had exposed joists in my garage. Guess I can't complain about a finished garage too much.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:17 AM   #8
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Re: Pullup bar for big boys

That's a bad(__Y__) and STRONG setup. That think is not going to move a bit.

Congrats!

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Old 05-28-2009, 05:27 AM   #9
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Be careful with the floor flanges. I'm 6'2" and anywhere from 200 - 215 depending on the time of year and I busted one of these at the floor flange. Both flanges snapped and I found myself on my back with a pull-up bar in my hands. I know a lot of people use them and I haven't heard this happening to anyone else but after my spill I have a hard time cranking out 20-30 kips on this set up without wondering if it will snap again.

I would check them often for stress cracks.
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Be careful with the floor flanges. I'm 6'2" and anywhere from 200 - 215 depending on the time of year and I busted one of these at the floor flange. Both flanges snapped and I found myself on my back with a pull-up bar in my hands. I know a lot of people use them and I haven't heard this happening to anyone else but after my spill I have a hard time cranking out 20-30 kips on this set up without wondering if it will snap again.

I would check them often for stress cracks.
Yowzers! Glad you didn't get seriously hurt!
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