How to Make a Pull-Up Bar Out of Pipe

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How to Make a Pull-Up Bar Out of Pipe
Metal plumbing pipe can be used to make an effective pull-up bar. (short pipes image by timur1970 from

Pull-ups, a simple but tremendously effective exercise, are a staple of fitness regimens from military basic training to the popular P90X program. Many wall and door mounted pull-up bars are commercially available, but they can be expensive. It can also be difficult for taller individuals to find a good location for a door-mounted bar. However, it is possible to build a pull-up bar out of materials from your local hardware store for less then £13.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 x 6 board
  • Stud finder
  • 3/4 inch threaded metal pipe (one 38 to 42 inch piece, two 6 to 10 inch pieces)
  • Two 90-degree, 3/4 inch metal pipe elbow joints
  • Two 3/4 inch floor flanges
  • Pipe wrench
  • Drill
  • Wood screws

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  1. 1

    Using a pipe wrench, securely assemble the pipes and elbow joints into a u-shape. Attach the flanges to the ends of the pipes.

  2. 2

    Place the pipe assembly on the 2 x 6 and mark where you will need to attach the flanges. Pre-drill holes for the wood screws.

  3. 3

    Use the stud finder to locate and mark floor studs in the ceiling where you want to attach the pull-up bar.

  4. 4

    Attach the 2 x 6 to the studs using three-inch wood screws.

  5. 5

    Attach the pipe assembly to the 2 x 6 by using wood screws to secure the floor flanges.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you use wood screws long enough to securely attach the 2 x 6 beam to the studs, and to attach the flanges to the beam itself.
  • If you are unsure where the studs to attach the 2 x 6 are, or you don't have a stud finder, you can attach the pull-up bar directly to exposed studs in an area such as an unfinished basement or garage.

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