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
- Wood screws
Using a pipe wrench, securely assemble the pipes and elbow joints into a u-shape. Attach the flanges to the ends of the pipes.
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.
Use the stud finder to locate and mark floor studs in the ceiling where you want to attach the pull-up bar.
Attach the 2 x 6 to the studs using three-inch wood screws.
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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