Homemade Pull-Up Bars for Garages

Written by william mccoy
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Doing a pull-up means that your arms are strong enough to lift your entire weight off the ground. If you can execute a proper pull-up, you're working your biceps, triceps, deltoids and back muscles, while also strengthening your forearms, wrists and chest. You don't need to pay for a gym membership to work on your pull-ups. It's possible to build a pull-up bar in the garage using a few pieces of pipe and some basic tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • One piece of 1-inch, pre-threaded pipe, 20 inches long
  • Two 1-inch pipe corners
  • Two pieces of 1-inch pipe, each 4 inches long
  • Two 1-inch pipe flanges
  • Hole punch
  • Heavy bolts
  • Ratchet handle
  • Sockets
  • Cloth tape

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  1. 1

    Thread a pipe corner on each end of the 20-inch piece of pipe, ensuring that the free side of each corner faces the same direction.

  2. 2

    Thread each of the 4-inch pieces of pipe into the pipe corners. You will now have a square-like, stubby U-shape.

  3. 3

    Thread a pipe flange onto each open end of the 4-inch pieces of pipe. Hold the pipe creation up to a heavy beam in the ceiling of the garage with the 20-inch piece of pipe facing downward. The flat edges of the pipe flanges should be sitting flush on the beam.

  4. 4

    Push a punch through each of the bolt holes in the pipe flanges, ensuring each hole marks the wooden beam.

  5. 5

    Drive bolts through the holes in the pipe flanges and into the wooden beam using a ratchet handle and socket until all the holes are filled and the pipe is secure.

  6. 6

    Wrap cloth tape such as hockey tape around the 20-inch piece of pipe for better grip.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a particularly low or high garage ceiling, you may wish to alter the length of the 4-inch pieces of pipe to make the pull-up bar more accessible. Likewise, if you are particularly short or tall, you may need to alter the height of the bar set-up.

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