Constructing an Outdoor Pull-up Bar

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  1. Yail Bloor

    Yail Bloor OT Supporter

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    In the near future I will be erecting a pull-up bar outside in my yard.

    I'm not necessarily the best at building stuff so I thought it would be good to get some input on this.

    Right now I'm considering using 2 railroad ties with holes cut in one end. The railroad ties will then be cemented into holes in the ground, with a round piece of pipe from Lowe's serving as the bar.

    Possibly I could design the holes in the ties in such a way that would allow different sizes of pipe to be swapped in and out? Not really sure how that would work.

    All comments and ideas appreciated.

    (I'm aware of the doorway bars but I am choosing to avoid them)
     
  2. Malicious

    Malicious Whats in your hatch?

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    Why railroad ties? I'd suggest using a couple of pressure treated 6x6's instead.
     
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    erecting :mamoru:
     
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    yeah railroad ties are overkill
    go with the 6x6s
    you could drill different holes at different heights for different diameters of pipes
    although I do not see the advantage of that
     
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    i can probably get railroad ties cheaper, assuming they are long enough

    i just realized i don't know the length of a standard railroad tie
     
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    retorq What up bitch??

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    A typical railroad tie is 8 1/2 feet, nasty oil smell though.
     
  7. Yail Bloor

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    well that won't be long enough unfortunately

    the smell is not an issue
     
  8. KingGargantuan

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    6x6 is overkill also. you could put 4x4's in the ground and they'd be solid if you put them deep enough.

    i built one in my mom's backyard but i put 2 bars and used 4 4x4's. that way i could do pullups on either one or i could climb up and do dips as well.
     
  9. Yail Bloor

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    thats a really good idea

    how did you secure the bar to the 4x4's?
     
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    i think i drilled into the 4x4's @ 2" and put the pipe in there. they rotated a little but not much. you could screw a bolt in there to hold it.
     
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