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kamas

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Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:04:32 PM »
Any ideas how to install a pullup bar to an I-beam, without drilling holes into it?

There is one here for $180, simple setup,no drilling, but the price seems high: 
 https://promountings.com/i-beam-pull-up-bar.html

Is there a way to get a bunch of special clamps and a metal pipe from home depot , to make something like this yourself at home?

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 01:29:57 PM »
Google says this will work.  I'm skeptical.


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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 01:32:20 PM »
A better looking version, with a complete how-to.

http://imgur.com/gallery/p24Fc

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 01:33:28 PM »
NY barbells has a joist mount version.  Why not mount to the joist instead?  I'm assuming this is a basement.

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 02:29:37 PM »
There are no exposed joists, it is just an ibeam on the ceiling, very similar to this photo:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/6c/a2/a3/6ca2a388712338ef367538d339da33b7.jpg

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2017, 02:33:31 PM »
That 2nd link (http://imgur.com/gallery/p24Fc) attaches to an I-Beam that looks just like that.

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 03:40:00 PM »
"That 2nd link (http://imgur.com/gallery/p24Fc) attaches to an I-Beam that looks just like that."
The problem with this design, the bar goes directly under the I-beam, so you might whack your head on the i-beam while doing pullups.

Notice how the one here ( https://promountings.com/i-beam-pull-up-bar.html ) has the bar off to the side.

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2017, 06:17:21 PM »
I'd start with a couple of these

https://www.grainger.com/product/ANVIL-Standard-Duty-Beam-Clamp-4HYT1?s_pp=false&picUrl=//static.grainger.com/rp/s/is/image/Grainger/4HYR8_AS01?$smthumb$

one was in our house when we bought it and it can hold some serious weight (~380 plus pounds)

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2017, 08:51:36 AM »
"That 2nd link (http://imgur.com/gallery/p24Fc) attaches to an I-Beam that looks just like that."
The problem with this design, the bar goes directly under the I-beam, so you might whack your head on the i-beam while doing pullups.

Notice how the one here ( https://promountings.com/i-beam-pull-up-bar.html ) has the bar off to the side.
You  may want to take a look at all the pictures.  There's one that shows the bar is clearly not directly under the beam down the thread.  Closer to adjacent to the edge of the beam.  With care, I doubt you'd hit your head on the beam. 

Also, I imagine you could adjust the bar out a few inches - maybe get a longer piece of metal (that's real strong, of course) and have separate screws for attaching to beam and the bar.  Or use the clamps BudgetSlasher linked to mount whatever apparatus you come up with.

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2017, 05:42:59 PM »
This can be done with threaded plumbing pipe, which is often called "Black Iron" pipe. This stuff is available at most Home depot stores. You will need two short pieces to cross the beam, two "Tees", a longer piece for the main pull up area, two short pieces for the horns that go past, and two caps for those ends. HD has a threading machine to cut this pipe to length and rethread ends, or you can buy factory cut small sections known as "nipples". You will need to find two pipe wrenches to get the whole thing together. Now to clamp it to the bottom of the beam you will need four clamps that can be found at any electrical supply house. The counter guy will know what you mean when you swagger on up and ask for a "Korn clamp". Might want to google it first to see what you are talking about.  As for pipe diameter, you are going to have to figure that out at HD. I'm guessing 1" trade size pipe will be good, but you would know better that I.  Two hints, when you assemble everything, do the two Tees and the long bar first. Second, Black Iron is some oily, nasty shit. Clean it up paint thinner and rags before you get too involved, or you will be covered in a black layer of oily stink.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2017, 04:46:29 AM by paddedhat »

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2017, 10:23:43 PM »
Just start doing pull ups on the beam.  Its tough at first but your grip will improve.  I do pull ups and "walk" as far as I can down a similar beam at work.  The beam will give you a better whole-body work out than a traditional pull up.

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2017, 09:16:58 AM »
Just start doing pull ups on the beam.  Its tough at first but your grip will improve.  I do pull ups and "walk" as far as I can down a similar beam at work.  The beam will give you a better whole-body work out than a traditional pull up.
You win the "most mustachian answer" trophy for this thread.

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Re: Help to install pullup bar to I-beam, save $180
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2017, 10:42:33 AM »
Just start doing pull ups on the beam.  Its tough at first but your grip will improve.  I do pull ups and "walk" as far as I can down a similar beam at work.  The beam will give you a better whole-body work out than a traditional pull up.

Agreed!  My buddy built an Irish pub in his basement which has an exposed I-beam.  I do pullups on the I-beam between drinks...I'm noticing good results and it's awesome for improving grip strength and drinking abilities.