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Simple DIY Basement Pull-Up Bar

Looking for an easy way to upgrade your workout routine? Add this easy pull-up bar to your basement. Finished basement ceilings? Try the garage, utility room or even the underside of a deck!

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How to Make a Pull Up Bar: Supplies Needed

  • One 2×4 or other scrap wood
  • One 1-inch x 36-inch Galvanized Pipe
  • Two 1-inch Galvanized Cap Fittings
  • Tennis Grip Tape (optional)
  • Wood Screws
  • 1-1/2-inch Spade Drill Bit
  • Power Drill

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How to Build a Pull Up Bar: Cut Boards

Cut two identical pieces of the 2×4 to the height at which you’d like the bar to hang. This example is cut to 18 inches, but it will vary depending on ceiling height and personal preference. Measure 3 inches from the bottom of the boards and use the 1-1/2-inch spade bit to make a hole in both boards. Sand the rough edges.

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Mount the boards hole-side down on the inside of two ceiling joists using three staggered wood screws. Measure space from ceiling and side to side to be sure the bar will be square and level.

While you’re at it, learn how to soundproof your basement ceiling to cut down on the noise.

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Install Bar

Thread the 1-inch pipe through the holes in the bottom of the hanging boards and secure each end with a cap fitting.

Use metal piping elsewhere in your home, like this handsome industrial tray.

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Wrap Grip

If desired, wrap tennis racket grip replacement tape along pipe to make a more comfortable hand grip.

Try these 10 uses for old tennis balls.

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Get Fit

Now for the hardest part, getting in shape!

Feeling motivated? Try these other home gym ideas.

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