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Need advice installing a ceiling mounted pull up bar in unfinished basement

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Need advice installing a ceiling mounted pull up bar in unfinished basement

Hey guys!

I just bought a ceiling mounted pull up bar for my unfinished basement and I'm not too sure where to install it.

I thought I would simply screw it in the huge support beam in the middle of my unfinished basement but the screws are pretty big and I'm not sure if screwing anything in a support beam is bad.
What do you think?

Maybe I should instead add plywoods to each side of the smaller transversal supports instead (see pictures) and screw the pull up bar into this?

https://ibb.co/JkfmhZq
https://ibb.co/yfzSnGp
https://ibb.co/9sy9GmF
https://ibb.co/zxv7t5w
https://ibb.co/27sqgKd

Thanks!
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Mar 20, 2018
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I also have an unfinished basement but instead of a pull up bar, I went with Olympic rings and straps. Just tie them over the support beam. The rings with straps are more versatile as well since you can do dips/rows/push-ups, etc.

I plan on finishing my basement later and didn't want the hassle of permanently installing and removing a pull bar bar.
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Sep 19, 2014
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Markham, ON
Malkavian wrote: Hey guys!

I just bought a ceiling mounted pull up bar for my unfinished basement and I'm not too sure where to install it.

I thought I would simply screw it in the huge support beam in the middle of my unfinished basement but the screws are pretty big and I'm not sure if screwing anything in a support beam is bad.
What do you think?

Maybe I should instead add plywoods to each side of the smaller transversal supports instead (see pictures) and screw the pull up bar into this?

https://ibb.co/JkfmhZq
https://ibb.co/yfzSnGp
https://ibb.co/9sy9GmF
https://ibb.co/zxv7t5w
https://ibb.co/27sqgKd

Thanks!
A few screws into the huge support beam won't "screw up" anything. I hung a heavy bag into my LVL beam for years and they work fine.

Those I-Joist are designed to take load from the top only. It has very little support if you mount something to the side or bottom wood of the i-joist. (i.e. 30-50lbs weight is okay, but definitely not a pull up bar which load 150lb+)

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