08 July, 2011
Do it Yourself: How to Build Outdoor Fitness Equipment Yourself
Convenience is only one of the benefits of having your own outdoor fitness equipment. Another benefit is the type of exercise you can get building the equipment. This starts with staging the materials and tools in the area where you plan to use the equipment, and then doing the installation.
Install sturdy vertical supports made from wood rounds in footings or on a concrete patio. Then fit steel pipe between the supports to make a push-up bar, horizontal bars, parallel bars and dip bars.
Select the area for horizontal bars and push-up bars. Use the post hole tool and dig two footings four feet apart for the horizontal bar supports. Dig two footings two feet apart for push-up bar supports. The holes should be 12 inches in diameter and 16 inches deep.
If you wish, increase the length of the push-up bar support posts and install a pair of dip bars.
Cut three four-inch round wood posts 10 feet long with the handsaw. Stand one of these in each of the footing holes for the horizontal bars. Cut two four-inch round wood posts 32 inches long as supports for the push-up bars. Stand these in the push-up bar footings.
Use the shovel and fresh water to mix the post hole concrete in the mixing tub. The mixture should be medium consistency. Shovel the concrete into each of the footings and fill them to ground level. Use the four-foot level to plumb the posts. Allow the concrete to cure overnight.
Drill a 1 1/2-inch hole near the top of the first horizontal bar support post using the electric drill with a 1 1/2-inch flat wood bit. The hole should be two inches from the top of the post and on a line with the middle post. Insert a five-foot length of 1 1/4-inch threaded steel pipe through the hole, and butt the end against the middle post. Level the pipe and mark the middle post for another 1 1/2-inch hole near the top.
Attach a 1 1/2-inch pipe cap onto one end of a five-foot length of steel pipe with a pipe wrench. Pass the open end of the pipe through the holes at the top of the first and second support post. Cap the open end of the pipe, and tighten the cap with a pipe wrench.
Select a height for the lower horizontal bar that attaches between the middle and opposite end posts. Drill 1 1/4-inch holes at this height and install a five-foot length of 1 1/2-inch steel pipe using the same procedure. Repeat the procedure for the push-up bar between the pair of short support posts.
Use metal post bases and expanding anchor bolts to install the supports on concrete.
Ask a ground spotter for assistance when you're working on a ladder.
- Ask a ground spotter for assistance when you're working on a ladder.
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