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Old 08-02-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Installing pull up bar


I’m thinking of installing a pull up bar in the hallway and wanted to ask for your professional opinion.

I have the picture of the hallway without the drywall here (now there is drywall):
http://home.comcast.net/~xdrive/IMG_4732.JPG


and can see that those are not joists going left-to-right in the ceiling, but what looks like 2x4s with plywood attached to them.

I’m thinking of attaching 2 new 2x4s to the 2x4s in the ceiling -- perpendicular to the existing ones, on both sides of the hallway.
Each new 2x4 will be attached to 3 existing ones with 4” lag screws.


Then will mount the pull up bar to these new 2x4s. The hallway is 51" wide and the bar is 50" wide, so new 2x4s will go right against the walls. The bar won’t need to support more than 300lb.


I drew a hand sketch of the whole thing here:

http://home.comcast.net/~xdrive/pullupbar.pdf


If those were proper joists in the ceiling I wouldn’t worry, but now I have doubts if the 2x4s in the ceiling can hold it? What do you think?


Thank you
Alexei

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Old 08-04-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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Proceed as planned. Those are BCI joists.

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