Before I purchased them, I wanted to make sure I could hang them. As I typically do, I scoured the internet and the best advice came from the Constantly Varied blog. I followed his advice pretty much exactly. Ken suggested I go across 3 beam, Soloman and Sonu suggested fender washers, Sonu went as far as suggesting cutting into the drywall and securing a beam on the opposite side of the stud, rather than using lag bolts. This was a bit too involved for me.
I needed some tools and bought a Dewalt Circular Saw, Stud Finder, 3/8" drill bit and an adjustable wrench. I consider that a $180 investment as they are typically home duty tools. I already had the other tools for the project including drill, socket set and hole cutter. Unfortunately, I dropped my 1/2" quarter drive socket in the garage and may need to replace it. If I can't find it a replacement would be $3.50 at Sears.
The material was pretty cheap and added up to $25 all said and done. A Rogue Fitness Ring Hanger would have been $65 (not including shipping) and seems like a less robust solution. I feel like my set up is more flexible. Material included the 2x6, lag bolts, eye bolts, washers and carabiners.
I started by measuring about half a dozen times and then cutting the 2x6 to 40". My centers were 16" and I wanted 4" extra on each side. Then I verified my centers a couple of times, it was eccentric with one just under and one just over so I marked the side facing the wall versus the other bay. I drilled holes for the lag bolts and the eye bolts. I assembled the eye bolts and ran the lag bolts through half way in order to match drill the ceiling. Once this was done, I partially secured the stud and marked clearance for the eye bolts. I used the hole cutter to cut a clearance hole in the sheet rock and then started securing the stud to the ceiling using the 1/2" drive socket. This was trickier than I thought. I should have considered just drilling clearance holes in the studs rather than screwing through both the stud and the ceiling studs. I went corner to corner and then worked my way in. One was really sticking so I backed it out, tightened the other 5 and then tightened the last one. Lastly the carabiners were clipped in.
At this point, I am pretty confident the set up is secure and will go ahead and get the rings from Rep Fitness ($55 + $3 tax, free shipping). I was originally planning on Rogue Fitness, but opted against the $72 Rings and $11.39 shipping.
I will likely get stall mats ($100), collars ($10-$50) and change plates ($25) in the next phase. Depending on use, I will add a 12' rope ($60), plyobox ($140), kettlebell ($75) and med ball ($100). Final phase would include GHD ($700) and Concept 2 Rower ($900).
I also want to grab a set of REHBAND 7751 KNEE SUPPORT – RX GREEN: Size Large: $36.95 each, probably from Dick's Sporting Goods.
The hangers were rock solid
I jumped up and just did a dip
The kids had to get in on the action
Fun for the whole family