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    Quote Originally Posted by BarIII View Post
    I almost ordered one once but I read you're supposed to screw it into the door frame and mine are sheet metal.
    Not that style, it just uses leverage from your body weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senseye View Post
    Not that style, it just uses leverage from your body weight.
    I'm pretty sure some of those style ones are supposed to be screwed in. Probably the later generation ones, in response to some accidents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senseye View Post
    Not that style, it just uses leverage from your body weight.
    I'm with BarIII on this, unless it's screwed in it makes me nervous. Somehow I don't trust simple leverage against a half inch piece of wood to keep my 190lbs aloft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lud View Post
    I'm with BarIII on this, unless it's screwed in it makes me nervous. Somehow I don't trust simple leverage against a half inch piece of wood to keep my 190lbs aloft.
    I didn't use the safety screws. The weight is distributed among several contact points so that it isn't your weight pulling down on the the 1/2 inch piece of wood. Your weight levers the bar against the front of the frame, which in turn levers the other side against the wall and frame so that only a fraction of your weight is pulling down. My husband and I have used it for 3 or 4 years now without incident. He weighs about 175.
    @BarIII how do you get a good enough grip around those stacked 2x4s to hoist your body weight?

    Edit: worth mentioning that I wouldn't advise attempting kipping or anything like that on a door frame bar, but if I had to choose between kipping on a door frame bar and the thing BarIII made, I'd go with the doorframe bar....you know, if I could still do kipping pull ups. (I aint as young as I used to be)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sistamatic View Post
    @BarIII how do you get a good enough grip around those stacked 2x4s to hoist your body weight?
    I think I didn't use my thumbs but my fingers were strong enough. I didn't quite get one rep though. Then I tried a chin up on a decent bar in Dick's and I can't do one. I'm an inch or two away, but up to that point it's easy. That last inch or two must require some weird kind of strength that I don't get from normal daily activities. Or a lighter body.

    But if I didn't tear my left rotator cuff two years ago I bet I could have done one.
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    If you can't clear one, use a counterweight assist or, if that isn't available, do negatives until you gain the strength. The counterweight assist is preferable as negatives can be initially destructive if there is a wide gulf between where you are and being to do a single rep.
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    I spend a lot on food. My wife and I love to cook and make meals, so we're always buying groceries to make this or that.

    I'm cheap on in-home entertainment, but TV especially. As in, I hate television and refuse to even have a TV in my home - so the cost is zero. On the flipside, I know people who go all out for TV with premier packages of 300+ channels of blah blah.

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    if it is electronic, a tool, camping gear, or the like i tend to spend based on quality... on things like clothing (aside from shoes/boots), food, or other such "disposable commodities" i spend much less... i don't like to expend money or effort on things that won't last, and if the nature of what an object is dictates that over the price tag, i'll make a decision based on that... i would rather do without something, than have to buy it twice... i used to buy things like books instead of food (i didn't eat often then), because the books would be there next week... now i care a little bit more about my physical well being, and make "smarter" decisions...
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    I'm probably comparatively cheap on entertainment. I play the same games for decades, I infrequently go to the movies, I dislike concerts (because of people) I'm more inclined to stream or download when I can.

    I think this whole question is relative though, what is cheap and what amounts of money are we talking.

    I'm not so cheap on food, happy to eat out whenever I don't have to do it alone. I buy more than I need at the grocery store. I keep my cars maintained and in good condition, well insured all-round.

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