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Travis_22


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Like I said, I want to make a climbing wall on the ceiling of a small room in my house. I don't have room for a normal vertical wall, but I have plenty of ceiling space. I wanted to start out with a whole bunch of big jugs and just get some strength, then slowly move smaller and smaller with the holds.

I have done a little reading about making a wall, but I haven't been able to get some information on how to secure a wall to a ceiling.

This is what I have planned so far: get some 2x2 in long lengths to run along the rafters on the ceiling. Then I was going to attach my plywood to those via normal screws. I was hoping this would give me a little more space so I don't accidentally screw one of my hold bolts into the sheet rock.

My main concern is if this would be able to support my weight (using the proper amount of screws). I weigh about 190lbs and am not going to be losing weight. If anyone has any experience making a climbing wall on your ceiling, I would love to hear how you did it.

I'm also not worried about injuries and such, climbing upside down shouldn't be a concern...

If you are tempted to post something that has nothing to do with the topic, please save your time and mine.

Thanks.


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Lots of long wood screws.

Oh, and make sure you hit the joists!

Good luck.


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Travis_22 wrote:
Like I said, I want to make a climbing wall on the ceiling of a small room in my house. I don't have room for a normal vertical wall, but I have plenty of ceiling space. I wanted to start out with a whole bunch of big jugs and just get some strength, then slowly move smaller and smaller with the holds.

I have done a little reading about making a wall, but I haven't been able to get some information on how to secure a wall to a ceiling.

This is what I have planned so far: get some 2x2 in long lengths to run along the rafters on the ceiling. Then I was going to attach my plywood to those via normal screws. I was hoping this would give me a little more space so I don't accidentally screw one of my hold bolts into the sheet rock.

My main concern is if this would be able to support my weight (using the proper amount of screws). I weigh about 190lbs and am not going to be losing weight. If anyone has any experience making a climbing wall on your ceiling, I would love to hear how you did it.

I'm also not worried about injuries and such, climbing upside down shouldn't be a concern...

If you are tempted to post something that has nothing to do with the topic, please save your time and mine.

Thanks.

One time, when I was a little kid, I tried to jump my bike and the handlebars came off when I pulled up. It was a great wreck. Thanks for your time.


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^^^^ funny ^^^^

I actually did something similar, it was off of a jump. It had those stupid "U" shaped handlebars, and I bent them beyond belief.


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One time I was climbing on my roof and I fell onto my television.


Travis_22


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I cant top that... My uncle fell through our roof at night right into our foster kid's room. He is about 6'4", needless to say they were starteled.

This is fun and all, but if anyone has any info, I would love to hear it.


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Use heavier screws for stripping that 2x2 up....If you mount the plywood up and you feel a corner let go (2x2 to rafter, not ply to 2x2) it's a pain to fix...
Essentially, it's overkill but will save you possible troubles...
Let's see it after you're done..


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You would do a lot better just putting the plywood directly to the ceiling with 3" deck crews, as if you use the right size bolt, you should only get a 1/4" past the t-nut. If you ever end up taking it down, just fill the holes and give it all a quick skim coat.

That's what I did:
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...post=2161978#2161978


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start by finding the silent "b"


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Fixed, kind of... Should help with future searching.

And screwing it in with 3" supports your bodyweight well? Thanks for the advise, that would make it easier. Great wall, BTW.


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rrrADAM wrote:
You would do a lot better just putting the plywood directly to the ceiling with 3" deck crews, as if you use the right size bolt, you should only get a 1/4" past the t-nut. If you ever end up taking it down, just fill the holes and give it all a quick skim coat.

That's what I did:
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...post=2161978#2161978

Totally depends what the ceiling is framed with.

Screws are plenty strong to hold the plywood up but make sure the framing you screw them into is burly enough (use a span table like this: http://www.msrlumber.org/spantables.pdf) or you are going to flex your whole ceiling and crack your sheetrock.


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Travis_22 wrote:
This is what I have planned so far: get some 2x2 in long lengths to run along the rafters on the ceiling. Then I was going to attach my plywood to those via normal screws. I was hoping this would give me a little more space so I don't accidentally screw one of my hold bolts into the sheet rock.

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I just finished a garage ceiling..I have a few pics up
www.garagewoody.com

I marked a ceiling template of all the attic rafters and screwed 4 inch screw through2X4 through sheet rock to the rafters.. Overkill, cause I DO NOT WANT TO WORRY....Did 3 boards/sheet of plywood. I reinforced backs of some t nuts with metal. I also used tnuts with 3 screws cause this isnt coming down anytime soon and it will be hard to fix a spinning t nut. Also place a few d rings for attaching safty harness and place so you can climb from one area to the next area whil secured,,,,or just use a pad..I have both


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What is the pvc pipe screwed to the ceiling for?


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Actually it was going to be cheap hold that turned into a training device for contact strenth/hanging. However its too high on the ceiling. I just havent taken it down yet....


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