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Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 12, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Hey all,

My better half bought me a hang board for our 4 year anniversary. The only location I have to hang it is presenting a bit of a challenge. There is only one stud, that I can set the two middle mounting screws in. For the others, I was wondering if expanding drywall bolts and receivers will be enough to keep it on the wall so that I don't bust my ass on this thing. What say you?

Also, if you have any favorite workout tips for the board, I'd love to hear them! So post 'em up and help my fat ass get back into shape haha.

Gym climber
Apr 12, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
Drywall anchors will not help you. If the screws into the stud are smallish, maybe drill bigger holes and put in bigger ones, like lag bolts?

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 12, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
Even put a couple of foot holds on the uprights so it was more like climbing.

Yes. If you have a board with thin holds and pinches like the old Metolius ones, having some footholds will allow you to do a great deal more. I use a board with footholds which stands on the floor below the hangboard. Want steeper? Move it back.

If you look here you can see it in the background although it is not the subject of the post. http://www.kristiansolem.com/training-tips/cool-equipment-you-can-make-yourself/

The elbow thing there is good too but off topic.

beyond the sun
Apr 12, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
Do like this:

Credit: bjj

Doorway pullup station + bike hooks. Works well, requires no drilling into anything permanent. Is easily removed when not in use.

As for the workout to do, that depends on your goals. There's tons of things out there written on what to do for what.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 12, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
Thanks for the tips guys.

The screws going into the stud are 4 inch wood screws, the beefy ones that come with the board. I live in a condo, so hanging it outside isn't really an option. I am not planning on using just drywall screws, I was looking at those metal lug inserts that you place in the drywall that expand behind it when the screw is tightened down - I can't remember what they are called.

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 12, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
No matter how you mount it,

Yer gunna die!

Apr 12, 2013 - 08:32pm PT
mount the hangboard to a peice of 1x lumber that is long enough to span two studs.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 12, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
^^^^ that's what we did...

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 12, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Yeah. I was looking at that. The issue is, there is only one stud above the door frame. May end up having to return it I guess.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 12, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
And as to a workout tip, we put 2 eye bolts on the edge of the wood by the sides of the hangboard and put a long bungie that connects through them, so I could use the bungie tension for an assist with my feet. You may well be able to do a pullup, but I sure cannot.
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Apr 12, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Have you tried it with just the two screws and it's not enough? It's entirely possible that's all you need. Static hangs don't put too much force on them.

As for workouts, avoid crimp and half crimp grip. Warm up adequately each time. Gun for 3 repetitions of 6-8s max out using different grips and finger combinations (like ring and middle finger, then index and middle finger). If it's too easy, add weight hanging off a harness, too hard install a pulley under the doorframe and remove some weight. Track your progress in a spreadsheet to stay motivated. Don't do it more than once a week to start out.


Seattle, WA
Apr 12, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
I did something like bjj did with a pull up bar and wrote it up:


Nice because you can take it down.

Check out Dave Macleod's site and the beastmaker site for workouts. Treating it like weight lifting and doing 3 sets of 6-8 hangs on one grip with short rests between hangs and longer between sets works well. Or do pushups/opposition between sets so you don't develop muscle imbalance.

I recommend starting out hanging no more then once a week and only after warming up on easy grips. A little goes along ways and a lot will mess you up.

Big Wall climber
Apr 18, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Pardon the uploader which rotated this photo. Here is my simple soluti...
Pardon the uploader which rotated this photo. Here is my simple solution to hanging a hang board without harming the frame at all.
Credit: Nilepoc

This clamp holds the frame up wand keeps the wood trim intact and unbl...
This clamp holds the frame up wand keeps the wood trim intact and unblemished. Hang board.
Credit: Nilepoc

Here is my solution. The landlord was adamant that I not harm any trim in any way. This solves that issue and doesn't look terrible, especially if I took the time paint it.

Boulder climber
Apr 18, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
I have one of these:

Its not bad, but the bolt holes dont align with the hangboard screw holes, so you have to screw the hangboard into the wood which is too bad

Mountain climber
Apr 18, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
The condo I was living in presented the same problem for my hangboard install. I simply mounted a piece of 3/4" plywood board to the stud and then used drywall screws around the perimeter. When I mounted the hangboard to the plywood, I used 4 supplied (skinny) lag bolts. Worked fine for 10 years..

Word of advice, use something to support your feet; stool, chair, bungies, etc. Over time, I developed tennis elbow from doing full body weight hangs..it's no bueno and still a problem for me today.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 18, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
There is a lot of suspect or downright bad advice in this thread.

Go peruse the Mtn Proj training forum, where you can get input from several people with many, many years of hangboarding behind them. There are guys there who've got 10+ years of hangboard logs and the results (big wall free ascents) to show for it.

John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Apr 19, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Finally found a use for that tech cord I picked up a few years ago...

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Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 19, 2013 - 11:36am PT
Only 1 stud above the door?

Surely there are vertical studs that extend up from the sides of the door? I'd get a piece of plywood long enough to span the entire door frame, screw into the two along the outside, one in the center, and then screw the hang board to that.
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