How to Install a Zip Line

Zip line is an adventure sport and you can install your own zip line in your backyard with the various zip line kits that are available online. The various zip line installation methods discussed in this article will enlighten you on the same.

Top Method

The “Start at Top” method is the most widely used one while installing zip line kit from the top of a tree or some other platform at a fixed height. In this method, you need to temporarily attach the cable to the platform or tree and unroll the cable to the destination end.

You will need to guess the height at which the zip line should be attached temporarily. If the test goes well, you can permanently attach the top end and bottom ends of the cable. After that, re-test the zip line to make sure that everything is okay.

Bottom Method

The “Start at Bottom” method is used when you have a destination in mind, like a distant platform. In this method, you will need to find appropriate start height to match with the height of the destination. After setting up both the ends temporarily, you may test the ride. If the test goes well, you can go ahead and permanently attach the zip line.

Installing the Cable

For the zip wires on 3/8” cable, you may not need any special tools to install the cable for lengths up to 200 feet. However, if you have the right tools, installing the zip line will be an easy task. For temporary tree slings, you may use something that is soft and thick, which will not cut into the bark of the tree. You can make use of the attachment called a Haven grip to tighten the cable.

Testing the Zip Line

It will be wise idea to test the zip line kit and zipline brake before sending a person down the line. To test the zip line, you can use the actual trolley and a weight that is almost equal to that of a person. This will help simulate actual conditions and help you figure out the distance from ground and the momentum at which the weight hit the tree at the bottom. If necessary, make adjustments and re-test until you are satisfied.