How To Safely Install A Zip Line

Zip Line Brake

Setting Up A Zip Line

Zip lines were originally meant to carry people over terrain that was hard to cross. Nowadays, it is used for in the more recreational sense, with even kids paying around on rigs set up in the backyard. They are actually very common, though people do not always consider safety when setting one up.

Even though zip lines are of many types, their basic setup is still the same, in that each one uses a strong cable, a pulley, a seating mechanism, and a zip line brake. Here are directions for how to set one up safely in your backyard.

Steps to follow

  • Make sure any trees and brush are cleared away from intended zip line run. That means the strip between the start and the end of the line.
  • Fix the handle to the pulley, through the side holes, and for this, use the hardware supplied alongside the pulley.
  • Slip the line rope through the top of the pulley.
  • Now tie one end of the rope to a tree or pole. Use the eyebolt. Make a hole in the tree or pole with a drill, but keep this one sixe under that of the bolt. Screw the latter in by hand. Twist this in tight with a screwdriver. Get the end of the rope through the eye and tie this with many square knots.

    Zip Line System

    Zip Line Setup

  • Do the same at the other end of the run, after attaching the zip line brake as well. Mostly the pulley would have an attached mechanism to act as the zip line brake, in which case, you can just go ahead with tying the other end of rope to the opposite trunk or pole. Pull the rope taut between the two ends before tying the second knot. Cut the extra rope off.
  • Fix some extra rope to the handle though, so as to make sure it will move smoothly on the line. This will also let you easily pull the east back to the start point after each run.
  • Just be sure that the zip line brake is not faulty. This is what will let the rider slow down when approaching the end of their motion.

That was on how to safely set up a zip line system in your backyard. Make sure that the area below is cleared and functionally padded, against the event that the rider falls of.