Setting Up A Zip Line In Your Home

Zip Line Brake

           Zip Line Setup

Zip lines are a fun way to get some thrill and adventure in your backyard, and they’re also a good way to keep your wallet healthy for the most part. Once you’ve bought a rig, the next order of business is setting it up, which isn’t exactly rocket science.

There are ways to throw in previous fixtures into the setup, such as an existing platform or deck, or even a swing. It’s better to get a ready-to-install kit, which would come with everything you need for putting it in place. If there’s something you need which didn’t come along, it can be bought at a home improvement store.

One of the main parts is the zip line brake, the part the zip line is attached to at its end, which lets the rider stop before they slam into an anchor structure. For a zip line brake, you can use a custom break block, or even a used tire. To get a faster run, keep the zip line closer to the ground. For the opposite effect, create a sag in the middle of the cable.

Setting up

  • Find and open area where you can place the zip line, and measure the distance available. Get your zip line rope and cut off a few feet in excess of this length, so you’ll have enough rope left for the knots at both ends.
  • Melt the ends of the rope with a lighter. This prevents it from working loose.
  • Get a separate piece of rope and tie the ski handle to the pulley. Use a carabineer or something similar to strongly join the rope and handle.

    Zip Line Run

                  Zip Line Parts

  • Get the measured line rope and slide it in through the pulley. Then tie it at the ends of the zip line run you marked out initially, setting it up for either high or low speed as mentioned above. Make sure to avoid too much sag.
  • Get out some more rope and tie it to the ski handle. You can use this rope to pull the handle to the start of the zip line. Melt the end of the rope so that it doesn’t unravel.

The main safety concern is the zip line brake, as already mentioned. There are different types of zip line brake you can buy. You need to use something which can bring up enough friction to slow the riders down before they reach the end.