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August's topic will be about zipline kits. We are in the process of installing our zip line kit and will post pictures soon. Before installing your own zip line you want to make sure that you have 2 solid ancors to attach your zip line to.
Once you determine the ancors then you want to make sure that you have a clear path and make sure that the ancors are suitable enough to allow about a 6% drop in cable. That is a 6' drop for every 100' of cable. This is a good starting point and can be adjusted later to dial in the correct speed. You will also want to take into consideration about a 2% drop in cable for sagging. Once the path is clear it is time to set up the cable. I use a chain wrapped around one anchor with a turnbuckle and at the other anchor I use just the cable. It is a good idea on the end with just the cable to use some rubber tubing to help protect your anchor.
You will want to pull the cable as tight as you can with the turnbuckle fully extended. This will give you the most amount of adjustment to pull the cable just right. Once the cable is hung and tight then it is time for a test run. After testing you want to make sure the cable is still tight and retighten turnbuckle and clamps. Make sure that there is no cable slippage. You will want to make sure riders are going to be able to stop before reaching the end of the ride. A brake block with bungee rope will help slow the riders down at the end of the ride.
A rope may be added to the pully to assist walking it back to the starting point. I would highly recommend using a harness if zipline is any distance off of the ground. Also if there is a good distance in the cable it is a good idea to add a seat so your hands and arms don't get too tired. To purchase parts and accessories for your zipline kit please don't forget to shop www.backyardplayplaces.com
Remember, installing and operating a safe zip line is your responsibility. Establishing a safe operating procedure is essential. Always consult a professional when installing a zip line. Children should always be supervised and taught how to operate the zip line safely.