Anyone ever build a zip line for your kids?

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Hey all....I was at a party at a friend's house on Saturday and they had a zip line for their kids in the backyard. It was about 15 feet long about 6' off the ground when not being ridden. A steel cable and a zip carrier for the kids to hold on it with a little 2 stair unit at one end. I have to build one now. Anyone ever try this? Surely the hardest part is getting the zip line itself tight enough, yeah. Any tips? I have lots of trees and am thinking about doing a really long one, maybe 70-80 feet.
Thanks for any info....
Mike
P.S. Expensive kits these - http://www.railrunnerzipline.com/products.asp
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When the kids were small we had a commercially bought rig. It came with a big turnbuckle for tightening.
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Years ago, a friend of mine built one. I don't have any photos. Not even sure it's there any more. He was quite concerned about safety. Had to go up a ladder to get to the top of the zipline.
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Mike wrote:

Did as a kid. Forget the fancy "kit." You need:
* Some length of wire rope * Someway to secure the ends. * A turnbuckle to increase the tension * A hunk of pipe that fits over the cable. * A lot of axle grease. * A bamboo fishing pole to scoot the pipe back to the starting station (if it can't be slung that far) OR a string attached to the pipe to reel it in.
These are lots of fun, especially if you: a) Have to climb a tree to get to the starting point, and b) The path takes you over a stream.
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Thanks Bub and others who responded. I'm gonna start gathering up what I need to do this project. I'm sure my neighbor (a fantastic shadetree mechanic) has a turnbuckle or something I can use to get the tension up where it needs to be. When you're not super handy yourself, It's good to have a handy neighbor!
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I seem to recall seeing turnbuckles in stock at my local Borg. Also the wire rope, pulleys and more. Take a look -- you may get some other ideas browsing that aisle.
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Malcolm Hoar wrote:

If using turnbuckles be sure they're forged loops, not those that are simply turned ends that can unroll...
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When I was a kid, we used a rope from the treehouse to the pool fence when the parents weren't home, and an old pair of bicycle handlebars turned upside down to slide with. I'm amazed all of us survived, but it sure was fun.
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Mike wrote:

Yeah me to, specially because the government wasn't meddling in our business forcing us to wear helmets while climbing trees, riding bikes, skating, skate boarding, and riding horses. Geeeez, here its against the law to have a tree house!!! Were producing a bunch of fairies thanks to our government.
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Re Re: Anyone ever build a zip line for your kids?:

Which is one of the reasons that the Muslims are kicking our ass.
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Yes, thanks to all the fair weather conservatives who turn into facists the second something happens to them or their children.
I would bet you the bicycle helmet laws were petitioned for and enacted by staunch conservatives whose attitude was "Let 'em bash their heads open a few times. They'll learn," until the day their precious little package cracked their skull open on a sidewalk. Then all of a sudden it was, "There should be a law against that!"
Yeah, we're creating a nation of pansies, but not because of the liberals. It's the hypocrites who preach personal responsibility until they're affected, then they want the government to step in and fix it for them.
Big business, big banking has always been the conservative base. Who were the first ones crying to the government with their hands out when times got tough? Oh, and what party did the US President belong to that signed the first bailout checks?
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On Wed, 13 May 2009 08:24:46 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@rochester.rr.com wrote:

George was not a member of any political party (George Washington that is)
He bailed out the states after he became president, the first 'federal bailout"
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snipped-for-privacy@rochester.rr.com wrote:

Hmmmm, sounds like another big government spend and tax us into oblivion Obama let me kiss your feet constituent..
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wrote:

NOPE, just another dick head. Bob-tx
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snipped-for-privacy@rochester.rr.com wrote:

The Federal government is organized into three separate branches. The executive has no Constitutional authority to "sign checks". Only Congress has the authority to do so. Congress has complete control of the treasury. The democrats had control of Congress for two years prior to the last presidential election. They simply "signed the bailout checks" without question using your expression. Bottom line is both political parties are owned and have been for a long time by the groups that have the funds to lobby them and buy them off.
If you have a problem with the first "bailout checks" the blame rests solely on the shoulders of Pelosi and Barnie and friends.
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Mike wrote:

It's amazing how many of us who were born in the middle of the last century have survived into adulthood, except me, I've never grown up. *snicker*
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Malcolm Hoar wrote:

Be cautious using any rigging from the Borg for anything that could get somebody killed if it snaps or shatters. Their stuff is not man-rated. If the rig you use has a single fitting holding the rider's weight, best to buy those parts at a sporting goods or safety equipment store. (no idea if lineman equipment is better or more expensive than mountain climber stuff.)
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aemeijers wrote:

I was a lineman and I wouldn't trust anything anyone has suggested here. I would only support this line with the proper strand tension hardware and equipment. Turn buckles and snap rings just don't cut it. Specially crap made in China!
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wrote:

Since these people are just hanging from a handle they could easily let go of, I think you should plan on what happens if they fall. This is far from "OSHA Harness" safe. If I make one it will be over water deep enough to dive in
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Mike wrote:

If I had kids, I'd probably be a bit crazier and build something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-uJXyPcy4k

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