Is it possible to damage the house from using the living room as a
work out area? I was concerned about all the shocks to the floor from
jumping rope, etc. I have a newer home built in the last 5 years.
You could talk to the local building inspector about the
matter. He's the one who is on scene, and can measure the
beams, and so on.
Or, you could google for reports of floor damage due to
bouncy exercise. I guess, to really be sure, you'd have to
post a video of your exercise routine, so we can all watch,
and be better informed. Wear something tight, nylon, and
On 5/12/2009 6:08 PM firstname.lastname@example.org spake thus:
Heh; reminds me of a party I went to, years ago in Flagstaff when I
lived there. Small house; they played loud music, so people were dancing.
The whole floor felt like it was bouncing like a trampoline.
I asked the host about this, and he told me, "oh, yeah, the floor joists
are laid flat on their sides!". 2x12s, I think they were.
He worked in construction and didn't seem overly concerned about the
situation (it was a rental house). So maybe not to worry too much.
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
Grin, I see it's on joists not slab. The next bit would be weight of the
person. If a fairly standard '200 lbs or under' not a concern.
If it was on slab, weight is not a concern.
If however a 350 lb person could jump 12 inches then let gravity take them
back down, possible concern to the flooring over the joists. I dont have
the physics background to know what a 350 lb weight dropped from 12 inches
would be in actual impact force but it's more than just 'gently' setting 350
lbs on the same surface.
Is that what you are looking for in information?
On Sat, 13 Jun 2009 03:18:00 +0000 (UTC), email@example.com (David
Depends on what you mean by "older." I think most houses built before
1950 were pretty damned sturdy: the lumber was so much better back
then, and builders didn't cheap out the way they do now. I would have
no hesitation to jump rope in my living room of my 1930 house.
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