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How do I build a zip line in my backyard?

Last Updated: 15th February, 2020

Backyard Zip Line
  1. Step 1: Materials and Tools. To build the zip line you need:
  2. Step 2: Cut the Trolley Handle.
  3. Step 3: Cut Holes for the Suspending Rope.
  4. Step 4: Fit the Rope.
  5. Step 5: Prepare the Cables.
  6. Step 6: Attach Cables to the Trees.
  7. Step 7: Prepare the Main Cable.
  8. Step 8: Pull and Fix Main Cable.

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Similarly one may ask, how much does it cost to install a zip line?

Most basic zip lines are about 60-150 feet long and have weight ratings up to 250 pounds. These zipline rides typically cost $2,000 to $8,000 once you add a launch platform, but can be higher if we have significant travel to your location.

Likewise, what do you need to make a zip line? To build the zip line you need:

  1. Steel cable.
  2. A pulley.
  3. Round wooden stick.
  4. One carabiner.
  5. Nylon rope.
  6. Six malleable cable clamps.
  7. Two eye-to-eye turnbuckles.
  8. Rubber tube.

Also asked, what slope should a zip line be?

Cable Slope We recommend a 3% slope for zip lines will be only utilizing a stop block. This means there would be a 3 foot drop every 100 feet. If using a bungee braking system, the maximum slope is 6% or 6 foot drop per 100 feet.

How do you make a homemade zip line?


  1. Select a distance between two solid objects, Preferably the objects should be trees or other solid structures.
  2. Lay the cable out between the two points.
  3. Attach cable to one point.
  4. Attach a temporary cable clamp about 20 feet (6.1 m) from the end of the cable.
  5. Determine who goes first.

Related Question Answers

Eki Faca


How do zip lines work?

A zip line is, at its most simple, a cable that starts at a higher point than it ends. Using the natural decline of the slope, a person or cargo can travel down the wire on a pulley system that minimizes friction to help the rider accelerate.

Azdine Chursalov


How do zip line brakes work?

The most common active zip line brake is a leather glove worn on the participant's hand and used to push down on the zip line cable and create friction, slowing the rider down. Proper training and practice is necessary for a rider to know how to safely bring themselves to a stop.

Cuadros Hirschfeld


What size cable do I need for a zipline?

We specifically carry four sizes: 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8". What is the difference between all of these? Essentially it's the cable thickness and cable diameter. 3/8" cable can hold the most weight, but it really isn't that necessary as it's primarily for zip lines over 1000 feet!

Ekaterine Gelfman


How do you install a slackline without trees?

Temporary deadman anchor
Great for slackline session on the beach or in a heavy snow. Dig a hole 3-4 feet deep, attach your line to an anchor (a log or short plank for example) and bury it in there. Then repeat on the other side and add two A-frames, plywood boxes or similar things to hold the line in the right height.

Aimara Zancanel


How long is the average zip line?

The average zip line length across all respondents was 1,247 feet, with the shortest being 300 feet, and the longest 3,937 feet. Q4: What is the fastest speed achieved by a rider on your zip line? The most frequent top speed achieved by a rider on a zip line fell in the 31-40 mph range.

Efren Hartwich


How much does it cost to zipline in Costa Rica?

All zip lining trips are delivered by 7 travel operators in Costa Rica. Prices range from 51 USD to 7,464 USD and our zip lining trips last from 1 day and to 37 days.

Caroll Gulk


How much weight can a zipline cable hold?

Generally speaking, zip-line riders should be between 60 and 275 pounds.