/ Beastmaker Hangboard - Do You Need a backboard?
I was thinking of getting a beastmaker 1000 series hang board for Christmas.
I was wondering do you need a backboard for it, or can you drill and screw it straight into the wall?
On their website it only comes with screws for installation, but no backboard or anything, so is it necessary?
This might be a stupid question, but answers would really help!
I think a more realistic answer is - it depends entirely on the wall.
Adding a backboard adds strength to the mounting, but the other reason you might want one is to stop your fingers going over the edge of the board when using the slopers, as that would make them a lot easier to hang.
Would you be drilling it directly into a wall above a door or other opening? If not then your legs will be against the wall so you won't be able to hang in properly. A better idea would be to construct a frame that sticks out from the wall with a backboard to attach the beastmaker to. Look at the beastmaker mounting guide.
You don't absolutely need a backboard but I think it can be easier if you have one - you reduce the risk of problems with any individual fixing point causing issues.
I got a piece of ply significantlt larger than the the board for £5 from a DIY shop, fixed it above a door with plenty of screws into heavy duty rawl plugs, painted it to match the wall then attached the fingerboard - all very simple and secure.
Mk. II Sparrowmaker I assume? (the Mk. I's are effectively a posh Mousemaker.)
If it's any help I got this training station: http://seriousclimbing.com/products/detail/compact-training-station
And bolted my beastmaker to it. It fits to most door frames with out causing any damage. Quick and fast to fit also. You can see a pic here if you want: http://db.tt/7ZFxyLDt
It's a little pricey but it helped me keep training through a rubbish situation.
Overall I'm happy with it. Plenty of room for improvement though.
Basically, it depends on what your walls are made of. If you have a brick wall to screw into you probably won't need a backboard (but you will probably need different screws and wall-plugs to those supplied). If you have plasterboard you will need to find the joists behind and screw a backboard to them. If, like me you have plaster and lathe above the door frames then you probably need to fix a backboard to the door frame (either with the kit as in the other reply, or - cheaper - with the way I did it as shown in these photos).
I thought adding a backboard helped by making the fingerboard stand proud of the doorway. I used a B&Q budget shelf, which was the perfect size.
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