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(Oregon Live)   If you're going to install a homemade zip-line in your backyard make sure the brakes work before its maiden run   ( oregonlive.com) divider line
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2014-06-09 01:11:06 AM  
Ziplines can have brakes?
 
2014-06-09 01:12:09 AM  
Pffft, brakes?  Did Busta Rhymes worry about brakes when he wrote Arab Money?  Fark no!  And look at him now.  Smell him.  Experience him.  Take his lifeforce into you.  ... ... ...
Can you walk away now?  Thought so.
 
2014-06-09 02:27:03 AM  
When I was a kid, a friend of mine built a zip line in the woods using a clothes line pulley, and about 100' of nylon rope.

The starting point was about 35 or 40 feet high, and the finish was about 6 feet high.

He was knocked almost unconscious on his first ride.
 
2014-06-09 02:33:57 AM  
And that boy's name was Alfred Tyson, older brother to Neil Degrasse Tyson.  And now you know the rest of the story.  I'm staplermofo, good day.
 
2014-06-09 07:32:58 AM  
product-images.highwire.com

What a Maiden run might look like.
 
2014-06-09 07:35:24 AM  
Brakes are for people who don't know how ziplines work.
 
2014-06-09 07:40:06 AM  
www.chud.com
/Lives a life that's free
//Ahhh- Eeeee- Ahhh-Eeeee-Ahhhhh!
/// You know the next line..
 
2014-06-09 07:43:24 AM  
I was funny when Kevin James did it, because, hey, it was Kevin James.
 
2014-06-09 07:43:53 AM  
the last zipline I was on, the "brake" consisted of the thick leather gloves you were wearing. going too fast? grab the cable.

this also seems the kind of thing you test with a big bag of rocks before riding.
 
2014-06-09 07:45:58 AM  
His zip line ended 20 feet up a tree? Even if the brakes worked you still have a 20 foot drop at the end. Someone didn't put much thought into their dresign
 
2014-06-09 07:47:01 AM  
Brakes? We don't need no stinking brakes.
 
2014-06-09 07:47:41 AM  
A 45-year-old man sustained traumatic head, leg and arm injuries Sunday evening near Kelso


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2014-06-09 07:48:31 AM  

The_Original_Roxtar: the last zipline I was on, the "brake" consisted of the thick leather gloves you were wearing. going too fast? grab the cable.

this also seems the kind of thing you test with a big bag of rocks before riding.


Sounds to me like that's exactly what they did.
 
2014-06-09 07:50:39 AM  
Brake lines? We don't need no steenkin brake line on our manly man zip lines.

(We never had them growing up. Sounds like operator error to me.)
 
2014-06-09 07:55:48 AM  
If only there were some place you could purchase, pre-engineered, pre-manufactured devices for this purpose.
www.brakehawk.com
 
2014-06-09 07:56:03 AM  

abhorrent1: His zip line ended 20 feet up a tree? Even if the brakes worked you still have a 20 foot drop at the end. Someone didn't put much thought into their dresign


Maybe he thought his weight would drag the zipline down enough for him to just lightly touch down to stop.  Gravity, how does it work?  I imagine he just picked up speed and slammed into the tree, then crumpled to the ground.
 
2014-06-09 07:59:29 AM  
Technically his braking system did work, he hit the tree. Now maybe he wanted a better braking system.
 
2014-06-09 08:00:10 AM  
Who was holding his beer when he did this?
 
2014-06-09 08:06:53 AM  
Maybe if he had perfect the Pinchers of Peril, he could have used them to stop.
 
2014-06-09 08:10:56 AM  

child_god: abhorrent1: His zip line ended 20 feet up a tree? Even if the brakes worked you still have a 20 foot drop at the end. Someone didn't put much thought into their dresign

Maybe he thought his weight would drag the zipline down enough for him to just lightly touch down to stop.  Gravity, how does it work?  I imagine he just picked up speed and slammed into the tree, then crumpled to the ground.


Maybe.
And maybe  being so high up is why he didn't just bail. But also, you see the tree coming, put your feet out in front of you. Did he have his eyes closed?
 
2014-06-09 08:14:49 AM  
When I did some canopy ziplining the braking system was a large rubber pad at the end of the line.   Of course it was aided in that the line had a little bit of a sag to it so you were going uphill towards the end.
 
2014-06-09 08:15:05 AM  

JoieD'Zen: Who was holding his beer when he did this?


Came here *specifically* to make a "hold my beer" comment.

/tiny fists
 
2014-06-09 08:16:35 AM  
YOIKS AND AWAAAY!!!!
 
2014-06-09 08:22:25 AM  
Ziplines look lame.  Anyone here try one?  Are they less lame than they look?
 
2014-06-09 08:26:43 AM  

Muta: Ziplines look lame.  Anyone here try one?  Are they less lame than they look?


Back yard zip lines are lame. They're very cool if you do them in a place like through the jungle Costa Rica or something though.
 
2014-06-09 08:28:20 AM  
Did a ho-made zip line once, luckily ended on a branch away from the tree trunk. You did a 10ft cartwheel before ending in some crippling position.
 
2014-06-09 08:32:11 AM  
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2014-06-09 08:34:01 AM  
He failed ot understand the gravity of the situation.
 
2014-06-09 08:37:38 AM  
img.fark.net

"Pfffft!  Amateur!"

Watching from sideline
 
2014-06-09 08:44:02 AM  
Sounds like he didn't realize he had another 150# on him since the last time he tried something like that, many years ago.

In Costa Rica, the zip line brakes were just heavy gloves with reinforced palms or forked sticks. Just grabbed the cables near the end.
 
2014-06-09 08:48:13 AM  

Cyno01: Ziplines can have brakes?


Came to ask this. And then what? Either you could ditch and fall if it didnt, or else you're now dangling by your arms way too high.
 
2014-06-09 08:55:39 AM  
 
2014-06-09 08:56:15 AM  
A piece of paper, a pen and a Sears tool kit does not an engineer make.
 
2014-06-09 09:01:38 AM  

Easy Reader: Sounds like he didn't realize he had another 150# on him since the last time he tried something like that, many years ago.

In Costa Rica, the zip line brakes were just heavy gloves with reinforced palms or forked sticks. Just grabbed the cables near the end.


Saw a few idiots attempting something similar, on their first run friction shut them down 20 feet from where they started so one of em grabbed some grease, but instead of using it to lube the caster bearings he lubed the line.....
 
2014-06-09 09:02:14 AM  

Metal: Did a ho-made zip line once, luckily ended on a branch away from the tree trunk. You did a 10ft cartwheel before ending in some crippling position.


Pimpin' ain't easy.
 
2014-06-09 09:12:55 AM  

dittybopper: [product-images.highwire.com image 850x850]

What a Maiden run might look like.


www.uptown2000rocks.com

/ftfy
 
2014-06-09 09:30:52 AM  
 a man suffered extensive injuries from hitting a tree 20 feet up.

20 feet up

/20 feet up
//20 feet up
 
2014-06-09 09:39:32 AM  
It sounds like the breaks were well applied.  Betcha it was a lot of fun up to that point...
 
2014-06-09 09:42:10 AM  
My cousins made a zipline on their farm when I was in 5th or 6th grade. A tree had been struck by lightening in the summer and it split the tree down the middle so that half of the trunk acted as a ramp to walk up. They used an old wooden pulley from the barn with a wooden handle wired to it as the glide apparatus and thick bailing wire from the hay bailer as the line itself... It was all fine until the last run of the day when I jogged up the ramp to get one more go right before we went inside for dinner.  I jumped off about 30 feet up in the tree and the wooden handle snapped in half...

Next thing I know, I woke up on the ground, coughing up blood... Luckily, that was only because the fall had jarred loose a nosebleed from the day before and there was no serious injury...

I was apparently unconscious for about 30 seconds before I came to and started coughing up blood, because they thought I was dead when I was just laying there not moving at all.

/tl-dr
 
2014-06-09 09:46:40 AM  

pkrzycki: My cousins made a zipline on their farm when I was in 5th or 6th grade. A tree had been struck by lightening in the summer and it split the tree down the middle so that half of the trunk acted as a ramp to walk up. They used an old wooden pulley from the barn with a wooden handle wired to it as the glide apparatus and thick bailing wire from the hay bailer as the line itself... It was all fine until the last run of the day when I jogged up the ramp to get one more go right before we went inside for dinner.  I jumped off about 30 feet up in the tree and the wooden handle snapped in half...

Next thing I know, I woke up on the ground, coughing up blood... Luckily, that was only because the fall had jarred loose a nosebleed from the day before and there was no serious injury...

I was apparently unconscious for about 30 seconds before I came to and started coughing up blood, because they thought I was dead when I was just laying there not moving at all.

/tl-dr


Bloody good story chap.
 
2014-06-09 09:56:36 AM  

pkrzycki: A tree had been struck by lightening in the summer and it split the tree down the middle so that half of the trunk acted as a ramp to walk up.


Must have been really sunny.
 
2014-06-09 10:05:06 AM  

staplermofo: Pffft, brakes?  Did Busta Rhymes worry about brakes when he wrote Arab Money?  Fark no!  And look at him now.  Smell him.  Experience him.  Take his lifeforce into you.  ... ... ...
Can you walk away now?  Thought so.


staplermofo: And that boy's name was Alfred Tyson, older brother to Neil Degrasse Tyson.  And now you know the rest of the story.  I'm staplermofo, good day.


Nice to see come classic quality staplermofo again.
 
2014-06-09 10:21:56 AM  
Came for George
Left happi
 
2014-06-09 10:24:43 AM  
Redneck problems....
 
2014-06-09 10:33:19 AM  

Cyno01: Ziplines can have brakes?


Note that the dude who set this up was 45. That generation didn't have 2 feet of rubber padding on all their playgrounds - if you couldn't keep a grip on those monkey bars that were 8 feet off the ground, you better know how to land on your feet. The only "brake" on a zipline would be an old pillow duct sloppily duct-taped to the tree.
 
2014-06-09 10:39:07 AM  
Built a zip line back in the dark ages when we were about 10-11 years old. Worked fine. No brakes, you just dragged your feet on the ground on the last section, then you let go, tucked and rolled.

We had it all figured out even before we constructed and it worked exactly as planned. Musta been some dumb guy who built this one.
 
2014-06-09 11:05:39 AM  
Kinda like a Wile E. Coyote cartoon come to life. Turns out hitting a tree at a fairly high rate of speed can hurt you.
 
2014-06-09 11:46:12 AM  
Yoikes and away!! *smack*
 
2014-06-09 11:46:58 AM  
Brakes or breaks.  Choose wisely.
 
2014-06-09 12:00:36 PM  
The brakes on my zipline was that you after you rolled through the slack, you started rolling uphill.
 
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