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Keeping Weights Outside?

So I just bought a power rack today for my apartment porch. Club Weider, with a pull-up bar, adjustable bench, and 300# weight set, all in great condition, all for $130. No more gym fees, no more morons, no more waiting for equipment I need, no more driving 25 minutes to the gym. I know it isn’t the perfect home gym setup, but I’m stoked about it.

Anyway, my question is about taking care of equipment that will be outside, exposed to the weather. I’m not too worried about the weights rusting, but about the bar. Is there anything I should do to help prevent it, or should I not be worried about it? Any help is appreciated.

Quick thoughts - rust stains are kind of annoying, I’m not sure about the safety of a rusty squat rack, and if you take care of this stuff, it could be something that would last the rest of your life.

Maybe paint the rack with Rustoleum (never actually used the stuff) and figure out some inside/outside storage for the weights between Rubermaid/IKEA/Walmart?

my power rack is outside, rusty barbells kick ass. Really if it is under a cover it wont be at that bad, just remember to tighten/check the bolts on the rack once a week.
You could always wipe the plates/bar down with some sort of wd40 spray but if the wieght is used frequently and it isnt sitting with rain on it you should be fine.

Cover it with a tarp/plastic cover this way it won’t get wet hence no rust.

Keep the bar inside and avoid the problem. A large plastic drop cloth from Home Depot will protect the rack.

Sounds pretty ghetto to me man :wink:

The only way to make sure is doesn’t rust is to keep it oiled and away from water…like a pocketknife.

Keep a tarp on it.

Man you are lucky, at my apartment we’re only allowed to keep patio furniture and grills on our porches.

Hope they don’t make you move it.

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
Sounds pretty ghetto to me man :wink:

The only way to make sure is doesn’t rust is to keep it oiled and away from water…like a pocketknife.

Keep a tarp on it.
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From experience, tarps do not solve the problem. The humidity in the air, plus water that gets under the tarp will eventually cause problems.

[quote]nephorm wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
Sounds pretty ghetto to me man :wink:

The only way to make sure is doesn’t rust is to keep it oiled and away from water…like a pocketknife.

Keep a tarp on it.

From experience, tarps do not solve the problem. The humidity in the air, plus water that gets under the tarp will eventually cause problems.[/quote]

This is correct. If you are going to use a tarp you need a dessicant.

[quote]thrasher wrote:
Man you are lucky, at my apartment we’re only allowed to keep patio furniture and grills on our porches.

Hope they don’t make you move it.[/quote]

I don’t think my apartment complex cares. They’re pretty laid back about most things.

Thanks for the advice guys. I think we’re going to go with a tarp or something. I’ll be using it 3-5 times a week anyway. I’m building a calf block and some grip stuff out of the spare parts that came with it (it’s supposed to have a cable attachment but some pieces are missing). I’ll be buying some DB handles soon and maybe an EZ curl bar and I’ll be set.

I’ve gotten a little rust/sweat/skin in the knurl of the bar while having them outside, but an occasional wire brush fixes it right up.

Good job on the purchase too.

I know a guy who has his weights outside, up here in PA.

He was inspired by reading Dick Marcinko.
So he hits the weights 5 days a week, summer winter whatever.

Did i mention we’re in PA.

He sprayed the rack w/ black rustoleum and keeps a tarp on the bar and plates.

Its not what i’d do but if it works it works.

[quote]OneEye wrote:
So I just bought a power rack today for my apartment porch. Club Weider, with a pull-up bar, adjustable bench, and 300# weight set, all in great condition, all for $130. No more gym fees, no more morons, no more waiting for equipment I need, no more driving 25 minutes to the gym. I know it isn’t the perfect home gym setup, but I’m stoked about it.

Anyway, my question is about taking care of equipment that will be outside, exposed to the weather. I’m not too worried about the weights rusting, but about the bar. Is there anything I should do to help prevent it, or should I not be worried about it? Any help is appreciated.[/quote]

keep your plates under a tarp. bring the bar inside.

[quote]OneEye wrote:
thrasher wrote:
Man you are lucky, at my apartment we’re only allowed to keep patio furniture and grills on our porches.

Hope they don’t make you move it.

I don’t think my apartment complex cares. They’re pretty laid back about most things.

Thanks for the advice guys. I think we’re going to go with a tarp or something. I’ll be using it 3-5 times a week anyway. I’m building a calf block and some grip stuff out of the spare parts that came with it (it’s supposed to have a cable attachment but some pieces are missing). I’ll be buying some DB handles soon and maybe an EZ curl bar and I’ll be set.[/quote]

why keep it outside at all? get rid of your couch or bed or whatever and be a real man. besides you can sleep on the flat bench, if it inclines there’s your couch too. i specifically rent a 2 bedroom house so i can keep one room for the weights(and my snakes and fish).

[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
nephorm wrote:
If you are going to use a tarp you need a dessicant. [/quote]

And take it from me, Do Not Eat Them!!!

DB

One last question how big is your apartment porch that you can fit so many things on it? Are you ground floor?

On another note…

I was imagining you deadlifting and the weight going through the ground into the floor below you.

Thanks guys.

My porch is 6’3" x 15’. It’s a bit of a tight fit but it’s worth it. And yes, I’m on the ground floor.

I’m loving this setup so far. I’ll be getting DB handles and an EZ-curl bar soon. I put some floor mats on either side of the rack for deadlifting and I made a block for calf raises out of a 2x4. I sawed off the loading pin from the leg curl attachment to use with my Rolling Thunder (I’ve had it for months but no loading pin to use with it). I’m using the weight attachment for the cable thing as a pinch block. I think I’ve got all I need.

[quote]mazilla wrote:
OneEye wrote:
thrasher wrote:
Man you are lucky, at my apartment we’re only allowed to keep patio furniture and grills on our porches.

Hope they don’t make you move it.

I don’t think my apartment complex cares. They’re pretty laid back about most things.

Thanks for the advice guys. I think we’re going to go with a tarp or something. I’ll be using it 3-5 times a week anyway. I’m building a calf block and some grip stuff out of the spare parts that came with it (it’s supposed to have a cable attachment but some pieces are missing). I’ll be buying some DB handles soon and maybe an EZ curl bar and I’ll be set.

why keep it outside at all? get rid of your couch or bed or whatever and be a real man. besides you can sleep on the flat bench, if it inclines there’s your couch too. i specifically rent a 2 bedroom house so i can keep one room for the weights(and my snakes and fish).

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That would require me to be in a 3 bedroom apartment because the second bedroom already has my music studio in it.

Power rack + $6,000 in music gear = very, very bad

[quote]OneEye wrote:
mazilla wrote:
OneEye wrote:
thrasher wrote:
Man you are lucky, at my apartment we’re only allowed to keep patio furniture and grills on our porches.

Hope they don’t make you move it.

I don’t think my apartment complex cares. They’re pretty laid back about most things.

Thanks for the advice guys. I think we’re going to go with a tarp or something. I’ll be using it 3-5 times a week anyway. I’m building a calf block and some grip stuff out of the spare parts that came with it (it’s supposed to have a cable attachment but some pieces are missing). I’ll be buying some DB handles soon and maybe an EZ curl bar and I’ll be set.

why keep it outside at all? get rid of your couch or bed or whatever and be a real man. besides you can sleep on the flat bench, if it inclines there’s your couch too. i specifically rent a 2 bedroom house so i can keep one room for the weights(and my snakes and fish).

That would require me to be in a 3 bedroom apartment because the second bedroom already has my music studio in it.

Power rack + $6,000 in music gear = very, very bad[/quote]

living room? kitchen? whats a kitchen without a few hundred pounds of iron in it? they always say you need more iron in your diet, i cant think of a better way :slight_smile:

[quote]mazilla wrote:
OneEye wrote:
mazilla wrote:
OneEye wrote:
thrasher wrote:
Man you are lucky, at my apartment we’re only allowed to keep patio furniture and grills on our porches.

Hope they don’t make you move it.

I don’t think my apartment complex cares. They’re pretty laid back about most things.

Thanks for the advice guys. I think we’re going to go with a tarp or something. I’ll be using it 3-5 times a week anyway. I’m building a calf block and some grip stuff out of the spare parts that came with it (it’s supposed to have a cable attachment but some pieces are missing). I’ll be buying some DB handles soon and maybe an EZ curl bar and I’ll be set.

why keep it outside at all? get rid of your couch or bed or whatever and be a real man. besides you can sleep on the flat bench, if it inclines there’s your couch too. i specifically rent a 2 bedroom house so i can keep one room for the weights(and my snakes and fish).

That would require me to be in a 3 bedroom apartment because the second bedroom already has my music studio in it.

Power rack + $6,000 in music gear = very, very bad

living room? kitchen? whats a kitchen without a few hundred pounds of iron in it? they always say you need more iron in your diet, i cant think of a better way :)[/quote]

Now you’re talking! G-Flux at its best. Workout, eat a ton. Workout again, eat a ton. I’ll keep Gourmet Nutrition on the counter and cook between workouts.