The other day I purchased a power-tower, in lieu of a door-frame pull up bar. The reason for this was because all of the door frames on my first floor are not standard-trimmed doors, but archways. This forced me to be a little more creative. Thankfully, for $117.00 I was able to purchase a 5-star rated power-tower which gives me the added benefits of dips, pushup grips, and knee-raises.
Getting the box home was an adventure, considering the box is about 6ft long and weighs nearly 100lbs. I had to utilize all my duct-tape and strap the beast into the trunk for the 20ish mile ride home. It made it all in one piece, thank goodness.
Once home, I realized there would be "some assembly required." This made perfect sense because the tower is actually close to 7.5ft tall, but the box was significantly shorter than that. So I opened it up, took out all the parts and found myself knee deep in steel pipes, screws, nuts, washers, and not a tool in sight. Good thing I always keep a set of sockets in my car. They don't tell you this in the instructions, but a 13mm socket + socket wrench, an adjustable wrench, and a screwdriver is very useful for the job at hand. They do, however, tell you that it will require 2 people. Luckily I had my clone handy (the one normally kept locked in my basement).
I wasn't able to finish the job before 10:30pm... so I had to wait until today to finish it. Thankfully I have high ceilings in my great room as the tower itself appears to be touching the ceiling of a normal sized room. It took me a little over an hour, perhaps 1hr 15mins, to finally assemble it. I gave it a try and it seems pretty solid. It's more stable front to back than it is side to side, so I'll have to watch my swinging. Overall I hope dropping $100+ on this piece of equipment will keep me motivated and get into great shape. Below, I have a picture of it completely put together.