Building a street hockey net is a fairly simple thing to do. All you need is some PVC pipe, some strong glue made for PVC piping and a hacksaw. If you want to learn how to build a street hockey net, read on.
Things You'll Need
- About 26 feet of PVC pipe
- PVC glue
- 6 PVC elbow joints
- 2 PVC "T" joints (if building a support bar)
- Sharp hacksaw
- Tape measure
- Saw horses
Measure your PVC pipe to size. Typical regulation hockey nets are 4 by 6 feet, but you can make yours a little smaller if you like. Measure two pipes for the length, and two for the height you select, then two more pipes for the backside or draft of the net.
Cut the PVC pipe to size and layout your pieces in the shape of the net, placing an elbow joint between each piece where the joint is needed.
Attach all the pieces in a dry fit first, to be sure the net is sized properly and stands evenly. You should also be sure you build the street hockey net draft long enough so the net will stand up on its own. These pieces should be at least two and a half feet long.
Glue the pieces together using a PVC glue which you can buy at the hardware store.
Attach your netting using plastic zip ties, rope or black tape.
Tips & Warnings
- If you build a large net that is 6' wide, you might want to build a center piece that supports the crossbar. In this case you should cut the two lengthwise pieces (the crossbar and draft or backside of the net) in half, then remove about two inches (for the width of the T joints) from each piece. Insert the T joints to the draft pieces connecting them together dry, then measure, cut and insert the support pipe. Do the same for the crossbar pieces, and then glue.
- Use mesh or netting from a fishing store for the net. You can also use cardboard, a sheet, chicken wire or caging if you can't find netting.
- PVC will shatter in the cold, so be careful if you plan to use a hard ball, rolling puck or other heavy ball on your street hockey net.
- Building a street hockey net for use on ice with a real puck won't last very long. Instead of PVC, use a metal pipe or wood.
- Junior hockey nets are typically 54" wide.
- You can use either 1 5/8" PVC or larger 2" sized pipe, depending on your needs. The larger pipe is heavier but more sturdy.
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