How to Install Basketball Backboards

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This article will give you step-by-step instructions on how to properly install a basketball backboard.

Things You'll Need

  • Leveler
  • Set of racquet wrenches
  • Four 6-inch wood screws
  • Four bolts
  • Four washers
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Basketball backboard
  • Basketball hoop
  • Basketball net
  • Mounting brackets
  • 14-foot-long, 4-by-4-foot-square support beam
  • Cement mix
  • Hole digger
  • Ladder
  • You will want to determine the exact location you plan to put your backboard and the area in which you plan to play. Be sure to closely examine the playing surface near the structure you're planning to mount your goal on. It is best to find a surface that is level and has a grassy area where you can put the support beam.

  • Once you have chosen the location, use the hole digger and dig down at least 2 feet. Begin to mix the cement. With help from friends, insert the pole into the ground, and pour the cement around the base. Using support straps, stabilize the pole until the cement dries.

  • Once the foundation dries, use the ladder to climb to the top of the beam. Using the measuring tape, measure 10 feet from the ground up. Marking the beam with a pencil, use the drill to create four openings where the screws will go. Place the mounting bracket to the beam, and using the backboard, place it flush against the bracket. One by one, secure the board to the bracket with the four screws, attaching the washers and bolts to tightly hold the board in place.

  • Once the backboard has been fastened securely, take the basketball rim and place it directly into the square box (usually a stencil) and affix to the board using the bolts and screws that came with it.

  • Using the level, check the balance and correctness of the board. It is important that the backboard is not crooked in the least bit because it can cause odd reactions for the ball once it hits the playing surface of the board.

  • Finally, attach the net one by one to the rim hangers, and test for durability. Using the level again, double check the vertical of both the rim and the backboard.

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