If you're tired of going to the gym or worrying about finding a park to practice your skills, an in-ground hoop in your yard or driveway is the perfect solution. Although it requires some work, installing an in-ground basketball hoop is relatively simple to do and can provide years of entertainment for you and your family.
Things You'll Need
- Basketball Hoop Kit
- 850 pounds dry concrete mix
- Tape measure
- Screw Driver (Flathead or Phillips head depending on the screws provided)
Dig a square hole approximately two feet by two feet after determining where you want to place your basketball hoop. Make sure the hole is 2 feet deep. Most basketball kits include poles that are long enough to ensure that your basketball hoop will still reach the regulation size of 10 feet once the pole is placed.
Mark the basketball pole 18 inches from the bottom using a marker and measuring tape.
Mix the 850 pounds of concrete you have in a wheelbarrow. Doing so will ensure that you can more easily maneuver the concrete once mixed. Bags of concrete generally have easy-to-follow instructions on the back of them.
Fill the hole completely with cement and spread it to make sure it is even. Insert the basketball pole to the line you marked 18 inches from the bottom. After using your level to make sure the pole is straight, fill it with concrete to ensure stability. Let the concrete stand for 48 hours.
Attach the basketball hoop to the backboard using the appropriate screws. Most basketball kits include backboards with drilled holes and a rim with the appropriate tools for assembly.
Attach the net to the basketball hoop, threading the widest loops at the top of the net through the loops welded onto the rim.
Attach the basketball hoop to the basketball pole after allowing the pole to sit in concrete for 48 hours. Much like the backboard and the rim, the basketball pole should be installation-ready with drilled holes.
Tips & Warnings
- If your basketball kit does not come with pre-drilled holes, measure the pole and the backboard and drill your own holes. Remember that the rim is 10 feet from the ground according to the rules of basketball.
- It is recommended that you find a second person to help attach the backboard and rim to the basketball pole. Backboards are bulky and to avoid risking injury should be held in place by two people while being attached.
- Photo Credit basketball hoop image by Matthew Antonino from Fotolia.com
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