T-ball, a sport enjoyed by young children across the United States, involves a baseball-style setting and includes a pole at home plate that holds the ball in place, enabling small children to easily hit it. With minimal skills, you can use PVC pipe to construct your own inexpensive T-ball stand in a few hours.
Things You'll Need
- One 1-1/4" diameter PVC pipe, 10" long
- One floor flange, 1-1/4" diameter
- One 18-by-18" section of 1/2" plywood
- Four 1/2" screws
- Phillips head drill bit
- Rubber cement
- Chalk line
- 1" PVC pipe 30" long
- 1" PVC pipe, 24" long
- 1" PVC pipe, 36" long
Place the section of plywood on a flat surface. Place one end of the chalk line at the top right corner and the opposite end at the bottom left. Snap the chalk line to form a diagonal line. Then place one end of the chalk line on the top left corner and the opposite end at the bottom right corner. Snap the line to form an X in the center of the plywood.
Line up the floor flange to the center of the plywood. Drive one 1/2" screw through each hole in the flange to secure it to the plywood.
Apply a thick layer of rubber cement around the entire inner lip of the flange. Apply additional rubber cement around an inch at one end of the 1-1/4" diameter PVC pipe. Insert the glued end of the 1-1/4" diameter pipe inside the floor flange. Allow the rubber cement to dry for two hours before continuing.
Place a 1" diameter PVC pipe inside the 1-1/4" diameter pipe. When you are ready to bat, simply place the plywood base over home plate with the pipes standing upright. Balance the ball on top of the one-inch diameter PVC pipe and swing away. Switch between the 24", 30" and 36" section of PVC depending on the height of the batter.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not have a chalk line, measure nine inches along each edge of the plywood. Place a straightedge from the top edge to the bottom edge and draw a line. Repeat this at the center mark on the left and right hand side. The lines will cross in the middle, indicating the center location.
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