Installing Pole for Baseketball Hoop

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Old 06-16-17, 08:01 AM
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Installing Pole for Baseketball Hoop

Good morning. Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

We cut an old metal 4" diameter clothesline pole this week down to about 14' and want to install it off our 25x25 poured patio to house a basketball backboard and rim.

I'm hoping to dig the hole about 3' deep installing a 6" or 8" Sonotube ensuring it's plumb, and adding concrete to set. Once that sets putting the 4" diameter pole in the tube and adding concrete and letting that set, then adding the backboard/rim.

Sounds feasible? Any better ideas? Many thanks. AW
 

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Old 06-16-17, 03:45 PM
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The first pour is not necessary, you don't need a footer for a basketball hoop. You need enough concrete to make the post solid. Not sure what your frost line is where you live but at lease need to dig down to that. Are you using a pole designed for a hoop or trying to use another pole and retrofit to accept a basketball backboard? Plan on bigger than an 8 inch hole (no sonotube required).

Do you have a link to the hoop system you want to install?
 
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Old 06-16-17, 04:48 PM
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We cut an old metal 4" diameter clothesline pole this week down to about 14'
Fourteen feet? Did you use a stepladder to hang clothes?
 
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Sonotube

Skip the sonotube. You need lateral stability. The back fill around the sonotube will not give much lateral support.
 
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Thanks everyone.

LOL. The pole in question was the high end of the clothlesline, like many from that era around here. It was about 18' tall when we dug it out of its original location. We cut about 4' of old concrete/sleeve/pole off of it to get it to the 14' we have now.

No system, just a large fiberglass backboard that's in great shape with angle iron/U clamps currently housing it on an identical pole from the same property.

So no tube needed, just dig a 8" diameter hole about 3' deep insert pole, and backfill to ground level with concrete and make sure it's plumb? Sounds easy enough. Thx again.
 
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Old 06-20-17, 12:23 PM
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The last hoop system I installed required a 16" wide hole 3' deep. Pole was square metal bolted to a reinforced base with rebar attached to the anchors that went 2 feet into the concrete. I guess the need is for some "mass" to be in the ground to keep the post steady. There will be some weight at the top of the pole with the backboard. May be a little wobble when in use. Spend a little more for a couple extra bags of cement to add some beefiness to the system.
 
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