How to Install a Freestanding Basketball Goal
Playing basketball is a great way to shed a few unwanted pounds or get much needed exercise, and installing an outdoor basketball goal allows for countless hours of fun and hoops right in your own driveway - without the need to go to a local gym or court. Therefore, here is a quick how-to guide on how to install your own freestanding basketball goal:
Step 1 - Choose a Location
First, you need to choose a relatively flat surface. Generally speaking, your driveway is usually the best choice. Howeve, if you have a large patio that may work as well.
Step 2 - Purchase the Goal Kit
Next, you'll need to visit your local sporting goods store and purchase a post mountable basketball goal kit. The kit usually will include the backboard, net, post and rim as well as mounting brackets and mounting hardware. Some kits come with the post included while others do not. If the kit does not come with a post, you will need to purchase the post separately.
Step 3 - Digging the Hole
You'll need to dig the hole next to the playing surface, and ensure that the hole that is at least 36 inches deep and 18 to 20 inches in diameter. You need to dig a hole the size to ensure a stable foundation for the post.
Step 4 - Inserting the Post
Next, place the post into the hole. You'll need to use something that braces the post and keeps it straight while the concrete is being cured. You can use old pieces of lumber or other items to help you brace the post in the hole to keep it straight. At this time, you should ask a friend to help you keep the post level while you're working. Use a level to check the pole position often and ensure that it is vertically straight up-and-down.
Step 5 - Mix Concrete and Pour
Follow the directions for mixing concrete properly as indicated on the bag. You'll want to keep the make sure the cement is somewhat dry and not overly wet to ensure that it dries quickly and helps to adequately support the post.
After you mix the cement, fill the hole with the concrete mix until it is approximately 5 to 6 inches below the ground level surface. Make sure to avoid bumping the post as it may fall out of a straight up-and-down in vertical position if you do bump it.
Step 6 – Wait
Allow the cement to cure and dry for at least 48 hours before continuing the installation of your basketball goal kit.
Step 7 - Fill the Hole With Dirt
After the concrete is dry, fill the remaining portion of the hole with dirt or soil and use your the end of your shovel handle to pack and it tightly around the pole.
Step 8 – Install the Goal Kit
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for attaching the basketball kit to the post. After you install the goal kit, mount the rim according to the manufacturer's directions. Then, install the net on the rim.
That’s it! You are ready to play hours of hoops with friends and family.