If you want to have an in ground basketball hoop your driveway, your work isn’t over when you have the system delivered to your house. You also need to have the system assembled and installed. Many local handymen can be happy to do this service for a fee, but you can also do it yourself.
If you have some time to kill, want a good DIY project, and want to save some cash, here the steps you’ll need to take to install your home basketball hoop.
1) Choose A Good Spot For Your Basketball Hoop
Choose a spot on your property that overhangs a hard concrete playing surface. Ideally, this spot should be soft ground that is easy to dig. Installing on a concrete or blacktop area is possible, but you may need to rent a jackhammer in order to break apart the spot where you will install the pole.
2) Gather Your Equipment
In order to install your basketball hoop, you are going to need
- A Shovel
- 2 Bags Of Concrete
- A Wheelbarrow or other large container (to mix the concrete)
- A bubble level
3) Dig A Hole
Now that you have your area, dig a hole on that spot. Be sure to contact your utility company before you dig to ensure there aren’t any gas lines or other dangerous materials on your digging spot. Dig a hole at least two feet in diameter and two feet deep.
4) Mix and Pour Concrete
Take your bags of concrete and mix them in your wheelbarrow with water as specified by your bag. Mix it up thoroughly so that there aren’t any dry spots. Once the concrete is good and mixed, pour it into your hole.
5) Insert Pole, Ground Sleeve, Or Ground Plate
While the concrete is still wet, insert the ground plate, ground sleeve, or bottom section of the pole. It is vital that you use your bubble level to check that these bases are level with the ground. If your base isn’t level, the whole basketball hoop will lean to one side. If you are installing the pole directly into the ground, mark a spot 18 inches from the bottom of the pole and only install the pole section up to that spot.
6) Let Dry
Once your base is installed and the concrete is smoothed out, let it dry for 24-48 hours. Or however long is specified on the bag of concrete.
7) Assemble Your Basketball Hoop
Now that you have the base of your in ground goal installed, assemble your hoop according to the instructions. Be ways, this bit may require two or more people. So recruit a friend or family member to help you get it done.
8) Start Playing!
After the last bolt is tightened, pat yourself on the back. Congrats, you do-it-yourselfer. You have installed a basketball hoop all by your lonesome. Celebrate with your very first round of hoops. (If you can’t because you forgot to buy your basketball, check out our basketball guide to learn which one is right for you.