How to Build a Basketball Hoop

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Basketball is a great activity for the whole family and easy enough for everyone to partake. Having a basketball hoop and pole professionally installed can cost more than £65 for the labour alone. You can easily install a basketball backboard above your garage or on the side of your home with a few tools and the proper techniques.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 72-by-42-by-1 inch piece of plywood
  • 18-inch diameter rim
  • Ladder
  • Drill with Phillip's bit
  • (4) 2-inch wood screws
  • Level
  • Protective eyewear
  • Gloves

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    Building a Basketball Hoop

  1. 1

    Measure 2 inches from the base of the 72-by-42-by-1 inch piece of plywood. Center the basketball hoop at 36 inches (the centre of the basketball hoop backboard width of 72 inches).

  2. 2

    Screw in the basketball hoop with the screws that came with the 18-inch basketball hoop you purchased from a local sports store.

  3. 3

    Carry the backboard up the ladder. Have a friend measure 10 feet from the ground to the base of the backboard. Use the level to make sure the hoop is level.

  4. 4

    Screw the corners of the backboard to the peak of the garage or side of your home.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear protective eyewear and gloves.

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