When it comes to amateur sports, there are few more home-friendly than basketball. While providing at least as much exercise as grand-scale sports such as baseball and football, it can be played in an area as small as a driveway or patio -- and it can accommodate as many players as 24 or as few as one. Furthermore, its only permanent pieces of equipment -- a backboard and a hoop -- can be mounted in such out-of-the-way places as over a garage door, atop a fixed pole or on a weighted, portable basketball system. Best of all, putting together a Huffy basketball backboard and rim is a relative breeze.
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Things you need
- Huffy backboard and hoop assembly
- Adjustable wrench or socket wrench
Unpack your Huffy backboard and hoop assembly and set aside the four mounting bolts and their corresponding washers and nuts.
Hold the backboard in an upright position with its front facing you. Insert the mounting bolts through the appropriate holes on the backboard.
Set the backboard face down on the ground, being careful not to let the mounting bolts fall out.
Locate the mounting brackets and place them on the backside of the backboard, lining them up so the mounting bolts fit through the brackets' pre-drilled holes.
Fit the washers over the bolts and screw on the locking nuts. Tighten each with an adjustable wrench or socket wrench.
Lift the backboard to a standing position and lean it back against a wall or other sturdy object.
Remove the hoop and related hardware from its packaging. The hardware should include four bolts, eight washers and four locking nuts.
Slide one washer onto each of the bolts.
Place the hoop against the backboard, lining up the holes in its steel mounting plate with the four holes just beneath the goal area of the backboard.
Insert a bolt through one of the holes, pushing it through until its head and the washer are flush with the surface of the backboard. While using one hand to push down on the head of the bolt to prevent it from popping out, reach around to the back of the backboard with your other and place another washer over the bolt. Screw on a locking nut. Repeat with the other three bolts.
Turn the backboard around, being careful not to damage the hoop while doing so. Tighten all four nuts with an adjustable wrench or a socket wrench.
Unpack the net and stretch it out. Slip one of the loops at the top of the net over a net hook on the underside of the hoop. Do the same with the loop to its immediate right and continue in the same fashion all the way around the net until it's secured. Your Huffy backboard and hoop assembly is now ready to be mounted on a wall or pole.
Tips and warnings
- Although the regulation height of a basketball hoop is 10 feet from the ground, you might want to consider the size of the players who will be using it before deciding where you're going to mount the assembly.
- Remember, when playing basketball, the attention of each participant is usually directed at the hoop -- so choose a playing area that's free of objects players might trip over.
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