How to Install a Bolt Down Basketball Goal
Better stability and more
high-end features are two of the benefits of bolt down basketball goals, which
are sturdy, easy to level, and are the choice of many competitive hoopsters who
want to play at home.
Anchoring your hoop
Bolt down basketball systems
add to the stability and rigidity of the hoop and backboard while still
allowing you to move from your home and take your hoop. An anchor kit
installation entails digging a hole, pouring the concrete and then submerging
four J-bolts, a template and four sticks of reinforcing bar into the concrete.
After the concrete dries, there are four corresponding holes on the baseplate
of the hoop that slide over before the hoop is then bolted down. Anchor kit
installs are typically for higher-end hoops, and they do offer the advantage of
transportability should you ever move and want to bring your hoop along to your
Things to watch out for
In the course of planning the
installation of your bolt down basketball hoop, make sure to avoid
inadvertently cutting your sprinkler line. Also, watch out for cable and
electric wires. Always call 811 before you dig to make sure no service lines
conflict with your desired installation location. Use a spade to dig the hole
and a shovel for cleaning out the hole. Make sure to tamp the bottom of the
hole down flat after you have dug to the desired depth. This will leave a
flatter surface for the concrete to cure on. That will give you a basketball
system that is ultimately a lot more stable.
Install the hoop close enough
to the driveway where there is sufficient overhang, especially if you have
driveway pavers. Dig your hole 36-48 inches deep depending on specifications so
the hoop will hold up and so that the bottom of the hole is below the
permafrost layer. This will help avoid the risk of the hoop tilting after a
deep freeze next winter.