How to Assemble a Lifetime Portable Basketball Goal
Putting up a basketball hoop in the driveway or the backyard is an American tradition. The portable basketball hoop has been a huge boon for the industry as well as for family members who can disassemble the basketball goal and take it with them if and when they move and then put it up again when they get to their new location.
Put the base of the basketball goal on the side of the driveway (or wherever else you decide to put it up). To solidify the base, fill it up with a 50-pound bag of sand. This will keep it in place and keep it from moving around during windy or stormy conditions.
Hook up the main arm of the basketball goal. This is what the backboard and rim will sit on when the hoop gets built. The main arm of the hoop is connected to the base by two supporting braces that are connected with nuts and bolts.
Connect the backboard once the main arm of the basketball goal is secured in place. The backboard is secured to that arm with six nuts and bolts.
Attach the net to the rim. The net is strung through the rim by going over and under through a series of wire connections on the underside of the rim. There are usually 16 connections on the standard rim.
Raise the support arm until it locks into place. The rim should be 10 feet off the ground and it will likely have an adjusting lever to lower the rim to 7-, 8- or 9-feet so smaller children can play. The portable basketball goal can be disassembled for moving purposes or if the owner wants to take it down during the winter. Most owners leave up their basketball goals until they decide to move.
Allow yourself three to four hours to put together your basketball goal.
- Allow yourself three to four hours to put together your basketball goal.
Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.