Homemade PVC Batting Cage
PVC batting cages make for convenient and affordable practice areas for you or your children to get in the practice you need without having to worry about breaking the neighbor's windows. With the right equipment and some basic tools, PVC batting cages are easy to construct and are of a simple design, so taking them down for storage will not be as daunting as it may sound. Most of the equipment needed can be found at home improvement stores, and baseball cage netting acts as a suitable barrier for balls that would otherwise fly out of your yard.
Use T-connectors to attach eight 5-foot sections of PVC pipe together, so that you have one 40-foot section. Repeat this until you have a total of four 40-foot sections of PVC.
Use a T-connector to attach two 7-foot sections of PVC pipe. Repeat this until you end up with four 14-foot sections of PVC pipe, each section secured with a T-connector in its center.
Use the 14-foot and the 40-foot sections of PVC to create two large rectangles. Use three-way corner connectors to secure them together at the corners.
Insert one 6-foot length of PVC upright into each upward-facing connector opening that remains. At the top of each 6-foot section of PVC, place a four-way connector. Following the contour of the rectangles below, make sure that you place corner-shaped connectors at each corner.
Fit PVC pipe pieces in between each connector in order to create another rectangle. Repeat Step 4 here by placing another section of 6-foot PVC piping upright into each connector opening. Use the remaining rectangle that was built during Step 3 to place on top of the entire assembly to finish the frame of the cage.
Drape baseball cage netting over the cage and let it hang loosely. Secure the netting in place by using zip ties to attach the netting to the PVC piping every few inches. Remember to let the net drape somewhat loosely.
Using a net that is slightly larger than the space you need it to cover allows you to drape the netting loosely, thus reducing tension on the net and improving its lifespan.
Customize the dimensions of this PVC batting cage to fit your needs and available space. Smaller children may not need one as large, while adults may prefer a larger cage. The process remains the same, you can simply extend or shorten the length of the cage..
Do not begin building your PVC cage without having already determined the space you have available for it. Use glue at the connections if they do not remain tight.
Bryan Schatz began writing in 2009. His articles appear on eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM, where he specializes in travel, wood and metal craft and fitness topics. Schatz holds a Master of Arts in education and a Bachelor of Arts in community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.