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Do you have a lovable basketball court with a great hoop, but the backboard is damaged? Basketball backboards, in general, are resilient. But they are prone to breakage and damage caused by bad weather, or other eventualities.
It is a common problem and can be fixed without the need to replace the entire basketball goal. Also, don’t try to repair the backboard without proper evaluation. That’s because you don’t want to waste money or go through the frustration of returning the product.
In this article, you will learn about the various steps involved in replacing a basketball backboard. All you need to have is some basic skills for fixing things.
Step by step guide on how to replace your basket backboard
Because there are many kinds of basketball hoops the structure of a particular model may determine what you should do. But, the following guide would take you on the right path.
1. Lay the basketball pole on its side
Take help from your helpers to lay the basketball goal on the ground so that you can begin your work.
2. Take measurement of the board
You want your new backboard to be of the same width and length of the original. If you make it big, the goal-top may become heavy. As such, it will tip easily and cause injury. Measure your existing backboard where the new one is to be attached.
3. Get the material for your new backboard
Visit your nearest hardware store to get a piece of clear acrylic material or fine plywood, whichever you like. People at the store may help you cut it to the required dimensions.
If you are experienced at using a power saw and own it, you can do it by yourself. When using plywood, it is recommended to use one-fourth inch thick or less than that. Again, remember that if you are making it very thick, your hoop may tip over because of the heavyweight. While using a power saw maintain caution.
4. Paint the new backboard
When you are using plywood, a good layer of sealer or paint can be used to seal the wood and save it from other elements. You may paint any kind of design with colors of your choice on the backboard. When you are using acrylic material, you need to paint a border over the rim area. This helps you to see the board better for aiming. Here is a video that might be helpful.
5. Pull out the rim
Now it’s time to pull out the rim from the damaged backboard and frame. You will find four large bolts holding the board. Make use of your wrenches and socket set to remove the frame. Remove carefully so that the bolts and rim are fine when you attach them to the brand new backboard.
6. Pull off the original backboard material
If you find screws in the frame, remove them using a power drill or screwdriver. Almost every backboard is glued to the frame. For this, you may need a putty knife to scrape and pull off the old material on the board.
7. Drill holes, and mount the rim
If there are pieces left from your old backboard, use them as a stencil to point the location of the holes for your rim. After they are marked, make use of the drill machine to drill the holes the same size as that of the mounting bolts. Here is how it may appear:
8. Layout adhesive on the frame
Take construction adhesive and apply evenly on the front side of the backboard frame where the board comes in contact with the frame.
9. Set the backboard
With the cooperation of your helpers, set the backboard in the right place on the frame. Makes sure to do the activity fast before the adhesive dries out. Also, watch out for the rim holes because they need to be in line with holes present on the frame.
10. Now, attach the rim
Line up the backboard with the rim, insert the bolts through their holes and tighten them as hard as it can get. Take a look at how it is done:
11. Secure the screws of the backboard
If you have used acrylic for your backboard, this part is not for you. The rim bolts and adhesive are enough to secure your new backboard. When you are using plywood for the new board, there is an extra step to secure the backboard.
Use a screwdriver or drill to attach the screws through the backside holes of the frame and into the board. Make sure the screws aren’t long, or they tend to appear through the front side of the backboard.
12. Wait for the adhesive to dry
You have to keep the backboard as it is and wait for some time to allow the adhesive to dry. Follow the instructions for the adhesive to dry by giving it some time to dry.
13. Attach the hoop in the right place
With the cooperation of your helpers, make the hoop stand up to the place where you want it to be. Be cautious while doing so.
14. Stabilize the base
Make use of sandbags or anything else you need for weight to make sure the hoop remains stable. There are lots of kits available on the market that can be helpful to mount the hoop to the ground and give more stability.
Also, you can build braces that hold the pole to the ground. If the pole has the stability to stay erected in its place, you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing it. Take a look at how firm it can be here:
15. Test the stability of the pole
The best way you can test the stability of the pole is by pushing it from all directions. Somehow if you feel that it is not stable enough, you may add more weight to its base, or use mounting kits to stabilize the pole even better.
16. You can have fun now
After the hoop becomes stable, you may start it again and have lots of fun.
Keep in mind that the aforementioned steps are common. You may have to modify some of the steps so as to fit your specific equipment. Once you are done, you can start playing with a new and better basketball backboard.