I had decided to break down and pay $250 for the basketball hoop at the pool store for the kid's birthday party when on the way to buy it I passed a yard sale with a basketball hoop/set up for sale. $40 and they would help deliver it. Deal. I thought. Now it's been sitting on the side of the house with a not so happy husband that said it took 4 guys to move it (had sand in the bottom) and the post didn't come off as easy as the guy explained. I think what we have to do is
1. figure out how high we want the basketball hoop to be and saw off the post-the height of where we saw it will depend on how we install it perhaps. The hoop is a professional grade hoop and with a lever in the back it can be pulled up. However, that part of the hoop also makes it heavier. I'm not sure if that's an issue besides being heavy to take out each winter.
2. salt water pool and we water plants right near the 18" deep cement basketball sleeve. The hole/sleeve gets full of water and is probably always full of water. I was thinking of spraying something inside and outside of the pole to water proof the pole.
3. I went to Lowes to look for a 3.5" pipe that I would cut at 2-3 or so, put it in the sleeve, then drill a hole in the top and bolt the 3" basketball pole. I couldn't find a pole and the guy at at Lowes one guy said I needed a metal bushing/reducer that will secure the 3" pipe to the 3.5" hole so it won't move around. He was going to see if he could special order it and call me. I forgot his name and he didn't call me.
The next guy said he thought I should do what I was trying to do with the metal pole, but by using a piece of PVC that has an inside diameter of 3" (I'm not sure if PVC is measured by the inside or outside but I'm thinking this is might be hard to find and it'll hold up for a while in Phoenix, but I'm not sure how long) and on the outside of the pvc, fill it in with rubber cement so it will secure it and if i ever want to get it out it will be easy to get out. (I'm not sure how easy this will be since the hole is 18" or so deep.)
I also thought of finding some hard rubber or something and filling the gap in between the pole and the sleeve, but I'm not sure what is the easiest answer that will keep the pole secure when it's being banged around by basketballs hitting it.
any ideas would be greatly appreciated. thx!!!