So here is the story. My so, DC, wanted a new basketball hoop and backboard for Christmas. Debi and I decided it was a pretty good idea as ours was pretty old and was a foot to short due to the apex of our house being to low. I looked on-line for a store bought unit and they were all pretty expensive and made like crap, more on that later. So I called my buddy Jim to help me design and weld a new backboard from scratch. I was pretty excited about the idea and asked DC if he wanted to help with his new present. He agreed and off we went.
Now there were a couple obstacles we needed to hurdle to achieve our goal, get it? First we had to get the hoop 10 feet off the ground. The overhang of my roof is to low so we needed to get the entire goal away from the house and above the roof line. My neighbor has a goal we used as the prototype. The second obstacle was we needed it to attach to the house for various reasons so a pole in the ground would not work.
To Academy Sports we go. Upon arrival to buy the actual hoop for the goal assembly we looked very carefully at the pre made units available. You know the kind I'm talking about. Those movable ones you put sand in the base to keep upright. Well they suck. They are flimsy and cost upward of $250 and even that ones sucks. The only one we saw that was worth a damn was $800. NO WAY!!! We bought a $20 hoop that came with the net and we we off to the scrap yard.
Now let me tell you about the scrap yard. This place was a DIVE. It was Sanford and Son gone very, very bad. There must have been 60 people walking around with consumer trucks and commercial tractors all moving in a space less than the size of my property lot. It was pretty scary and very dangerous. Good times. We found what we were looking for. Paid less than $5 and were off to the shop.
Jim had a piece of plywood he sold us and a few odds and end scrap pieces of metal. So below you see the assembly of the unit. That is DC and Jim as I am taking the pictures.
Above left Jim talks to DC about shop safety. On right Jim get's to work on the outer frame that will hold the backboard.
More welding on the grame. That arc looks cool. DC was pretty into it.
Jim prepares the cross pieces that the main support bar will attach to. On the right we situate the support bar. The bar needed to be at a 45 degree angle so it was a challenge to get it lined up right.
Here is the front shot of the previous shot. On right Jim inspects his work. Looks posed huh?
At left Jim welds in some cross braces to give the board rigidity. At right We prepare for a coat of primer.
DC got to work putting paint on the plywood that would become the backboard.
In the forground is the backboard frame with the primer coat and the backboard in the background. DC inspects his work at right.
Mmmmm that black paint sure looks good.
This has nothing to do with our project. But is is a pretty good story. Maybe I'll tell it later.