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How to Move a Basketball Hoop
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|Basketball hoops are an increasingly ubiquitous part of the residential landscape--it seems that most driveways have a basketball hoop. But what happens when the owners of these hoops have to relocate? Such a large and expensive item can be a hassle to move, but it is possible even if the hoop is anchored in the ground.
Should you try to move your basket?Moving such a big item is difficult, expensive, time consuming, and occasionally dangerous. You should consider if it is a good idea to move it at all.
- Many hoops have lifetime warranties on them. Since you have paid for replacement service for many years beyond your move, it makes sense to take the hoop with you.
- If you know you want a basketball goal at your home, it will save you time and money to move your current one over buying a new one and installing it at your new home.
- Leaving a hoop installed at a home you plan on selling will usually not add a significant amount of value to your property.
Like anything else, it comes down to how much you will use it after the move.
- If having a hoop at your new home isn't important to you, then there's no reason to move it.
- The moving process can be difficult and expensive. Expect to hire specialists.
- If you have a whole court set up (with foul lines and fenced-in asphalt) it does increase the value of the home for sale. Of course, this could also be a reason to move it to your new home.
"Portable" basketball hoopsPortable hoops are not mounted in the ground but usually stay upright with a weighted base that is designed to be filled with either water or sand. They come in a variety of weights and sizes but usually have wheels that can be used to move them across driveways. Here are some tips for moving these baskets:
- Some portable hoops fold up to make them more portable. Consult the instruction manual and see if you can collapse the hoop into a more manageable frame.
- It matters if you filled your hoop's weighted base with sand or water. Water is lighter and it evaporates, so the base is much lighter. Sand makes the hoop harder to move but less likely to tip over during normal circumstances. One person can usually move a water-weighted hoop but you may need assistance to move a sand-filled base.
- It is very difficult to empty the base of a portable hoop. The capped holes for filling the base are usually on top, and unless the hoop is collapsible, there is no feasible way to flip the entire structure upside down to pour out the contents. You may be able to turn the structure on its side and get some of the weight out, but chances are you are going to have to move the hoop with the sand or water weight included.
- If you can't fold or collapse the hoop at all, you're going to need to hire specialists to move the basket to your new home. A vertical basketball hoop is 10 feet high and can't fit in most moving trucks.
- If the hoop does fold up and collapse to a reasonable size, you can attempt to load it on a moving truck. Use packing blankets to cover the hard metal structure to avoid it getting scratched or smashing into other items.
In-ground Basketball hoopsThese are the hoops for the big boys. These more expensive baskets are installed in a hole in the ground with cement around their steel bases. They are designed to stand up to any winds and can usually withstand full-force dunks from NBA-sized athletes.
- It is possible to move modern in-ground hoops, but professionals are always needed.
- Newer in-ground hoops are designed so they can be moved. The main part of the basket is detachable from the in-ground base that is in the hardened cement. The majority of the structure is simply attached to a new base in a hole at your new house.
- This moving process can be expensive, but not as expensive as replacing the whole structure.
- The companies that install these baskets are fully qualified to also move them to a new location.
- You can't, and never should, attempt to transport these baskets yourself.
- Older in-ground baskets that do not have detachable bases are effectively unmovable.
Author : Mike Sannitti
on November 11, 2014
TopMoving.ca - Moving Expert