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Help with Assembling Lifetime Basketball Systems

Many people will ask if they need to hire someone to assembly a basketball system from Lifetime Products. While in some cases hiring someone may be a good option, for most people they will be able to assemble the system themselves. To assist with assembling your system, here are some helpful hints.

In-Ground Basketball System Assembly

Before you order

Before you even order an in-ground basketball system, make sure you can actually install the system first. Problems that may keep you from installing an in-ground basketball system include building codes and covenants forbidding permanent installations on your property, rental or lease agreements forbidding permanent property changes, or simply not enough space available to install. If any of these issues exist on your property, consider purchasing a portable basketball system instead.

After you order, but before the system is delivered

Before your system is delivered to your home, it is best to do some prep work to make assembly more efficient. Prep work includes making sure you have the necessary tools to prepare the ground like a shovel and cement. If you are able to safely do so, you may even want to have your hole ready to go on the day of the delivery. You can go through the initial assembly steps before your product arrives by downloading the assembly instructions from the manufacturer of your system, or by calling the manufacturer of your system and getting a copy from their customer service. These instructions will also let you know what other tools you will need to assemble the system when it arrives. As an FYI, most manufacturers publish assembly instructions online now including Lifetime Products and Spalding. Once you have the assembly instructions, you will be able to know the exact dimensions of the hole that needs to be dug (which will vary depending on the system you are installing) and how much cement will be needed.

After your system arrives

After your system arrives, common things to watch for that will help you efficiently including making sure you have set aside enough time for assembly, making sure the weather is favorable to allow you to cement the pole and let it cure (most manufacturer's will suggest allowing the cement to dry for up to 72 hours before proceeding with the rest of the assembly), making sure you read through each step in the instructions completely before proceeding with the step, and making sure you have sufficient help to complete each step.

When assembling a basketball system, assembly times can vary quite a bit depending on your level of expertise and the amount of help you have. Typically, you should set aside at least 8 hours to complete the assembly of the system, which does not include the time to set the pole in cement and allowing the cement to dry. By setting aside enough time to complete assembly, you benefit from not having to retrace steps are having to get in the zone again of assembling your basketball system. You also avoid the danger of leaving hardware and other partially assembly components of the system lying around, which increases the likelihood they will be lost.

Some cements will say it can dry under light moisture, but dry weather is definitely the ideal situation for cementing your pole. As mentioned above, most assembly instructions will recommend you allow the cement to dry for at least 72 hours before proceeding with the rest of the assembly. Most basketball systems' assembly instructions will have you assemble and cement the pole first.

Frequently, individual steps of assembly will have important bits of information and the end of the step that need to be followed. Before doing any one step, read through the step entirely and make sure you follow each part of the step; do not assume from the picture alone you know what the step wants you to do. Also, remember that you can contact the manufacturer of your basketball system for help with assembly. They will have people that are trained with installation questions for your specific model and will be able to assist you.

While certain parts of the assembly will be easily accomplished by one person, having someone there to help you will be very ideal. Different parts of the assembly involve parts that are so large that a single person cannot position the part and attach it using the required hardware by themselves; another person is necessary. At least two people are needed to assemble most any basketball system. Plan accordingly.

Portable Basketball Hoop Assembly

Before you order

Before ordering a portable basketball hoop, first make sure you are allowed to set one up on your property. While not as strict as in-ground basketball systems, some covenants and rental or lease agreements may forbid external items from being set up on your property.

After you order, but before the product is delivered

Like in-ground basketball systems, portable basketball systems will have instructions available through the manufacturer of the system online or through calling the manufacturer's customer service. When viewing these instructions, you will see what tools you will want to have available at the time of assembly and be able to get a general idea of the process of assembly.

After delivery

After your portable basketball hoop is delivered, the most important thing to have prepared first is sufficient help on hand to help you with the project. Portable systems absolutely need at least two people so one can position and hold parts in place while the other attaches the pieces with hardware.

Choosing sand or water to fill the portable base is a common point of concern during assembly. In general, water weighs about 8 lbs. per gallon. So, a 30 gallon base filled with water would weigh about 240 lbs. Filling the base with sand, depending on the density of the sand you use, makes the base weigh about 1.5 times the weight of the base filled with water. If you choose water and live in a climate where water might freeze, another point of concern is making sure the freezing water in your base does not cause the base to crack. Your assembly instructions will provide you details of the manufacturer's recommended way of filling the base to avoid damage due to freezing.