We have an installed basketball driveway hoop that was here when we
bought the house. It is a really nice glass backboard hoop that costs
probably close to $ 500 to replace. Anyway, when a guy was delivering
firewood a couple of years ago, he backed into it and bent it right
near the bottom. It is now listing to the right and it it really
annoying. I don't want to get rid of it because like I said it is such
a nice backboard. What can I do short of blow torching it off (I would
lose about 5 - 6 inches of height, but I would rather have it straight)
Then dig up the concrete, and re-set it in the ground? Seems like
alot of work, and I have no experience with a blow torch. Could I put
a chain around it up high and attach it to a vehicle and attempt to
re-straighten it, but would that be possible and wouldn't the bottom of
it be permanently weakend?
Any help would be appreciated
How bent is it? If it more than a little, the metal is probably pretty
shot. If only a little, it can probably be saved.
My boat hoist was bent up by ice two years ago. I cut out a 6x6 so that it
fit over the pipe properly, and hit it with a sledge hammer. It got 80% of
the bend out and works okay now. (looks like crap, but works...)
I would suggest combining the two ideas. Gently pull on a chain above the
bend, and hit the bend with a sledge hammer at the same time.
depending on how bad the bend is you could make a jig with some 4x4 and
1x4's for sides attach it to both sides with another piece of 4x4 kind of
like a long narrow clap and then using allthread tighten the allthread up to
squeeze the 4x4 together that might straiten the post if you can get to the
top once you have it pretty straight you could try to sleeve it on the
outside or inside with a pipe of a slightly different size, Inside would be
could as you could take pieces 3' long and slide them down once you hit the
curve using board pound the sleeve down with a sledge hammer?
Do you have a decent size tree near the pole opposite the direction of lean?
A $10 import cable come-along puller can be fastened to the base of the tree
with an old piece of auto tire padding protecting the tree, and you can get
a controlled pull. Tow chain can be used to extend the rigging as necessary.
Start the pull, then bump the area of the bend on the pull side using a
sledge hammer cushioned by a hardwood block to protect the pipe. This will
take two people to do properly, one holding the end of a long block (fool)
while the other strikes. You are trying to make the pole take a "set" during
pulling, instead of just springing back after releasing pressure. Pull,
strike, pull, strike. Two trees out of line can be used if you use a "Y"
shaped arrangement with the come along pulling a direct run of chain off to
one side. If you are unsure of your ability to rig this safely, find a local
construction worker experienced in structural ironwork, or a millwright. A
couple of 12 packs and burgers will be required. Leverage is a wonderful
thing, but be safe. I am an ex-millwright, and I have used this rigging
method many times when using a chain saw to fell tall pine trees right where
I want them to drop in confined areas.
Not sure what's in your head when you say "blow torch". If you're talking
a propane job
typically used to sweat pipes, you'll be there a long time. For cutting or
bending, it is recommended to
use an oxyacetylene setup. I would try straightening it first. What
have you got to lose other than
pulling it out and putting a new pipe in the ground?
I used to be a steel erection contractor. I used to straighten a lot of
vertical posts ou carports that would get bent from one means or another.
We used to either hook a sling on them, then hook the other end to a truck,
and slowly pull until it was just past where we wanted it to be. When the
pressure was released, it sprang back a little. Or, you can hook a come
along to a stationary object, and jack it that way. It takes a little
pulling this way and that, but it is fairly easy to get it pretty straight
again. Just take it slowly, and remember, the farther you put the sling up
from the concrete, the more the leverage increases. If you DO have a torch,
take a bind, then heat it a bit, and it will move on its own. But you lose
strength due to the application of heat. Just go slow. You don't want to
have to bend it back again in the other direction.
I could have it straight for you in half an hour. It depends on how bad the
thing is bent, and how much it has to be pulled back to be straightened, as
to how much strength you will lose. If you are just going go use it for
regular basketball, it should be okay. You might weld a couple of
stiffeners along the sides. If you want it for slam dunks, and people
hanging on the rim and swinging like orangutans, it might be a little weak.
It isn't hard to fix.
If your really only interested in gettign the backboard and basket straight,
perhaps you could remove it from the mountings and re-attach it straight.
It might take some redrilling of the mounting holes, or some other means of
adjusting the out-of-oline mounting to the backboard, but would probably be
easier than trying to straighten the pole.
Thanks for all the responses, I am going to plan to straighten it by
pulling on in and apply some method to strengthen it once I am
finished. There is a very strong tree about 10 feet away on the left
of the hoop (opposite the bend), so I should be able to use the come
along puller as backlash suggests.
Let us know how it turns out. I think you should be able to get it pretty
close. Just remember.......... a little at a time does it. If you need
something other than where the tree is, you can hook it to a truck bumper
parked in just the right alignment.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.