Man, the pickles I get into...
I recently bought my son a Franklin batting tee. You can see a
picture of this product at
(long URL; the one I got is the top picture on the page).
It was seemingly easy to assemble. You put a bolt through the hole in
home plate and thread a metal pipe onto that. Done. Then you slide a
rubber sleeve, "with the narrow end up" according to the instructions,
over the pipe. Okay, the sleeve wasn't labeled as to which end was
narrow, but the instructions clearly showed it positioned so an end
with a flange on it was facing up. So did the color pictures on the
It was a bear to get that rubber sleeve on. I probably grunted for
ten or more minutes to get the thing to slide the 18 inches or so that
Then when trying to use the thing, I noticed that the actual tee
portion wouldn't stay up. The tee is another rubber piece that is
supposed to slide inside the rubber sleeve (again, refer to the link
above for a picture, better than my description).
So I'm guessing that, despite what the pictures showed, I put the
rubber sleeve on the tee upside down. Makes sense, right? The bottom
was a lot tighter than I think it should have been, and the top seems
Well guess what? I can't get the rubber sleeve off. I've used my own
"muscles" such as they are. I've used a strap wrench. I've soaked
the sleeve/pipe in hot water, figuring the sleeve will expand faster
than the metal pipe inside. No luck.
Any further suggestions?