I am working on a design for a backyard golf shot practice net. I have
the basic design worked out. Now I need to choose the material. I was
planning on using PVC pipes and connectors. I called a PVC
manufacturer and was told that PVC is not a good choice because a golf
ball could shatter it. My design has the net mostly in front of the
frame so balls should not be hitting the frame. This was to prevent
richocets, but also protects the frame.
How likely is it that a golf ball could shatter a PVC pipe? The guy I
talked to manufactures the stuff, so I am inclined to believe him.
Is there another material that would be better? I am concerned that
metal pipes would either be too heavy or too fragile and probably a
lot more expensive. Another option is wood, but I wold think it would
be heavier than PVC and there is more maintenance.
Any other suggestions I should be looking at?
My backyard. ;) It's a nuisance plant to a lot of people. The stuff
is almost impossible to kill off and impossible to contain without
digging a 2' deep trench and placing a wall of plastic or concrete.
It doesn't have to be dried. It can be "heat-treated" by flaming or
smoking it. Google it a bit. They make 30 story scaffolds out of the
stuff in the Far East.
I went to a couple of hardware stores. I "tested" several types
materials for weight and load-bearing strength. I tested several types
of plastic pipe, a couple of types of metal pipe, and wood in both
strips and poles.
Wood is no heavier than any of the other materials and a lot lighter
than some and it's at least as strong. It would be much easier to work
with than metal and at least as easy as plastic.
The only disadvantages that I can see are maintenance and splinters.
I'm going to call a couple of PVC dealers and see what they recommend,
but I was surprised how well wood compares.
How does the price compare? All the 99.99 cent stores around here
sell foam "noodles" that are about four feet long. They are
cylindrical with a hollow center. If you put them around PVC pipe
they would protect it from UV and golf ball impacts.
I don't understand why they make gourmet cat foods. I have
known many cats in my life and none of them were gourmets.
They were all gourmands!
I didn't pay close attention, but I believe the wood was chedapoer
than the PVC and the metal pipes were a lot more.
That's a great idea.
These have a 1/2" ID:
These have a 5/8" ID:
I wonder how hard it would be to thread a 1/2" OD PVC pipe through a
1/2" ID foam noodle?
Huh? I see yard stuff made out of plastic plumbing pipe all the time.
Hams even use it to make antennas from. Not sure if it is PVC or the
other flavor, but it is the white stuff the borg sells. Quite common for
kids backyard soccer goals, etc. Probably last longer if you only leave
it out in the sun when you are using it. And if you put it together with
set-screws in the couplings, rather than glue, no biggie to replace one
pipe if it does break. I could see a golf ball shattering a UV-weakened
pipe that was firmly anchored, but if this is a structure just sitting
on the ground, I don't think it would be a problem.
You could always make it out of the plastic stuff they sell to build
picket fences out of. That is definitely weather-rated.
What's the difference between schedule 40 and schedule 80? It looks
like schedule 40 has thinner walls. It says threading is not
These guys sell both:
I've seen a lot of vinyl siding with holes in it. PVC is not tough and
I suspect a golf ball could shatter it. I heard of a golfer putting a
ball through 2 car side windows. I also hear CPVC is particularly brittle.
Best idea is query the pipe manufacturers.
My thoughts exactly. The stuff at the Bord is definitely PVC. I was
That's why I am building my own. There is no way that I would be
allowed to leave it up for more than a day or two at a time. ;-)
I bought a commercial cage that works pretty well, but the advertised
"10 minute setup" is closer to 45.
My plan was already to use some sort of non-permanent connections
because of storage, but it would also allow replacement of one piece,
It will be free standing and most of the frame will be away from the
flight of the ball.
Are you talking about vinyl and polyethylene like this:
This company doesn't sell plastic fencing, but I couldn't resist
including them because of the name.
Odd that they wear navy, not orange.
Isn't one of the main features of PEX that it's flexible? I want a
fairly rigid frame.
Why? I see it used all the time in outdoor furniture and sports
The gut who told me a gold ball would shatter PVB pipe works for this
is the company. This page shows all kinds of outdoor products
including a golf cage:
When I asked him about that, he sorta backpedaled. ;-)
I guess the tradeoff there is strength vs weight. These guys have it
from 1/2" to 6+" diameter.
The size usually used in home wiring would not be strong enough for a
10' span and support a net. The 6" would, but how heavy? I'll see what
they have at the Borg.
It would also be a little more difficult to work with than PVC or
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