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Lifetime 0023 Basketball In-Ground Sleeve for Existing 3.5" Round Pole

4.5 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
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  • 3.5" Ground Sleeve - Round
  • Fits 3.5" in-ground round Pole system
  • Cement required for installation
  • Powder Coated steel construction
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In-ground basketball system ground sleeve permits easy removal of base pole from cemented section. Simply slip the pole into the ground sleeve, and a locking tab will secure it into place. To remove pole, just removed locking tab and slide the pole out. The ground sleeve allows the rigidity of an in-ground pole while being removable for storage. Constructed in powder coated steel with dimensions 16" long x 3.5" diameter.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 4 x 4 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0007XDB7Y
  • Item model number: 0023
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,995 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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By Brian R. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
I decided to use this ground sleeve for installing my new basketball pole.

The good:
-Provides a less permanent installation
-Allows you to rotate the pole after installation to make it square with the court
-You can vary the depth/height of the pole at installation

The bad:
-There are gaps in the sleeve that will allow water into it.
-Will likely allow the pole and sleeve to rust together over time if not sealed
-Harder to get the pole plumb during installation

When installing, the instructions are a bit odd. It says to dig an 18" diameter hole, but only mount the front edge of the pole 4" from the court. Therefore, your pole won't be centered in the hole. I decided to make a square form out of 2x4's so that the concrete at the surface was square rather than round. This made it look better.

Additionally, the instructions say to make the top of the sleeve level with the court, but then say to slope the concrete down and away from it. Obviously, this would make the concrete at the court lower than the court itself. So I made it about 1/4" higher than the court and sloped the concrete from the court edge up 1/4" to the top of the sleeve. I found that when I set the completed pole into the sleeve, it actually sat about 1/4" lower than it was supposed to, so it worked out.

Following the instructions to a "t" I still ended up with the rim 1/2" too high. The good part is that when you use the sleeve, you pour concrete into the first section of the basketball pole. They give you a cap to keep the concrete in the pole, and that cap creates a rounded section of concrete that sticks out of the bottom of the pole. So, I could knock off 1/2" of that concrete and it would be a perfect 10'.
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Installing this sleeve was as easy, if not easier than all the other reviews have indicated. The only thing that threw me for a loop was the amount of concrete the directions said it needed - 6 90lb. bags if I remember correctly. Try fitting all that into a hole that is 18" x 24". I bought 8 80lb bags and end up returning 3 bags.

The guy at Home Depot also made a good recommendation. For about $5, you can buy a multidirectional level that temporarily attaches to the pole when setting the sleeve. Because the system has to be level in many directions (think of checking your Christmas tree from many angles), this made that process extremely easy.

Last, if you haven't worked with concrete before like me, be prepared for the normal stuff to have to set for several days. If you want instant gratification, consider the quick set stuff.

All in all, you can do it!
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I decided to use the ground sleeve to make installation a bit easier. I am very glad that I did. It is time consuming, as you have to wait for the concrete to cure, but the pole is not wobbly at all. I now have the freedom of replacing the hoop down the road should I need to. I could also take out the basketball hoop temporarily if needs be. Well worth an additional $30.
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This is the best idea in a cold weather climate. I am going to be able to take the whole thing down in the winter so the elements won't damage it. Makes the installation 100 times easier
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Using the ground sleeve made installation of basketball goal a breeze. Price was good, shipping was reasonable and quick. Would absolutely recommend!!
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We've had our hoop up for 2 years and its been sturdy enough. We don't allow our kids to climb on it. The only flaw so far is that it is starting to get drizzly rust marks coming from where the parts of the pole fit together. It's in our front driveway and the rust streaks don't provide curb appeal.
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Disappointed. This did not fit my 3.5" basketball pole at all. And because I waited to install it when we ordered a concrete delivery for several other projects, I did not realize it didn't fit until just a day after the return period expired. Really bummed and I don't know why it wouldn't fit our pole. I measured and remeasured. Our pole is a 3.5" exactly Spalding pole. There was no way that pole was fitting in this sleeve.
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It would be better if the sleeve would come a little higher out of the cement (it should be flush) because I am concerned about rusting issues over time. Being flush with the cement water can easily seep in. Overall it was a pretty simple installation once the me-factor is removed. It estimates cement based on a frost line in more southern states so I dug a deeper hole and used more cement. The depth Lifetime recommends is the same for the post or this sleeve.
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