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Lifetime 0023 Basketball In-Ground Sleeve for Existing 3.5" Round Pole
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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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-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
-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'.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to install! Used it in a hoop we moved from a different house. Glad they still make it.Published 18 days ago by Ballston Mom
I cut off end and used it as a sleeve to support rusted part of pole (15 years).Published 3 months ago by John Reed
This sleeve is a nesecary part of the assembly. It was very easy to set up and made the goal install much easier.Published 3 months ago by Alan J