In-ground basketball system recommendations?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Brian Perry, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Brian Perry

    Brian Perry Cinematographer

    May 6, 1999
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    I decided to go with an in-ground installation, but I'm not sure about a few other choices. Anyone have comments or suggestions about:

    Tempered glass vs. acrylic. I'm leaning towards glass; the acrylic boards seem dead by comparison.

    One-piece pole vs. 2-piece. 2-piece poles are cheaper -- does it make a difference?

    Size. I think 60" is about right.

    The Goalrilla systems seem to be top of the line, but are expensive and all accessories are extra (pole pad, backboard pad, halogen light for night play, etc.). I'd like something that will look nice in the driveway and will stand up to years of use, without being overkill. (Goalrilla has a 72" pro system that's almost $3k by the time you're done.)

    Finally, has anyone tried installing the concrete base themselves? It seems easy, but I'm wondering if it's worth having someone do it for $300.

  2. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

    Dec 16, 1998
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    If you are going with a concrete base instead of a portable unit, make sure you're not going to want to remove it later. We had an old backboard, hoop and pole in our current house when we purchased it. Getting that pole and its concrete anchor out of the ground was very difficult, and then getting rid of the thing was another adventure.
  3. Bryan X

    Bryan X Producer

    Feb 10, 2003
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    I bought a 54" Hydra Rib system. I bought it because it was a few hundred cheaper than a similar Goalrilla. It's OK, but if I had to do it again, I'd go with the Goalrilla in a heartbeat. Two of my next door neighbors have the Goalrillas and they just seem a little more solid than the Hydra Rib.

    The hole was a bitch to dig, and the cement was a pain in the ass too, but I think the in-ground systems look infinately better than those portable units.

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