Kevin Mark Klughart

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Volleyball Net

 

My friend Doug wanted to build a set of volleyball net stands so we got together one Saturday and while he fabbed up the loop rings and welded on the pipe end caps I did some machining and TIG welding to connect the pipe coupling to the base stand.  The results were impressive, and from the photos below you can see it was a hit with his kids and all their friends!

 

One constraint on the design was the fact that there wasn't any room on one end of the net for supports.  Doug solved this by tying the net supports to the house.

 

Note the hole in the top of the pole - this is used to provide leverage to screw the vertical pole into the horizontal ground support.

 

For added safety, Doug encased the guy supports in EMT conduit, so that if one of the guy supports fails, there would be something to keep the poles relatively stable.

One interesting part of the design is the use of NPT pipe fittings to connect the vertical support to the horizontal ground support.  This permits the poles to be disassembled for transport.  Note also that there are two spikes with curved tops that are inserted in the horizontal ground supports to stabilize the poles.  These spikes can be used to disassemble the poles by inserting into a hole at the top of the pole and twisting.

 

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