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Old 04-29-05, 02:01 AM
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I am installing a basketball post in the ground in NJ. The instructions call for a hole approximately 24" X 24" X 36" deep. At about 30" water started to seep into the hole and has accumulated to about 1.5" overnight. How will this affect by installation and concrete mixture?

About how many 60lbs bags of concrete will I need for this?


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Pump the water out before you pour the concrete. A hole 24x24x36 inches will take 12 cubic feet of concrete. I recall that the 60 pound bags are 2/3 cubic foot, so it will take approximately 18 of them.

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90lb bags make 2/3 cu ft. 60 lb bags make about 1/2 cu ft. So it would be roughly 24 bags, assuming that you have a perfect hole. You'll want to rent a portable mixer for sure. Funny how when you buy it in bags you are always 1 or 2 short, no matter how many you buy.

Since cement is about $60 yd delivered, it would be less expensive to get an entire yard of cement from a cement mixer, if you have any other cement work you'd like to do. Or you could contact the cement company and let them know you have a small job- if they have an overrun, rather than just dump it, they could fill up your hole.
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Is it just me or does 1400 lbs of concrete to hold up a basketball pole seem like overkill? Especially considering its 3 feet deep in the ground.
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If you went deeper you would not need as much conrete. It is a trade-off to minimize the digging. If your post was longer you could get away with 12 or 16 inch diameter.

You are not holding up the basket, you are tying to support it from your slam dunks. Who knows - maybe Shaq will stop over for some one on one.


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