Concrete basketball court in our backyard

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Old 03-31-14, 03:55 PM
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Concrete basketball court in our backyard

We are planning to add a cement basketball court in our backyard in the next few months. We are looking into options in regards to where we wanted it placed and was told by one cement company that they could tie the court into the house foundation with dowels (this would be the biggest option for the concrete but we have others if we decide not to go this route). I have read up on this and the feelings seem to be mixed. What do you think? Even though they are the experts and I trust them in regards to this, I am hesitant to do any drilling into the house for something that sits outside and is basically a luxury with the basketball court. I can add pictures if need be as well. Thanks for listening as this is my first post.

I have attached a rough draft of what it would look like. Am I being dumb putting the pole by the post as well? Far and away the best place to avoid sun.
 
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What would be the reason, to connect the slab to the house? What do you mean by "the pole by the post"? If the ball misses the backboard, could it hit those windows? Which direction is that wall facing?
 
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I see a few potential problems with your plan. First of all, expect to deal with broken windows in the house wall (behind the backboard). Especially if exuberant teenagers will be playing there. Secondly, if you have the concrete slab doweled into the house foundation, when it frost heaves in cold weather while the house doesn't (because its footings are below the frost line), you can expect spalling to take place at the dowel locations. Could well turn into a perpetual maintenance problem.

A better alternative would be to take the kids down to a local gym.
 
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