options to enclose my outdoor batting cage

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Old 11-12-19, 07:15 AM
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options to enclose my outdoor batting cage

I built this outdoor batting cage for my kids.

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With winter fast approaching, my son wants to continue to train during off season so he is asking me if i put a roof on the batting cage and enclose it with walls.

Do you think it's feasible to enclose it without breaking the bank?

here are some existing specs:

* size is roughly 70 feet long x 15 feet wide x 10 ft tall.
* 4x4 posts were used
* posts were buried 36 inches (below frost where I live) in concrete
* Lengthwise, posts are about 14ft apart
* 2x4x16 cross members on top are used solely for hanging the net (not structural)


My primary concern is the 15ft span across two 4x4s. I know building a slanted roof would be the easiest but I think that's going to get pricey trying to buy 2x6x16 ft...maybe come up with a truss design and go with gable roof design?

Also, leaving the ground exposed would be fine, unless I need to add some base weight by building up a platform.

Any input is appreciated.
Kevin
 
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Old 11-12-19, 07:46 AM
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Do you think it's feasible to enclose it without breaking the bank?
No, I don't think it's feasible. For one thing it will cost a small fortune, then it will be completely dark inside unless you add lights (more $$$) and it's going to be just as cold in there as it is outside unless you add lots of electric heat. (Even more $$$)
 
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Sounds like a good time to toughen up and acclimate to the weather. I do not think it's reasonable to enclose. If you are in a area that gets snow you may even have trouble with what you have now. A heavy, wet snow or icing will add a lot of weight to the netting.
 
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