Best way to secure two aluminum basketball poles together

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Old 12-31-09, 04:13 PM
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Best way to secure two aluminum basketball poles together

I just finished putting together an in-ground basketball system and everything is great except there is a slight bit of "play" from front to back where one of the sections of pole overlaps another...supposedly they are supposed to be made to be a tight fit but somehow mine is not...there is about 4 inches of overlap where I would like to secure the poles together so they do not "shake"...

The problem is I have no idea how I should go about doing it...what type of screw/bolt, how many, from what angle...the poles are aluminum I believe...

The "play" between the two poles does not create safety concerns - just that it creates a resting position that is not plumb vertically...
 
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Old 12-31-09, 07:26 PM
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You could use 3/8" carriage bolts set at 90 degree angles to each other and a couple of inches apart vertically. Find a way of either grinding the sharp edges off the end of the bolt and the nut so it won't cut someone when they rub up against it.
 
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Old 01-01-10, 05:59 AM
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Could also drill a through hole in the outer pole and a threaded hole in the inner and run a bolt in possibly in a couple of places. This requires more tools (a tap to thread the hole) than chandler's method which would only require a drill.
 
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Old 01-01-10, 09:11 AM
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My concern with the bolt straight through if the fit between the posts isn't tight it could rock a bit despite the bolt because the bolt won't grip the inner post. Instead of tapping though I'd suggest three self-tapping 1/4" or 3/8" hex-head metal screws, maybe two rows of three screws evenly spaced.
 
 

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