How to Repair Batting Cage Netting How to Repair Batting Cage Netting
Batting cage netting takes a pounding. Over time it will wear, and periodically rips or tears might occur. When these happened they need to be repaired quickly. If they’re not, then those gaps will only grow larger until it becomes necessary to replace the entire cage netting. Taking a few minutes to make repairs can save a great deal of money.
Step 1 - Tears
A tear in cage netting looks bad and ragged. The first step in repairing the cage netting is to cut away the strands below the knots where sections join. Get as close to the knots as possible when you cut. This will leave you with a gap that looks bigger, but it will be much easier to repair.
Step 2 - Knots
You’ll be using a hitch knot to repair the tear, so it’s important to know how to make the knot properly. Start by holding the end of the twine in your right hand, the rest of the twine in your left hand.
Loop the end of the twine behind the knot on the cage netting, which will be where three strands of the netting come together. Now loop the twine around the knot again, this time crossing below the twine in your left hand. This will give you an “X” shape. Push the end of the twine through the hole that will be at the top of the “X.” Wrap the end of the twine around the line of twine, first crossing over the top, then crossing underneath. At this point you’ll have made a loop. Pull the end of the twine through it until it’s tight.
Step 3 - Repair
Start at the top of the rip, where three strands of cage netting come together to form a knot. From the first hitch, pay out a little twine to the second knot so it matches the rest of the cage netting, then make the next hitch knot. Keep going in this fashion until you’ve fixed the entire rip in the cage netting. Cut the twine just below the final hitch knot.
Step 4 - Patch
If you have to put a patch in the cage netting, rather than just repair a tear, you’ll still use the hitch knot. Start by cutting the area so it’s either a square or a rectangle, cutting as close to the knots in the cage netting as possible.
Use scrap netting to make the patch. Cut to the size of the hole, making the cuts just beyond the knots in the netting. It’s also possible to weave a patch, although this will take a great deal of work. Start at the top left hand corner of the patch and join it to the cage netting with a hitch knot. Work along the top of the patch, then down and around the remainder of the patch area. You can cut the hitch knot at each knot, or run twine from knot to knot, although this won’t look as good as making each knot separate.