A tetherball pole is a great item to install in your yard or elsewhere on your property if you have children. Tetherball is an easy game and a fun activity for children to enjoy when the weather is nice outside. A tetherball pole is also easy to install and takes up very little space. It requires very little maintenance and is inexpensive to build. Read on for a brief guide on how to install a tetherball pole properly.
Tools and Materials
- Tetherball pole (about 12 feet long)
- Tetherball and rope
- Mounting clip
- Post hole digger
- Wooden braces
Step 1 -- Select an Appropriate Location
The first thing to do is to select the location for your tetherball setup. The pole for the game should be located several feet away from any other obstacle, wall or building. This will ensure that there's plenty of room for the ball to swing, regardless of how long the rope is, and that the ball won't hit any objects if it does swing too high.
Step 2 -- Clear the Area for the Pole
Next, clear out the area where you'll place the pole. Make sure that you don't run the risk of digging a hole into any electrical or gas lines, as this could be very dangerous. Remove any debris, plant or rocks that might be in the area.
Use the shovel to approximate a level area in which to play. It doesn't have to be entirely level yet, as you'll return to this project after the pole is mounted. However, having a level base for the tetherball area makes it easier to install the pole.
Step 3 -- Dig a Hole
Dig a hole 2 feet into the ground with the post hole digger. Ensure that the hole is wide enough for the tetherball pole base.
Step 4 -- Mix and Pour Cement
Mix the cement with water according to the instructions on the cement packaging. Pour cement into the hole until about half of it is full.
Step 5 -- Mount the Pole
Place the base of the tetherball pole into the cement in the bottom of the hole before it has a chance to set up or dry. Use the level to ensure that the pole is mounted vertically. Pour in the remaining cement to bring the hole up to ground level. Set up the wooden braces around the pole to ensure that it stays in a perfectly vertical position while the cement sets.
Step 6 -- Complete the Tetherball Game Area
Once the cement dries, attach the tetherball and rope to the top of the pole using the mounting clip. Make sure that the rope is as long or as short as you'd like so that it doesn't drag the ball on the ground or hit any other items in the area. Figure out how far away you'll stand to play the game, then use the shovel to completely level out the area around the pole to that distance.