There are many reasons to consider installing an electronic dartboard in place of a regular dartboard in your home. While both provide the entertainment that a game of darts can bring and make an excellent and space-effective addition to a rec room or living area, electronic dartboards require less maintenance. They are more durable and tend to last longer. Best of all, electronic dartboards use softer darts that are typically made from plastic, so the risk of injury if a dart is thrown improperly is lower compared to a standard dartboard. Read on for a brief guide on how to install an electronic dartboard at home.
Tools and Materials
- Electronic dartboard
- Heavy duty screws (may be provided with electronic dartboard)
- Tape measure
- Extension cords
- Masking or duct tape
Step 1 -- Find a Suitable Location
Look around the room where you plan to install the dartboard. You'll need to find a place that is suitable for the dartboard that has space available on the walls. There also needs to be a clear area of about 10 to 12 feet available in front of the board as well. Once you locate an ideal space, remove any items from the walls where the dartboard will go, and take down any fragile items that are hanging or resting around the board. Remove all furniture and other obstacles for that area in front of the board. There should also be a power outlet close by, if possible.
Step 2 -- Locate a Stud and Mount the Screws
The screws that will secure the dartboard in place will need to be mounted to a wall stud to enjoy full support. This helps ensure that the dartboard will not fall or cause structural damage to your home. Locate a stud with a stud finder or by tapping on the wall until you hear a lower pitched sound.
Follow the instructions with the electronic dartboard for installing screws in the wall. Position the screws so that the height of the board will be appropriate for your level of play.
Step 3 -- Hang and Level the Board
Hang the board up on the screws. Use the level to be sure that the board is entirely flat and that it's oriented properly. Rotate the board slightly by hand to adjust it, if necessary. Plug the board into the outlet, if it requires a power outlet in order to function. If the cord for the AC adapter of the board isn't long enough, connect it to an extension cord and plug that in. Check to be sure that the board works properly.
Step 4 -- Measure and Mark the Throw Lines
Most throw lines for dart boards are 8 to 10 feet away from the board. Measure that distance in front of the board and mark the throw line with a piece of masking tape or duct tape.