Yesterday after church I stayed to work at school for a while. I’ve been having trouble working at school because classes aren’t in full-swing yet. I feel like I’m ready for the week, but I didn’t work for very long, so it feels like I forgot something.
Since my co-worker Eric was not able to come back this year yet because of a car accident (please keep him in your prayers), I have decided to be the playground equipment guy. I got a new basketball for the kids, a few frisbees, and a new basketball net.
After my deskwork yesterday, I decided to put the new basketball net up. I pulled my truck up under the hoop, and stood on a step ladder to reach the rim. But there was a problem: basketball hoops often have hooks that hold the net. This one didn’t. I think it was made for a chain net. Mine was made of nylon.
There may have been some knot that would tie that loop, but the knots I kept seeing on the internet involved being able to pass the entire net through the loop, which I could do with the first loop, but not the other eleven, since the first one would already be attached. I needed something that I could tie the loops onto, then connect to the rim. Lowe’s is super close by, so I went looking. This is what I found:
I opened the first one and tried to hook it to the rim. It was too small. Dang. Looking on the internet, I saw a suggestion to zip-tie the net to the rim. Back to Lowe’s to return my metal clips, and to find super-strong zip-ties. I found some rated for 175 pounds and for use outside. Plus, they were cheaper than the metal clips. Woo hoo!
I hope the net lasts for a while. It’s rated for outdoor use. Hopefully no one will be tempted to hang on it. I’m not sure how the zip-ties would withstand such weight. If this breaks, maybe I will look for a basketball net made out of chains.
And now, the before and after: