I have a old basketball pole, backboard etc that came with our house.
I am looking to replace the fixed height backboard with an adjustable
backboard kit for my young kids. But the original has a 'frame' made
up of ~ 1 inch thick pipes ( I am guessing steel) that I need to
remove. The frame held the backboard.
I saw another post (Need to cut 1/4 or even 3/8 steel, anything at Home
Depot or Lowes) that suggested a good hacksaw frame and blades wil do
A time estimate was given of about 5 minutes on that one. Since I have
4 I am thinking 30 minutes for all 4? Can anyone validate this logic
for me? I am trying to put up a new basketball backboard for a 31
March birthday and the existing pole seems fine, albeit rusty.
Thanks for your time.
Well, it depends a bit on the pipe wall thickness, also whether the access
is good and whether you can hold them firmly. It should be practicable. If
the pipe wall is thin (like, electrical conduit) you might find a "Junior
Hacksaw" easier if there's stuff in the way of a big one. Often jobs like
this are easier with a 4 inch angle grinder.
From my experience living in the states up until 1982 they don't have
junior hacksaws. On at least one occasion a neighbour with a VW was very
pleased I had one brought back from the UK, as it was able to access and
cut some items he was not able to do with any other tools at his
disposal. It's definitely a useful tool as although I don't use it
often, when required it may be the only tool for the job.
The blade will probably be labelled as "bimetal" which means it has
high-speed steel teeth with a more flexible (perhaps spring steel) back. It
is possible to find solid high-speed steel blades, but they're uncommon and
not very tolerant of an unsteady hand.
I'd recommend an 18 TPI blade. Starrett blades are excellent. Don't go for
the grey-flex as they are not bimetal. The bluestripe ones are ideal but the
greenstripe will do well also.