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    Anyone built a homemade batting cage?

    I hope I have posted this in the right place. Sorry if I misplaced it.



    Was just wondering if anyone on the board has ever built your own batting cage. I am thinking about doing the build and was wondering where supplies such as connectors and netting can be found. I was thinking about hardware for pipe and connectors, but local stores don't carry them that I have seen.

    Thanks for any help.....I know some say just buy new...but it is a guy thing I guess...

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    I saw this the other day and it looked really interesting. You may think of trying something like this -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv5aJGL1TTY

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    I bought the cables and connectors at Orchard Hardware and bought a net from Jugs.
    "Tip it and rip it" - In Memory of Dmac
    "Hit the inside seam" - In Memory of Swingbuster

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    For basic netting look at www.seamar.com . They do staright netting as well as pre-built cages.

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    I bought netting off of eBay. Seller ID was "NetMan" or something similar. I think it's "real" use is fishing net, but it's inexpensive and has held up fine for several seasons. Bought thinwall electrical conduit & fittings from Home depot to create the structure. Some rope and stakes for guy-wires and you're in business.

    This is a temporary setup that gets put up and taken down frequently (when I have to mow the yard or I sense the neighbors would like a break from looking at it). Low-buck, but meets our needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freestate View Post
    I bought netting off of eBay. Seller ID was "NetMan" or something similar. I think it's "real" use is fishing net, but it's inexpensive and has held up fine for several seasons. Bought thinwall electrical conduit & fittings from Home depot to create the structure. Some rope and stakes for guy-wires and you're in business.

    This is a temporary setup that gets put up and taken down frequently (when I have to mow the yard or I sense the neighbors would like a break from looking at it). Low-buck, but meets our needs.

    I'll second this concept. I bought all of my netting from the same guy on ebay. After I bought enough netting to do my outdoor design, I emailed him and made a deal on some more to do an indoor design as well. I've got an outdoor net that has lasted 2 years now, the frame is made from PVC (which I poured sand into at certain strategic spots to act as ballast prior to assembling) and I don't think I spent more than $75 in total on that. I made an indoor net on guide wires that allow it to be retracted to a storage position in the front of the garage and allow the car to be parked indoors if needed. Probably have less than $50 invested on that one. All in all, great investments.

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    I built one one for about 150.00, but my father supplied the netting. the extra cost of netting would only be a couple hundred dollars at a commercial fishing store.

    I used 8 20 feet 2 inch PVC pipe, glued 2 of them together for 4 supports. Used 8 5 or 6 foot fence posts, put them a foot to a foot and a half into the ground. you then put one end on the fence pole with 2 or 3 others helping bend the other end to get it on up. Had it up for a year now.

    I'll post a pic later.

    Cally
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    We ordered netting through the local sporting goods store that the league buys from at a considerable saving. We built a framework of 4x4's with steel cables running through the crossbars and connecting all the frames. Then we just drape the netting over the framework and remove it at the end of the season. It all cost about $700-800 as I recall.

    One bit of advice, when you store the net over the winter throw some mothballs in. Mice will chew holes in it.

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    Bluefan,
    I had several samples of netting sent to me before I decided on one.
    This netting, without a doubt, was the best I found.

    They supply the netting at the Peoria, AZ
    training facility as well as many others.

    Many netting places claim "UV treated"--- but this one is exceptional based on the samples I received.

    I have purchased additional netting from them for the L-screen and the softball screen that we use.

    http://www.burbanksportnets.com/batting_cages.html

    Here is a statement from their site;

    *UV Treatment: Our nets are dipped in a special UV treatment for exceptional durability and protection from the sun and weather. We have perfected this trademark dipping process through years of use on shrimp nets and now on sport nets as well. This treatment can only be found on Burbank nets and is ideal for protecting our products.

    Good luck.

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    http://www.nylonnet.com/

    I bought my net there 10 years ago. I built my cage out of 4x4 salt treated post. Ran guy wire down the middle and sides. I tied the net up with rope with pulley's on the guy wire so I could drop it in the winter. My post were 6' in the ground with concrete holding them in the ground. I have 4 sections to hold the net up. It's been standing for 10 years so I must have done something right.

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    Great posts guys


    Thanks for all the ideas....

    I probably should have put in my original post that I will try to make it portable or where I can move it or take down easily.

    I plan on making around a 40-45' cage (about as much level ground that I have..lol)

    Also like the idea of usefulness and reasonably priced. For those that have posted does anyone use a pitching machine in theirs? Might try to add one of them in the future to the cage.

    Thanks

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    Not sure how "portable" that you want but if you were to sink four poles (steel, etc) as corners and stretch some cable tightly you could use those rock climber clipper things to bring the cage back to one end easily. You could also take it down fairly quickly. The only thing you would have is the four poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefan89 View Post
    Great posts guys


    Thanks for all the ideas....

    I probably should have put in my original post that I will try to make it portable or where I can move it or take down easily.

    I plan on making around a 40-45' cage (about as much level ground that I have..lol)

    Also like the idea of usefulness and reasonably priced. For those that have posted does anyone use a pitching machine in theirs? Might try to add one of them in the future to the cage.

    Thanks


    we use a jugs and pitch live behind a L screen

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    I bought everything at Home Depot except the Net ( 55X12X14 , about $325 on Ebay ) , and the L-screen (7X7 , $125 on EBAY ) ...

    Over cost about $750 , and well worth it .....

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    I use the iron mike in my cage. Best pitching machine there is in my opinion. I have a pull out cage in my 2 car garage. Guy wire runs the width tied to lag bolts. The cage is on pulleys with hooks. Just roll it out and it fits flat against the wall when put away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY16CATCHER View Post
    I'll second this concept. I bought all of my netting from the same guy on ebay. After I bought enough netting to do my outdoor design, I emailed him and made a deal on some more to do an indoor design as well. I've got an outdoor net that has lasted 2 years now, the frame is made from PVC (which I poured sand into at certain strategic spots to act as ballast prior to assembling) and I don't think I spent more than $75 in total on that. I made an indoor net on guide wires that allow it to be retracted to a storage position in the front of the garage and allow the car to be parked indoors if needed. Probably have less than $50 invested on that one. All in all, great investments.
    Can you PM me your build instructions for the indoor cage? That sounds great.

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    http://www.baseball-fever.com/attach...1&d=1208642046

    This is 60ft long. To poles sunk in the ground 4ft, 12ft out of ground out in the yard.
    The other end long threaded eye bolts into garage wall beams.
    4 turn buckles, plastic coated air craft cable. I strech the cable with turnbuckles. The net is hung with spring clips. I slide it out like a shower curtain use it, if I want to cut the grass it slides under my garage overhang and I clip it to the wall. It all fits under the overhang.

    2 concrete pads, flush with the ground to mow over, one for the batter, one for me to sit on a padded bucket, feed the balls with one hand, cold beer in the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylebee View Post
    Can you PM me your build instructions for the indoor cage? That sounds great.
    Let me take some pics and write out how I did it...if you PM me your email, I'll send the pics and instructions along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by handyman11 View Post
    I bought everything at Home Depot except the Net ( 55X12X14 , about $325 on Ebay ) , and the L-screen (7X7 , $125 on EBAY ) ...

    Over cost about $750 , and well worth it .....

    The weather has finally started to break so trying to locate all supplies for home built cage. Looks like I have 50' of fairly level ground and around 12' wide.

    Went to Home depot and all they had in plumbing and electrical were 10' material for posts. I figure I need a couple feet in the ground and around 12' at least out of the ground. I guess the pieces could be joined but don't want to weaken anything.

    If anyone has plans on their home build please post or pm me.

    Thanks

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    Got all my stuff from Gourock Netting, they have all of the required supplies, components, and plans needed for just about anything you should need at a reasonable price.

    http://gourock.com/bbcages.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudvnine View Post
    Got all my stuff from Gourock Netting, they have all of the required supplies, components, and plans needed for just about anything you should need at a reasonable price.

    http://gourock.com/bbcages.html
    Great site...

    I've been saving up to buy a batting cage... (I could afford one, but I like to keep a certain amount of $ in my bank account). Too bad for my 16 bday/ x-mas I get a car.

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    I'll be getting married in a few months and moving into a townhome. The first major project will be to build a batting cage in the garage that will suffice for soft toss and throwing into a net! I'll take pictures when I do, since I'm not a handyman and my post will probably be unintentionally funny

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    You can use 3/4" EMT conduit...

    for a lightweight cage that you can take down and put back up easily. People sell connector kits on eBay, but you can google for conduit shelter carport and you'll find places that sell the connectors in whatever type and quantity you want. We're going to try 102 degree low peak connectors, so our cage will have slightly splayed legs which should help it to withstand low winds better. We've got some netting that my husband's old company threw out--just had to buy enough extra for one side. The one piece of netting hasn't arrived yet and we also haven't cleaned out the van so we can go pick up the EMT conduit, but I'm optimistic that it will work ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slizacolby View Post
    you can google for conduit shelter carport and you'll find places that sell the connectors in whatever type and quantity you want.
    Here you go. Check out this link for a design tool and place to buy parts. I am filing this away for my next cage.

    http://www.creativeshelters.com/
    Have Fun and Play Hard!

    Chuck Faulkner
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    Don't know if mentioned already. Been looking at www.cagesplus.com 3/4 emt seems small but looked over the whole web page and its kind of making since. Also easy to take down for hurrricane season!!!!

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