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    Has anyone had success in building their own L-screens, whether out of PVC or metal piping? What type of netting did you use?

    I want to build 3-4 of them for the upcoming season and don't want to spend $120/net. Thanks!
    Owner of Driveline Baseball - Seattle, WA

  • #2
    I built my own. Like you, I didn't want to pay more than I had too.

    For the backyard batting cage, I made a L-screen out of galvanized pluming pipe (Home Depot and don't remember the cost) and bought the pillowcase net (internet) for around $50 (several years ago).

    I would suggest ordering net first and then building the screen. Go with a 7x7 with 3x3 cut out. Unless you are working with kids under 11 or 12, don't waist you time with PVC.

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    • #3
      I was thinking of doing the same thing. PVC would get dominated.

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      • #4
        ever thought about trying it with SQUARE tubing/piping? The way I've seen the "el cheepos" hold up compared to the professional (C&H Baseball) stuff we use, just a thought....
        "Coaches should teach people to play better baseball, not teach baseball to make better players."
        "In the Little League manual it says 'Baseball builds character' - that is not true. Baseball reveals character." - Augie Garrido

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        • #5
          Not sure how much you want to pay or how much galvinized pipe, connectors, and net will run you (not to mention the weight if you have to move it a lot), but for $99 here's the net and 7' High X 6' Wide frame that I use.

          Good luck,

          In memory of "Catchingcoach" - Dave Weaver: February 28, 1955 - June 17, 2011

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          • #6
            Originally posted by StraightGrain11 View Post
            ever thought about trying it with SQUARE tubing/piping? The way I've seen the "el cheepos" hold up compared to the professional (C&H Baseball) stuff we use, just a thought....
            I've got a welding shop, and several years ago I made a few frames out out of 3/4" square tubing for my brother in-law. The feet that the frame set on inserted into a square tube a bit larger diameter and had a set screw to tighten the feet in place or make them removable for stoage or hauling. The small square tubing is light weight and real sturdy.
            I like them better than the sreens we now use that have feet that swivel for storage, these aren't very sturdy. And can be down right aggrivating to carry.

            JWC

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            • #7
              Originally posted by StraightGrain11 View Post
              ever thought about trying it with SQUARE tubing/piping? The way I've seen the "el cheepos" hold up compared to the professional (C&H Baseball) stuff we use, just a thought....
              Hm, interesting. Thanks for the idea.
              Owner of Driveline Baseball - Seattle, WA

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