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Indoor Throwing Range

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If you want to throw a ball around, and you can't or don't want to go outside, this is a simple and cheap solution.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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What's Needed:
Thin, Light-weight, Fleece Blanket ( I got mine on sale at "Micheals" for $0.90)
Two Thumbtacks
Wooden-Frame Doorway
Tennis Ball

Step 2: Locate a Doorway

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Find a doorway with a wooden frame.  I was lucky enough to have a wooden door frame for my bedroom door.  Make sure to test that you can stick thumbtacks into the door frame.  Be sure there is some resistance when the thumbtacks are stuck in.

Step 3: Hang'em High!

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Hang your blanket by two of its corners with thumbtacks in the doorway.  Make sure the longest part of the blanket is hanging down.

Step 4: Throw It!

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Make sure no one will be coming into the doorway for sometime.  Also make sure the thumbtacks are in good.  Take a good throw and propel the ball into the blanket.

Step 5: Be Safe

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Please be safe with this.  I don't want anyone to be injured by the thumbtacks not being put in deep enough or the person not knowing you are throwing the ball when they walk in.
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY HARM OR DAMAGES THAT COME ABOUT BY THE USAGE OF THIS DEVICE.
I have only tested this with me throwing a tennis ball and I probably can't throw more than 40 miles per hour.  So if you are looking for a more durable and stronger variation of this device, I would suggest using an often vacant and rarely used doorway and replacing the thumbtacks with heavy-duty nails and replacing the fleece blanket with a moving blanket.
Please leave a comment.
Anodean1 year ago
I think this is an ingenious solution - though I would suggest one change. Instead of pushing the thumbtacks straight into the flat wood that faces you, stretch your blanket around to the outside of the trim and push your thumbtacks into that narrow side of the wood trim that doesn't face you - and make sure that they go closer to the wall than to the front, so you don't accidentally make the front part splinter.

This might even make it work better - but more importantly, it will keep whoever owns that woodwork from hunting you down and hurting you. Holes around on the narrow side don't show... holes at eye-level on the front get noticed. ;)
Barb37 Anodean1 year ago
I agree with Anodean RE: Tacking the blanket to the "outside" of the wood trim, "into that narrow side of the wood trim that doesn't face you" perthaps making it work better - the extra turn offers a bit more resistance.
Mythbuster Kid (author)  Anodean1 year ago
Thanks! I will try that.