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My kids received a badminton set from their grandmother last summer which we have enjoyed immensely and play it often especially as an after dinner family game. The problem is that it is cumbersome to set up and take down for mowing the grass and the kids keep tripping over the guy wires when running through the yard, especially after dark. I decided to make a PVC net holder that didn't use guy wires to hold it up.

UPDATE: After 3 years of sitting out in the sun and rain the vinyl headband on my cheap net disintegrated. I tried a higher quality net but it was too heavy for my thin 3/4" poles and it was difficult to find the same cheap, lightweight, polyethylene net that originally came with the badminton set I bought years ago until I called the manufacturer and they let me buy some replacements from them. You may want to try 1" poles. I'm not sure they will fit inside 1-1/4" PVC anchors so you may need to use 1-1/2" anchors. The good thing about PVC is that it is cheap so you can experiment with various sizes.

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Here is the net set up as it was designed.  It uses two 3-section metal poles that are starting to rust with guy wires on either end to hold them up.  I replaced the cheap strings and plastic stakes with heavier duty nylon cord and metal tent stakes but it was still a pain to set up and take back down.
 
JeffH112 months ago

Thank you for posting this idea. My kids absolutely love badminton, but I can't stand all those staked wires. I made this last weekend and will post pics soon. I used 1 1/4" for the "in-ground" base, but used 1" for the poles because they were much more sturdy. One happy family (and Dad).

meetdak2 months ago

Thanks for your contribution.

This is a great idea that I have been searching for a very long time.

Can't wait to do it now.

(I would cover the anchor sleeves with something to prevent dirt or mulching leaves, grass filling up during storage).

replayreb (author)  meetdak2 months ago
Than you! Don't worry too much about the anchors filling up with dirt. Mine haven't and I mulch with my lawnmower. Now after a good rain they will fill up with water but that's OK. I did have to replace my net recently and I tried a higher quality net but it was too heavy for my thin 3/4" poles and it was difficult to find the same cheap, lightweight, polyethylene net that originally came with the badminton set I bought years ago until I called the manufacturer and they let me buy some replacements from them. You may want to try 1" poles. I'm not sure they will fit inside 1-1/4" PVC anchors so you may want to use 1-1/2" anchors. The good thing about PVC is that it is cheap so you can experiment with various sizes. I need to edit my instructable letting everyone know about that.
meetdak replayreb2 months ago

Thanks for your additional informations. They are surely help.

AnthonyZ26 months ago

Will definitely make this. Any way I can do this on asphalt? I live in a row of condos and we all share a strip of yard in the back and there are trees and stuff which makes a huge problem for playing badminton...

potted plant planter - drive the pvc in there, can use for plants & badinton
replayreb (author)  AnthonyZ23 months ago

I would think you could chip away a hole through asphalt or maybe use a hammer drill with a concrete bit and then widen the hole by chipping away at it with a hammer and chisel.

anthonyjpatti made it!3 months ago

Super easy and cheap badminton set. Thanks for sharing.

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anthonyjpatti4 months ago

This is amazing. I'm building one tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.

replayreb (author)  anthonyjpatti3 months ago

Thank you! We are still using it. I haven't even had to replace the PVC supports yet. After almost 3 years they have a slight permanent bend in them when I pull them up for winter storage or mowing the lawn but still have plenty of tension to hold up the net. I may never have to replace them but if I do it will cost $5 for two more pieces of PVC pipe and the hard work has already been done putting the female anchors into the ground 3 years ago.

The cost and simplicity is what I love about this project. Total with the net for the project had to be under $20. I was looking at sets on Amazon that were well over $100 and had to be filled with water or sand. Now I can have the net up in less than a minute and take it down even faster. Thanks a lot for sharing.