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Lifetime Portable Basketball System- The pole are stuck.

Assembling court I accidently reversed the top pole (ALH). I seated the bottom pole (ALE) and middle (ALF) Now they are stuck and I can't pull them apart to change the top ple (ALH) to its rightful position.

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  • Reed Good Apr 20, 2013

    Worked like a charm! After 3 drops from about waist high, we were able to pull the pole right out. Thanks for the tip!

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    hokies95 Nov 29, 2013

    I was stuck in the same position, in addition I actually 'jammed' the 2 poles together by banging them on the groun 6 times to seat the 2. I added WD40, and dropped from shoulder length on the grass. Popped out after the 10 time. I dropped from a little bit of an angle

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    ally Dec 25, 2013

    Genius! This tip just saved Christmas at our house! THANK YOU

  • K Boone
    K Boone Dec 25, 2013

    Brilliant! You saved Christmas here, too. Ours didn't work at first, and we didn't have WD-40. So we heated the joint up with a blow dryer and then tried again some more from shoulder height. Finally, they just popped right apart. Thank you!

  • Mitchell Stearns
    Mitchell Stearns Mar 23, 2014

    This solution is like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps working! I have 4" square poles for a Spalding 68454 system. I thought I followed the instructions to the T, and when I went to assemble the mechanism to the pole the holes were on the side instead of the front. I was beside myself wondering how these things were going to come apart. Then I Googled it and here I am. Just a few drops and the top section fell right off. Forty or fifty drops then a nice coating on all four sides with 3-n-one oil and just a few drops more, shabam! Wooo Hooo! Thank you so much for this idea, sure saved me a lot of money having to find replacement poles! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

  • John Dixon
    John Dixon Mar 23, 2014

    Fantastic! I'm glad I'm not alone. I have a Spalding 68564 and the dimples slid just slightly off the channels when putting the poles together. Each of the three sections were just slightly off, but when you put the rest of the parts on, slightly off becomes a major issue. I prayed the poles where the sections come together and left the WD40 sit for a few minutes to let it do its work. I then dropped it repeatedly as suggested from chest high. The dimples started aligning after 10-15 drops! I'm sure I could have pulled it apart, but there was no need to do it. Thank you all for posting your results!

  • Terry
    Terry Apr 06, 2014

    just used the wd 40 and waited about 15 mins then dropped in on the grass a few times and it came right apart. Although we are still putting it together for the past three hours. (this is my husband is, i cant go out there when he does things like this. lol

  • Mark
    Mark Apr 25, 2014

    Thanks so much for posting this! I realized that I put the top pole in backwards after I put the bottom two together, then could not get them apart to fix it no matter what I tried. I used your "waist high drop on the side" technique and they came apart after about 50 drops. I'll admit, at first I was skeptical of the technique since they were fitted so tight together, but after about 15 drops I noticed that the pole connection moved about 1/8". That made me believe and continued on about 35 more times and they came apart, yea!!! Thanks again!!!

  • Tony Callaghan
    Tony Callaghan Jan 03, 2015

    I'm now having this same problem. The difference is I haven't realised till i've got to the last step of connecting backboard poles to main pole. I've done this over a couple of weeks so the pole is a little rusted inside, not to mention connected to the base. Not sure if this method will work for me?

  • D Hendry
    D Hendry Jun 11, 2015

    The WD-40 & dropping on driveway (4X) worked for us. Thanks for the postings; saved us time and money.

  • Sharon Pina
    Sharon Pina Jul 13, 2015

    How do I drop it. Mine is wedge tight

  • Greg Pickering
    Greg Pickering Jul 31, 2015

    This worked perfectly.. I dropped the pole twice and presto the poles came apart. I so glad I looked online to see if anyone had the same problem I was having. Thanks for the information.

  • Narelle Lloyd
    Narelle Lloyd Apr 03, 2016

    OMG this totally work. We got the poles stuck and put some WD40 and dropped horizontally from head eight onto the grass about 4 times......and BOOM it worked like a treat. Thank you Thank you Thank you

  • Kelly Rachele
    Kelly Rachele Dec 26, 2016

    Worked perfect for us. Dropped it about 20 times.

  • kerry demarco
    kerry demarco Aug 12, 2017

    Thank-you all, we dropped ours about 6 times and it worked!!! My husband didn't believe it was going to work, but I knew so many of you couldn't be wrong. Thanks!!!!

  • Rita
    Rita Dec 24, 2017

    This worked!!!!! It only took about 5 tries. This saved our Christmas. Definitely drop it on an angle. So happy!!!!!!

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Deddy456 was spot-on with dropping the poles from waist level. Worked for our Spalding that looked hopeless. Thanks!

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    candisswynes Feb 19, 2013

    OMG thanks so much worked after two drops. We hd tried everything from trying to pull it apart with hands and the car, oil, ropes. thanks again for this great advice.

  • delo green
    delo green Nov 12, 2013

    i ended up taking my tubes to a muffler shop, and they got them out because they were in so deep. just paid the guys in the back of the shop $20

  • EricaO Sep 02, 2015

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciat so much. It works wonders, I am really thankful

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We have a spalding 48" basketball hoop and we accidently put the top and bottom poles together, skipping the middle pole. Not good. We tried pulling it apart with 300lb ratchet tie downs and it did nothing. Hammer and wd-40 did nothing. Finally, we tried dropping it from shoulder height onto the grass. Miracle! It took maybe 75 drops and then we just tugged it apart. Made me think of a Chinese finger trap. Whoever thought of this solution is a freaking genius!

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  • Alexandra Evans Dec 26, 2012

    Thank you Jessica, I wedged the basketball system poles in the wrong way and couldn't get them apart. After hammering, pulling, spraying with wd40, I consulted the internet and saw your comment. Sounded crazy but we tried it. On the third drop the poles separated. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sharing your experience saved me so much stress and disappointment. Three drops from shoulder height, unbelievable.

  • Mimi
    Mimi Apr 13, 2014

    Really works! wd40 for 15 mins dropped in grass from shoulder length and poles easily came apart. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  • valou
    valou Jul 28, 2014

    Thanks you so much we thought we'll never manage it ! it works easily after 3 or 4 drops .

  • Aparna Harikumar
    Aparna Harikumar Nov 25, 2016

    It worked. I was about to return it or call someone but just checked the internet and found this.. Thanks a ton. 10th drop did it!!

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The exact same happened to me. Did you ever figure out a solution?

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

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  • mfuj Jan 21, 2011

    After trying all sorts of things to separate the two poles from hammering the top pole out of the bottom to pulling apart with two people, I finally called the company, Huffy at 800-558-5234. I explained that the directions were a little confusing and it was difficult to see where the poles should align. The representative was very apologetic and told me it happens quite a bit and that I probably was not going to get them apart. They are sending out new poles to me for free and should be here in a week. If it's not a Huffy product, call the company.

  • sierracc Mar 18, 2011

    My son did the same thing. It appears it's common. I called the Lifetime support number and received a SOLUTION that worked. 1) get a piece of cardboard at least as long as the pole. (this protects your floor

  • nvsliz May 01, 2011

    wheres the rest of the answer pal?

  • nvsliz May 02, 2011

    try screwdrivers or metal rod through the holes on each part then lube the join and then with a partner twist the poles in opposite directions holding the metal rods, like unsrewing something... worked for me, if poles dont have holes in them drill some

  • deddy456 Jul 18, 2011

    take all screws out, and all brackets etc off of the poles. Take cardboard and our carpet, etc as long as the poles, take the poles and put them waist high and drop them flat onto it for as few as 3 times, or as many as 30 and they will separate.

  • bloomieslp May 21, 2012

    I had this exact issue when putting this together for my friends son. We did not line up the top and middle correctly and could not separate them with wd40, pulling, hitting with a mallet, etc.... Placing a piece of cardboard on the garage floor and dropping it from waist height about a hundred times totally did the trick! Thanks!

  • SierraAZ Dec 23, 2012

    I misread the instructions on assembly and figured we were going to have to pay for new poles before I saw this. We sprayed a lifttle WD40 in the hole, dropped it six times in the grass from waist high, and boom, two pieces. I'm stunned this worked that well and easily!

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    Billie Jo Nickols Mar 29, 2014

    I am so glad I found this! I was about to hang my head and go into the store to see if I can order the replacement parts, this saved the money and my pride! (and spared me the whining from my children that the hoop wasn't up.)

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    Sarah Davidson May 29, 2016

    Amazing solution! Thank you. Saved the day.

  • Thomas Strickland
    Thomas Strickland Dec 25, 2017

    This just saved my Christmas, a totally embarrassed, glad to know I'm not the only one that's done this. Took 10 drops and came right apart.

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OMG amidst frustration, wd 40, screwdrivers and lots of force there was no movement. Googled and tried, 3 X drops from shoulder height, slight angle and done. whoo hoo!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Apr 14, 2013

  • gabi Apr 15, 2013

    has nayone had a problem with the whole thing being crooked? what a joke for $600 and now they tell us to dismantle it and for another $125 hunter will assemble it after we spend time dismantling it, oh dad and my hubby have now spent over 10 hours trying to get it done. Customer service from hunter laughable, care factor zero from them. What a nice little way to make a buck!

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Thank you Thank you Thank you for these posts! Worked after 6 drops!!

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Miracle! These posts saved us! Tried everything on our stuck poles - no luck. Looked on line - find this and gave it a try! YAy! Success after only two drops!, thank you all!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Jan 11, 2014

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    Lea Taylor Jan 11, 2014

    Miracle! These posts saved us! Tried everything on our stuck poles - no luck. Looked on line - find this and gave it a try! YAy! Success after only two drops!, thank you all!!!!!!!!!!

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Worked ! Dropped it in the grass flat ( even made a mark so I can see the progress) about 70 plus times. Mine was jammed in there good too. Pretty much all the way. Anyway, I was able to pull it apart with my mom while we gently tapped the center with a rubber mallet. Thank you !

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Dropping it on the floor worked! Here are a few tips...do not throw the poles against the grass, drop them...drop horizontally, at a slight angle...make sure your wife is with you so you don't lose your cool.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014

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It worked great. Thanks for the tip. What really made it come apart was the fact that I did not hold it perfectly horizontal. I tilted it to one side just slightly and dropped it from shoulder height onto the lawn. Got it to work the very first time I tilted it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013

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AWESOME! You guys are amazing. This really does work!!! WD40 for good luck and 4 drops onto the grass....separated! Thank you! Thank you!

Posted on Jan 12, 2013

  • Alexandra Evans Jan 16, 2013

    Unbelievable, isn't it. I seriously hammered the poles in the wrong way so tightly and I can't believe how easily they came apart. Glad you had success.

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It worked! A little DW40 and about 10 drops from waist level did the trick!

Posted on Dec 28, 2012

  • Susan Pieck Dec 24, 2013

    This worked a treat!! Thank you so much, dropped it 7-8 times from shoulder height and poles separated! A Christmas miracle!!

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Can anyone find a video

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Did anyone have all 3 pole put together? I do, the top one is miss aligned. Tried dropping it from shoulder height about ten times, nothing. Then tried throwing it on grass about 40 times, nothing. Doesn't look promising ??

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AMAZING!!!! Worked like a charm after several tries. We stood one end up and dropped at an angle.

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Holy whoa!!! How did you figure that out? Worked perfectly after about 7 drops! This after hours of frustrating attempts

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Omg!! My son got goal for Christmas my hubby didn't align dimples correctly. First the instructions are weird. The fellas finally asked me to take a look. So many tools later and WD40 and pulling. I finally said baby let me Google. I found this post!! Thank u and God bless!! This simple trick is amazing! 8 drops at shoulder length directly on uneven ground and poles came shaking apart! We are tickled pink!

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I love google! We had the same issue trying to remove the top and middle poles after we misaligned the dimples...it took about 40 tries....it actually only took about 3 tries once we figured out that using the slope/angles of the ground was actually more efficient than trying to angle it ourselves!

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OMG, I misaligned the dimple and had it driven tightly together. I had already tried pulling it apart, WD-40, a mallet and holding one pole in a vice and pulling and twisting the other, did not budge. My daughter showed my this thread and I thought she was nuts. 4 drops!!! 4 drops!!! And it came right apart.

Posted on Dec 25, 2015

  • Luc Bessette Jun 13, 2016

    I have three pieces put together, the top piece is aligned wrong. After about ten drops, I tried throwing it about 40 times. It didn't work. Did you have 3 pieces together or just 2? This was my son's bday present, really hope I don't have to buy him a new one!

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Omg!!! I was crying on Christmas morning when I lines up the hole rather than the DIMPLE... this worked like a charm after about 10 drops. Thankyouthankyou!!!

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Wow, just wow. Screwed up both attachments, and this trick worked like a charm. About fifteen drops from over my head, at a slight angle, and they loosened up and came right apart. Thank you to everyone who posted; this was a true life-saver.

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Thank you so so much, I really appreciate it worls wonders. I am so thankful

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WD-40 just to make sure and dropped about 6 or 7 times from shoulder height. I got a bit frustrated because it was not working at first but I moved to a more uneven location on my lawn and dropped it a couple of times and it worked. This is why I love Googling!

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Omg it worked after 10 drops

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After my husband scolded our son for moving the middle piece I was awaken to find a super angry man in the garage. We were pulling at the two parts with 0 luck. I thought surely others have had this issue. Found this thread told my husband to do it. After getting a your crazy look and 12 drops later they came apart and he is back to work.

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OMG
THAT ACTUALLY WORKED. TO DROP IT. ONLY TOOK A COUPLE OF TRYS FROM SHOULDER LENGTH. HAD TRYED WD40. SEVERAL PEOPLE PULLING AT THE SAME TIME. SCREWDRIVERS. U NAME IT. BEEN TRYING FOR MONTH. THIS IS SO COOL. IM ECSTATIC OVER THE OUTCOME. HAHA FUNNY. THANK GOD FOR GOOGLE. HEEHE

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Yay for whoever came up with just dropping it on the ground to separate them. .. the bottom piece came off easy but it took a few more drops for the top piece to come off

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Dropping it in the grass absolutely works. Don't even waste time with WD40, a hammer, screwdriver, etc. It took about 15 drops until it loosened up and I was able to separate by hand. So, save the frustration, busted knuckles, and fbombs and do this. I can't express how happy I am I found this thread. Thank you!!

Posted on Jan 03, 2015

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