Question about Lifetime 3819 Impact 44" Basketball Backboard & Rim Combo
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.
Deddy456 was spot-on with dropping the poles from waist level. Worked for our Spalding that looked hopeless. Thanks!
Posted on Nov 20, 2011
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!
Posted on Aug 23, 2012
The exact same happened to me. Did you ever figure out a solution?
Posted on Jul 10, 2010
Thank you Thank you Thank you for these posts! Worked after 6 drops!!
Posted on Jan 12, 2013
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
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 !
Posted on Mar 17, 2015
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
Can anyone find a video
Posted on Jul 14, 2016
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 ??
Posted on Jun 13, 2016
AMAZING!!!! Worked like a charm after several tries. We stood one end up and dropped at an angle.
Posted on May 30, 2016
Holy whoa!!! How did you figure that out? Worked perfectly after about 7 drops! This after hours of frustrating attempts
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
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!
Posted on Jan 02, 2016
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!
Posted on Dec 29, 2015
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
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!!!
Posted on Dec 25, 2015
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.
Posted on Dec 18, 2015
Thank you so so much, I really appreciate it worls wonders. I am so thankful
Posted on Sep 02, 2015
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!
Posted on Jun 24, 2015
Omg it worked after 10 drops
Posted on May 17, 2015
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.
Posted on Apr 05, 2015
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
Posted on Apr 04, 2015
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
Posted on Jan 12, 2015
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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