After reading the reviews, I figured this might be a good hoop to get. Although the website showed that there were none available at my local walmart, i decided to check anyway and they had 3 of them, and they were marked $137 instead of the website's $144 price, so that saved a lot of the tax right off the bat. I was pleasantly surprised at how well laid out the instructions are. If you take your time and actually read them (and not just skim as many people do) you should have no trouble assembling it. Also, use a socket set and box-end wrenches and it will go smoother. I took my time and built it myself with no help and it took about 2 hours and 15 minutes. There were a couple of confusing parts, but after re-reading the instructions and in some cases looking ahead a page or 2 I was able to figure out where I went wrong and was easily able to fix it. One was that I had the base struts on upside down (the angled flange goes on the pole and the straight one on the base), and another was that I didn't understand how the part that attaches to the backboard went together at first, including the U-bolt. But reading ahead a few pages made it clear. Another thing was that after I tightened the hoop to the backboard I couldn't line up one of the support strut holes that you're supposed to bend into place and bolt down, so I had to loosen the hoop a bit and start the bolt for that before retightening. Another set of hands might have been helpful, but you can do it by yourself if you need to. The backboard itself is surprisingly light since it's made of a thick transparent plastic. I would imagine it may bounce a bit when hit hard by a basketball, but we'll see. Haven't put the sand in it to use it yet. I'll do that tonight. I'll use sand instead of water, as water would freeze in the winter and burst the plastic base. The rim itself is heavy steel and has the metal loopy things to attach the net welded on. I once had a rim that had plastic ones that were supposed to unsnap if anyone tried to hang on the net, but they would never stay on and just shooting a basket would rip them off, so i was glad to see the metal ones were on this rim. So, if you're looking for a decent basketball hoop to buy just for casual fun, this would be a very good choice. Kudos to the people who wrote the instructions!
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