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How To Remove a Basketball Hoop From the Ground

Updated on September 21, 2015

Do you have one of those driveway basketball hoops that is in the ground with cement? Is it old and rusted and you wish you could take it down but you don't know how? Well this page is for you. In the steps below you will learn how to remove a basketball hoop from the ground.

This guide will explain both how to remove a basketball hoop yourself, and who to call if you need someone else to do it. The 1st section will be about tools and procedures for taking it down yourself. The 2nd section will be about contacting someone to perform the job for you.

Option 1: Taking it Down Yourself

If you want to do it yourself, you will need some specific tools as well as at least 1 other person to help you out.

Some tools you will need include: Wrenches, a Power Saw (for cutting metal), Hammer, Sledgehammer, Ladder, and a Shovel.

Start out by taking it apart piece by piece. Use a wrench and remove the rim and net. Next go to the backboard and remove it using the wrench. It may be difficult it the bolts are rusted, which is common on old basketball hoops. Have a partner spot you as you take these pieces off. Once you have taken off all the pieces, you are left with the pole. If you can, try taking off as much of the pole as you can using the wrench.

The next step is to use the power saw to cut through the metal. You can do this in sections or start right at the bottom. Again have someone spot the pole while you cut with the power saw. Note, there may be concrete in the middle of the pole as you get down to the bottom. Be careful with the saw blade because it will become very hot while cutting the metal. If it is still connected by concrete at the bottom, use the sledge hammer to knock it over.

Now that the pole is cut off, you have 2 options. You can leave the cement in the ground, or you can break it up and dig it out. If you leave it, just make sure it is smooth so no one gets hurt on it. You can use the hammer to hit it down if pieces are sticking up. If you want the cement out, you will have to break it up using the sledge hammer. You can remove the broken pieces by hand or with a shovel. Once the pieces are out, you will want to fill the whole back up with dirt and plant grass seed over it.

Now that you have the hoop down, you can leave it for the garbage or recycling to pick up, or you can take it to a place that accepts metal and scraps.

Option 2: Get Someone to Take it Down For You

Most people don't have the tools or expertise needed to remove a basketball hoop from the ground. In this case, calling someone to do the job for you is the best option. Surprisingly there are not a lot of people or companies that offer this service specifically, but there are many that are able to perform this job. Just about anyone who works in carpentry or construction will be able to do perform this task for you.

If you know someone who works in carpentry or is good with tools, you can start by asking them. If not, you can call or look online for local carpentry or construction services. One good way to find someone for this job is to post a classified ad on Craigslist. There is a "Gigs" section that has a place to post requests for Manual Labor jobs. It is free to post an ad there. In your ad, explain what you need to have done and ask for price quotes. Expect to pay between $50 and $300 depending on how much you need to have done and how long it takes.


Now you know how to go about removing that old basketball hoop from your driveway. It is a lot easier than you might think as long as you know what to do. You would be surprised how many people would like to have this done, but don't know how to go about it. If your neighbors come over and ask how you did it, you can teach them how or recommend someone to do it.

Hope Removal Tips

Make sure you have all the tools you need.

Have at least one other person help you out.

Use caution when using power tools and hammers.

Shop around for the best deal on pole removal service.


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