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Old 07-23-2009, 09:14 AM
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How long it is recommended to wait to install the basketball pole and hoop? Hole is 42"x12" and filled with concrete. Would 4 days be long enough? The base is in and the concrete was poured 9am this am.

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depending on slump (water content)

6-24hrs

I would wait 24 to be sure.
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It's a pretty big hoop, 48" overhang, etc. They mentioned maybe installing the hoop on Sunday but wasn't sure if that was long enough or try to push it off till Tues.

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Concrete obtains approx. 75% compression strength within the first 7 days.

You prolly got 3,000 PSI mix. I would wait 2 days.
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It was the concrete in the yellow bag mixture. Nothing fancy, mixed in wheelbarrow with hose.

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it should be ok as i mentioned before but waiting for cure is not going to hurt either.
so waiting until sunday and you will be fine.

of course all this depends on weather conditions...

probably 2500psi for the yellow bag
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I've been waiting 36 years to dunk and come Tuesday I am willing to bet nothing changes!

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I've been waiting 36 years to dunk and come Tuesday I am willing to bet nothing changes!

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I've been waiting 36 years to dunk ...
Didn't they make a movie about you?

Oh, wait. That guy was 40! Sorry for the confusion.
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DO NOT touch that pole until you KNOW the concrete has set. I waited 3-days, wasn't enough, the pole moved a 1/6th of an inch. For the rest of its life it wiggled, was never a firm, solid fixture.

I'd give it a week, no kidding. DO NOT touch that thing until you are 100% absolutely sure it is set and the concrete cured enough that it won't move.

If the pole moves when you touch it, promptly break it out of the concrete while it is still 'soft' (not cured) and re-pour new concrete.
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7 Days minimum and it sounds like you didn't make the hole big enough [ 12" is small ]
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Hole is 18" in diameter and 42" deep with 6 bags of concrete and a pretty big foot/base is in the crete. Some basketball hoop sites say wait 48 hours, others 72hrs and one site mentions 7 days. At a minimum I would be looking at 96hrs (thursday am to sunday pm).

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JK, sorry about the hole Dia. , I read in the 1st post 12" . 18" sounds way better.

The longer the better with concrete. The wind Generator I'm looking at says I have to wait 30 days before standing the Mono pole.
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Dogone, that hole went from 12" diameter this morning to 18" diameter this evening. Maybe the concrete is curing and making it bigger??
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Typo, got nervous and went out and measured. It's 18" and we had a bit of rain today so it is moist on the top. I must have had 12" in my mind from the other brand I installed a few years back. This is a bigger setup.

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As welder said -- 1-week, minimum.

As I said, there is no second chance if you didn't wait long enough. You will need to break out the concrete and do a new pour -- and then wait a week. Easier to just wait a few extra days now and get it done right.
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Go ahead and start dunking.You should have no problems @ all.
Concrete obtains 75% of its strength in 3-7 days;with many variables;portland type,temperature,humidity etc.Fully cured usually in 28 or so days.
All this is most important in slabs,foundations etc.no problem for a hoop!
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It's not in yet, maybe Monday and Tuesday at the latest.

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