The rules of badminton are simple, and the fun can be shared by all ages and all skill levels, even the "athletically challenged." The essential items are rackets, a shuttlecock, a net and two poles to suspend the net. If you are on a limited budget, a neighborhood garage sale is a good place to find badminton equipment, and you can make the poles on your own.
Head to a lumber yard or home improvement store to select wood solid enough to support the weight of the mesh badminton net, which is 22 feet across and 2 feet, 6 inches deep.
Buy a piece of wood that is 5 feet, 6 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep. The regulation length of the badminton pole is 5 feet, 1 inch. This will leave 5 inches to taper down the end of the pole to stick in the ground.
Cut the wood in half lengthwise so that you have two equal size poles that are 5 feet, 6 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 inch deep. Then taper the ends to make a sharp stake. Sand them down to make the stake smoother and easier to place into the ground. Pound the stakes into the ground so that 5 feet, 1 inch remains above ground.
Drive a nail into the top of each pole. Drill a hole 2 feet, 6 inches from top of each pole. Tie the top of the net to the nails and loop the bottom of the net through the holes.
Coat the poles with either a linseed oil -- a 50-50 mix with paint thinner or turpentine -- or a paint color of your choice.
- A lightweight aluminum pole is another option. Again, make sure enough of the pole is available to make it stick firmly in the ground. Most aluminum poles are hollow so devise a cap of some sort to cover the top of the pole and a way to secure the net. As the aluminum is hollow and thin, it should be easy to hammer into the ground enough to keep the pole stable and support the net.
- Check out yard sales, garage sales, the backyards of friends and family members or any other location where the appropriate size lengths of wood or aluminum might be available for free or at a minimal cost, and then cut them down to size.
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