Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 18, 2005 14:01:29 GMT -6
If you have already decided to build your own ladder game, but have reservations about making your olwn set of bolas, well, let me recommend to you to purchase a couple sets of the HIGHEST QUALITY bolas on the market through www.LadderGolfGame.com. Each set of bolas is made of real golf balls, specially designed brass inserts and premium nylon rope. All materials are resistant to wear and should offer a lifetime of game play. I personally own both personal made bolas and these trademarked bolas, and trust me when I say that these are the best bolas around and will outlast any others on the market (or man made). Well worth the money spent and sweat saved on making your own.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 18, 2005 11:52:55 GMT -6
Some may want to try something different. Many scouts make monkey fist bolas out of rope. Once could spray paint the fists once complete. I must say, this is a unique concept that I had read on another forum. Here's how to make them:
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 12, 2005 13:00:10 GMT -6
Great tip! Thanks Ted!!
This method Ted speaks about is if you want to drill all the way through the balls (which I personally don't prefer to do because I think it makes the bolas look cheap), but this dowell rod will still work with one at a time on the end if you don't drill all the way through the ball.
Does anyone know where can Dowell Rods be purchased and how much do they cost? I would think that a craft stick would work equally the same and it possibly may be cheaper.
**Another way to paint the balls is by using the pvc ball holder mentioned on another thread on this forum. Make enough of them for all of the balls to get it done quicker. You will have to flip the balls once they dry to do the other sides, but hey, it "will" work.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 12, 2005 10:58:34 GMT -6
An email that I received from a visitor to the site:
"How do you suggest painting them so that the paint does not chip off upon throwing them back and forth? I want lime green balls, but can't find any in that color so looking for suggestions? Thanks!!"
You need to purchase "plastic" spray paint from a hardware store. Home Depot stocks some, but Ace Hardware stocks more color varieties it seems. I purchased a big lot of recycled balls from The Sports Authority cheap. I drilled my holes, set the lines and then when it came time to paint, I taped the lines with masking tape so as not to get them colored when I sprayed and I dangled teh bolas over a saw horse. I then sprayed the balls with multiple coats of "plastic" spray paint. After that dried, I sprayed each of the balls with spray enamel to give them that extra hardcoat protection. It seems to work very well because we played the heck out of the themed sets that I made this past weekend and none of the balls chipped. I don't know if they make lime green "plastic" spray paint, therefore, you may have to experiment with using a "non made for plastic" spray paint in that color and then overcoat it with spray enamel. This may work, but only time will tell. Good luck!
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Aug 28, 2005 20:30:13 GMT -6
ADDITIONAL NOTE: If painting your golf balls with "plastic" spray paint, then it would behoove you to give them all a clear coat of poly-urethane (or similar clear coat spray made for outdoors) after the paint has dried. I did this for my ball sets and I must say, they never once chipped during game play.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Aug 28, 2005 19:57:04 GMT -6
NOTE: When you paint a set with made for plastic spray paint, make sure you let is set for 7 or more days at room temperature in not high humidity so that it'll cure properly. Read the can and do as it says. If you don't do this, then you might as well have used non-plastic spray paint, since it'll chip & peal due to not being fully cured. Trust me, I speak from experience.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 5, 2005 13:53:44 GMT -6
Initially, I had purchased my red, white, blue and green plastic spray paints at Home Depot, but unfortunately they didn't carry the color orange for my Irish themed set. Luckily I happened upon the color orange and MANY more colors that Home Depot didn't carry at a local Ace Hardware store.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Oct 16, 2007 16:51:55 GMT -6
As far as I know, you can only buy the bags "with" the chairs. Wal-mart usually has the chairs with bags for about $10. Buy one just to use the bag, then give the spare chair away maybe as a cheap gift or to a family member who needs an extra because their chair is getting old.
As for glueing the connections, do so for the upright section, then the connectors for the base, but leave the connectors "unglued" where the upright section sits into the base section. This way, you can disconnect the 2 pieces for travel and/or to hang in your garage.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 5, 2005 13:43:57 GMT -6
You can purchase mesh carrying bags of various colors at Wal-mart or Big Lots. If I recall correctly, Wal-marts ran about $4 and Big Lots ran about $1-$2. They were located by the laundry organization area of the store.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Oct 3, 2007 7:20:40 GMT -6
3 feet! Holy cow that's wide. Way too wide. That sounds like a laundry rack. Typically, the span should be about 20" (< 1 ft.) wide. From the ground to the bottom rung should be ~ 10", and the same span between all rungs. See here:
Now, ladder plans do vary, like the height from the ground to the bottom rung, but the width shouldn't be 3' wide for the true game. That's just too wide. I've seen some wide games before, like in some of these photos here:
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Sept 21, 2006 6:29:18 GMT -6
Foam balls eh, hmmm, may not be heavy enough for flight. Rubber balls are the best if you want child safe bolos. Painting the balls can be easily done by getting some "Plastic" spray paint. This new technology allows one to spray paint plastics without having any chipping. Dangle the bolos over a stick or bar and spray paint them that way and put some tape over the rope so that you don't spray paint it too. 3/16ths" to 1/4th" nylon rope works the best. Better than shoe strings.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Sept 5, 2006 21:09:47 GMT -6
Hmmm, sounds like a variation of the normal ladder golf game. I'd really have to see a picture to see what you are exactly trying to describe. For the most part, there aren't currently any plans for that version, but since most games are made from PVC, all that you would have to do is take the plans found on this website and modify the cuts to accomodate your design. This is the best advice that I can give.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Aug 21, 2006 20:32:11 GMT -6
Any and everthing that we know about the spinning version construction can be found at this thread HERE or under THIS FORUM SECTION. There aren't any "formal" plans for this version since this is still a pretty new concept. This thread above speaks about how to make or obtain a 5-way Tee, which is the key component of this spinning ladder. All other components are easy to connect with 45 degree elbows and straight PVC pieces. The base would resemble the hillbilly golf plans that you will find on this site. If you opt to buy it, then you can either click the spinning ladder picture on the main page to buy it on Ebay or you can go to www.SpinItGame.com to purchase an already made quality set w/ rubber bolos.