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Parks Socketed Cricket Cage Installation Instructions

Drawing shows double bay cage 3.66m x 14.64m


Measure out area required for the cage, peg and string line the area, and check/adjust levels as necessary.

Excavate holes for the cage sockets as shown above with hole centres at 3.66m. Suggested minimum hole size 500mm deep x 300mm x 300mm but to suit local ground and site conditions.

Soft ground and/or exposed sites will require larger foundations.

Set ground sockets in dense concrete ensuring the correct centres are maintained and using string lines for correct level and alignment. The sockets also need to be checked for vertical by spirit level. The sockets should be seated on a 50mm concrete pad to prevent sinking and the top of the concrete finished around 150mm from the top of the socket to allow for soil and turf reinstatement. Tops of the socket tubes should be at ground level (or just below turf level to avoid mower damage if cage is to be dismantled out of season).

After allowing the concrete to cure

Reinstate around sockets with soil/seed/turf as required.

Insert the uprights into their appropriate sockets; the top tube clamp fitting is secured to the upright with a roll pin. Rotate the upright to the correct position so the clamps are lined up for the top rails. Slacken grub screws where necessary for toprails.

With a person at each end, lift the toprails into position, slide the ends into the tube clamp, and fully tighten the grub screws at the end with the allen keys to secure the toprails.

Grub screws can work loose as wind rocks the frame. A dab of "Loctite" or similar compound on the thread of the grub screw before tightening helps prevent this.

Fit surround and roof net, tie in place to the frame where required. Bottom of the net can be secured with pegs or rope if necessary (not provided) plastic cable ties for attaching the net are best avoided as they can quickly chafe through the cord.

Care should be taken working at height, only work from a stable platform and with appropriate P.P.E. Gloves, safety boots, safety eyewear, and hard hat recommended.