Floating Volleyball Net

Challenge friends and family to a game of pool volleyball this summer. It’s great fun and building your own floating volleyball net is easy and affordable. Visit your nearest hardware store to stock up on materials, follow our simple guidelines, and let the games begin!

What you Need
A length of 50 mm PVC conduit (the
length required will be determined
by the width of your pool – see
step 1 below to determine these
measurements, before you
purchase the conduit)
8 x 50 mm T-piece junctions
10 x 50 mm stop ends
PVC glue
2 x foam pool noodles
Volleyball net
Nylon cord
Paint spray (Rust-Oleum,
direct to plastic)

Stanley knife

1:Measure the width of your pool. To calculate the length of conduit you need to buy, allow 50 mm for each T-piece (there are four, so that will total 200 mm), subtract this figure from your total width measurement and then divide the remaining figure by three (as there are four T-pieces, there will be three lengths of conduit to connect between them). Then add the following measurements for the standard components and you will arrive at the total length of PVC conduit you need to purchase:
2 x 600 mm
8 x 300 mm
4 x 200 mm

(So, a total of 4400 mm plus the measurement you have determined for your three components fitting between the T-pieces, to suit your pool size.)

2:Now, using the hacksaw, cut the PVC conduit as per the measurements above.

3:Lay out and assemble the components according to the plan shown in the diagram. Do not cement them with the PVC glue until you have tested that they all fit together properly (in fact, you may elect not to cement them at all, allowing you to disassemble the net for easy storage later – although the glue will make the structure more stable, it will, nevertheless, still hold if the pieces are merely slotted tightly together).

4:Should you wish, spray the framework with the direct to plastic paint and leave it to dry.

5:Now cut the two foam pool noodles length ways with the Stanley knife and wrap them around the four ‘floats’ at the base of the framework. Secure them using the cable-ties.

6:Tie the net onto the framework, using the nylon cord.

7:Hold the framework in position in the pool by tying it to pegs anchored in the surrounding lawn, or to nearby shrubs.

The Gardener