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How to Fix Broken Ladder Ball Bars

ladder ball replacement bars DIY

One of my favorite backyard games is ladder ball. About five years ago we bought a set after playing the game at a friend’s house. This year we set it up as soon as the weather was nice and played a few games. But that was all it took. A few games into the summer and one of the bars broke. As a quick fix we taped it with Duck tape, which was basically useless.

Then, within a few days a second bar broke. At this point we went to the sporting goods store to buy replacement bars. Shockingly, the store carried replacement ladder ball balls but not the plastic bars.

Fast-forward another week and my husband is cleaning out the shed. And what does he toss out onto the lawn? The remaining crib bars, which I repurposed to make hose guides.

How to Upcycle Crib Bars for Replacement Ladder Ball Bars

supplies to fix broken ladder ball barsSupplies:

Crib bars or dowels

Jig saw or Dremel

Foam Paper

Electrical Tape

(Optional) Spray Paint

Step 1: cut metal bars, pipe, or dowel to match the size of the ladder ball bars

Step 2: Spray paint the bars to match the broken bars

Step 3: Wrap foam paper around the ends of the bars until the are thick enough to tightly fit into the side holes. Wrap electrical tape around the foam paper to secure.

ladderball_titlePlay Ball!

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to How to Fix Broken Ladder Ball Bars

  1. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads June 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi Cristin, thanks for visiting me so I hopped over here to see what you were up to today. I have not played ladder and I have just begun noticing the game this summer. If anyone ever needs to repair their bars, I can tell them how to do it now, thanks to you! :)
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    • Eve June 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      Jane, thanks for stopping by! I was so inspired by your DIY outdoor patio.

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