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How to Build a Hockey Net With PVC Pipe

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author image Frank Whittemore
In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.
How to Build a Hockey Net With PVC Pipe
Hockey net in an ice rink. Photo Credit pablo_hauser/iStock/Getty Images

A simple hockey net can be constructed inexpensively from PVC pipe and other parts readily available at most hardware stores. Durable and long-lasting, this tough net will be able to take the abuse dished out in any local street or ice hockey game. The design will build a hockey net that is 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide, based on National Hockey League standards. The entire project can be built for under $50, and will take about an afternoon to assemble.

Step 1

Insert the 66-inch pipe into the side of a "T" fitting. Insert the other end of the same pipe into another "T" fitting and align the fittings. Insert the 2-inch pipes into the other side of each "T" fitting. Attach an elbow to the other end of the 2-inch pipes and turn them both at a 90-degree angle to the "T" fittings. This will create the front cross bar. Set this aside.

Step 2

Insert a 32-inch PVC pipe into the side of a "T" fitting. Insert another 32-inch pipe into the other side of the "T" fitting. Attach an elbow to each end of this section and align the elbows at slightly more than a 90-degree angle to the "T" fitting in the center of the section. Insert the 10-inch pipes into the elbows. Insert the other end of the 10-inch pipes into the stems of the "T" fittings in the cross bar. This will form the top of the net. Set the top aside.

Step 3

Insert a 34-inch PVC pipe into the side of a "T" fitting. Insert another 34-inch pipe into the other side of the "T" fitting. Attach an elbow to each end of this section and align them at slightly less than a 90-degree angle to the "T" fitting in the center of the section. Insert a 32-inch pipe into each of the elbows. Attach an elbow on the other end of the each 32-inch pipe and turn them upward at 90-degree angles.This will form the base of the net.

Step 4

Insert a 44-inch pipe into each of the upturned elbows on the base of the net. Insert the other end of the 44-inch pipes on the base into the elbows on the top of the net. Insert the 48-inch pipe into the stem of the "T" fitting in the back of the base of the net. Insert the other end of the 48-inch pipe into the "T" fitting on the top of the net. This will complete the net frame.

Step 5

Ensure that the net frame fits together properly and stands squarely. Trim the pipes, if needed, to square the net frame.

Step 6

Separate each joint, one at a time, and glue the parts together until all the joints in the frame are glued.

Step 7

Drape the netting across the top and back and around the sides of the goal. Attach the netting to the goal using the zip strip fasteners. Trim the excess netting from the sides of the goals.

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