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How to Build a Baseball Field Drag

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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 Baseball Field Drag
A baseball field being racked. Photo Credit Tammy Fullum/iStock/Getty Images

A baseball infield is prone to wear and requires regular care. Part of the process involves resurfacing the infield clay at times using a device known as a field drag. The idea behind the field drag is to rake the clay coarsely. Once finished, clay can then be smoothed. You can construct inexpensive and easy-to-use field drag out of dimensional lumber.

Step 1

Lay two 2-by-4s on a flat surface on their 4-inch sides, about 3 feet apart. Place the three other 2-by-4s on their 4-inch sides, between the first two 2-by-4s. This will form a frame.

Step 2

Place a metal tie plate at each joint and screw them to the 2-by-4s to join the frame.

Step 3

Flip the frame over and drive the size 8 nails through the three center boards at 2-inch intervals in a zigzag pattern so the nail heads are flush with the wood. The nails will protrude from the other side of the boards.

Step 4

Place the 3-foot by 3-foot, 8-inch sheet of 1/4-inch plywood on top of the frame and square it to the frame. Screw the plywood to the frame at 6-inch intervals.

Step 5

Drill a hole through the corner of the plywood sheet and one of the 2x4s without the nails. Place a washer over the hole in the frame and insert the eyebolt. Thread a nut fully onto the eyebolt and tighten. Repeat this step on the corner on the other side of the frame.

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