July 23, 2009


When they took out the basketball hoop, the tree trimmers took away the concrete, but couldn’t take the rest of the pole away. We tried setting it out with the trash, but apparently they only take things less than 4 feet long or some such nonsense. I detached the hoop-y part and set it out by the street for someone to take, and had an absolutely genius idea for separating the two pieces so they could go in the trash can. Spray the joint down with silicone spray, cool down the inner part with ice, then heat up the outside with boiling water. Grip, pull, done.

These parts are not sufficient to the task.

Um, no. It is super stuck. Granted, it was Lloyd pulling on it and me pulling on it, which is as effective as a normal person and a noodle working together, so that may have been the problem.

Lloyd tried bashing it with a hammer next, but I think he may just be working through some noodle-related frustrations.

That's quite a dent, sir.

I have solved the problem by hiding the pole under a row of bushes. Good enough.

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18 Responses to “Fail”

  1. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Set it out along the curb and put a $50 For Sale sign on it. Surely someone will steal it!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Sounds like it’s time to try something dangerous! How about a crazy-scary power tool?


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Advise for Lloyd & Lauren after a day of fighting that pole:

    Knock Knock


  4. Deanne Said on:

    The dump? Doesn’t Brad like that sort of thing?


  5. Michele Said on:

    “A normal person and a noodle” -- ha! I laughed out loud!


  6. Deborah Said on:

    A science question for you: Why would you heat up the outside? Wouldn’t that make it expand and therefore be more difficult to separate? Maybe I’m not understanding.


  7. Curt Said on:

    Hey I’ll take the backboard and rim if you don’t have a use for it.


  8. Curt Said on:

    How bad do you beat up that pole?


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