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Basketball has been a favorite American pasttime since its invention in 1891, due in part to the simplicity of its equipment and the basic rules of the game. On top of that, it's a great workout, helping you build muscle, improve your coordination and get valuable aerobic exercise. If you're looking to incorporate the sport into your everyday life by installing a wall hoop at home, choose a location with a flat ground surface, plenty of room for jumping and throwing balls, and a sturdy wall surface that can take the weight of the occasional dunk.
View the mounting holes or brackets at the back of your backboard -- and the hardware that came with it -- to get an idea of the spacing for the holes you're going to drill into the wall to attach the backboard. Most backboards designed for wall mounting have one or two sets of mounting brackets at the back.
Locate a place on the wall where you'll be able to anchor your bolts into a stud or other sturdy portion of the wall. If you're not sure, use a stud-finder tool to locate the studs. With the help of a friend, hold the backboard up to the wall so you know you're marking the bolt holes in a place where they'll be properly supported. If you're looking to install your basketball hoop according to NBA and NCAA regulations, the hoop needs to be 10 feet above the ground, so measure and mark your bolt holes accordingly.
Mark the wall with a chalk or pencil in the location where the backboard bolts will be attached to the wall.
Drill holes into the marks you made on the wall, using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the bolts that came with your backboard bracket.
Hold the backboard in place against the wall, with the help of one or more people. Push the backboard bolts through the bracket, and then use a crescent wrench to secure the bolts in place. Tighten the bolts as tight as you can without causing damage to the wood or other wall material.