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Subject: tennis court construction
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: mr5cents-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 28 Mar 2006 12:09 PST
Expires: 27 Apr 2006 13:09 PDT
Question ID: 712840
how do you build a tennis court on a budget

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 28 Mar 2006 12:10 PST
What's the approximate size of the budget?
Subject: Re: tennis court construction
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 31 Mar 2006 03:54 PST
Hi mr5cents,

There's a lot of considerations, and the commenters have barely
brushed the surface. I found two documents that will assist you in
constructing your own tennis court. The first is an overview of some
of the considerations you'll encounter, and the second is a 154 page
detailed guide on the process, covering all aspect, price ranges,
materials and climates.


Tennis Court Construction (overview)
..."So -- how do you construct a tennis court? How far down do you
dig? What's under the court? What kinds of materials are used to build
a tennis court? Why do you pick one court material over another? How
do you know which type of tennis court is best for you?

"Different factors are considered in determining the "right" tennis
court: its usage, the soil, court location, availability of materials
and the climate where you live.....So - how do you make a tennis
court? "In general it takes about a week to build a court. First you
grade (level) the area. That means that all the top vegetation and
about 6 inches of soil comes off with it. This takes about half a day.
Then the crew digs 18 inches below the surface. They water and compact
the soil. It takes about 4-5 people to handle this phase of the
construction.....soil preparation is a very critical step in the
entire process. "A lot depends on the type of soil we're placing the
court over. Preparing the soil under the court properly is essential.
What's under the court actually influences the quality and grade of
the court above the surface. The soil needs a certain consistency and
to be compacted before the base rock can be placed over it. This
prevents cracks on the surface in the future." Knowing the right
consistency comes with experience and is sort of an "art form", John
said. Surprisingly, although some cracks originate from the court
surface, John told us that most court cracks actually start from
underneath the court and work their way up...."

[note there is a lot more of this overview at the link]


Next, is the 154 page PDF file that describes every step in detail:

Tennis Court Construction Guidelines
154 pages manual covering all aspects of tennis court construction. 
Here's the Table Of Contents:

Section I - General Guidelines
Section I.A. - General Conditions for Construction
Section I.B. - Site Investigation
Section I.C. - Site Preparation, Earthwork, Drainage and Subbase
Section I.D. - Vegetation Control or Vegetation Regrowth Prevention
Section I.E. - Subsurface and Surface Drainage for Recreational Areas
Section II - Tennis Court Guidelines
Section II.A. - Tennis Court Orientation
Section II.B. - Tennis Court Dimensions and Related Measurements
Section II.C. - Standard Classification for Tennis Court Surfacing Systems
Section II.D.1 - Fast Dry Tennis Courts for Use with Above Surface
Section II.D.2. - Fast Dry Tennis Courts for Use with Subsurface Irrigation
Section II.E. - Clay Tennis Courts
Section II.F.1. - Above Surface Irrigation Systems for Clay and Fast Dry
Tennis Courts
Section II.F.2. - Retrofit Subsurface Irrigation Systems for Fast Dry Tennis
Section II.G. - Reinforced Concrete Tennis Courts
Section II.H. - Post Tensioned Concrete Slab Tennis Courts
Section II.I. - Hot Mix Asphalt Tennis Courts
Section II.J.1. - PVC-Coated, Aluminized or Galvanized Chain Link
Fencing and Accessories
Section II.J.2. - Wooden Fence Framework to be Used in Conjunction with
Metal or Synthetic Fabrics
Section II.K.1. - Outdoor Windscreens for Tennis Courts
Section II.K.2. - Indoor Tennis Curtains, Dividers and Pads
Section II.L. - Net and Net Post Equipment
Section II.M.1. - Lighting Outdoor Tennis Courts
Section II.M.2. - Lighting Indoor Tennis Courts
Section II.N. - Reconditioning Fast Dry Tennis Courts
Section II.O. - Acrylic Color Finish Systems for Tennis Courts
Section II.P. - Resurfacing Asphalt Tennis Courts
Section II.Q. - Maintenance and Repair of Asphalt Tennis Courts
Section II.R. - Conversion of Hard Surface Courts to Fast Dry Tennis
Section II.S. - Indoor Tennis Air Structure Construction
Section II.T. Conversion of Fast Dry Courts to Hard Courts

After browsing this huge file, you might change your mind and have it
constructed for you:

Buyer's Guide for Tennis Court Construction

Hope this covers tennis court construction well enough for you!  If I
can be of fuurther assistance, please don't hesitate to ask via the
clarification feature...


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Clarification of Answer by cynthia-ga on 31 Mar 2006 18:44 PST
I want to add, that the sportbuilders web site has more reference material for you:

Tennis Court Diagram with Measurements

Suggested Orientation Diagram for Courts

Buyer's Guide for Tennis Court Construction [read this for design considerations]

I found those here:
Subject: Re: tennis court construction
From: ansel001-ga on 28 Mar 2006 14:03 PST
What kind of surface do you want on your court?  A hard surface, clay, grass?

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