Install & Maintenance
Installation Tips And General Maintenance Mounds And Platforms
Replacing the Launch Pad/Pitching Rubber
1. Pull the pitching rubber up thru the Launch Pad. The rubber is spiked thru the pad. Wiggle rubber back and forth and try pulling up so all 3 spikes are sliding thru at the same time – this prevent from pulling one of the nuts out of the rubber.
2. The Launch Pad is adhered with a urethane glue. You can use tools such as pliers or chisel to remove it. Some of the launch pad may rip apart and stay on the mound… use a scraper to remove the remaining rubber left on the mound. You can use a wire brush or grinder to remove as much of existing glue on the mound as possible.
3. Apply a generous amount of urethane based adhesive (Gorilla Glue or comparable) on the mound ensuring glue reaches the edges.
4. Place launch pad on mound and apply a sandbag or heavy object to use as ballast on top of launch pad to hold it place as the adhesive cures.
5. Allow glue to set up overnight.
6. Spike rubber back thru the pre-drilled launch pad hole.
*Note: If replacing Launch Pad onto a mound that did not originally have one installed, or had a smaller pad, you may need to remove some turf as well. Before applying adhesive, place the Launch Pad on the mound in the correct placement to make sure it will have enough clearance to be glued down to the fiberglass substrate. Use a marker and trace around the new launch pad. Use a utility knife and cut the trace line. Use a scraper or similar tool to clean the surface before applying adhesive.
- Launch Pad and Rubber Replacement
See our section on Launch Pad and Rubber replacement.
- Washing Mounds
Dirt and infield material will migrate thru the turf adding weight to the mound and a chance to act as an abrasive to the turf adhesion. Power washing the mounds on occasion is a good practice and will help eliminate the abrasion and added weight.
- Storage of Mounds
All Pitch Pro game mounds use a unique gel coat-down on the underside of the mound. This coat-down prevents moisture from attacking the resins needed to build mounds and allow Pitch Pro mounds to be stored inside or outside… regardless of weather conditions.
- Wheel Kit Tire Pressure
The turf friendly wheel kits on our platforms are similar to a wheel barrow… tire pressure can change when sitting idle for periods and may require the need to fill them back to the pressure stated on the side wall.
Field Armor Installation
- Watering Hose
- Level (at least a 4’ level)
- Field Armor Panel (included)
- Five (5) 50lb bags of sand per panel (not included)
Ground crews installing Field Armor can use whatever they need to dig out the area where Field Armor is used. A small tiller works great for initial digging and shovels are then used to better shape the area. The area for a set of three panels requires digging out close to 100 square feet.
Please read all of these instructions before beginning the installation. Check to make sure that all of the carton contents are in the box. Get all tools necessary to finish the job together beforehand so everything will be at hand when installing. If you have questions about this installation process or you are missing any hardware, please call us.