How to fix net on a fixed net post

YashD135

New User
So my tennis courts have net posts that look like this (see attached pictures)

https://imgur.com/a/bsqkg

Recently, a few of the nets have started sagging and now are multiple inches too low. I was wondering if there was a way to adjust the tension on a net of this type. At first, we tried pulling on the cable and tightening it another loop around the hooks, but the tension on the cord was too tight. I tried asking my local tennis shop(************** Main Store) but they said that they have never seen a net of this type before!

Aside from these net posts, the courts are in fairly decent conditions so I have no idea why they cheaped out on this particular part of the court.

Please let me know if there is a way to adjust the tension on these...
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
You could install a rigging screw on the cord.



Depending on the length of the threads, you’ll get a good 2 to 4 inches range to adjust the tension properly.

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YashD135

New User
That could work, but I see no way of attatching it without removing the net. Since this is a semi-public and the tension is already so high, I don't see a way of removing the net entirely, or enough to attach this to an end.
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
That could work, but I see no way of attatching it without removing the net. Since this is a semi-public and the tension is already so high, I don't see a way of removing the net entirely, or enough to attach this to an end.
There must be a caretaker somewhere, you could talk to make the mod.


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jim e

Legend
On your last picture, looks like there is room to place a narrow rope or string through the net grommet and pull net closer to post as that should raise it
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
Ah, I see the second picture. This is a particular type of net post with an INTERNAL winch. IT had a removable metal cap attached to the post by a small chain.
there is a specific type of "T-handle" tightener that goes down into the top and you tighten the net by twisting it (based on a screw type rather than ratchet type tightener)
It is a proprietary tool as far as I know, although you could probably hillbilly engineer something if the tool has been lost.

AS your picture shows, IT was very easy to yank the metal cap off the top of the post, which is an easy target to even the most casual preteen vandal. This of course leads to rainwater collecting on the metal parts, thereby ensuring that they would be gummed up with corrosion within 90 days. Great engineering there.
 
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