Published on February 5th, 2014 | by Spencer
How To Build a Washers Pit
These days you can easily purchase a portable washers kit and get playing quickly, but if you’ve got the space (and permission!) nothing beats having your own permanent backyard washers pits. In this article we are going to show you how to go from nothing to Home Depot to playing in less than a day, and better yet, under $100.
Before You Go
There are not hard and fast rules for the size and length of a backyard washers pit, but go to the space in your yard you are going to use and measure out the dimensions for your washers pits and take your measurements with you.
You can probably get almost everything you need from a local home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. Here’s what you need for each pit:
- 4 pieces of wood cut to your size specifications. Most home improvement stores will have thick wood planks with rounded sides. I prefer these because they look a bit nicer in the ground.
- 4 metal L brackets
- 16 nails, 4 for each bracket. Make sure the nails are a good fit for the brackets.
- 10 2.5” Washers. You can order washers online or buy them from stores such as Tractor Supply, since Home Depot and Lowe’s don’t always have them in stock. Plus, if you order online you can get them in cool colors, which beats spray painting.
- 1 PVC pipe coupling. I would recommend at least a 6” depth and 3” diameter. The bigger the depth and diameter, the easier it will be to score. This is a personal preference, but washers can be a lot more fun for beginning players when there is a better chance of scoring big points.
Your total cost for all these supplies will probably be around $70-$80.
Assembling Your Pits
Now that you’ve got your supplies, head back to your yard and start digging. First of all, you’ll need to clear out any grass in the pit space. Then lay down your wood to get an idea where you need to dig and dig out the space for your wood planks. Don’t dig out the whole pit, just dig straight lines you can lay the planks in.
Once you’ve dug out the dirt, lay your planks in them until they sit at a depth you are happy with. Then hold two planks flush together and hammer in your first L bracket. Repeat until all your L brackets are hammered in and the planks feel solid. Then push in the surrounding dirt until the pit is snug in the ground.
Repeat the process on your other pit (it will go even faster), hose down the dirt in each box and start playing washers!