How to Install a Home Plate Halo on Your Baseball or Softball Field
Custom home plate halos are becoming increasingly popular with teams and fields to provide a professional look and provide protection for players and the field. Proper installation for your custom home plate halo is important for the best look, longevity and protection.
To correctly install your new home plate halo, you must first lay your concrete footing. For the best results, make sure to follow our official instructions.
Lay Your Concrete Footing For Your Home Plate Halo
1. Nail a string to the back tip of your home plate and measure out 13 feet. Create a mark in the ground to mark the inside edge of the halo area, creating a semi-circle that extends to 1 1/2 feet from each foul line.
3. If you ordered a halo with wings, align your area with the edges of semi-circle. Add 11-foot line on the inside edge and a 10-foot line down the outside edge – running parallel to foul lines. connect ends of lines to enclose area.
5. Start bender board forms inside excavated area. Make sure to have exactly 5 or 10 feet between bender boards to ensure proper concrete padding.
6a. Pour 4-6 inches with wire mesh support. Like you would if you were installing a sidewalk.
7. Pour concrete to exactly 5 or 10 feet (depending on halo size) to prevent shortage or the need for trimming.
9. Let concrete cure for two weeks to ensure proper adhesive bond.
11. Make sure concrete has completely dried before installation of turf.
After installing your concrete footing and allowing proper curing time, it is time to install your turf for the halo. Make sure the concrete footing is completely dry before beginning the process, and make sure to turn off all watering systems at least 24 hours before starting your installation. This will make sure there are no surprise sprinkler sessions that would lead to an incorrect bond. This would lead to bigger problems, so make sure they are off in advance.
Installing The Turf For Your Home Plate Halo
1. Make sure your pieces line up to fit correctly on the concrete footing.
2. Start with center piece. Weigh down half of the piece. Lift non-weighted half and spread recommended glue under piece. Repeat on other side then completely weigh down the piece, making sure it stays perfectly still.
2a. Recommended Glues Include
2a1. Best: Nordot 34 -g by SSI # 908-233-6803 by direct only. Works in wet and cold weather areas.
2a2. Good: Henry’s 663 Indoor/Outdoor for over 60 degrees. Only available at Home Depot or Lowes
2b. Cure times will vary, and will be affected if overnight temperatures fall below 60 degrees.
3. Repeat process with remaining pieces of halo. Make sure each piece is weighted down to ensure proper bonding between turf, glue and cement.
5. Make sure glue has 24 hours to dry by covering with a tarp or tent if wet weather is expected.
6. Keep halo weighted until glue has properly bonded. Remove weights and fill and open areas around your halo for safety.
With the custom home plate halo now properly installed, it is time to show off your new, professional-looking field. The turf is steel spike proof, preventing tearing when your players and coaches walk over it.