ways to keep your batter area firm even if you don't regularly tamp and
(but, you know you should do that, don't you!)
Place a rubber mat
Example: rubber mats under the batter area
First, dig out the
box area about 4 inches deep. This example shows both the left hand and
the right hand batter area dug out. Dirt excavated is moved to the
side and will be replaced after the rubber mat is placed.
Level and tamp the bottom of the hole you dig out.
In this example we also put down some white sand
as a base under the rubber mat.
Second, place the rubber
mat in the box area you dug out. In this example, the rubber mat
cover the entire batter box hole.
We put in two mats for the right hand batter to fill in the entire box
and used only one for the left hand box.
Note the white sand we put down under the
mat for a firm base.
Last, push the baseall
dirt removed in step one back over the rubber mat, lightly moisten, and
tamp it dow.
You can see how the right hand box is finished as we continue working
on the left hand box.
Place unfired clay bricks
Moist and moldable,
but firm unfired clay bricks.
Dig out the batter box down inches.
Level and tamp the bottom.
Place the bricks in the box. Use a shovel to cut
the bricks in half to fill in the small areas on the edges
Tamp the bricks. Tamp hard.
Really mash the edges together into one solid block of clay. Use
a damp thin towel to prevent sticking.
Ready to push baseball dirt back over and tamp down.
It is best to water the area daily and cover with a tarp when not in use.
This keeps the bricks moist and firm.
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