How to Assemble a DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit

Still deciding whether a DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure is the right one for your setup, or did you already purchase one? Maybe our assembly video will help or did help you decide by showing you how easy our DIY setups are to assemble.

The video will take you through the main assembly steps, which include:

  • What’s included
  • Tools needed
  • Building the frame
  • Hanging the enclosure cover
  • Attaching the golf impact screen to the frame
  • Installing add-ons

Our DIY enclosures are great for residential golf simulator setups as they can be used for golf and other activities: just ask Carl’s Place customer DJ. If you’re still unsure of what size to order, check out our article on how to choose the best size, or reach out to our customer service team for more info. 

HOW TO PURCHASE EMT FOR YOUR DIY KIT

An important thing to know when purchasing a DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit, Hanging Projector Screen Kit or Standing Projector Screen Kit from Carl’s Place is that 1-inch EMT (Electrical Metal Tubing/Conduit) is required to complete these frames. With a DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit you have the option to add-on a pipe framing kit with the EMT you need to construct the enclosure. Alternatively, your kit will include all details on what lengths and quantities of EMT are required and you can source them from a local hardware store.

In this quick article we’ll answer the most common questions about sourcing EMT for your DIY Backyard Theater or DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Project.

What is 1″ EMT?

1" EMT Electrical Metal Tubing
1″ EMT is required. Rigid and PVC are not compatible with Carl’s Place kits.

Electrical Metal Tubing (EMT) is a zinc-coated steel tube that is primarily used in electrical applications. It is strong and lightweight, making it the perfect material for building your own golf hitting cage or outdoor movie screen . 1″ EMT is what fits perfectly in the fitting connectors that are included with your kit. Other products such as PVC and Rigid tubing are not recommended with our kits.

Where can I find 1″ EMT?

Electrical isle of local hardware store

EMT can be found in the electrical section of any local hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s and is typically sold in 10-foot tubes.

How do I cut and mark the 1″ EMT?

1" EMT available at local hardware store

Your kit includes instructions for the quantities and lengths of EMT required for the specific design of your project. EMT can be easily cut to length with a sawzall style saw or a standard chop saw. From a safety perspective, please be sure to wear proper eye and ear protection when using any cutting tools.

Safety is key! To prevent cuts to the hand and to make assembly even easier,  we recommend using a file and deburring tool to clean up the edges of the pipe once cut. The provided diagram will make it simple to mark and assemble your frame.

1″ EMT is a readily available and inexpensive material that you can easily source for your DIY projector screen project. Consult our resources section for more project tips and ideas.

 

Video Transcript

Please note, this transcript is for reference only. For complete guidance on assembling your DIY Golf Simulator Enclosure Kit, please read the assembly manual, which is available on the DIY Enclosure webpage

 

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At Carl's Place our golf simulator enclosures are designed to be user-friendly and easy to assemble. In this video we'll provide you with some tips and tricks while we walk you through the setup process for our DIY enclosure kit.

What’s In The Box

Start by organizing your frame kit by size and shape. Your DIY kit will include one inch fittings,  all required frame tubing, a black enclosure cover, impact screen with flaps, ball bungees, and a weighted bag attachment for the bottom of your screen. If you purchase your DIY kit without the optional pipe framing included, you'll need to purchase the EMT from a local hardware store and cut it to size. Detailed assembly instructions are also included to help guide you step by step in the assembly process.

Tools Needed

Make sure that you have your tools handy for when you begin assembling. You'll need a half inch socket wrench, a measuring tape and at least one ladder.

Assemble The Frame

The first step in setting up your enclosure is to assemble the frame. 

Be sure to reference your specific diagram included with your kit that details the dimensions to the frame that you ordered before you start assembling the frame. Make sure that the fitting screws are loose so that you can insert the EMT pipes without interference. 

Next you'll want to connect all of the straight fittings to the appropriate EMT pipes marked on your diagram. Typically these will be the shortest and longest pipes included with your kit. You should have four pipes left over that will assemble as the depth of your enclosure.

Please note that if you've elected to purchase your own EMT, your frame design may vary from this example. 

Take note that the pipe is inserted all the way until it hits the dimple located inside the fittings. Tighten the fittings to the EMT using a half inch wrench with a quarter or half turn of tightening, enough to keep the EMT from being pulled apart by hand.

Begin assembling the lower half of the frame. Take one of your assembled width pipes and two of your depth pipes and lay them out in a U-shape on the floor. Your two included L-fittings will be assembled at the front of the enclosure with the three-way connection fittings at the rear.

Next, insert the EMT pipes for your height and make sure the bolts on the fittings are pointed toward the rear of the enclosure, but don't fully tighten these fittings down just yet until the top half of the frame is inserted into each fitting. 

Double check that all fitting screws are tightened down and complete the frame assembly by measuring the frame to make sure that all the dimensions match your diagram.

Hang The Enclosure Cover

Now that you have your frame assembled, it's time to hang the enclosure cover. 

Unfold the fabric enclosure cover which should be oriented with a grommeted edge aligned with the back of the frame and all of the hook and loop strips facing towards the front and inside of the enclosure.

There are two flaps on the upper inside corners of the enclosure cover that run the depth of the cover. Unfold these and use them to cover up the two upper depth pipes connecting the front and back of the frame.

Wrap the cover under the bottom of the frame and secure it in place. In every application attach the hook and loop to the center and work to the outside to ensure the best fit to the frame. Repeat the process with the flaps on the sides and top of the enclosure at the corners. Excess material should be folded in on itself and attached to keep it from hanging free.

Next attach the enclosure cover to the frame using the included ball bungee cords. Insert the loop end of the bungee into a grommet, threading it through until the ball stops. Wrap the cord loop around the frame tubing and hook it over the ball to create a loop. 

Wear the bungees around your wrist like a bracelet to keep both hands free for installing the bungee cords.We recommend having the ball and face inwards towards the enclosure.

Attach Your Impact Screen

Now it's time to attach your impact screen to the frame. 

Be careful when folding your screen to keep it from touching the floor and becoming dirty. The front of the screen should be mounted with the flaps facing toward the inside of the enclosure.

Start by attaching bungees in each of the four corners of the screen to the frame and proceed to attach each remaining grommet. Note that each corner grommet should have two ball bungees going through it; one will attach to a side and the other to the top or bottom.

This is where a block of wood comes in handy. Use a block of wood to keep the frame raised while you bungee the bottom of the screen to the enclosure. Working around the sides and top of the screen, cover the remaining visible frame pipes using the flaps attached to the screen. 

If you've purchased optional foam inserts install them between the flaps and the frame. The remaining bottom flap is secured to the floor using the included weighted bag. Alternatively the screen flap can be attached to adhesive-backed hook and loop secured to the floor or by attaching to any pre-existing carpeting or turf.

Add Ons

At this point you can install any additional add-ons to your existing enclosure setup. 

Adding turf to a hard floor is a great way to minimize bounce back. You can also purchase a Carl’s Place Hitting Mat to add to your enclosure.

Side nets are a good option to add on to protect your space from errant shots. Carl’s Place can set up any enclosure to be able to incorporate net extensions into your build.

Setup Complete

Your setup is complete and you can begin using your new DIY golf simulator enclosure.

Make sure that you keep enough space between the screen and any walls behind it to avoid causing contact. In most cases, 12-18 inches is enough. 

We recommend using new golf balls that are free from any scuffs or permanent marker to maximize the life of your screen and to keep it from marking up.

Thanks for watching this video. If you have any questions or feedback feel free to shoot us an email, give us a call or contact us on our website

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