PTM-4 Mounting Options
The PTM-4 has a sleeve up inside the back
that slides on to a 1-1/2" steel pipe. ScoreTronics includes with the
PTM-4 a one-foot long piece of 1-1/2" pipe that slides up inside this
sleeve, called a mounting pipe. The top of the ScoreTronics mounting pipe
has a notch that engages with a pin up inside the scoreboard that prevents the
scoreboard from rotating in the wind. The bottom of the mounting pipe is
threaded to fit into user-supplied 1-1/2" pipes and fittings.
Pole or Standard Mounting: If
your field allows it, the most convenient method of mounting the PTM-4 is
to permanently set a six foot tall pipe in the ground at the field, and screw
the ScoreTronics supplied mounting pipe to the top of this pipe. You then
just slide the PTM-4 onto this pipe for the event, and slide it off at the
end of the day. If the pipe is located near any area of play, make sure to pad the pipe
to prevent injury from accidental player collisions.
Wall Mounting: The included
mounting pipe can be attached to a user-supplied 1-1/2" elbow, nipple, and
wall flange (available at local hardware stores). The wall flange is
fastened to the wall with screws.
Tripod mounting: A substantial
tripod is recommended for the PTM-4 to prevent tipping. ScoreTronics
offers two tripods for use in different situations. The "Indoor
Tripod" (which is based on a
musician's speaker stand) works well on flat level surfaces indoors and outdoors
in non-windy areas. It includes the tripod and an adapter sleeve that fits
the tripod. The "Outdoor Tripod" (which is based on a surveyor's
tripod) has legs that can be spread wide and spikes on the legs that can be
stepped into the ground to provide extra stability in the wind. Because of
the spiked legs, this tripod is suitable on grass, sand, and soil. When the outdoor tripod is ordered, a lightweight aluminum
version of the ScoreTronics mounting pipe is provided instead of the normal
steel one to save weight carried to the field.
Table Top Use: The scoreboard
can be placed on a table top. The PTM-4 will stand on its own on a flat
surface, but can be made much more stable in this application if a length of
1-1/2" PVC pipe is inserted into the internal sleeve to support the rear of
the unit as a third support. The tripod adapter sleeve mentioned above can
be used for this purpose as well. Keep in mind that while portable
scoreboards 'can' be used on tabletops, the ideal height for a portable
scoreboard is at least 5-6 feet, to get it above the heads of players and
spectators blocking the view.
Floor or Ground Placement: Operating a portable scoreboard on the floor or the ground is not recommended because of the poor visibility of this situation. Spectators, players, and even tall grass often blocks the view. The same problem occurs with an easel that holds the scoreboard at three feet. Units this low are also subject to scuffing and damage from spectators. The best height for a portable scoreboard is at least five to six feet off the ground.
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