Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How Do You Repair a Batters Box?

I get this question numerous times in my travels.  So, let's look into the repair:

First, the plate after the game:


First step, rake the plate with a landscape rake.  Look to lower high areas:


Second step, remove all conditioner and loose clay by using the leveling blade on the rake and a broom:  NOTICE - the use of both a push broom and a standard broom and how clean to sweep the batters box.  NO loose material should be present.




Third step, add water to hydrate the existing clay.  This can be accomplished with a garden hose, watering can, or a sprayer/spray bottle:


Next step, add new mound clay.  In this case Dura Pitch Mound Clay was added:


Then, rake new clay into place and use a flat bladed shovel to chop the new clay into the existing clay:



After adding the clay, lightly compact the clay with your foot and then tamp using a hand tamp:



Then, rake the compacted clay in 3 directions to level the clay.  


Next step, use a small amount of water to hydrate the clay and use your foot to smear the clay together and blend all the seams into one solid piece of clay:


Then, push the existing conditioner to the plate, screen with leaf rake and add conditioner as needed to maintain a 1/4 inch depth of conditioner:


Lastly, finish drag,water and paint the plate.  

Use this program, and your plate area will be the best in your league.

Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer


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