Assembly

Before you begin…………DO NOT ASSEMBLE THE PCNT UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE ENTIRE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS. WE RECOMMEND READING THE ASSEMBLY SECTION FROM BEGINNING TO END BEFORE STARTING!!! SNAPPING PIECES TOGETHER IN THE WRONG SEQUENCE WILL PREVENT THE PCNT FROM BEING ASSEMBLED TO YOUR NET, AND WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

 LET’S BEGIN…….
Inventory your package. It should contain:

(1) Instruction sheet.
(4) Outer quarter sections with spokes.
(1) Inner circle.
(1) Forked assembly tool taped to the center ring.
(1) Storage bag. (These 22X27 inch bags are complimentary and are not under warranty.)

The materials that you will need:

One QUALITY cast net 5-7 foot radius. (Preferably new or gently used.)
One felt tip permanent marker.
ONE FRIEND. (Don’t assemble your PCNT by yourself!!!)

What you won’t need:
Distractions of any nature….. Telephones, pagers, dogs, kids, etc. You will need to concentrate for about 10 minutes.

Grab your new net at the swivel and count the number of braille lines. Most nets will have an even number of braille lines, typically 12, 16, 18, 20, 24, or 36. REMEMBER THAT COUNT!!

Determine if you will be throwing the PCNT left or right-handed. If you bat or throw a ball right-handed, then you will probably follow the right-handed procedure. For reference, all of the throwing pictures on our website and in this instruction sheet show right-handed assembly and throwing.

Look at the outer rim of the PCNT at the junction points. One side will have an “L” for left-handed. The other side will have an “R” for right-handed.

Lay the four quarter panels on a table and form them into a broken circle with your throwing preference facing up. (If you are right-handed, the “R’s” should be facing up). Make sure that the spokes all curve in the same direction.

Moisten the first two zigzag surfaces and lay each flat section over the other and squeeze them together. Then insert the smaller tips into their matching holes on the other piece. Firmly grasp ONLY the outer rings. (DO NOT SQUEEZE THE SPOKES OR USE THEM FOR LEVERAGE!!!! THEY COULD BREAK!!) While pressing the two flat sections together, FIRMLY press the two pieces towards each other until they lock into place.

Make sure that the spokes all curve in the same direction, and repeat the previous process and attach the third section to the previous two. Repeat by attaching the fourth section to the other three.

STOP!!!

DO NOT SNAP THE PCNT INTO A COMPLETE CIRCLE AT THIS TIME!!! THE FINAL CONNECTION WILL BE DONE LATER.

The PCNT will now be an open circle with all of the same letters facing upward. (“R” is shown in the picture.)

Look at the following chart and locate the column that corresponds to the total number of braille lines on your net. As you can see by the chart, if you have 12 braille lines on your net, you would put one braille line in every other spoke opening. If your net has 16 braille lines, you would put one braille line in the first opening, one in the second opening and skip the third… and repeat. The darkened portion of the chart shows the repetitive marking pattern around the outside of the rim.

Total braille line count on net

Starting at the opening of the outer ring, mark on the top of the outer ring of the PCNT (in the area between the spokes), to indicate which opening will contain a braille line. (The marking for sixteen braille lines is shown in photo.)

If the opening will have two braille lines, make two marks in that space. Look at your marks a second time and make sure that they are evenly spaced and distributed. Also, make sure that you have made the marks on the correct side (“R” side if you are right-handed)

Find a wide open, obstacle free area such as a yard, garage, driveway, or large room.

WITH THE HELP OF A FRIEND, take your net, and lay it upside down (the braille lines will be on top of the net mesh). Work your way around the weighted line and stretch the net into a full circle.

PLACE THE CENTER RING AND FORKED ASSEMBLY TOOL IN YOUR POCKET. You will need them in a moment.

You (alone) should walk BETWEEN two adjacent braille lines all the way to the center of the net, bend down and gather together ALL of the Braille lines at the point where they come up through the plastic center horn. Place your feet on the netting on either side of the plastic horn to keep it from lifting.

Taking care that you are not standing on any braille lines, SLOWLY lift the braille lines until your hand is about waist high. (Note: The net diameter will shrink a little as you lift up on the braille lines.)

ALL of the braille lines should now come up through the plastic center horn, up through your clenched fist, and then fan outward and downward to the weighted line. The center net horn and netting should be about one or two feet below your fist holding the braille lines. If not, push the net and horn downward until there is at least one foot of working space between the bottom of your fist and the netting material. The braille lines should now be shaped like a teepee, with the lines in the center (under your fist) making a “center pole” to the teepee.

Your helper should now moisten the remaining two zigzag ends of the ring of the PCNT and stand facing you on the opposite side of the net. Have him spread apart two braille lines and make an imaginary door to the teepee and walk into this door towards the center of the net, being careful not to step on the braille lines.

Your helper should now insert the PCNT through this door opening and once the PCNT is inside and underneath the teepee he should turn the PCNT horizontally (flat), MAKING SURE THAT THE PROPER MARKINGS (R/L) ARE FACING UPWARDS. Then he should gently open up the PCNT at the final remaining junction, and guide ALL of the braille lines that make up the “center pole” of the teepee into the inside of PCNT.

VERIFY THAT ALL OF THE BRAILLE LINES THAT MAKE UP THE CENTER POLE OF THE TEEPEE ARE POSITIONED IN THE INSIDE OF THE OUTER RING OF THE PCNT, AND THAT ALL OF THE BRAILLE LINES THAT MAKE UP THE TEEPEE ARE ABOVE AND ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE OUTER PCNT RING.

ALSO VERIFY THAT THE PCNT IS POSITIONED WITH THE PROPER “R” OR “L” FACING UPWARDS. IF NOT, BACK THE PCNT OUT, TURN IT OVER, AND REINSERT IT.

Your helper should now complete the PCNT into a circle by pressing the two remaining outer ring ends together until they lock into place.

DO NOT USE THE SPOKES FOR LEVERAGE! ONLY GRASP THE OUTER RIM.

You (or your helper) should now hold the PCNT horizontally by the outer rim and raise it gently up until it contacts the underside of the fanned out braille lines.

You may now release all of the braille lines and assist your helper in holding up the PCNT ring. (Keeping a slight upwards tension on the braille lines makes assembly easier.)

The braille lines will be jumbled at this point. The next steps will distribute them evenly around the PCNT.

Identify any single braille line, and move it along the outer rim of the PCNT until it is positioned over one of the marked spoke openings. Starting at the PCNT outer rim, grasp that braille line and push the braille line downward into the opening and slide your fingers towards the center of the PCNT until the braille line drops into the proper spoke opening. (It might be necessary to move other lines out of that opening)

Look at the outside base of the teepee and locate the next adjacent braille line and position that braille line over the next marked opening on the rim, and follow the same procedure to push it down into the next marked opening.

Note: It might be necessary to move or reposition one or more braille lines out of the way in order to achieve the proper sequencing and spacing. It usually takes a few passes around the PCNT to achieve proper positioning.

When finished, all of the braille lines should come up from the center horn and up and over the edge of the outer rim in each of their marked slots, and then down to the weighted lead line that makes the outer circumference of your net. Double-check your work and reposition any lines that are in the wrong openings or are crossed or out of sequence around the edge of the net.

With the PCNT still being held up and holding pressure against the braille lines, take the center ring and position it in the center of the PCNT with the name downwards, and the TWO RIBS FACING UPWARDS.

Insert ALL of the spoke tips LOOSELY into the center ring (about 1/8 inch). Make sure that the spokes are in the proper order.

Double-check your work!! Remove spokes and reposition any lines that are in the wrong openings or are out of sequence around the edge.

Press the assembly fork down onto the first spoke. Place your index and middle fingers on the tines of the fork and your thumb in the inside of the ring. Slowly and firmly squeeze the spoke until it pops completely into place. Move the tool to the next spoke in sequence, and repeat the process. Continue to press all of the spokes into place.

Look down into the space between the two ribs on the center ring and visually verify that all of the spokes have been inserted COMPLETELY into the center ring.

Set the ring down on the ground and you and your helper slowly back up and step off of the net. Using your helper’s assistance, grasp the weighted line from one end, and lift it up and turn it over (with the braille lines down)

You are done!! Let’s go try our first throw…..