Here’s what we found in the way of plans for the new platform tennis court. We’ll be putting the CSB’s resident contractor right on it–as soon as he finished building one of our other wildest dreams, the outdoor squash court.
I love the specificity and precision in the language of patents. According to this one, belonging to George E. Olson, “The deck of a paddle tennis court includes a plurality of extruded aluminum members each having a horizontal playing surface and a pair of base legs each having a foot section with an outwardly facing wedge-shaped edge. The upper deck section is attached to the I beam superstructure underneath by a plurality of clamps. A double clamp is employed from above to bridge the foot portions of the upper deck sections. The double clamps are connected by a threaded bolt and nut combination to single clamps which are attachable to the wedge-shaped edges of the transverse underlying I beams. The construction of the double clamps is such that the upper deck sections are separated from each other by a predetermined gap suffficient to allow acces to the space between the deck plates. Each court also includes a spring-loaded sidewall and a diagonal external support which is connected to one of the extended underlying I beams.” And so on.
But you get the picture, right?