You won't be up and down about this choice! One of the best designs available in a practice base, you'll be quite pleased with the UV-resistant plastic piping that never needs painting, and the rolling, pull-out DETACHABLE fulcrum which allows you to quickly remove the board from the base. It also features visual "side-bars" so the dog can see where the pivoting center of the board is. It is 24" tall (competition height) and is strong enough to hold the weight of 10 men! (but don't try this at home - it's too outrageous a sight).
Note: This is the base only - You will need to purchase and paint your own board. We include the hardware and easy assembly instructions for what board to get and how to prepare it.
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"What exactly must I get to complete this obstacle?"
1) 2"x12'x12" Board (2 inches thick, 12 feet long, and 12" wide) Finding the right wood board at your local home improvement store is easy. The board to get is common framing lumber. It is the same wood that contractors would use for framing a deck or house. The type of wood is relatively unimportant. Pine is fine, hemlock fir, etc. Though, pressure treated is not suggested, as these have a tendency to be VERY heavy, and really don’t need to be pressure treated anyhow, as you will be painting it. The trick is finding a decent piece out of the stack that isn't overly warped or cracked. Though it doesn't need to be perfect, as a coat of paint goes a long way. Depending on your need for this obstacle, you can get a 8', 10', 12' long, etc. If they don’t have the smaller size you are looking for, get longer and cut down the length (sometimes home improvement stores will cut it for you). In regards to the width and thickness of the board, common framing lumber is 'labeled', or referred to by numbers that are rounded up to a whole number. For example, 2"x12"x(length) has an actual measurement of approximately 1-1/2"x11-1/2"x(length). Or a 2"x10"x(length) has actual of approximately 1-1/2"x9-1/2"x(length). This is okay, they will work great for your obstacle. Choose your board width (i.e. 10" or 12") and length (i.e. 8', 10', or 12') in accordance to the obstacle being made, and as called out in assembly instructions provided with your obstacle, or as specified here.
2) Exterior Paint You will need yellow paint for the "contact zones", and some other contrasting color of your choice for the center part. A 1/2 gallon is all you need for each color. You could also get a a few cans of yellow spray paint for the contacts. Many paint stores and larger home & garden stores have mismatched "oops" paints for $3-4 a gallon. You might be able to at least find a nice color for the center part of the board (and maybe yellow, if you're really lucky). Exterior paint is recommended. Don't get gloss for the yellow paint (too slippery on the contact zones), but you could use it for the central part if you'd like. Latex paint is also recommended over oil, as it features easy water clean-up.
3) Sand You can get a bag of kid's play sand, or rough sand (doesn't really matter) for about $3-4. This needs to be sprinkled on the wet coat(s) of paint for traction. Minimum amount needed is approximately 2 cups of sand. Traction is NECESSARY for safety and dog's ability to control the board.
Q: "How does the board attach to the base & How easy is it?"
All you need is a screwdriver. Simply use our template to lay out where to screw the brackets. The instructions will guide you step by step. It's all very easy. After that, to remove the board, you simply pull out the fulcrum pipe and lift off the board. This is a unique design that we are very proud of!
Q: "How is the height adjusted?"
The practice model is not adjustable. It is at competition height of 24".
Q: "How sturdy is this base as compared to another material, such as wood, and how does it compare to competition bases?"
The base is very sturdy - it will safely hold the weight of an adult, let alone a heavy dog. It compares to competition bases in quality, but as far as we are aware, trials do not allow plastic pipe bases, though we are not positive of this. Typically they use steel ones, or wood.
Q: "Space and portability is important to me. Can I use a shorter board, and how easy is it to move?"
A shorter board can be used, though is not recommended because it is not to specs, and your teeter board will have a steeper incline.