2. I was attempting to pump my basketball with a pumping needle and a wrong sort of pump. Half way I noticed the valve went inwards. Trying to use the needle to pull it back, it fell into the ball.
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The inflation valve fell into my NBA game ball when I was trying to inflate it. Obviously, I don't want to be out $140. Anyone have any tricks for retrieving it from inside the ball? I've had no luck trying to grab it with tweezers by blindly feeling around. Couldn't find any tips online other than people saying they've had to buy new balls ...
At that point I used the tool to try to get the rest of the valve out, but the tool just pushed the rest of the valve inside the basketball. I then took a new valve and pushed it into the hole with my thumb, which was not difficult. I was able to inflate the ball and it no longer leaks air.
The valve ended up inside the ball, and well, that was the end of that. So, I started asking around the courts if anyone had any suggestions, and it appeared that from seasoned players to people involved in running competitions that the only option was to chuck the ball in the rubbish bin and buy a new ball.
Valve fell inside the ball when pumping. Wasn't able to retrieve it. Had to fit new valve, but annoying rattle from inside the ball.
Secure the needle for the ball into the air socket of the basketball. Screw on a tubeless tire valve stem to the needle. Attach a CO2 cartridge to the valve stem. You may need to use a tube to attach the two. Loosen the CO2 valve to release the compressed CO2 into the basketball. Test the ball and add more air if needed.
At this point, a decision has to be made to either purchase a new one or repair the existing one. Our Sport Ball Inflation Valve Kit offers a an easy, cost-effective solution to this unique problem. Extend the life of your favorite basketball, soccer ball, volleyball or football for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new one.
So without getting too scientific, it's basically due to the pressurized air inside the ball working in tandem with the ball's outer construction, and the laws of gravity. All three elements - air pressure, the ball's construction, and the laws of gravity combine to send an inflated basketball rebounding back when it is dropped without our even thinking about it!
If you have access to left-hand drill bits or an easy-out then simply backing one of them into the valve hole might be enough to pop it free. Another way to get purchase is to use a torx head driver of a suitable size, ranging from a t10 to a t20, and hammer it into the hole. The lands on the torx driver can cut in to get extra grip.