Just bought the new trampoline and it has been arrived to you backyard, but you don’t know how to put together a trampoline? Then, this guide is going to help you on how you can set up your trampoline of any size with care.
Trampoline is a source of enjoyment for kids. Jumping and bouncing over a trampoline is something that is a matter of fun for adults as well. The most amazing thing about a trampoline is that it not only brings enjoyment to the one who is jumping or bouncing over it but also is a good sport. Trampolines are being used as a source of exercise too.
Once the trampoline package has arrived at your house then you want to use it as soon as possible. Kids, in particular, are eager to do the jumping and bouncing. Although most of the manufacturers of the trampoline offer installment services, they charge a good amount for the services as well.
Since you have just paid a handsome amount for the trampoline package, your budget may not allow you to spend some more money on it. In this case, you can ask for help from your friends or family members to assemble the trampoline. For that, you need to understand it fully as a DIY task for the safe installation of the trampoline.
The trampoline packages come with the manual of installation still some users find it difficult to understand it. This article will help you understand all the steps involved in the installation of a trampoline and how to put together a trampoline.
Things you need to Put Together a Trampoline:
To successfully install a trampoline, the most important thing that one needs is the required skill. You should know about the parts of the trampoline and how to put together a trampoline in the right way to make a secure trampoline. The trampoline manual can help you fully in this regard.
You should also know how to use the tools which you will be using in this process such as screwdrivers, rubber mallets, etc.
Other requirements include time, number of people, equipment, and safety tools. The time required for assembling a small size trampoline is 2 hours. One person can do the installation process on his own if fully understood the techniques.
All the equipment is present in the toolbox which comes in the trampoline packages. You may wear safety shoes, secure clothes, and goggles to prevent any kind of damage to the body and the eyes.
How to Put Together a Trampoline:
A trampoline can be a good replacement for the gym but it is important to install it in a proper way. Any kind of error in the assembling process can cause serious injuries during jumping or bouncing over the trampoline. Simply standing on the trampoline may sound simple and easy.
On the other hand, the some trampoline may take more time, and assembling the trampoline is maybe tricky but it provides more safety from the winds or stormy weather.
Installing the backyard trampoline is simple if instructions are followed according to the steps described in detail.
Step 1: Choose A Good Location for Trampoline Assembly
The very first and the most important step for trampoline assembly is choosing the right place for your garden where you should install the trampoline. It is recommended to measure your lawn and find the place that matches the best with the size of the trampoline.
To choose the best part of the lawn for the installation of the trampoline, make sure that no tree branch is touching or approaching the place. Next, cut (if present) any excessive amount of grass. Do not forget to cut the large weed and branches from the area.
The surface of the ground should be flat and stable to ensure the stability of the structure. Fill or dig sand in case of any irregularities present in the chosen area. Some manufacturers prefer to dig a 30 cm hole on the chosen area to put your trampoline legs within.
This digging process may take more time and effort for the assembly of the trampoline but it will provide much more security to the structure of the trampoline in the long term for sure. Do not forget to take care of the pipes present in the ground during the digging process to avoid any kind of accident.
It is recommended to not install the trampoline at any place with the high wind as high winds can unroot the trampoline and hence are highly risky. It is also recommended to leave some empty space around the trampoline. A space of 1.5 m should be kept free around the trampoline on a ground where 6 m length above the ground should be made clear for the trampoline.
After choosing the right place, make sure you have a good amount of time for the installation process. A trampoline of 6 feet requires two hours for the installation process. A trampoline of the size of 8 feet can take 2 to 3 hours to get assembled.
The trampoline having 10 feet also takes 2 to 3 hours to get installed. Assembling a 12 feet trampoline takes time between 3 to 4 hours. A 14-feet trampoline also takes 3 to 4 hours to assemble. Build time for a trampoline with a size greater than 14 feet is 4 hours.
Step 2: Layout All Parts and Check Them
A trampoline normally comes in 2 or more packages. All of these packages contain different parts that are compulsory for the installation process. If you have ordered it from someplace, wait until or unless all the packages get arrived (you may check from the retailer about the total number of packages).
Once all the packages have arrived, unpack the packages and look for all the required parts for assembling the trampoline. In case of any missing parts, talk to the retailer.
The most vital part of the layout of all the parts for the installation process is the trampoline manual. The manual contains a list of all the parts that are essential for the assembly of the trampoline. The checklist should include
- Trampoline Galvanized Steel Frame
- Trampoline Legs
- Trampoline T-Section Joints
- Enclosure Poles
- Enclosure net
- Steel Trampoline Ladder (If applicable)
- Anchor Kit Pegs and Strings (If applicable)
- Trampoline Spring Cover and Padding
You should go to the next step only if all the parts are available. It is recommended to check the dimensions of each part and match it with the trampoline manual to avoid any trouble in the remaining process of assembling the trampoline.
Step 3: Tools Required in Trampoline Assembly
Most of the trampoline sets have a tool kit that has all the tools to be used for assembling a trampoline. Yet it is preferred to open the kit and look for all the tools needed for the process.
Tools required for this process are:
- Spring puller
- Power drill
- Rubber mallet
- Wrench set
- Safety gloves
A spring puller is used to pull and attach the springs of the trampoline. Spring can be used as a replacement for the spring puller in the installation process of the trampoline.
The screwdriver and the wrench set are used to screw the nuts and to tighten them up for protection purposes.
Power drill can screw the nuts quickly by using electric current and hence can be used to fasten up the installation process. However, its usage technique can be tricky. It is recommended to be careful if you are using the power drill.
A rubber mallet is used to set the springs of the trampoline in the right place. Its hand is made up of wood while its head is made up of rubber. It is helpful in the application of required force to the springs of the trampoline to reach their suitable positions.
Hand gloves are supposed to be worn in the installation process. They can protect the hands from any kind of injury during the assembling of the trampoline.
Step 4: Reading Trampoline Installation Manual is Important
Installing any trampoline can be a little bit tricky but the manual that comes with them explains it all briefly. It is recommended to read the installation manual of the trampoline to understand all the steps.
Once read thoroughly, put the installation manual in a safe place as you will need to reread it whenever to change any part of the trampoline.
Also, you may need to disassemble and assemble the trampoline to protect it from some extreme weather conditions, and hence you will need to understand the instructions provided by the installation manual from time to time.
Step 5: Put Together Trampoline Legs and Frame
The assembling of the trampoline starts with the frame which is the heaviest part of it. Place all the parts of the frame on the ground and make sure that there is enough empty space to install the large shape. The next step is to join the T-joints with the trampoline frame. The T-sockets help to join the legs with the trampoline frame.
Each part is to be pushed into another piece to get the complete shape of a circle or of a rectangle (according to the shape of the trampoline frame). Once done, you will get the initial shape of the trampoline. This is the foundation of the trampoline frame on which all the other parts are added step-by-step.
Next, attach the trampoline legs to the frame. T-joints that are already attached to the frame of the trampoline play a vital role in this process. Each leg is attached to the hole provided by the T-sockets already installed on the frame. Attaching the legs is an easy process but in case of having some trouble, you may use the rubber mallet to line up the holes in a rightmost way.
Then secure the legs with the frame by using nuts or screws. This can be done by using the wrench set and the screwdriver. However, the process can be made fast if you use an electric drill. Do not forget to tighten up the screws or the nuts to make a secure foundation.
Flip over the frame of the trampoline. It is preferred to get help from a partner for this process. Ask the partner to flip over the frame by standing to the opposite side of yours. In case of any wobbling, investigate the foundation carefully and find which part is the reason behind it. Mostly, legs are the reason for wobbling. Secure the unstable parts with the screwdriver or wrench and make the foundation stable before moving to the next step.
Step 6: Assembling Trampoline Springs and Mat
Assembling trampoline springs and the mat to the trampoline is the most tricky part of the whole process. The trampoline springs have two ends, one is called an open-end while another one is the closed-end. The open-end of the trampoline springs is meant to be attached with the clung of the frame where the closed-end is attached with the ring (V-shaped or D-shaped) of the trampoline. Attaching the first four springs is crucial and hence should be done carefully.
It is preferred to assemble a trampoline spring with the help of another human being. However, one can do it on his own just by taking care of the steps involved. Start attaching the first spring in such a way that the closed-end is attached with the ring while the open-end is attached with the clung of the trampoline frame.
A spring puller or another spring can be used to pull and extend the spring to be placed at the right position. Hitting with the rubber mallet can also snap the spring to the right position.
After the installation of the first spring to the trampoline frame, the next spring to be attached is the one present at the exact opposite side of the already attached one. Once the second spring is attached, go to the 90 degrees of the already installed springs and attach the next step. All the other springs are to be installed following the same pattern.
The alternative spring attachment provides balance to the trampoline mat and hence is made much easier this way.
Step 7: Installing Safety Pad of Trampoline
The trampoline safety pad is made up of soft material and the purpose of the safety pad is protection. A safety pad is put over the trampoline frame to prevent falls over the springs of the frame during jumping or bouncing.
Lay the pad over the frame. Holes are present at the bottom of the safety pad that lines up with the legs. Safety pads come with Velcro (metal hooks) or ropes to fix and secure the pad to the trampoline frame. Attach Velcro or ropes in alignment over all the springs of the trampoline frame.
Step 8: Adding Poles and Safety Net
Most of the trampolines come with the enclosure net for safety purposes. This net is attached to the trampoline to prevent the fall outside of the trampoline frame.
There are a few net poles that are used as the frame for the net of the trampoline. These poles are vertical in shape and provide support to the trampoline net. Poles are covered with a pad or foam to protect against any injury to the jumper by falling off to the poles directly.
The poles can easily be attached to the frame by using customized holes over the frame. These poles are then secured with screws with the help of the screwdriver or an electric drill can be used to make the process much easy and fast.
Net is to be attached after the installation of the net poles to the trampoline frame. The thread of the net is attached to the poles. Tight the bungee strings with the net at the bottom of the frame. Do not forget to tie the top of the net with the poles by using the strings already provided with the net.
A few companies are providing the trampoline net which is already attached with the poles. It saves time and effort.
Step 9: Securing Trampoline with Anchor Kit
The trampoline might seem that it is ready to jump already yet it may require anchors. Installation of an anchor kit is recommended as it prevents the trampoline to blow away in the presence of high winds. This accessory provides security on the ground.
The trampoline packages come with any kind of anchor kit or wind stakes. Just insert them to the ground and fasten with your trampoline legs.
Step 10: Installing Ladder and Additional Accessories
A ladder comes with the trampoline which can be installed to make the climb and exit easy. It normally comes with 2 or 3 steps on it.
A ladder may come in different parts. Put all parts together to form a ladder. You need to secure the ladder with the hooks or strings and set it on the trampoline.
Other accessories such as trampoline basketball hoop, trampoline tent, water splash, club house, or any other can be installed now.
Step 11: Do Final Checkup Before Jumping
Although you are done with the installation process yet it is recommended to recheck it for one more time. Investigate all the springs, screws, poles, and strings and make sure that everything is secure before jumping on it.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the common trampoline assembly problems?
Assembling the trampoline is an easy process if done in the right way. One may find any assembly problems due to misunderstanding the manual instructions.
You can face problems during the spring installation if you are not following the right process of it. The right procedure is that attach one spring to the mat and ring and then attach the spring which is at the exact opposite side.
The next two springs are to be installed at the 90 degrees of the springs that are already attached. One cannot complete the process by not following and repeating this pattern.
You can face some problems if you have not concerned about the right location of the trampoline. The presence of any pool, tree branch or even imbalanced surface of the area can make it difficult to set the trampoline in the right way. Also, it can be dangerous at a long run.
A large sized trampoline can be difficult to handle by a single person. You may ask help from some friend or anyone from the family to make the installation process easy for you.
Tightening all the spring, nuts and screws is very important or else, it can cause accident and can bring injury to the jumper. It is recommended to check tight all these parts before allowing anyone to jump over the trampoline.
How long does it take to put a trampoline together?
The time taken to install the trampoline depends upon the size and sometimes to the shape of the trampoline. A professional takes 3 to 5 hours to complete the whole process where you may do the process slowly and hence take more time.
A small-sized trampoline can get installed within 2 hours. Whereas a medium-sized trampoline can take 3 to 4 hours to get assembled in the right way.
How to install an in-ground trampoline?
Following steps are involved to install an in-ground trampoline:
Dig the hole according to the size of the trampoline
Build a retaining wall for the rigidity of the trampoline hole
Make drain for the flow of water
Construct the trampoline frame
Assemble spring, mat, and frame
Place trampoline in the hole
Secure trampoline pads to the trampoline
After this, an in-ground trampoline is ready to get jumped and bounced.
What type of trampoline safety you should maintain in trampoline installation?
You should be careful during the installation process of the trampoline to prevent from any hurt.
Do not allow the kids to come near you during the assembling of the trampoline.
Wear gloves to protect you hands from getting dirty or injured.
Do not forget the standard pressure in the spring assembly.
Avoid putting any tool over the parts of the trampoline which can bring damage to the parts.
How much does it cost to put together a trampoline by assembly service?
Assembling of the trampoline depends upon the size of the trampoline and also on the shape or area where you are living in. it can cost from 100 dollars to 300 dollars. However, the installation of sunken in the ground trampoline is expensive than the on-ground installation of the trampoline.
Does A Trampoline Need to Be Level?
Yes, it is very important for the trampoline to be placed at a flat surface. A leveled surface is a must for to get the maximum height for jumping over the trampoline.
An imbalanced surface is unable to provide stability to the trampoline which is risky. Also, one can get serious injury by jumping or bouncing over the trampoline placed at a surface which is not flat.
How Much Space Is Needed Around a Trampoline?
It is recommended to leave free space around the trampoline to prevent any bad accident to happen. There should be empty space up-to 1.5 meter around the trampoline on the ground where an empty space of 6 meter above the ground.
Can A Trampoline Mat Be Repaired?
Repairing of the trampoline mat depends on the size of the hole present in the mat. Repairing process cannot be done or is not suitable if the size of the hole is more than 2 inches. For any hole less than 2 inches (or equal to 2 inches) you can repair it. Sewing skills are required for the repairing process.
You need a patch kit to repair the hole. Buy a patch and place it over the whole. The next step is to attach the patch over the teared part by using a sewing machine. The patch can also be attached by the help of a needle and thread to cover the hole in the trampoline mat.
Conclusion on how to put together a trampoline:
Having a trampoline in the home can be great idea for having a fun factor and also a source of good exercise for both kids and adults of the home. However, the installation of the trampoline should be done in the right way to avoid any injury to the people using the trampoline.
It is important to understand the assembling process as a DIY task as you do not need it for once in a lifetime only. But you may need to do the assembling or disassembling process from time to time for protection purposes. Extreme weather conditions can damage the trampoline frame so it is important to uninstall the trampoline before the arrival of the winter. Keeping this in mind, you should learn it completely to save money since assembling process charges at least 100 dollars.
You should learn the technique to that it can be used if you are planning to change the damaged part of the trampoline or even if you want to relocate the trampoline from the old position to the new position. You can also help any of your friend who is planning to install the trampoline at his house.