One excellent way of having fun is through the use of a trampoline. Now that you have your newly purchased trampoline, there are few steps involved before you can begin to enjoy the fun.
Building a trampoline, such as a 14ft trampoline, is a stepwise process that is easy for anyone to follow. Now, this means that you don’t need much expertise before you can do it. You only have to learn how to set up a trampoline. In no time, you have a trampoline built and ready to entertain all.
This article takes you through the steps involved in building a trampoline. Before starting the setup, there are a few points to note.
What you need before setting up
Now that you have the purchased trampoline check out the different parts. Make sure that they are complete and in good condition. If you don’t know all the different parts, check the manufacturer’s guide for help. If there is any part missing, you should contact the manufacturer to get them. If all is complete, then we are good to go.
The major parts include:
- Steel frame (Circular or rectangular pieces)
- Steel legs
- Trampoline springs
- T-section joints
- Trampoline mat
- Padding and frame cover
If your preferred model is one with an enclosure net and ladder, you should also have
- A steel trampoline ladder
- Enclosure poles
- Trampoline net
Next are the personal tools that are needed for building a trampoline. Most newly purchased trampolines include the tools necessary for installation. However, if your package does not come with the installation tools, there is no cause for worry. What you need include:
- A screwdriver
- A hammer
- Spring puller
Shapes of Trampoline
Before setting up, you should know that there are two types of trampolines. These two types are based on the shape that the trampolines form after set up.
They are more common than the other type. If you want to learn how to set up a circular trampoline, follow the basic steps that are listed below. Circular trampolines those that are a 10ft trampoline.
The other shape of trampolines. It is usually bigger in average size when compared to the circular trampoline. The steps below are also useful if you want to learn how to set up a rectangular trampoline.
Setting up a trampoline
Now that we have the tools necessary for building a trampoline, let us get to the steps involved.
- Organise the parts
The organisation will help you set up the equipment nicely. Arrange by collecting the trampoline parts that are similar in one place. For example, the T-section joints should be numbered and gathered in one place. Once the parts are arranged, we can begin.
- Place the frame
Place the steel frame on the floor and arrange them. The end of each steel should be side by side with the next piece. Repeat the process till you have a rough shape of the trampoline lying on the floor.
- Attach the T-section joints
The T-section joins the different pieces to form a single shape. Depending on the shape of the trampoline, the T-section vary in design. The end of the steel should fit into the joints nicely. If it doesn’t, you should hammer the joints lightly to help the shape stay firm.
- Fix the stand
The third port on the T-section is the space for the stand or legs. Insert the legs firmly and screw the bolts in place. You can use a power drill or an appropriate manual screwdriver for this step. Now the trampoline should be taking shape.
- Flip the setup
You only need to flip the trampoline upside down if you attached the leg with the T-section facing up. Some attach the legs with the third part of the T-section facing down. That way, the leg is automatically in place when the attachment is done. Note that it is better to connect the legs facing up and then flip the frame.
- Attach the springs
Now that you have the frame, the next step is to attach the trampoline springs and the trampoline mats. This is the most crucial step so you need to get it right. It is advisable to have someone join you for this step.
Attach the springs to the hooks on the mat. Using a spring puller, pull the other end of the spring to the steel and use the mallet to hit into the designated space.
You should do this at the same time as your partner at the exact opposite end. This will help maintain the integrity of the mat. Repeat the process till all springs are in place.
- Add the Padding and steel cover
The padding is added to cover the spring. It is necessary for safety. Paddings often come with different designs. However, you will find a way to attach it firmly to the frame. Most times, this is through the use of ropes.
There you have it! If your trampoline is a model without enclosure, then you have completed the setup process. For models that have the enclosure net, here are steps on how to set up a trampoline net.
How to set up a trampoline enclosure net
- You should start with the trampoline rods. Depending on height, a rod might have up to three smaller pieces. Screw the pieces to get a long single rod. Do this for all the rods.
- Next, attach the rods to the appropriate holes in the trampoline frame and screw firmly.
- The third step is to attach the net to the mat’s edge using a thread or rope.
- Then connect the upper end of the net to the top of the trampoline rod. This will automatically form an enclosure once you are done attaching the net to all the rods.
- Use the anchor to attach the trampoline to the ground. It keeps the trampoline stable and prevents blowing over the whole setup.
It might look daunting at first, especially when you see all the pieces you need to put together. In spite of this, with the right step and patience, you can learn the processes involved in setting up a trampoline with ease. If your trampoline has a ladder, attach it to the feet of the frame to help kids get on easily. These are the easy steps on how to set up a trampoline. Check other articles to learn more about handling a trampoline.