So you just purchased a new trampoline and the package arrived. Now that the trampoline has arrived you are wondering how to set up a trampoline. Well, trampoline assembly is not as complicated as you might think.
Most trampolines come with instructions on how to put a trampoline together, but if you don’t want to read them or lost them, then this guide will give you a basic idea.
Before getting started with the trampoline assembly you need to get a few tools together. You need a Philips, start looking, screwdriver. You will also need a spring pulling tool. It might be helpful to have a rubber mallet as well, and some gloves. A friend never hurt either because two people working on something is always quicker than one.
The trampoline you bought may come with the tools needed in the package, especially the screwdriver and spring puller, but you might need to get the rubber mallet and gloves from somewhere else. The mallet is mainly to help get the last springs into the holes, and the gloves can help protect your hands from pinching, but I know some people don’t like using gloves because it can reduce dexterity and make it hard to hold things.
Once you have all the required tools you can open the packages. Your trampoline was probably shipped in more than one box. It is a good idea to make sure all the pieces came correctly before assembly. You don’t want to have half the trampoline put together only to discover you are missing a part.
After inspecting the trampoline you can take the metal ring pieces and lay them out. This will help you get an idea of how big the trampoline is going to be, so you know you have enough space where you are assembling it at. Once you lay out the whole ring you can connect the metal poles together and secure them with the provided screws.
After getting the ring put together it is time to move on to assembling the legs. The legs are normally only a couple pieces and they hook together in a similar manner to how the ring was put together. Once you have the legs assembled you can attach them to the metal ring. It may seem odd that you are assembling the trampoline upside down, but this is the best way to go about it so you can reach parts easily.
While keeping the trampoline on the ground it is time to connect the jump mat to the metal ring. This part can get frustrating especially if the spring puller you have isn’t very good or you don’t have the rubber mallet. First, unroll the jump mat on the inside of the metal ring. Then pick a spot to start connecting the first spring. I recommend just starting at the twelve o’clock position if you are looking at the face of the clock.
The first springs aren’t too bad to connect. You hook one hook end of the spring to the jump mat where it has the loop. Then you pull the spring and put the other end of the hook into the hole on the metal ring frame. The spring puller is used by hooking it to the end that is going to connect to the metal ring and then you can pull the spring with it instead of your fingers. This allows for a better grip and also reduces injury chances.
After connecting the twelve o’clock spring you should connect the one opposite it next, or the six o’clock one. This adds tension to the jump mat evenly. It is done in the same way as the first. The third spring should be the three o’clock one and the fourth the nine o’clock one. Once you got these four springs on you can continue around the trampoline in the same pattern.
The more springs you connect to the jump mat the tighter the surface will be and the less it will stretch when pulling the springs. This is when the rubber mallet may come in handy. Once you get the end of the spring close to going into the metal frame you can hit it with the rubber mallet to make sure it is in all the way.
After getting all the springs on it is time to flip the trampoline over onto its legs. Then you can slide the spring cover over the edge of the trampoline. Be sure to match the gaps up with the legs, and any holes with the holes on the frame. These holes are for connecting the enclosure. The spring cover generally either connects with velcro or tying it on. If it ties on, then make sure you tie it in a way that it is easy to remove so you can take it off easily for disassembling, but not easy enough that it is constantly coming off.
Assembling the enclosure is a lot like assembling the frame. You hook the metal poles to the holes on the frame and tighten the screws. You then hook the net to the poles, and on some models connect the net to the jump mat or tuck it under the spring cover. Some enclosures have a solid ring at the top and you build it like you did the round ring of the trampoline.
Even though the enclosure is not the trampoline itself you still want to make sure you take the proper amount of time to assemble the enclosure correctly. If it is put together wrong, then it won’t provide the protection it is supposed to. Also, make sure to put the padding over the enclosure poles so jumpers don’t bounce into them.
You may be nervous when you first get your trampoline wondering how to put a trampoline together. Trampoline assembly can be a daunting task for someone who has never done it. This guide should give you a jump start on how to assemble a trampoline, but just remember they are all different so you really should make sure you understand your trampolines instructions. Also, one last tip is don’t get in a hurry because it is better to make sure it is put together right than have someone get hurt.