A trampoline net is great for keeping your children safe while they are jumping on the trampoline.
Unfortunately, the trampoline net can also easily get teared, and then you have to worry about your children falling through the net and onto the ground.
So, how do you fix a broken safety net? Get yourself some upholstery thread or fishing line, tie a knot into the safety net, thread the upholstery thread or fishing line through the net and tie a knot at the end.
Ready on to find little tips that will help you in your endeavors to fix the safety net.
Why fix your safety net
There are a few reasons you should fix your safety net instead of buying a new one.
First, depending on the type and size of the trampoline, you could be looking at a pretty penny to replace it each time you get a tear.
For example, if you have a 12, 14, or 15 feet trampoline from Skywalker Trampolines, you could be looking at around $80 to replace the safety net.
And that is on the cheap end.
On the other hand, patching holes by yourself will run you maybe $20 at most.
Next, it is a lot easier to fix the safety net than you think.
Just a little bit of time and patience will get you an almost brand new looking safety net.
Also, most people would think a minor hole isn’t worth spending your time on.
With a safety net, a minor hole can become a major hole in no time flat.
You would think that most kids when they see a hole would avoid it as much as they could.
But for some kids, they see that hole as a challenge to make it bigger.
So fixing it instead of buying a new one allows you to keep the hole minor before it becomes a bigger problem (since you will most likely buy the replacement safety net online and will have to wait a few days for it to arrive).
Lastly, it would be good to show your kids that you don’t necessarily have to throw something out at soon as it is broken.
In this day and age, too many things get thrown out when they could have easily been fixed.
The trampoline safety net is one of those things that is worth keeping and fixing then throwing out and having it sit at a landfill.
How to know when to fix your safety net
There are a few signs to know when you should fix your safety net.
The first of those signs being a hole in your safety net.
As mentioned before, even the smallest hole in the safety net can turn into a huge hole.
So be on the look out for any small holes in the safety net.
You might consider walking around your trampoline on a regular basis to inspect for any holes in the safety net.
Setting up one day in particular each week will help you get into a healthy pattern of checking.
Another thing to look for is a general sagging in the safety net.
When you look at the safety net, it should look to be a straight line on the top of the safety net from pole to pole.
If the line is no longer straight from pole to pole, then there is a general sagging to the safety net and it will need to be fixed.
Fix with upholstery thread
To do it this way, you are going to need some heavy duty upholstery thread and a needle.
First, thread the upholstery thread through the eye of the needle.
Wrap the thread in equal parts on both side of the eye and tie a knot on the opposite end.
This knot will help keep the thread from coming through the safety net when it is pulled tight.
Start at the right end of the hole in the safety net.
Put the needle through the safety net at the top of the hole.
Pull the needle back through the safety net at the bottom of the hole.
Repeat this step again, moving a few inches to the left from the previous spot up top.
Again, pull the needle through the bottom of the hole.
Continue this across the hole until you progress across the whole hole in the safety net.
Once you’ve gotten to the left end of the hole, pull the upholstery thread as tight as you can.
When you’ve gotten it tight, thread the upholstery thread through the net one more time, but instead of taking it completely through to the other side of the net, immediately pull the needle through the net again.
When it is pulled through the net, put the needle through the loop that was made and then pull tight.
You can repeat this again if you would like to make a double knot at the end of the thread.
This will help to ensure the knot and thread stays in place.
Fix with fishing line
With fishing line, you won’t need a needle.
The fishing line is going to be thick enough that you can thread it through by hand without a fishing line to guide you.
Plus, it is going to be thick enough that it should stay in place one you’ve tightened it.
Start by putting the fishing line through the safety net on the right side of the hole.
Pull it back through the safety net right through where you had put it in.
Then put the fishing line through the loop and pull tight.
This will get you the starting knot that will keep the fishing line in place.
Then, loop the fishing line through the safety net just like in the instructions for using thread and a needle.
With the fishing line, though, you don’t need to pull the line tight each time you thread it through the safety net.
The fishing line is strong enough that you can pull it all tight once you’ve gotten it threaded through until the end of the hole in the safety net.
When you get to the end, pull the line tight, then pull it through the safety net to get a nice loop.
Then put the fishing line through the loop and pull tight so you get a nice knot.
When put off your extra fishing line and you should be all done.
If you need additional help on fixing the safety net with a fishing line, here is a good video I’ve found that will help.
How to fix a sagging safety net
The safety net becomes saggy when there are holes in the net.
The holes make it so the safety net is not as tight as it should be.
When you have corrected any holes in the safety net, this should help towards keeping the net from sagging.
You will also want to check the poles that hold up the safety net.
Often times, the nuts and bolts on the poles can get loose.
Tighten them and that should do a lot towards keeping the safety net tight.
When you’ve gotten a hole in your safety net, don’t throw it away and buy a new one.
Fixing a hole in the safety net should be pretty easy to do, and pretty cheap as well.
Get yourself some upholstery thread and needle or fishing line.
And follow the directions to fill in the hole.