How to maintain your trampoline

We have a family of five boys.

They love their trampoline. They cannot get enough of their trampoline.

So when their trampoline breaks, they sometimes do not know what to do with themselves.

In a matter of 5 years, we have gone through 5 trampoline mats.

Proper trampoline maintenance requires using proper tools for spring tension and bolt tightening, weather proofing for hot and cold extremes, and anchoring your trampoline against the wind.

Read on to find out my top 4 things you can use to anchor down your trampoline.

What tools do you need to maintain a trampoline

  1. Spring pull tool

The first time I had to replace springs on our trampoline, I did it mostly by hand, until I found the spring pull tool in our spring box.

While putting springs onto your trampoline by hand is not impossible, it can be rather difficult and time consuming, especially when you get to the last few spring. A spring pull tool gives you some help on getting those springs on.

And a spring pull tool is relatively cheap. It can be purchased for as low as $4 and some spring sellers will actually include the tool when you purchase springs from them.

It will save your hands as well. Pulling on the springs with your hands over and over again will start to hurt after awhile.

2. Wrench

There are very few parts to the trampoline, but the legs are typically put together by nuts and bolts. Over time, the nuts and bolts will get loosened. Have a wrench handy so you can tighten them.

3. Extra springs

Just like the nuts and bolts, the springs get worn down and loosened over time.

You can usually last with a few lost springs, but the more springs you lose, the more strain that is put on the remaining springs. If too much strain is put on the springs, they can become useless (they no longer spring) or pop off.

It is always nice to have a few extra springs lying around in case a few get worn out or lost.

Depending on where you purchase your trampoline, your supplier might also be able to provide additional parts as needed.

Skywalker Trampolines allow you to search for parts based upon the type of trampoline you purchased.

Prepare and maintain your trampoline during the winter

During the winter months, it can be rather difficult to get your kids outside. Sometimes it almost feels like we have to push our kids out the door.

If the winter weather in your area is extreme (high winds, cold) and your kids stay inside most of the time, take your trampoline apart and put it away for your winter. This will keep it from getting damaged do to moisture and wind.

Before you take it apart, make sure you have enough room to store it somewhere.

If you can convince your kids to stay outside and play for some time, then you need to do a few things to take care of your trampoline.

  • Make sure to clear any snow off of the trampoline before it is used. The extra weight on the trampoline will cause unneeded strain on the bolts, nuts, and mat. Use a broom to clear off the snow before it is used. Shovels can ruin the trampoline mat, so avoid using it to clear off the trampoline.
  • Anchor down your trampoline
  • Check all bolts, screws and the trampoline pad on a regular basis. Any early detection would be helpful towards keeping your trampoline in a working and safe condition.

I know our kids have had a lot of fun once we have convinced to go play on the trampoline in the cold weather. They also demanded we provide them with some hot cocoa, which we were happy to give them for a few minutes of peace.

How do I anchor down my trampoline?

We have known a few people who found their trampoline in the neighbors yard or a block or two away after a windstorm. Honestly, most people don’t think about anchoring down their trampoline before it is too late.

There are a few options you have for anchoring down your trampoline before the high winds arrive.

  1. Trampoline anchor kit

A trampoline anchor kit typically consists of corkscrew stakes and straps. The stakes are inserted in the middle of the trampoline leg, the strap is attached to the base of the trampoline and then connected to the stake. Make sure to pull tightly on the strap.

The kit can be found at your local Wal-Mart, Dicks Sporting Goods, Lowe’s, Home Depot, or online at Amazon. It can be found as cheap as $30.

The trampoline anchor kit is probably the sturdiest option you have for keeping your trampoline firmly on the ground.

2. Sand bags

Sand bags are typically used for protecting against flooding. But you can also use them to keep your trampoline weighed down.

Just like the trampoline anchor kit, you can purchase sand bags from any local Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and online at Amazon. You can buy a a bag of 10 sang bags for as little as $12.

Once the sand bags are filled up, place one over each trampoline leg and it should keep your trampoline in place during heavy wind weather.

3. U-shaped wind stakes

U-shaped wind stakes is a pretty basic way to keep your trampoline on the ground. The stakes get placed over the legs and hammered into the ground.

Again, these can be found at local stores and at Amazon. They are as cheap as $10.

Unfortunately the U-shaped wind stakes are not as dependable as your other options. It will pretty easily come out of the ground with someone jumping on the trampoline. They are only meant for the most extreme weather and keeping the trampoline on the ground.

4. Old tires

If you have some old tires laying around the yard or know someone who has old tires that they don’t know what to do with it, these can also be used anchor down your trampoline. They are good because the trampoline to stay in place whether it is windy out or people are jumping on the trampoline.

Plus you are putting some worn out objects to good use.

Keep in mind that you want to have a little give in your trampoline.

If you have too heavy of tires on the legs, the legs of the trampoline will not move much. If the legs are not moving, then something will have to give and that will be the nuts and bolts.

Check the nuts and bolts regularly to make sure they stay in place and tighten as needed.

What to do with a wet trampoline

Many wonder what you should and should not do on a wet trampoline.

Trampolines are typically made from material that keeps them waterproof.

So water will not damage your trampoline directly.

That does not mean that people should be jumping on the trampoline while it is wet.

A wet trampoline can make it more slippery and what seems like more fun.

But someone can get seriously hurt while jumping on a wet trampoline.

One slip and they can go falling off the trampoline.

You will want to make sure that your trampoline is out of direct sunlight.

Sunlight will slowly wear down your trampoline.

If you need tips on how to maintain your mat, visit another Backyardables article on that subject

Bill Lantz

Bill Lantz is a database analyst by day and a weekend warrior by... weekend. He's currently building up his own miniature homestead in Central Utah with his wife and six kids. Some of his interests include knowing random trivia about films, reading history books, and playing video games with the boys.

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