Trampolines are fun.
The bouncing you get from a trampoline can give you a feeling of being weightless or being able to fly.
So, how can you get yourself even higher in the air?
There are a few ways you can make your trampoline bouncier. These tips include performing regular maintenance, replacing old springs, adding more springs, crossing springs, and adding heavy-duty springs.
Read on to find some things you should consider before you make your trampoline bouncier.
What to consider before making your trampoline bouncier
Being able to bounce on a trampoline really is a lot of fun.
Looking down onto the people and grass below, it can be so much fun up in the sky.
The exhilaration of doing a backflip and sticking the landing is a feeling you can hardly get anywhere else.
It can be even more tempting to make your trampoline bouncier so you can get yourself higher into the air.
But before you do this, there are a few things you must consider
Do you have a safety net?
More bounce means more chance of losing control of where you are landing.
This also means that you could find yourself off the trampoline and on the ground.
So a safety net becomes that much more important for your trampoline.
You should want yourself and others to be safe on the trampoline, especially if you are going to make your trampoline bouncier.
If you have a safety net, check it and make sure it is tight and also the bolts and screws are in their place.
If you do not have a safety net, go and get one.
It is better safe than sorry when dealing with people jumping on a trampoline.
If you are not safe and someone gets hurt jumping on your bouncier trampoline, you could be on the hook for their hospital bill.
So get a safety net.
Do you have a spring cover?
Just like with the safety net, a spring cover is needed if you are going to try to make your trampoline bouncier.
The spring cover helps to keep the springs safe in the case that someone accidentally lands on them.
If someone landed on uncovered springs, either the springs are going to break or the person landing on the springs will get severely hurt.
So if you are going to make your trampoline bouncier, make sure you have a spring cover so someone does not get hurt and the trampoline stays in one piece.
Why do trampolines lose their bounce?
In short, there are a few things that make a trampoline lose their bounce.
Over time, if your springs are left out in the open and not treated for protection from wind and rain, they will eventually begin to rust.
And rust is not good for your springs because they cannot expand and retract as well.
They can even get to the point where the whole spring will be stuck together.
If you have ever seen a slinky that no longer works because it is stretched out too much, you know what lost elasticity looks like.
Springs can have the same problem as overused slinkies, where they will lose their elasticity.
These should be pretty easy to identify on your trampoline if you keep your eyes out for them.
And if a spring loses its elasticity, the trampoline will lose its overall bounce.
This can be true for just one spring in your whole trampoline, so make sure to keep an eye out for springs that have lost their elasticity.
Broken springs should be pretty easy to identify as well if you are keeping your eye out for them.
Springs can get cracks and fall apart.
If you find a broken spring, replace it immediately.
How to make your trampoline bouncier
There are just a few simple steps that you need to follow to make your trampoline bouncier.
Regular trampoline maintenance
It may sound too easy, but performing regular maintenance on your trampoline is one of the best steps you can take to ensure your trampoline is bouncy.
A few loose screws on the trampoline will displace the legs or frame of the trampolining, causing it to not store up the kinetic energy as it should.
So regularly checking the trampoline to make sure the screws are tightened can do a lot towards making sure the trampoline gets the best bounce it can.
Replacing old springs
As discussed previously, old and rusty springs significantly diminish the bounce of your trampoline.
While you are walking around the trampoline tightening the screws, also take a look at any old springs.
Replace the ones that have rust on them.
You will be able to recognize the rusty springs because they will have a red tint to them.
Also replace the worn out springs.
You will be able to recognize the worn-out springs because they will look like a broken slinky.
Putting your springs in different configurations is a way of getting more bounce to your trampoline.
Before you consider this option, keep in mind that crossing springs will actually cause the springs to wear out more quickly, so you will find you are replacing those springs more often.
Some options for crossing your springs include.
Criss cross pattern (X)
The criss-cross pattern is easy in the idea that instead of putting the spring in the hole directly across from the trampoline, you put it in the hole perpendicular to the trampoline.
Do the same for the spring next to the first spring, but instead, the second spring crosses over the first one, creating an X pattern.
With this method, you will not have to purchase any additional springs.
This option also does not require purchasing any further springs.
To create the V-pattern, put two springs in one loop of the trampoline mat and then place the springs in opposite holes in the trampoline frame.
The hole in the trampoline frame directly across from the loop does not get a spring.
Also, you will only put a spring in every other loop on the trampoline mat.
Adding more springs
Some trampolines allow you to add more springs to it.
So if you want more springs than a normal trampoline, look for one that allows more springs.
You can also purchase a PowerBounce Trampoline Kit here.
You can also put more than one on each hole, but this is rather hard to do and can be tedious.
Plus, do not expect your springs to last long this way.
Adding heavy duty springs
You can also purchase springs that are stronger than the springs that normally come with your trampoline.
This would include springs made of galvanized steel.
The galvanized steel means that they are stronger and last longer through the wind and rain.
You will not have to worry about galvanized steel, heavy-duty springs do not get rusted.
They still might wear out, but since they are heavy-duty, it will take longer time to wear out than normal.
Just like any other thing that you buy, eventually trampolines wear out.
Regularly maintain your trampoline by checking the screws and replacing any old and rusty springs.
To get more bounce, consider adding more springs, criss-cross your springs, or purchase a spring kit that allows you to put more springs on your trampoline.