A trampoline is a fun piece of exercise equipment suitable for young children and adults. Hours of enjoyment can be had by jumping and bouncing on the trampoline. The body gets enough exercise without too much stress. However, assembling a trampoline can be confusing, even when the product comes with a manual. Below are some tips that simplify the process of putting together a trampoline.
- Remove all the parts from the box and separate the pieces. You should assemble the trampoline, especially a large one on a fairly even and solid ground and in the exact spot where you want to set up the trampoline. It can be quite heavy when assembled and it will be difficult to move it to another location.
- Set up the legs first. These are short metal pieces bent at a ninety-degree angle in the middle. Put the pieces together and tighten the screws. Set the legs aside.
- Attach the long curved metal pieces with holes on the ends that are pointing downwards to each leg. These pieces should match each leg of the trampoline frame. There can be six to eight pieces of this section, depending on the size of the trampoline. This section will create the round frame of the trampoline so be careful when matching the curved metal to the right leg part.
- Take a look at the manual to check that you have followed the instructions correctly. The next part of the assembly is putting the springs. There will be hooks on the jump pad to which you hook the springs onto. If there are ninety-six spring hooks, you have to divide it by four so that you will attach a hook for every 24 spring hooks and attach it to the trampoline bar. A more descriptive illustration is to imagine the four quarters of the clock. There should be a spring each on the 12 o’clock position, as well as on the 3 o’clock, on the 6 o’clock and the 9 o’clock positions so you basically have stretched the jumping pad out.
- You need a lot of help when attaching the jumping pad to the springs on the frame. Start at one end of the mat first, and then move to the next until you finish a section. Continue your way around the frame, making sure that the springs are attached correctly and that it is pulling taut. If these springs are slack, there will be no bounce on the trampoline when you jump on it. It will take a lot of muscle strength to be able to pull and attach the jumping pad to the springs.
- Cover the springs with the spring protector. Lay the spring protector over the springs and tie it in place with the string that comes with it every sixty-centimeter interval. Some spring protectors use Velcro instead of strings.
Once you have finished placing the spring protector, you have completed the process of assembling the trampoline. All it needs now are able bodies to jump and bounce on it. Play safe and no roughhousing.