Setting up a trampoline is not very difficult, but it takes at least two people. Spacing the springs properly is a crucial part of set up and can cause your trampoline to turn into a dangerous piece of equipment if not done properly. Here are a few tips on how to set up a trampoline safely and properly.
Pick a permanent spot for the trampoline. This should be a place that is easily accessible and easy to monitor if there will be children using it. Choose the right size trampoline for the space. A small trampoline in a big space might not take full advantage of the area, while a large trampoline in a small space could look out of place and cramped. Safety should also be considered here. Are there trees nearby that may have branches overhanging? Are there rocks underneath or a wall on the side? The safety of the jumper should always be taken into consideration so that a small accident doesn’t become something more serious.
Start off with a flat even foundation. If the ground is uneven, local nurseries sell sand or dirt which can be used to fill in holes and smooth out the surface. The supplemental dirt should be packed in, in order to avoid sinking later on. Clear away any rocks or sharp objects around the perimeter of the base. Cut away branches and foliage that overhang near the trampoline.
Put together the base poles all around. These poles should snap into one another. Each set should be securely in place. After the base is set up, start attaching the springs. This is where the second person can be extremely helpful. The best way to do it is to find two points directly across from each other. Each person attaches a spring at that point and pulls the net over. Count about three spring slots over in opposite directions and do the same. Continue this clockwork motion until all the springs are attached and the net is tightly secured evenly around the trampoline. Another alternative is to attach the springs in a cross like formation. Start at the same two points. Instead of counting three spring slots, find the slots directly across from each other that form an X or a cross with the first one. This is much like cutting a pie in half and then in half again. Continue this process until you have all of the springs secured.