How to Build a Trampoline Pit How to Build a Trampoline Pit
Having a trampoline at home is a great way to have fun and get in shape. They are also great if you have an aspiring acrobat in the family. It is widely known that a trampoline can be dangerous, as you can fall off the trampoline and hit the ground or side. This can be very damaging to you. You can install a screen around the trampoline, but even the screen is not completely safe, as they tend to be weak. One way to protect yourself on a trampoline is create a trampoline pit. Essentially you will be digging a hole that the trampoline will fit inside. It is not hard to do and the article that follows will show you how.
Step 1 – Area Selection
Chose an area in your yard where the ground is fairly level. Pick a spot that is away from drainage and sewer lines, gas or water pipes. Once you have settled on an area, you can then mark it off. You can use a tape measure to get the diameter of the trampoline, but this could be inexact. The easiest way to determine the size is to flip the trampoline over, and place it where you want it. Use the spray paint to trace the trampoline. Flip the trampoline over again, and move it from the area.
Step 2 – Excavation
The hardest part of this project is the manual labor needed to see it to fruition. Use the shovel and begin digging out the area you marked off with spray paint. As you are digging, remove any debris you may come across. This may be rocks, twigs, pieces of metal or anything else that may be buried. Use the tape measure to determine the height of the trampoline. Use the tape measure periodically to check the depth of the hole. When you are close, tamp the earth down and then check the level at several locations. Continue excavating until you reach the required depth, and the ground is completely level. Always check to make sure the depth of the pit is 2 inches deeper than the height of the trampoline. Once the base is in place, you will not be able to adjust it.
Step 3 – Concrete Base
Consult the package of concrete, and then pour the concrete in the wheelbarrow. Pour the water in the wheelbarrow as directed on the package. Use the rake to mix the concrete, until it resembles smooth oatmeal. Check to make sure that dirt has not fallen inside the pit. Remove any that has and then pour the concrete. Spread it out with the rake until it is even. Create a base that is 2 inches thick.
Step 4 – Finishing Up
The concrete needs to dry for at least 2 days. The purpose of the base is to keep a trampoline from moving or sinking. Once the concrete is dry, place the trampoline inside the pit.