An outdoor trampoline can help to keep your children busily occupied outdoors. It can also be used for gymnastics. A trampoline is a taut sheet, usually made of canvas with springs connected to a metal frame. Trampolines are usually round or rectangular-shaped and are available in different heights. You may want to install a safety harness net to your trampoline. It consists of enclosure poles, safety net, foam sleeves and caps. Once assembled, it decreases the risk of injury and promotes overall safety while the trampoline is in use. It is a fairly easy task as outlined below.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Trampoline safety harness
- Step ladder
Step 1 – Attach Enclosure Poles
The enclosure poles usually come in 2 halves. Take aside all the bottom halves and use a wrench to clamp the poles to the trampoline legs. Ideally, the bottom of the poles should be a foot and a half below the trampoline frame. Attach the top halves onto the trampoline frame.
Step 2 – Attach Foam Sleeves
Slide the foam sleeves, one by one, over all the trampoline poles. The sleeves should rest on top of the trampoline frame.
Step 3 – Attach Caps
Take a cap and attach to each of the trampoline poles. Fit the cap firmly onto the pole so that it holds the net securely once it is attached. This increases safety levels.
Step 4 – Inspection
It helps if you check the entire structure to ascertain it is well installed. Check each of the poles to confirm they are sturdy. Wobbly poles need to be stabilized. Be certain that each pole is fitted with a foam sleeve and cap.
Step 5 – Mark Tie Points on Net
Stretch out the trampoline safety net. Locate the tie points and mark. This ensures that you achieve proper alignment once the net is attached.
Step 6 – Secure Net to Poles
Take the safety net and tie one end firmly to the top of one of the poles. Stretch the net and tie to the top of the next pole. These 2 poles will serve as the entrance to the trampoline. Proceed to tie the net around each pole until you have the entire trampoline surrounded by the net. The net should be tied at the marked tie points. All the poles should have the net on the inside except the first pole tied. The net should wrap around the outside of the first pole and then proceed to the inside for the rest of the trampoline. It is best for the net to hang about 2 feet above the trampoline.
Step 7 – Attach Net to Frame
Begin at one side and firmly pull down the net. Attach it to the top of the trampoline frame. Work along the perimeter of the trampoline until the net is securely clasped all round.
- The net should not be climbed upon. To do so increases the risk of injury.
- It is best to complete assembly of all parts before you allow children onto the trampoline.