Disassembling a trampoline is not arduous once you know the tips and have the right gear. But what tools do you need to take apart a trampoline?
This post will provide you with the detailed answer. Now, keep scrolling until the end to find the best way to deal with your trampoline!
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What Tools Do You Need To Take Apart A Trampoline?
A new trampoline arrives with a package with custom tools. Manufacturers would like you to install and disassemble their products whenever you like.
Your toolbox needs to have the following items:
A spring tool, also called a spring puller or trampoline hook, is vital for assembling and disassembling a trampoline.
Its plastic handle with finger grooves makes it easier to grip. You can find single and double versions of the spring puller.
If possible, buy both because the pair offers additional flexibility and comfort.
This tool’s primary role is to help easily remove the trampoline’s springs and anchors easily. Using it to measure the springs can also be a good idea.
Screwdriver and Spanner
You use a spanner and a screwdriver interchangeably while dismantling a trampoline. However, it’s best to have both for the most effective work.
Your trampoline may have nuts and screws to secure its structure for kids to play on. The spanner and screwdriver are the best tools to unscrew these tiny components.
If the spanner and screwdriver are enough, you won’t need an electric drill.
However, we still highly recommend it because it makes loosening the screws much faster.
You have to disassemble the trampoline manually. Hence, there will be injury risks with your hands.
And everyone knows how painful it can be to have your fingers stuck in a coil.
Protect your hands and fingers for this task. They will give you more confidence because you know you’ll be safe.
How To Take Apart A Trampoline?
The whole process of dismantling a trampoline takes around one hour. You can minimize it by following the steps we listed below.
Step 1: Clean the trampoline
Your child’s trampoline will get dirty because of many causes over time. The disassembly can be challenging because you have to deal with the dirt.
Before you begin to disassemble the bounce, we advise cleaning it. A washcloth and fresh water should suffice for the cleaning task.
Step 2: Remove the net
Trampolines come in different types but share the same net removal process.
To do it, remove the tent, clubhouse, and other parts obstructing your access to the safety nets.
Most of the safety nets have poles. Hence, you need to remove them from the poles while taking apart the net.
If the poles attach to the frame, detach them. In most cases, a screwdriver or a power drill can help unscrew those poles. After removing the poles, lay them on the ground.
You may also have to untie the bottom netting. This step makes it easier to remove the nets from the poles.
If the poles come with screws, keep them carefully. You will need them to reassemble your trampoline.
Step 3: Remove the padding
Removing the safety padding is easy because you just need to untie the knots. Remember to take this step after detaching the nets.
You can find the padding knots under your trampoline, and you have to undo the knots, which can involve some bending.
If untying a knot using just your hands get too hard, use a screwdriver.
Step 4: Take off the spring
Springs are the hardest to disassemble. A spring puller can help you with this task but requires strength.
Before jumping to the main part, check if the springs are in good condition.
Please note that a broken and worn spring requires a different removal process.
Things may get more complicated if the springs have got rusty. If the springs seem fine, follow these steps to remove them properly and safely:
- Ensure to have a full view of the hooks of the spring. Depending on the trampoline’s design, the spring may attach to a V-ring or a D-ring.
- Use the spring hook to secure your spring puller.
- Haul the hooked spring to the trampoline’s center.
- The spring will release from the hook on the D or V-ring when you drag it to the center.
- To spread the spring force equally among other springs, repeat the procedure to unhook the springs, stopping over every third spring.
- In some circumstances, you can detach any springs using the unhooked spring.
- To detach other springs, detach the end of one spring.
Step 5: Fold the mat.
After completing step 4, there is only the mat and frame left in your trampoline. You can fold the mat and keep it in a dry location.
Step 6: Disassemble the frame
The method of disassembling a trampoline frame is essentially the same as setting it up. You’ll need to loosen screws at this point.
A screwdriver will help you unscrew the frame. The task can go more quickly if you work with a power drill.
Also, have a can of WD-40 grease or another grease to assist with any stubborn (and perhaps rusted) screws.
Separate each leg of the trampoline’s outer ring. Be careful not to let them fall on your feet because the legs might be heavy.
It would be best to work around the trampoline because you can distribute the weight evenly. Do not go from one post to the next one.
After working with all the legs, detach the outer rings. Twist them to remove them from the joints. Then, keep the components in a storage box.
Trampoline Transport Tips
How to transport a trampoline? The answer varies depending on how far you are going to move it.
If the distance is huge, you should take apart your trampoline (as we have instructed) and put the separate components in designated boxes.
However, if you only need to move the trampoline some feet, there won’t be any need for dismantling. There are two solutions in this case:
Some trampolines have wheels. If yours doesn’t, buy separate wheels on Amazon. You can have good deals because these accessories are common.
With a few dollars, you can buy trampoline wheels. They are available in different shapes and sizes. Choose the ones that fit your item most.
When the wheels come, insert them into your trampoline’s legs. Then, push the whole unit anywhere you like.
This method only works if you just move your trampoline from your backyard to the front yard or if your new house is in the same neighborhood.
Call some friends, and they will help you move the trampoline manually. This method is the simplest but requires a lot of strength.
Just like the trampoline wheels, manual transport can only work for a short distance. The wheels may even do a better job of moving such a big unit.
Trampoline Storage Tips
After detaching, your trampoline is ready to stay in your room for a long time.
You need to pay attention to this step because you can’t use it anymore with careless storage. These guidelines will help:
- Keep the components out of direct sunlight in a dry environment.
- You can only keep the frame outside if it has rust-resistant material. Besides, make sure to cover it if you decide only to take apart the mat, springs, and safety nets.
- We strongly advise covering your frame to protect it from the elements and ensure that it won’t come into contact with dust and dirt.
- If you want to store the trampoline without having to disassemble it, keep it horizontal to keep it balanced.
- Arrange and mark the screws carefully. You can’t complete your assembly process even when you miss only one nut.
- Whenever you want to reassemble the trampoline, check every component for any sign of wear and tear, especially the frame.
Some tools needed to dismantle a trampoline are the spring puller, screwdriver, spanner, power drill, and gloves.
Ensure you have everything at hand for the fastest and most effective disassembly.
After taking the unit apart, you can transport or store it easily. Keep in mind our guidelines to avoid mishaps during each process.
Thank you for reading, and see you in the next post!