TRAMPOLINE DAMAGE AND REPAIR – PART 2

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16 Oct TRAMPOLINE DAMAGE AND REPAIR – PART 2

Now we have reached part two of our blog post on damaged trampolines. In the following we are continuing with the topic: Trampoline repair.

 

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It is always a good idea to dismantle the trampoline in the autumn. It will last a lot longer this way. Otherwise the trampoline gets exposed to the elements which will shorten its lifespan.

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Welcome to our second part of the series: Trampoline damage, what now? In todays post we are summing up how trampolines get damaged and what you can do about it. We will give you pointers on how you notice even minor damages and how you can fix them. Is it even worth it to try and repair it?

Like part 1, this post is divided into different sections where we address trampoline components separately. This time we will includde: springs, bolts and other spares.

If you like to learn more about damage and repair of the protective edge, safety net and jumping mat, please reade part 1.

It doesn‘t really matter which trampoline brand you have. Hudora, Royalbeach, Ampel 24 or something completely different.

 

Read part 1 of our special post

 

THE FRAME

The frame is the foundation of your trampoline. Naturally it can get damaged. The frame is mostly made of galvanised steel. Some manufacturers powdercoat the steel.

Dissolving powdercoating

The powdercoating can get damaged due to incorrect storage, improper use or transport damage.

 

What can you do to repair it?

You can put a layer of varnish over the damaged area where the powdercoating has come off. The difference between a professional paint job or the DIY alternative is hardly visible. Please check that you are using a matching colour. Use a primer before you apply the varnish.

Sometimes it is just easier to exchange something than mending it. Ampel 24 offers a wide range of powdercoated frame components.

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RUSTY POLE COMPONENTS

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After years of use even the best galvanisation starts to corrode.

 

What can you do?

You can quite easily remove rust bloom with rust remover.

Alternatively you can use an old home remedy – Coke. Put a little on a cloth and rub it on the rust. Now take a piece of tin foil and rub away the rust. (Please don‘t do this on powdercoated surfaces). Another home remedy which also works a treat is oven spray. Moisten the rust, spray on the oven spray and let it dry.

This only works if it is only minor rust on the surface. If it‘s a case of full blown corrosion you better exchange the component.

 

BENDED POLES

Wind, storm, improper use or wrong assembly can result in bended poles.

 

What can you do?

Please do not try to straighten them again. The risk of injury is to great. Additionally, the material is weakened in the bend. Exchange the component. If you can‘t find a supplier then ask a locksmith.

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Defect bolt threads on poles

The bolt threads can get damaged during assembly and disassembly. The bolts cannot tighten properly anymore which makes the trampoline unstable.

 

What can you do to repair them?

If you do have a threadcutter at home, you can try and cut it. Otherwise try asking your local locksmith.

It the above is not possible, then all you can do is to exchange the component. See the wide range of spare parts on offer at Ampel 24. Maybe you‘ll find the pole you need.

 

Read also: DISMANTLING OF TRAMPOLINES FOR WINTER

 

SPRINGS

The springs connect the jumping mat with the frame. They obviously have a very import job to do. Of course they can get damaged as well.

 

BROKEN SPRINGS

Overloading, wear and tear or product weekness make the springs brittle and they can break. Please check the springs on a regular basis.

If one or two springs are broken, it is not good but it isn‘t a catastrophe either.

 

What can you do?

If one or two springs are broken you can still use the trampoline. The strain on the remaining springs and the jumping mat is consequently higher. Remember that this is not a permanent solution.

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RUSTY SPRINGS

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Rusty springs can also pose as a safety hazard. A rusty spring can break.

 

What can you do?

Even if the spring only has light rust bloom it is advisable to exchange it. Rather spend a couple of pounds on new ones, than put your safety at risk.

 

BENDED SPRINGS

The springs are usually made of solid springsteel which sometimes is galvanised. Galvanisation can make the surface brittle, which weakens the material.

What can you do?

Don‘t try and repair a bended spring. Replace it right away.

 

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BOLTS

Bolts are important trampoline parts which can get damaged.

 

Rusty bolts/defect threads/bended bolts

If you notice a rusty or bended bolt on your trampoline it is not worth the hassle to try and repair it.

What can you do?

Ask your supplier if he has the right ones in stock.

If not, write down the length and diameter you need and try the DIY store.

 

Get information on the subject of spare parts from other manufacturers HERE

 

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

A trampoline ladder is an absolute must have. Permanent use, wear and tear or improper use can damage the ladder.

 

RUSTY LADDER

If you detect rust bloom you can apply a little rust remover with a cloth. Is the ladder unvarnished you can treat the rust with sandpaper. With varnished surfaces first remove the rust, then put a coat of primer on it before you apply the varnish.

Is the rust in an advanced state (corrosion) you can partly exchange the rusty component (if your supplier has the part in stock). But it is normally cheaper to just buy a new ladder.

 

DAMAGED LADDER STEP

Ladder steps made of plastic can break. Maybe your supplier has individual steps on offer. Sometimes you can get a spare step at the DIY store. If you are unable to find a replacement, buy a new ladder. Please don‘t use tables or chairs as a makeshift.

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RAIN COVER

A rain cover protects the trampoline against leaves, bird droppings or sunlight.

The cover is usually made of fibre-reinforced PVC.

It fastens with cords or bungee cords.

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WORN BUNGEE CORDS

It is a good idea to go directly to your supplier to see if he offers individual bungee cords. DIY stores or camping stores may also have them in stock. If all fails use cable binders or rope.

BLOCKED DRAIN

It sometimes happens that the water drain gets blocked. Use a thin knitting needle and remove the dirt. A thin screwdriver does the job as well.

TORN RAIN COVER

You probably remember this from previous camping trips. You sew up the hole in the tent material, but it rips open again after a while. Try it though. If it doesn‘t work buy a new rain cover from your trampoline supplier.

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SNAPPED CORDS

If the cords including eyelets are torn off you can try and sew them back on again with a little talent, some thick yarn and a sturdy needle. If the cord is fastened directly on the cover withouth eyelet, you sew it on again directly on the cover.

 

Read also: How to choose the right trampoline

 

BASE SKIRT SAFETY NET

The base skirt secures the area underneath the trampoline so your toddler or pet can‘t crawl underneath it while it is in use. Base skirts are made of nylon netting which is secured to the frame with velcro fasteners.

TORN BASE SKIRT

Wear and tear or improper use can damage the base skirt.

 

What can you do?

If damage is subastial, the base skirt is not worth repairing. We recommend that you get a replacement. If it only has a slight tear, you can try and mend it with some yarn (doesn‘t look good).

VELCRO FASTENERS STOP WORKING

Velcro fasteners only have a certain lifespan.

What can you do?

With the right cleaning tactic you can easily get the velcro work again. Fluff or dust can get stuck in the small hairs. Take a brush or a comb and remove the dirt. Sometimes the small hairs bend and make it difficult to get the stuff out. Use a knife to straighten them up against the grain and try again.

 

TORN EYELETS

You have to feed the bungee cords or rope through the eyelets on the base skirt in order to attach them to the trampoline frame.

 

What can you do?

You can easily sew torn off eyelets back on. Use thick yarn and it will last longer.

ANCHOR KIT / PEGS

The anchor kit secures the trampoline against wind and gust. Whith stronger winds or storm it is advisable to secure the trampoline further or dismantle it all together.

The anchor kit usually consists of pegs with coils for ground insertion and a strap/rope for attachment. The straps can snap or the hooks bend or get rusty.

 

What can you do?

You can remove superficial rust with rust remover. If the straps have snapped or the hooks are bend please don‘t experiment and try and repair them, get a replacement instead. You probably underestimate how strong the wind really is. The same applies if a hook is completely corroded.

FOAM TUBES

The foam tubes protect the poles and the jumper. If they get damaged it is not advisable to repair them.

 

What can you do?

Contact your trampoline supplier.

 

Go to: Safety First – The anchor kit

 

SQUEAKING SOUNDS

 

Few things on the planet are more irritating than a squeaking trampoline. There are a number of things that possibly cause the noise. Worn out springs, loose bolts on the frame, squeaking frame components, unclean cuts on the frame, incorrect assembly or the trampoline isn‘t standing the right place. Read on and find out how to eliminate the problem.

Start off by localising the noise.

 

What can you do?

Springs:

If the springs squeak you can try adhesive grease or silicone spray like WD40 or Ballistol. Make sure not to pollute the groundwater with it. Spray or grease the springs generously and you will soon find that the noise will stop.

Rough edges on the frame:

Especially the holes on the frame where the springs get hooked in can have rough edges.

Detach the spring and smooth out the rough edge with a file.

 

Bolts:

Tighten any loose bolts and the noise should sease to exist.

You haven‘t closely followed the instruction manual:

There is only one thing you can do. Disassemble the whole trampoline and start again.

 

The ground:

Make sure that you have set up the trampoline on solid ground. The lawn is perfect. Is your trampoline standing on uneven, slopy or stony ground, move it.

Frame components:

You can also give the frame components a little grease. Please take the frame apart before you do that.

 

Everything comes to an end, just like this blog post. Hopefully you are a lot wiser now.

Please contact your trampoline supplier if you are unsure about mending any damages. They will be able to help. You can of course always buy a new trampoline.

I hope you liked todays post. Remember that the is a part one to this topic.

 

We wish you lots of continuous fun with your trampoline.

Your Ampel 24 Team

 

Please read: Trampoline care with Ampel 24 and Ballistol

 

Introduction | Frame | Dissolving powdercoating | What can you do? | Rusty pole components | What can you do? | Bended poles | What can you do? | Defect bolt thread on poles | What can you do? | Springs | Broken springs | What can you do? | Rustys springs | What can you do? | Bended springs | What can you do? | Bolts | Rusty or broken thread | Optional accessories | Rusty ladder, what can you do? | Damaged ladder step | Rain cover | Worn bungee cords, what can you do? | Blocked water drain, what can you do? | Torn rain cover, what can you do? | Snapped cords, what can you do? | Base skirt safety net | Torn base skirt | What can you do? | Velcro fasteners stop working | What can you do? | Torn eyelets | What can you do? | Anchor kit / pegs | What can you do? | Foam tubes | What can you do? | Squeaking sounds

 

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