Many people all over Britain and the rest of the world now have a trampoline in their back garden. They’re great fun and fantastic exercise tools, but they do need maintaining like any other piece of equipment. One thing which can baffle a lot of new trampoline owners is the development of a slight squeak when bouncing on the trampoline. This can be very difficult to diagnose as it is only apparent when you’re actually actively bouncing on the trampoline, but we’ve got some tips for diagnosing and treating squeaks plus some other trampoline maintenance tips.
Most trampolines will consist of a metal circular frame which is attached to some springs that grip onto the mesh (the platform of the trampoline which you bounce on). The springs tend to fit into a punched hole which has a metal ring around the inside of it. When the lubrication on the springs and the metal rings wears out, the metals rub together, causing the squeak. All you really need to do is lubricate the joints again and your squeaks will disappear. You will need to do this fairly regularly to ensure that the joints are well lubricated. This will stop the squeaks and will prolong the life of your trampoline. You can use any type of safe lubricant, but WD40 and wax tend to work well and be the most long-lasting lubricants for trampolines.
You should also check your trampoline regularly for broken or worn springs and other parts. Broken parts can be very dangerous if they are not changed. If you maintain your springs using a lubricant as mentioned above, you should only have to change your springs very rarely, if at all. Springs can usually be ordered direct from the manufacturer or from a local specialist store. Only use springs which are specifically designed for your model of trampoline and never buy generic springs or attempt to do it yourself. With your children bouncing through the air purely on the tension in those springs, do you really want to risk it?
You should check regularly for cracks or stresses in the frame or legs, too. The mat or mesh needs to be checked for cracks or tears. Ensure you cover up your trampoline in the autumn as bonfires and fireworks can send burning embers onto the mat and burn holes through it in no time. The mat should be replaced if it has any holes in it. You also need to ensure that you read the safety notes that come with your specific model of trampoline so you know the routine for maintaining and looking after your specific model. Trampolines are a great, fun addition to any back garden but caution always needs to be exercised. Have fun and have a great laugh, but above all please make sure you be careful. If you have any questions regarding repairs and maintenance to your specific trampoline, please contact your manufacturer directly for further advice and assistance.