I always recommend installing a trampoline on a flat surface. But what about installing it on a sloped yard? Recently, I have been getting requests to talk about this topic and luckily I have experience with it.
So, in this article, I am going to explain “How to install a trampoline on a slope?”
But the first thing is is it possible to install a trampoline on a slope? Fortunately, yes. You can put a trampoline on the slope but it requires more time than usual. In some cases, you may have to spend some money. Whatever, finally it is possible to install.
When It is Possible and Impossible?
Before getting started with the procedures you have to determine the slope to understand whether you can install or not. I said you can install it on a slope but you should quit if your yard is overly slopped.
Again, If the slope of the yard isn’t too high (Equal or less than 20% gradient) you can go for it.
How to Install a Trampoline on a Slope?
1. Determining the Slope
It’s simple and easy to determine the slope. I am going to discuss some steps to figure it out.
- First, you need to collect a wood plank that will be larger than your trampoline.
- Place the trampoline in the area you want to install.
- Now put the plank and a carpenter’s level on the trampoline. Make sure they are placed parallelly.
- Lift the wood plank on the downward portion of the slope until you notice the bubble in the carpenter’s level gets between two lines.
- Now measure the total distance between the top of the trampoline and the top of the downward side.
- Now you will get a measurement. Take it in inches and now measure the diameter of the trampoline in inches.
- Divide the trampoline diameter by the distance between the plank and trampoline.
- If the result is equal to 7 or less then you can start working on the place. If it’s 7+ then you have to look for another place.
2. Dig the trench
In this step, you need to move the trampoline from the place it was and dig a trance where you will place the uphill leg of the trampoline.
The depth of the trench will be the same as the measurement of the total amount of slope you calculated. Now level the tech using the carpenter’s level.
At this time, again place the trampoline in the place by placing the uphill leg inside the trench. You’ll notice the side legs will be higher than the uphill legs and as a result, the trampoline will feel u stable.
It’s time to dig another trench under the side legs. There is no measurement, dig it until both downhill and uphill legs get seated firmly.
Have a look around the trampoline. Hopefully, it will be leveled in all directions. If not then adjust the trenches to make it level.
Now check out the trampoline again. Maybe you’ll get it slightly uneven. No worries, after encountering some jumping actions it will eventually level out.
But if it’s overly uneven then you have to move the trampoline from the place. Then keep digging until it seems okay. Again, place the trampoline and hopefully this time you won’t need to take any adjustments.
What to Do with Uneven Ground?
What can you do if they are neither level nor slip but rather uneven? There are options to install a trampoline in an uneven place. In this segment, I am going to discuss this part.
Trampoline Leveling Blocks
Well, leveling blocks are mainly built for RVs and cars but here you will use them for a trampoline.
Place the leveling blocks on the areas which sink the lowest. Put as many as it requires to level the legs. Undoubtedly, it is the easiest and cheapest way to level the trampoline.
The next option is the trampoline leveler. Using the trampoline leveling kits works as an extension on the legs and ensures a good balance.
Attach the level to the legs where you need to extend the legs. Fix it by noticing the stability of the trampoline.
Cut the Leg of the Trampoline
It is not a great option at all and I don’t recommend anyone to apply this unless there is no serious problem. Let’s see how to cut the legs of the trampoline.
- Put the trampoline to the place you want to install it.
- Take a measuring tape and measure every leg’s height from the ground.
- Understand which legs need to be cut up to level the trampoline.
- You have to cut the legs as well as dig some ground to stabilize the trampoline perfectly.
- Take a saw and cut the legs according to the measurement and use a shovel to dig the ground if needed.
- Finally, put the trampoline in place again and it is done.
As I have mentioned before, try not to apply this method without any serious problem. Here are the reasons.
In this method, there is no comeback. Once you have cut the legs of the trampoline that means you can’t move it to another place. You have to use it in that place.
Now think carefully, if anyhow the ground is damaged due to heavy rain or some other problem the. The trampoline will be useless. Either you have to cut the legs again and fill the ground with a certain amount of soil that will stabilize the trampoline.
The second problem is cutting the trampoline. I think everyone can’t cut the steel bars easily. Anyhow if you mess once that means you are done with it. The trampoline may come in no use then. So, don’t risk your trampoline.
This method is quite lengthy and requires extra effort. However, it is not risky like the previous method. Just like I discussed digging trenches, you have to do it the same way.
In the case of slope ground, it requires only a few tranches but here you will have to dig trenches for the whole trampoline. If you want to install an in-group trampoline then this method is applicable.
However, if you want the trampoline above the ground then you have to measure the trampoline legs and understand which side should be dug. To do so, get a shovel and dig the ground until it gets leveled.
Things to Consider Before Installing a Trampoline
Whether you are installing it on a sloped yard, uneven yard, or level yard, you have to consider a few things for sure. Here I am going to explain them. It’s a caution so keep reading.
1. Keep everything clear near the trampoline
The first thing you have to consider is the nearby things. If there is any tree, branches, pool, roof, fence or other things remove them or change the placement area of the trampoline.
Unless you do it you can face horrifying accidents while jumping recklessly.
2. Don’t install it on the hard ground
Soft ground is the best option to set a trampoline. Avoid installing it on the surfaces such as concrete tarmac or others.
Well if it is essential to install them then you have alternatives. You can use a big rubber mat to cover the area. The second option is, using rubber feet on the trampoline legs.
3. Purchase the right size trampoline for your yard
If you are still planning to purchase a trampoline then consider 2 things before purchasing. First, who will use it, and second, where will it be used? If your backyard is bigger, you can get any size trampoline. Again if it is small or it is for kids they get the mini-size trampolines.
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4. Consider the right shape
You’ll find both in-ground trampolines and trampolines with legs. When you are using it on the flat ground then both in-ground and regular trampolines will work well.
On the other hand trampolines with legs come with a frame and they help in standing even on the slightly uneven ground.
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5. Set the Enclosure
The safety net is essential safety equipment for all. A safety net can save you from different types of accidents. Besides, If you have kids in the home then it is obvious to set up a safety net on the trampoline.
If your trampoline comes with an enclosure then you won’t have to work too much. Otherwise, I suggest purchasing a safety net and putting it on a trampoline.
If you don’t the proper way to set up a trampoline net then follow this guide: How to put a net on a trampoline.
I have discussed so many things including how to install a trampoline on a slope. The installation process is single. You have to measure and dig trenches. Then set it up on the ground.
Along with this topic, I have also added a part where you have learned how to install a trampoline on uneven ground. This process was a bit difficult. However, using the leveling blocks you can install it easily.
I hope you have found proper info in this article. Here are some final tips for you – Don’t rush while doing it, don’t lose your patience, and double/triple-check the stability before jumping on the trampoline.