|Project by Mark||posted 11-14-2011 04:34 AM||2617 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
While perhaps not technically a home rehabbing project, we use our backyard trampoline so much that when it got severely damaged by a recent hurricane, it was a non-trivial rebuilding effort. My kids live in here with their friends for a good fraction of the non-winter months and frankly – I use it all the time as well. Maybe we can call it a “home-extension” rehabbing project?
The netting got torn to shreds, and the spring padding was about worn out from the direct sunlight and seasonal changes of the past 5 years as well. Had to redo this all, and while it took less than a day – it was actually quite a bit of tedious and detailed work.
+ First challenge is ensuring you have exactly the right replacement parts.
+ Replacing the spring padding was cumbersome and would have been much easier with two people. But once you have the right replacement parts, it’s not terribly difficult if you’re neat and careful.
+ The netting is a HUGE pain. You’re literally going to have to sew this into place. I don’t typically think of sewing to be within the scope of “home improvement” projects, but it was surely a big part of this one. I much prefer using a chain saw.
While there are a few pictures above, I have every step outlined in a longer article with lots of detail on my website that you can look at if you’re interested at: http://www.all-about-the-house.com/repairing-a-backyard-trampoline/. In fact, most of these details will apply if you’re considering a trampoline for your yard at all – since you’ll have the option of building it yourself to save some installation cash.
The trampoline is fully functional again and frankly looks almost brand new.
And we’re hoping to get another five years out of it!
No more hurricanes, please…
-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com