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February 02, 2009

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misty gebhart

how deap did you dig your hole?

Dawn Isaac

TypePad HTML EmailJust the depth of the trampoline legs - about 90cm

Tricia

Did you line the hole to keep it from caving in?

Dawn/LittleGreenFingers

Hi Tricia - no, it had enough clay content to hold itself in place - subsoil is also a lot less 'crumbly' than topsoil so in most land it should be OK.

Stephanie

What happens to rain water that collects below the trampoline in the hole? Is that an issue? This is such a great idea, but I'm just wondering about water drainage??

Dawn

HI Stephanie - we don;t have a problem with this but it depends on the height of your water table as well as the profile of your soil. I woulf suggest digging a very small trial hole and seeing what happens. If you have a high water table and the hole keeps filling up I wouldn't even think about sinking a trompoline. If it's a very minor issue, I would add a sump (as described above in 'Drainage')

Shanda

I always thought this was a great idea until a little boy around here nearly drowned in a sunken trampoline hole. Here's the link to the news story: http://tinyurl.com/6sm62dj. So sad.

Emily

So glad to have seen this link! I have always wanted to do this and wasn't sure how to tackle it. Thank you so much!

Jen

To Shanda-
That trampoline from the accident you posted had a gap big enough to fit an adult! If you plan to "sink" it then sink it. Don't leave any space....that's just common sense!

Terri

Do you take it out of the hole during winter? If not, do you cover it with something?

Dawn

Hi Terri - I have left it in the ground for the last three years with no cover at all. No problems to date!

samantha

Do u know if this would work for me, we live n Alabama with the red clay? I want this so bad for my kids thanks

Dawn

Hi Samantha - clay soil or high water levels are the biggest problems. Clay can be so impermeable that waterlogging could become a problem. Best thing is to dig a small trial hole and see what happens (but, remember, if it does fill up with water it can be a massive danger to the children so take precautions). A sump at the base of the hole can help but I would certainly proceed with caution.

Atlantic Trampolines

If you have to line the hole to stop it caving in you can get a specialist system to do this from trampolinesdownunder.com. Also if you want to improve the air flow under the trampoline you can install some lengths of 4" flexible pipe by burying one end just under the surface of the hole to a point some distance from the trampoline on ground level. This also makes a fun feature for children to play with as the air blows out and sucks back in. Give us a call if you need help with any aspect of sourcing a trampoline. Our advice is free from our team of trampoline supply experts.

trampoline pads

Hence happy to have found this link! Concerning always wanted to do this and wasn't sure how to tackle it. Many thanks so much!

A. R. G.

great idea! can you tell us about the tubular framed folly in the background. please? is it a kit? diy? what is it used for, if you don't mind?

CandiL

I really would like to try to do this...but you forgot to mention how deep you dig the hole.

Michael Anthony

Where is the protective netting?

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