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Trampolines come in various sizes including 15 feet in diameter.
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Trampolines combine vigorous cardiovascular exercise with the fun of jumping. When you research buying a trampoline, you will likely encounter some new terminology, like 15 round. Although at first it seems confusing, the number stands for the trampoline's diameter, in this case, 15 feet in diameter. The second number refers to the trampoline's shape, in this case, round. Therefore, a 15 round trampoline is a round trampoline that is 15 feet in diameter.
Why Size Matters
A trampoline's size might determine how much flexible area you have to enjoy bouncing, but it also plays a vital role in maintaining it. Each component of a trampoline is designed for a specific size. For example, the safety padding, springs and netting designed for a 14-foot trampoline will not fit on a 15 round. Before purchasing replacement parts, you must know the size of the trampoline sitting in your yard. This is imperative not only to its functionality, but also for the safety of all using it.
Determine Trampoline Size
To determine the size of your trampoline, you'll need a tape measure and an assistant. The true size of a trampoline refers to the outside diameter of its frame. This is where the assistant comes into play. Have your assistant hold the zero end of the tape measure against the outside of the frame, while you walk around the trampoline with the other end of the tape measure. Make sure the tape measure crosses the mark on the center of the trampoline. Read the measurement where the tape crosses the outside of the frame.
Other Important Sizes
Another important size to remember when buying replacement parts is the length of the springs connecting the trampoline mat to the frame. To measure spring length, hook the zero end of the tape measure on the outside of one end ring and pull the tape measure to the outside of the other ring. The tape will rest on the coils of the spring. The safety net size goes by the size of your trampoline. Therefore, a 15 round safety net requires a 15-foot diameter net.
Although trampolines are fun to use, they are not toys. Using one incorrectly can lead to a gamut of injuries ranging from mild sprains to broken bones, including arms, legs and necks. Be sure to follow all safety instructions you received with the trampoline. Review them often, including after replacing parts, to ensure everyone using the trampoline is kept safe.