How to Repair a Tear in a Trampoline Mat

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How to Repair a Tear in a Trampoline Mat
You shouldn't jump on a trampoline that has a tear. (kids jumping image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

It's not unusual to find small holes in a trampoline mat, especially if it's always exposed to the sun and the changing weather. A trampoline can tear over time, and most trampoline mats need to be repaired after three to eight years. If you spot a tear in your mat, it should be repaired right away. A small tear can lead to a big hole and result in an injury if not fixed.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Duct tape
  • Patch kit
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the size of the tear with a measuring tape or a ruler. If the tear is small, it can be patched, but you'll need to replace the mat if the tear is large.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut two pieces of duct tape an inch larger than the tear.

  3. 3

    Cover both sides of the tear with duct tape and apply enough pressure so the tape sticks to the mat.

  4. 4

    Jump on the trampoline to see if the tape stays in place. If not, consider buying a patch repair kit.

  1. 1

    Buy a trampoline mat patch repair kit. They are available for purchase online at sites like trampolinesales.com. As of 2011, a kit costs £11.60.

  2. 2

    Locate the tear on the trampoline mat and mark with a small piece of duct tape. This will make it easier for you to spot the hole.

  3. 3

    Remove the mat from the trampoline by unhooking the springs. Pull the springs towards you to remove the mat from the frame.

  4. 4

    Find the tear in the mat. Place the patch from the repair kit over it.

  5. 5

    Sew the patch on the mat using a sewing machine and the provided thread. The instructions that come with the repair kit will recommend the best type of stitching to use.

  6. 6

    Cut any excess material around the patch with a pair of scissors.

  7. 7

    Re-attach the trampoline mat to the frame.

Tips and warnings

  • It's recommended that you sew around the patch's edges several times to prevent the stitching from coming apart.
  • A trampoline mat should be replaced after 10 years.

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