Narrated by Mr. Robert, written by Ammar Masoud and edited by M. Waqas Saeed.
As an outdoor recreation enthusiast and trampoline expert, disassembling trampolines is a key skill I’ve honed. Recently, a neighbor asked me to help disassemble their medium Oval Springfree trampoline so they could move houses. While Springfree’s patented design eliminates springs and harmful metal frames, their trampolines can still be tricky to take apart without the proper tools and techniques.
In this guide, I’ll share my step-by-step process for safely and efficiently disassembling a Springfree trampoline, along with tips I’ve learned first-hand. Whether you need to move a used Springfree you purchased or break yours down for storage or replacement parts, following these steps will make the job much easier.
Why Disassemble a Springfree Trampoline?
Before jumping into the disassembly process, understanding the reasons for taking a Springfree trampoline apart is helpful background. Here are some of the most common motivations:
- Relocating to a New Home
- Storing Over the Winter
- Replacing Old Parts/Mats
- Making Repairs
- Selling Used Parts
- Recycling and Disposing (end of useful life)
Taking the proper precautions, using the manufacturer recommended tools, and methodically following the step-by-step instructions below will lead to a smooth and safe Springfree disassembly.
What You’ll Need to Disassemble a Springfree Trampoline
While Springfree trampolines utilize a unique flexible composite rod system instead of metal springs, specialized tools are still required for the disassembly process.
Before starting, gather the following equipment:
- Safety Gear: Leather gloves, safety goggles
- Lubricant: WD-40 or another spray lubricant
- Wrenches for Frame Bolts: 19mm box wrench or socket (or 3/4″ SAE)
- Wrenches for Frame-Stand Bolts: 13mm box wrench or socket (or 1/2″ )
- Hex Wrenches for Frame Bolts: 8mm hex wrench (or 5/16″ allen key)
- Hex Wrenches for Frame-Stand Bolts: 6mm hex wrench (or 1/4″)
- Hex Wrench for Accessories: 5mm hex wrench (or 3/16″)
- Pliers or Socket Wrench Extensions (to reach recessed bolts)
- Tape Measure and Permanent Marker (for labelling disassembled parts)
|Recommended Tools for Springfree Disassembly
|WD-40 Lubricant Spray
|19mm Box Wrench/Socket
|13mm Box Wrench/Socket
|8mm Hex Wrench/Allen Key
|6mm Hex Wrench/Allen Key
|5mm Hex Wrench/Allen Key
|Pliers or Socket Wrench Extensions
|Tape Measure & Permanent Marker
Having all these tools prepared ahead of time ensures an efficient and frustration-free process. Don’t underestimate the value of the WD-40, leather gloves, and goggles – they’ll save you time, blisters, and eye injuries.
Step-by-Step Instructions to Disassemble a Springfree Trampoline
Now let’s walk through the hands-on process of safely disassembling a medium Oval Springfree trampoline, step-by-step. Keep the reason for taking it apart in mind, as that may impact certain steps.
Step 1: Clear the Jump Surface
Start by clearing leaves, toys and any other objects from the jump surface, frame, and surrounding area. This prevents items from getting damaged or lost during disassembly.
If taking apart for seasonal storage or moving, take photos of the assembled trampoline for reference later – useful if unclear where certain accessories attach during reassembly.
Step 2: Remove Trampoline Accessories
Using the appropriately sized hex wrench, unscrew and detach any accessories attached to the frame of the jump surface, including:
- Basketball Hoops
- Volleyball Nets
- Fun Frame Covers
- Paint/Vinyl Wrap
Set accessories aside, grouped by type and labelled if helpful for future reassembly.
Step 3. Wear Protective Gear
Before handling the composite rods, don safety equipment to prevent painful injuries:
- Leather Gloves – Avoid blisters and bruises
- Safety Goggles – Protect eyes from lubricant spray and tensioned parts
The rods will be under considerable tension, so caution is critical.
Step 4: Apply Lubricant to Composite Rod Sockets
Spray plentiful WD-40 or similar lubricant into the frame sockets holding the ends of the bendable composite rods in place. This allows the ball ends to slide out with less resistance.
Rotate the rods back and forth while spraying lubricant – rocking helps it flow down into the socket. Reapply if removal still proves difficult after a few minutes.
Step 5. Detach FlexiNet
Locate the FlexiNet rod at the top edge jump surface netting. Unhook the ends from the circular frame by squeezing the connector clips, detaching one side at a time. Avoid letting go – a fully tensioned FlexiNet can snap painfully against bare skin.
Roll up the FlexiNet and set aside. Make note on the net if helpful for proper reinstallation later.
Step 6. Dislodge Top Rods
With leather glove protection, grasp the top composite rods near where they insert into the frame sockets. Firmly wiggle and twist rods until they slide out of sockets.
Caution – rods may suddenly dislodge. Control to avoid being painfully struck.
Step 7. Remove Lower Rods
Repeat rod removal process on lower sections of frame. Wiggle, twist, and pull firmly but with control. Reapply lubricant to stubborn sockets as needed.
Group removed rods by section – top verses lower frame.
Step 8. Detach Frame Padding
If trampoline has frame padding, locate padding attachment strips and detached them with pliers or by unscrewing. Removed padding can wrap rods sections for added protection.
Step 9. Disconnect Jumping Mat
Find loops on outer edge of jump surface mat. Detach them from the rings on the frame using your fingers. Avoid tearing material.
Roll up mat and carry away from workspace.
Step 10. Disassemble Frame Sections
Finally, use proper sized wrenches/sockets to unscrew bolts connecting frame sections:
- Frame Section Bolts – 19mm box wrench/3⁄4” socket
- Frame Stand Bolts – 13mm box wrench/1⁄2” socket
- Remaining Accessory Bolts – hex wrenches
This allows full breakdown into individual pieces for transport, storage, repair etc. Ensure each frame piece remains labelled if helpful for any later reassembly.
With that, the Springfree disassembly process is complete! Transport and store parts safely until needed again. Reassembly is essentially the reverse, but having photos, labels, and a clear work area makes that process smoother too.
Key Takeaways: Disassembling a Springfree Trampoline
To summarize the step-by-step process, focus on:
- Clearing jump surface and surrounding area
- Using factory recommended tools (sockets, hex wrenches, WD40, gloves/goggles)
- Removing accessories first (basketball hoops, nets etc)
- Applying ample lubricant before rod removal
- Controlling tensioned parts during removal (rods, FlexiNet)
- Grouping and labelling parts (photos helpful too)
- Finally unbolting connector joints to break down frame sections
Take precautions, utilize quality tools, control tensioned items appropriately, and work methodically for optimal safety and efficiency while disassembling a Springfree Trampoline.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Springfree Disassembly
Below I’ve answered some common FAQs encountered when taking apart a Springfree trampoline:
How long does Springfree disassembly take?
With the proper tools and following the steps outlined above, plan on 2-3 hours for a complete disassembly.
Where can I buy replacement Springfree parts or mats?
Check Springfree’s website, or local dealers may carry components for repair/replacement jobs.
Is it safe for one person to disassemble a Springfree alone?
While possible for one strong, coordinated person to break down a Springfree solo, having an extra set of hands is highly advisable for safety and ease – especially when manipulating the tensioned flexi rods and net.
What size box do I need to pack a disassembled Springfree for moving or storage?
To determine box sizing, measure each frame section after fully disconnected. Factor 1-2 feet extra length for mat, rods, and accessories. Noting dimensions with photos during disassembly also helps ensure proper container sizing.
How should I store a Springfree trampoline over the winter?
Disassemble and clean frame/mat sections as outlined above. Allow mat and accessories to fully air dry before packing into weatherproof tubs or wrapping in tarps (avoid moist storage conditions). Store in a dry covered location like a shed or garage until Spring reassembly.
I hope this complete walkthrough gives you the confidence, knowledge and tools to safely and efficiently disassemble a Springfree Trampoline on your own. Let me know if any questions come up during your specific project! I’m always happy to lend additional tips. Safe trampolining to you and your family!
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