- So I'm over my neighbor's house.
We got my buddy Sam.
He's digging out a trampoline hole.
(excavator engine revving)
Recently, my girls have been,
asking me questions.
"Can we get a trampoline?
"Can we get a trampoline?"
I'm not sure if I want a trampoline.
But my buddy Sam has a business called,
trampolineholes.com where he goes around
and he actually puts trampolines in the ground for people.
So he's doing this dig in the neighborhood
and I thought I'd come over and film it.
And ask him a bunch of questions on trampolines.
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In this video, I wanted to share some tips with you,
on what you need to consider, before you call up Sam
and have him come dig your hole.
So with this in ground trampoline hole,
you can see it's an existing landscape.
Because it's an existing landscape,
we have grass, we have sprinklers
we gonna have to deal with.
We have to know where all the electrical lines,
all the plumbing lines, all the gas lines are.
So we have to get the area blue staked.
So that's the first thing you can do is call 811,
and get your area blue staked.
And it's a free service.
So it will just help you get a better understanding
of where you can locate your trampoline.
The typical trampoline's size, that people are putting in,
are about a 14-foot diameter trampoline.
So that's what you see here, is he's digging out the area,
just slightly bigger than 14 feet,
so he can put the trampoline in that hole.
So if you had an unfinished backyard,
things would be a lot easier.
He makes sure, that the trampoline,
is about five to six feet from a fence,
from a rock wall, any kind of obstacles you might have.
You just want at least three-foot safety zone
around the trampoline.
It's also important to consider, where in your yard
is the most level area,
so you don't have to build additional retaining walls,
cause you want your trampoline to be nice and level,
when it's all finished and installed.
In this particular location,
there was a six inch difference from the highest spot,
to the lowest spot.
A little bit of the black trampoline retaining wall
that will show up on the other side.
But it's not an issue, cause you can mount right up to it.
Now another thing to consider is access for his equipment,
to be able to come in to the backyard,
and dig the hole.
So his equipment, needs about six feet,
to be able to get into the backyard
if it's an existing backyard and has a fence.
In this case, they had to rip out their gate,
because it wasn't wide enough.
So they took out a section of their fence
about 10 feet, that they're gonna have
to rebuild later on.
Another thing you might wanna get checked out
before you do an in ground trampoline hole,
is know what your soil type is.
You can see with this soil type,
it's really rocky, but the soil type, will drain really well
in this situation.
If it was clay, or you lived in an area with
high water table, that would be a lot different
and you might have to, plan on doing some drains
at the bottom of the trampoline.
But for this trampoline hole,
he's not gonna have to drain it,
because it's gonna drain itself pretty well.
So, here in Utah a lot of people have sprinkle systems
and in this case in the yard,
he didn't run through any sprinkler pipes.
But there could be a chance that,
you'd have to reroute some sprinkler lines
if you came across them.
What he basically does is,
just reroutes it around the perimeter
of the trampoline hole.
So if you are one of those people,
that you're like, "Oh, that's a big hole."
You know, "I can do that, it wouldn't take long."
Well, you know, I don't know how long it would take
to do by hand,
but this guy and his equipment,
it took him less than a day
to get in there, dig it out, and get the trampoline
up and ready for the kids to start jumping on.
One thing about this installation,
is the owners wanted to leave the pile of dirt where it was.
So he didn't have to remove any of the soil on this project.
It's a way to save some money,
on the installation cost.
So the trampoline that Sam installs the most
is the 14 foot trampoline,
from trampolines down under.
It's a kit that comes with the retaining walls,
the mat, the springs, and event the vented pads,
that go around on top of the screen.
So the vented pads, are what really makes this
in ground trampoline work,
because they allow you to bounce better,
it allows air flow to escape from underneath
as you're bouncing down.
And it don't slap on the springs.
So they're quieter as you're bouncing.
And I thought this retaining wall system was really cool,
because it's screwed on the outside frame of the trampoline,
and it's a really rigid product.
So it's gonna hold back the soil really well over time.
Sam's installed over 700 of these trampoline kit,
so don't waste your time on other types of do yourself
type of retaining walls.
This retaining wall when it's done correctly
will last a very long time.
And I can tell by just watching him do this installation
that he's done it before,
and he really knows what he's doing.
So I asked Sam,
"What do you do with the trampoline in the Winter?"
So, he recommends taking the mat and the springs
and the pad off and storing it.
But you can just leave the retaining wall
the way it is.
And then when the snow is melted come Spring,
you can put everything back in place.
It is made to be outside,
but the weight of the snow is the biggest issue.
This is a pretty big investment,
if you're gonna go this route,
so you might as well protect your investment,
take the time to take it off
and put it away and store it.
So I'm still not sure that I wanna get my kids a trampoline
since everybody else in the neighborhood has one,
but I definitely see the benefit of doing
an in ground trampoline,
instead of having that big beast of a trampoline,
that you have to move every time you mow the lawn.
I think this is a good solution.
Plus it's so much easier to get on and off,
you don't have to worry about that three-foot drop,
and your kids falling off the edge.
So I also think the in ground trampoline
looks a little better in a landscape
than seeing it above ground.
And let me know in the comments what you think
if you'd consider an in ground trampoline.
So you can go contact Sam at trampolineholes.com
if you live in the Utah area or nearby.
Give him a call and he'll come put one of this in for you.
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