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Old 12-28-2007, 12:44 PM   #1
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looking at building a tree house. The floor will be 10'x10' decked with 2x6s (got some old boards from a ripped up deck)

will this design work? Basically, it will be 4x4 posts on a 8'x8' square with 2x10's going across them. A 2x6 floor joist will then be laid on top with 2' centers.

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Old 12-28-2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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The only suggestion I would make would be to use something bigger than a 4x4 for legs if possible, I have a tendency to over build where I can though. Make sure you cross brace whatever you use for legs to minimize any twisting.
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Hey AU, looks like a good solid design, including what Joe said to use larger than 4x4 post, especially if it is going to be a ways up off the ground, the tensile strength of a 4x4 to keep the structure from swaying wont be enough. If you can find some discarde pilings that would be your best foundation, and free, and cross brace like Joe said between the post.

One other thing, the 2' cantileavered overhangs....I personally wouldn't just toenail them, I would go to lowes and get Simpson Strong Tie joist hangers to attach them to the main stringerrs running across.

Question, is this for the kids...or your own dog house for when the lil lady throws you out!!!:letsparty
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:10 PM   #4
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thanks, i'll check out the 6x6's. Usually on small projects like this the upgrade isn't that much of a budget killer.

This is for hte kids, but hey, got to make it big for "just in case". What I can't decide now is whether to basically make the hole thing a "house" with huge windows or have a 5x10 house with 5x10 porch. The house/porch would be neater, but with three kids, they would be all over each other. A single house with huge windows, 8' long, would still give you openness but allow for a unostructed floor so the kids won't be all over each other.
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any ideas on a zip line. I got the general method of building one, but what about the end of it? How do I stop the movement?
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I know where you can get old telephone poles for free if you'd like. PM me if interested and I will get you the number.



As far as the zip line, I've seen them terminating into the ground, into another tree and into a large pole. I'd say the best is ending into a branch, or something like a upside down L so if they don't let go, they don't run into anything but the ground, and not dead into a pole..;-)
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AUradar are you gonna get a building permit? oke
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Old 12-29-2007, 03:22 PM   #8
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recheck our figurein cause 4x4's on 8' square plus 2' overhang all around equals 12' square platform.

And where does the tree go?
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Default RE: framing question, will this work???

okay, didn't start this weekend, wife made me start painting instead.

However, I've decided to change the tree house plans a bit. I'm going to move the posts to the corners and have them go straight up so they can be used as corners for the rails as well. This deck won't have a roof, just side rails of some sort.

I've been told I could use 2x6's spanning 10' for the joists. Anchor them to 2x8's. Will this work? Are 2x6's strong enough over 10'? Remember, there's no real load other than kids and 2x6 decking.

Also, Johnson you're right, I misspoke. The orignal idea would have had the posts on a 6' square, not 8'
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I made a zip line between two trees about 120 feet apart. For the stopper, I used a pool noodle around the cable and zip tied it very tight a couple of inches apart along it's length. It stops and cushions very well. The boys still swing up and bounce pretty good but they love it.I used a choker cable (pre made with loops and lugs)around each tree and a come along to tighten the cable. The main cable is clamped several times along one of the choker cables so the pull isn't on the come along. I just loosen the clamps to tighten the cable with the come along then retighten the cable to the choker cable.
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