Old 06-08-01, 03:11 AM
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I don't know if you are the right person for this but it's a place to start.

I have a huge old tree in my backyard that is dying and needs to come down. There are tree guys doing that today. It is about 5 ft in diameter at the base. My kids have been bugging me to build a treehouse for awhile and I'm wondering about the practicality and safety of using the tree trunk sawed off at 10 feet above the ground as a base.

If you think it is doable, how would you attach the floor to the tree?

If you can't answer could you suggest someone I might ask?


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Old 06-11-01, 05:26 AM
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As long as the tree is in good shape, I don't see why you couldn't use the trunk. It has to be solid, and I would start by sealing the cut to keep it from rotting out. To attach the joists to the tree, I think I'd lag screw 4x4s (or even 6x6 if it's gonna be big) to the trunk as wide as you want the treehouse, then set floor joists on top, running across the beams. If you're building a big treehouse with a roof, 6x6 on 12" centers should hold it up.
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