Building A Tree House

By Robert Robillard on How To

3 Important Treehouse Decisions

Armed with this information we made three decisions:

  1. Purchase and use a special floating bracket system that would allow us 3x the movement we recorded.
  2. Ensure that the roof edge would NOT exceed 12-feet in height and that it needed to be at least 3-inces from the trees edge, maybe more.
  3. Use Treehouse attachment bolts in two parallel tree and utilize two 6×6 pressure treated posts with 10” x 48” deep footings.

Tree House Attachment Bolt

The best fixture is a Treehouse Attachment Bolt, or TAB, which is specifically designed to support heavy loads in trees. We ordered ours online from, Treehouse Supplies, 1444 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember when starting to build your tree house is to reduce the risk of the trees growth or sway factor. These two factors can shear and damage your tree house frame.

Treehouse Attachment Bolts (TABs)

We decided to use two Treehouse Attachment Bolts (TABs) In today’s treehouse industry, the most efficient and practicable way to hold heavy loads in live trees are treehouse attachment bolts. TABs are engineered bolts designed specifically for supporting high loads in living trees.

One of the main features of TABs is their strength, requiring fewer tree penetrations for fastening your frame to. A typical TAB consists of a threaded metal bolt and a larger diameter collar. The collar is available in 1” 3” and 6” sizes and provides an extra bending strength by bearing upon the compression strength of the tree grain.

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