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(ABC 27)   Man builds awesome treehouse for his kids, the city tells him to tear it down because it could be a hazard to people with it hanging over the sidewalk   (abc27.com) divider line 97
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2014-03-13 11:33:45 PM  
You've won the Awesome-est Dad On The Block award, dude. Seriously. You rock. Now tear that deathtrap down and rebuild it in your back yard on a bunch of 4x4 stilts. Plant some cheery and plum trees around it. Your kids will love it -and- everyone will be safe.
 
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2014-03-13 11:49:13 PM  
Wow, is he zoned for that thing?
 
2014-03-14 12:04:49 AM  
So he has the options of either altering it so it doesn't overhang the sidewalk, rebuilding it somewhere in his back yard, or buying the necessary insurance to cover the liability if he wants to keep it where it is, so what's the problem?

'Fark you, my kids' plaything trumps public safety' is not a valid choice here.
 
2014-03-14 12:13:11 AM  

Notabunny: You've won the Awesome-est Dad On The Block award, dude. Seriously. You rock. Now tear that deathtrap down and rebuild it in your back yard on a bunch of 4x4 stilts. Plant some cheery and plum trees around it. Your kids will love it -and- everyone will be safe.


done in 1
 
2014-03-14 12:15:57 AM  
I hope the stupid tag is for the father, not the city.
 
2014-03-14 01:12:52 AM  
This is what passes for overhangs.
images.worldnow.com
I can see if the tree fell down, that is going to hit the sidewalk if it falls in that direction, but that is not overhangs I think.
 
2014-03-14 01:13:34 AM  
Wow Treehouse
                                                So Deathtrap

                    Such Overhang

                                      very insurance

Much Blight.
 
2014-03-14 01:14:22 AM  
images.worldnow.com

That thing looks possibly bigger than my bedroom.. I'm gonna have to side with the city on this. The potential safety hazard aside, it's just an eyesore for the neighborhood.
 
2014-03-14 01:18:43 AM  
Stupid tag for the father, or the city? Because it should be for the father, if it's not
 
2014-03-14 01:19:10 AM  
deciderization.files.wordpress.com
That's not a safe altitude. Why is it up so high? If someone falls from there it's a guaranteed death.
 
2014-03-14 01:19:27 AM  

strangeluck: [images.worldnow.com image 360x261]

That thing looks possibly bigger than my bedroom.. I'm gonna have to side with the city on this. The potential safety hazard aside, it's just an eyesore for the neighborhood.


If the tree is in front, there seem to be unsurfaced cinder block walls, chain link fences, and clothes lines all in other front yards.  A treehouse isn't going to do anything to the property values the rest that hasn't already done.
 
2014-03-14 01:19:49 AM  
For once I'm siding with the city.
 
2014-03-14 01:21:16 AM  
I'm with the neighbors and city. Put stuff like that in the back yard.
 
2014-03-14 01:22:58 AM  
Yeah its not overhanging the sidewalk at all and if it did fall toward the side walk  its not gonna make the tree fall that much faster and in fact it will probably spread out the energy of the impact when the tree hits the ground.

I'd wager this was started by a busy body neighbor.
 
2014-03-14 01:23:16 AM  

AgentPothead: This is what passes for overhangs.
[images.worldnow.com image 360x261]
I can see if the tree fell down, that is going to hit the sidewalk if it falls in that direction, but that is not overhangs I think.


If that counts as 'overhang' in regards to the sidewalk, then the roof of my porch overhangs the sidewalk and half of the street.
 
2014-03-14 01:24:43 AM  
Ha . Nice perch to throw things at passersby .
 
2014-03-14 01:24:56 AM  
If it falls on the sidewalk, then the city has all the liability.

I doubt he got a permit to build, nor had an inspector come by in the process...
 
2014-03-14 01:26:28 AM  
What are the odds he would have to get a permit for a shed that size in his front yard?
 
2014-03-14 01:27:29 AM  
About 30 seconds after enjoying the view, the kids would be discovering the joys of water balloons lobbed onto the sidewalk.

Dad's an idiot.
 
2014-03-14 01:28:01 AM  
It's adorable that we're pretending people still use sidewalks.
 
2014-03-14 01:29:14 AM  

Bumblefark: It's adorable that we're pretending people still use sidewalks.


You from the future?
 
2014-03-14 01:29:25 AM  

Notabunny: You've won the Awesome-est Dad On The Block award, dude. Seriously. You rock. Now tear that deathtrap down and rebuild it in your back yard on a bunch of 4x4 stilts. Plant some cheery and plum trees around it. Your kids will love it -and- everyone will be safe.


Agreed. It's a nice gesture to the kids obviously, but I notice two things about it that beg a question or two...

First is just how well built it is since it seems to only have the trunk of the tree supporting it with no branches or anything. And second is the fact that it doesn't really appear to be in his backyard, it looks more like its on a tree that's outside his property line (going on the fence) and is probably on city property. The city itself seems to be a bit confused as there is no sane person alive that'd consider the tree house as hanging over the sidewalk, but they've got a point.
 
2014-03-14 01:29:25 AM  

AgentPothead: This is what passes for overhangs.
[images.worldnow.com image 360x261]
I can see if the tree fell down, that is going to hit the sidewalk if it falls in that direction, but that is not overhangs I think.


Looking at the retaining walls going down the block, I'd bet they parallel the edge of the property line.  If that's the case, the tree is actually growing in the street easement which puts the treehouse on city owned land.
 
2014-03-14 01:32:16 AM  

farkingismybusiness: Bumblefark: It's adorable that we're pretending people still use sidewalks.

You from the future?


Um...

*throws ninja smoke bomb*
 
2014-03-14 01:32:44 AM  

AgentPothead: This is what passes for overhangs.
[images.worldnow.com image 360x261]
I can see if the tree fell down, that is going to hit the sidewalk if it falls in that direction, but that is not overhangs I think.


I believe this is a valid point from the perspective of the photograph. I don't see how the city is going to gain any traction in getting rid of it on that premise.

That said, and as cool as I think tree houses are, I think they should scale it down at the least, if not move it to the backyard if it's feasible.
 
2014-03-14 01:34:10 AM  

MFAWG: What are the odds he would have to get a permit for a shed that size in his front yard?


In this county it's 100 ft.2 before you need a permit. That thing looks like it could be pushing it.
 
2014-03-14 01:37:45 AM  
the father is insane. if your going to use all that lumber and time spent, why not a nice build a nice sun porch for yourself or an elderly neighbor.
/I will say this, when I was a kid (in the onion days) we built our "forts" out in the woods or by the r.r. tracks. as far away from roads as we get. no need for prying eyes.
 
2014-03-14 01:38:31 AM  

strangeluck: 's just an eyesore for the neighborhood


what about that makes your eye sore ?
more importantly ... how farking sore does your eye get before you demand tearing down stuff ?

// get a life
 
2014-03-14 01:39:30 AM  

Bumblefark: It's adorable that we're pretending people still use sidewalks.


Best laugh all day. Are tears in my eyes because it's so farking true I'm crying and not laughing?
 
2014-03-14 01:39:48 AM  
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Thanks,  Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama.

RIP Freedom
 
2014-03-14 01:44:02 AM  
Yeah, I don't see a problem. I definitely wouldn't feel safe letting my son walk down that sidewalk.
 
2014-03-14 01:45:44 AM  

farkingismybusiness: Bumblefark: It's adorable that we're pretending people still use sidewalks.

You from the future?


lol
 
2014-03-14 01:47:41 AM  

Notabunny: You've won the Awesome-est Dad On The Block award, dude. Seriously. You rock. Now tear that deathtrap down and rebuild it in your back yard on a bunch of 4x4 stilts. Plant some cheery and plum trees around it. Your kids will love it -and- everyone will be safe.


Yup.  Definitely does not look stable.


About 30 years ago, I helped a neighbor  do that in his back yard for his kids.  He got the 4x4s  in OK, but was flaying around on how to link them together, put in the floor and walls.  I brought over an industrial electric screw gun (centrifical clutch  and noisey as all hell, but it would run screws in w/o pre-drilling holes) and a box of heavy deck screws and we had it up in two hours.


I drove by there two days ago and it is still standing.
 
2014-03-14 01:48:18 AM  
Your kids want a view from above? Do it like a normal family.

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2014-03-14 01:48:41 AM  
Nice sniper's nest though.
 
2014-03-14 01:55:50 AM  
It's no worse than all the shrubbery and trees that the city allows to grow over the sidewalks every spring and summer. In fact, less so since it's not actually over the sidewalks.

/bet he didn't even bother to look into a permit
//serves him right
 
2014-03-14 01:57:08 AM  
By Fed law he only needs 250k/250k liability and a building permit unless its on a homestead.  Then its a property damage 250k only.
 
2014-03-14 02:00:07 AM  
Dear God. From a fort like that three kids with some water balloons could stop all passage on that sidewalk.

That would lock down the west side. And you know what that means...

They control the town.
 
2014-03-14 02:01:16 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: It's no worse than all the shrubbery and trees that the city allows to grow over the sidewalks every spring and summer. In fact, less so since it's not actually over the sidewalks.

/bet he didn't even bother to look into a permit
//serves him right


Or the trees the city plants between the sidewalk and the street, and all the roots that break through your sidewalk are your responsibility to fix, and if you don't fix the sidewalk that the city's trees farks up then you get slammed with a citation.

But you can't remove the trees that are causing the problem to begin with, since the city owns them.
 
2014-03-14 02:13:15 AM  

theflatline: If it falls on the sidewalk, then the city has all the liability.

I doubt he got a permit to build, nor had an inspector come by in the process...


Since when?  Sidewalks are pure insanity from a liability standpoint.  In some (many? (most?)) cities, the property owner is required to install and maintain the sidewalk at their expense, they're required to allow public access,  and they're liable for anything that happens on the sidewalk even though they have no choice about allowing public access.
 
2014-03-14 02:17:55 AM  
That does look awesome from the outside, but yeah... done in one. Just a tad topheavy and in the wrong place.

/ growing up I had a much simpler 8x8' treehouse bridged between two trees... You used the existing wild grapevines to climb up to it. It had a 150' zipline over a creek. Thanks, much cooler Dad!

// why yes, my childhood rocked.
 
2014-03-14 02:20:06 AM  
C'mon man!  Take the neighborhood wench, put in it and the burn it down.  Otherwise, everything is complete wash.
 
2014-03-14 02:21:41 AM  

farkingismybusiness: [deciderization.files.wordpress.com image 850x478]
That's not a safe altitude. Why is it up so high? If someone falls from there it's a guaranteed death.


Now that is a witch burning house if I've ever seen one.
 
2014-03-14 02:24:36 AM  
In this thread: a bunch of busybody assholes.

And yet, leaf blowers remain totally legal.
 
2014-03-14 02:29:00 AM  

gunther_bumpass: In this thread: a bunch of busybody assholes.

And yet, leaf blowers remain totally legal.


Why should leaf blowers be illegal in this thread?
 
2014-03-14 02:33:48 AM  

Weatherkiss: gunther_bumpass: In this thread: a bunch of busybody assholes.

And yet, leaf blowers remain totally legal.

Why should leaf blowers be illegal in this thread?


Hey, whatever you want to do in your own home is OK by me...
 
2014-03-14 02:39:43 AM  
Unless you have Harlan Ellison level cred, I'm pretty sure treehouses should be built in the woods rather than in cities.

This is not one of those situations.
 
2014-03-14 02:42:22 AM  

Weatherkiss: gunther_bumpass: In this thread: a bunch of busybody assholes.

And yet, leaf blowers remain totally legal.

Why should leaf blowers be illegal in this thread?


Leaf blowers should be illegal everywhere, especially on the internet.
I can hide from a treehouse. I can cross the street so it doesn't sneak-collapse me to death.
Leaf blowers though - those farkers'll find you. A leaf blower goes through windows, through walls, through doors and headphones and farks you right in the ear, all year long. Just so some asshole can keep his emasculated, buzz-cut pixie prairie looking sharp for all his asshole neighbors. After all, you wouldn't want leaves and lawn trimmings to create an eyesore. It's a national epidemic, these eyesores. Better to shiat in your neighbor's mind with a two stroke motor all farkin' day long than to offend his glance.
 
2014-03-14 02:45:36 AM  

gunther_bumpass: Weatherkiss: gunther_bumpass: In this thread: a bunch of busybody assholes.

And yet, leaf blowers remain totally legal.

Why should leaf blowers be illegal in this thread?

Leaf blowers should be illegal everywhere, especially on the internet.
I can hide from a treehouse. I can cross the street so it doesn't sneak-collapse me to death.
Leaf blowers though - those farkers'll find you. A leaf blower goes through windows, through walls, through doors and headphones and farks you right in the ear, all year long. Just so some asshole can keep his emasculated, buzz-cut pixie prairie looking sharp for all his asshole neighbors. After all, you wouldn't want leaves and lawn trimmings to create an eyesore. It's a national epidemic, these eyesores. Better to shiat in your neighbor's mind with a two stroke motor all farkin' day long than to offend his glance.


This post just made my night.
 
2014-03-14 02:50:28 AM  

gunther_bumpass: Weatherkiss: gunther_bumpass: In this thread: a bunch of busybody assholes.

And yet, leaf blowers remain totally legal.

Why should leaf blowers be illegal in this thread?

Leaf blowers should be illegal everywhere, especially on the internet.
I can hide from a treehouse. I can cross the street so it doesn't sneak-collapse me to death.
Leaf blowers though - those farkers'll find you. A leaf blower goes through windows, through walls, through doors and headphones and farks you right in the ear, all year long. Just so some asshole can keep his emasculated, buzz-cut pixie prairie looking sharp for all his asshole neighbors. After all, you wouldn't want leaves and lawn trimmings to create an eyesore. It's a national epidemic, these eyesores. Better to shiat in your neighbor's mind with a two stroke motor all farkin' day long than to offend his glance.


Jib cut. Like yours.
 
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