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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
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2014-03-13 11:33:45 PM  
9 votes:
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.
2014-03-14 12:04:49 AM  
7 votes:
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 01:27:29 AM  
5 votes:
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 01:19:49 AM  
4 votes:
For once I'm siding with the city.
2014-03-14 01:14:22 AM  
4 votes:
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 12:15:57 AM  
4 votes:
I hope the stupid tag is for the father, not the city.
2014-03-14 01:18:43 AM  
3 votes:
Stupid tag for the father, or the city? Because it should be for the father, if it's not
2014-03-14 04:59:42 AM  
2 votes:
fc08.deviantart.net
2014-03-14 01:39:48 AM  
2 votes:
lh5.googleusercontent.com

Thanks,  Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama.

RIP Freedom
2014-03-14 01:29:25 AM  
2 votes:

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 01:29:14 AM  
2 votes:

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


You from the future?
2014-03-14 01:24:43 AM  
2 votes:
Ha . Nice perch to throw things at passersby .
2014-03-14 01:21:16 AM  
2 votes:
I'm with the neighbors and city. Put stuff like that in the back yard.
2014-03-14 01:19:10 AM  
2 votes:
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 01:13:34 AM  
2 votes:
Wow Treehouse
                                                So Deathtrap

                    Such Overhang

                                      very insurance

Much Blight.
2014-03-14 01:12:52 AM  
2 votes:
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 12:13:11 AM  
2 votes:

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.


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2014-03-13 11:49:13 PM  
2 votes:
Wow, is he zoned for that thing?
2014-03-14 08:43:50 AM  
1 vote:

Albinoman: Yeah the bottom at least appears to not be very supported. But there's more than one way to hold up a structure. So until they put up some actual pictures of how it's built other than a distant shot (there does appear to be an adult man comfortably standing at it's edge, its weakest point) than you can stfu up until we all know what were looking at. You obviously do not know enginnering or know any to see the strange stuff they can come up with. An 18" round tree will easily take a high speed impact from a car. Your house or some 4x4s will not.


mike_d85: Yep, trolling.


I'm sure Mike is right, but none-the-less, I'll bite.

Regardless of the construction methods, tree houses are inherently dangerous due to the fact that you are taking an existing structure (tree) and adding a  number of large, flat surfaces that will be readily acted upon by all manner of live loads, including wind, snow and rain.  When you have something that is even *potentially*as dangerous as a tree loaded with plywood and 2x4's going over in a storm, you better make damn sure it isn't near any thing you care about.

/engineer
2014-03-14 06:32:44 AM  
1 vote:

Albinoman: 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.

How many 4x4s do you suppose you could get out of that tree? It's plenty strong enough to support the treehouse, but you'd trust a couple sticks of dead pine more? This is why envy is so bad. People shroud it with good intentions and will take away what others have for it.


Are you trolling or do you really not understand?

The outer edges of the treehouse are not directly supported. This is a bad idea structurally. Get a freind and try this to understand:
Lay a napkin down on a table. Now, lift the napkin directly from the center. See what happens?
Now, get a freind and both of you grab a corner and lift together. See the difference? It's much flatter that way.

Now understand that the same forces are applied to wooden structure such as a floor. Now while it won't instantly fold down a tree like an umbrella, surely you understand that the mighty oak in the center of the treehouse is not under attack for being flimsy as the soft pussy woods that support virtually all modern structures.
2014-03-14 02:54:20 AM  
1 vote:
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.


Meh. File that along with people who bag their lawn waste to be hauled away and then pay money for people to spray nutrients (and assorted chemicals) on their lawn 6 months later.

I don't hear any nearer than 1/2 mile anymore, but I will say the sound of a leaf blower makes me smile for the simple reason that it REALLY wound up a G/F's ex... That's not you, is it? :)
2014-03-14 02:24:36 AM  
1 vote:
In this thread: a bunch of busybody assholes.

And yet, leaf blowers remain totally legal.
2014-03-14 02:21:41 AM  
1 vote:

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 01:57:08 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:47:41 AM  
1 vote:

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 01:44:02 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah, I don't see a problem. I definitely wouldn't feel safe letting my son walk down that sidewalk.
2014-03-14 01:37:45 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:34:10 AM  
1 vote:

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 01:26:28 AM  
1 vote:
What are the odds he would have to get a permit for a shed that size in his front yard?
2014-03-14 01:24:56 AM  
1 vote:
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...
 
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