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(Adventured)   Hobbit fans go crazy overboard and build a massive treehouse escape   (adventured.com) divider line 19
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2014-05-20 04:46:01 PM  
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2014-05-20 05:34:48 PM  
Hobbits don't live in treehouses, they live in holes in the ground.

Ewoks build treehouses/
 
2014-05-20 06:13:05 PM  
I'm sorry guys, but you didn't get the right permits when putting in the electrical.  I'm afraid you are going to have to tear the whole thing down.  You have 10 days.
 
2014-05-20 06:18:35 PM  
Hobbits live in trees now?
 
2014-05-20 06:20:37 PM  
how about a sprinkler system, ADA access ramp?

:P

/there should be a building code waiver system if you are building something awesome
 
2014-05-20 08:14:14 PM  

AlgaeRancher: how about a sprinkler system, ADA access ramp?

:P

/there should be a building code waiver system if you are building something awesome


There are three rules for building tree houses:
Have fun.
Cause enjoyment.
Don't cause unenjoyment.
 
2014-05-20 08:24:59 PM  

real_headhoncho: Hobbits don't live in treehouses, they live in holes in the ground.

Ewoks build treehouses/


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-20 08:51:09 PM  
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a high tree in the air that you could suddenly fall out of, but a hobbit hole. And that means comfort.
 
2014-05-20 11:29:17 PM  
HOA forces kid to take down awesome treehouse in 3..2...1...
 
2014-05-20 11:41:18 PM  
I can't tell from the pics, and the video is tl;dr.  Is it an actual tree house, or just a house on stilts positioned around and/or near something that might be a tree?  The definition seems to be blurring these days.
 
2014-05-21 04:10:01 AM  
What part of that is a tavern?  It's just a video game room in a tree.
 
2014-05-21 04:13:55 AM  
"made due with what we had "

I care not one jot for how cool the project is... DIAF you illiterate moron.

/not serious... but how does anyone get this wrong.
 
2014-05-21 07:16:52 AM  

Emposter: What part of that is a tavern?  It's just a video game room in a tree.


It had a bar with a beer tap.
 
2014-05-21 07:28:07 AM  

LoneDoggie: Emposter: What part of that is a tavern?  It's just a video game room in a tree.

It had a bar with a beer tap.


And just about every room had one or more slackers staring at a FPS video game.

EXACTLY what treehouses are good for!
 
2014-05-21 08:57:04 AM  
So, they built an awesome tree house to play video games in the dark? At least they had tap beer.....
 
2014-05-21 09:10:11 AM  
I watch the tree house show occasionally, and one thing is for certain:  those things are *not* cheap.

I find it a little bit of a stretch that they "made due" (sic) with what building supplies they could scavenge.  Some of it...yeah.  But that structure is pretty big, and building supply costs add up *very* fast.  Wiring...sheets of plywood (can be seen in pics), fasteners, insulation (snow in pics?), and on and on.  Any plumbing?  That costs lots.

And that's not even counting all the furnishings, electronics, and more.

I was looking at building a 9x5 table for the slot cars and after adding up the costs it was around $200!  (I bought a used ping pong table instead)  Could be they had the same situation we had when we were kids..."hey dad, can we have that sheet of plywood?  Sure son, take a couple"

/it is damned cool though
 
2014-05-21 11:08:37 AM  

ristst: I watch the tree house show occasionally, and one thing is for certain:  those things are *not* cheap.

I find it a little bit of a stretch that they "made due" (sic) with what building supplies they could scavenge.  Some of it...yeah.  But that structure is pretty big, and building supply costs add up *very* fast.  Wiring...sheets of plywood (can be seen in pics), fasteners, insulation (snow in pics?), and on and on.  Any plumbing?  That costs lots.

And that's not even counting all the furnishings, electronics, and more.

I was looking at building a 9x5 table for the slot cars and after adding up the costs it was around $200!  (I bought a used ping pong table instead)  Could be they had the same situation we had when we were kids..."hey dad, can we have that sheet of plywood?  Sure son, take a couple"

/it is damned cool though


Prices for supplies are a lot higher now that much is for sure. I made an 8 x 14 foot gaming table for my father in law (he did minature army-wargaming Warhammer and FoW) with underslung open shelf for storage and that ended up costing me around $200 in materials. Not bad, but it was built for size and sturdiness not neatness. I also shopped around for a few weeks to find the best prices on plywood and built the structure out of dirt-cheap stud-graded 2x4 and the straightest cheap 1x4 I could find.
 
2014-05-21 01:11:39 PM  

SharkaPult: Prices for supplies are a lot higher now that much is for sure.


Yep...and one more thing:  the structure itself.  Building an elevated structure that won't fall down and will support several thousand pounds (party with at least 20 guests = 2000-3000lbs) is tricky business.

Just looking up prices for the support bolts, they start around $100 each at the low end, and prices go up quickly for bolts that will support more weight.  Not to mention cabling...a structurally sound tree house requires both support bolts and steel cables to ensure proper distribution of weight.  There are a *shiatload* of caveats as well....improper use of nails or other fasteners can cause the tree to perceive a wound:

from http://www.treetopbuilders.net/fasteners/

"...if you put several nails or small lag bolts in a concentrated area, presumably because just one isn't strong enough to support the treehouse, then the tree may treat the whole area as a single wound and shut the area out from the rest of the tree's vascular system to prevent the spread of decay. Your treehouse is likely to be safe and appear fine for several years. But behind that board you put 5-15 nails or screws in, the wood is decaying and eventually the whole treehouse may fall down unexpectedly, revealing a huge wound in the tree."

And how about the round door and the stone masonry surrounding it?  Laying stone takes a specific skill set and experience to get a favorable result.

from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/brickmasons-blockm a sons-and-stonemasons.htm
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

"Although most masons learn through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job. Others learn through 1- or 2-year mason programs at technical schools."

I suppose one of them could've gone through a technical school program.  Or they could've had some help.
 
2014-05-21 05:49:27 PM  
Thats just about the coolest thing Ive seen all year.
 
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