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How to build a Tree House with a Slide and Swing-Set

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Page 1:  Introduction and Plans
Page 2:  Instructions - Deck Frame
Page 3:  Instructions - Deck Frame
Page 4:  Instructions - Deck and Slide
Page 5: Instructions - The Steps
Page 6: Instructions - The Steps
Page 7: Instructions - The Handrail
Page 8: Instructions - The Swing-Set

Step one: The boundary joists

assemble the boundary joists for the tree house

Nail the boundary joists together around the tree.

Use 150mm x 50mm (2"x6") lumber suitable for exterior use and fix with 100mm (4") galvanized nails.

Refer to the plans for dimensions.

Step two: Raise the boundary joists

prop up the tree house floor frame

Temporarily prop-up the boundary joists to the required height.

Use any available wood for the props and fasten them to the boundary joists with clamps.

Further support with rope around the tree and joists to prevent sway.

Ensure that the boundary joists are level all the way around.

Step three: The footing holes

place the tree house posts

Dig footing holes directly below each corner.

Make the holes 300mm x 300mm (12"x12") square and about 600mm (2ft) deep if the ground is medium firm.

Cut the posts to length so that they are flush with the top of the boundary joists and at least 75mm (3") off the bottom of the hole.

Clamp the posts to the joists and ensure that they are plumb.

Step four: Concrete around the posts

concrete in the tree house posts

Make a mix of concrete in a wheelbarrow at a ratio of 3 gravel, 2 sand and 1 cement. Add clean water and mix to a uniform consistency

Carefully shovel the concrete into each hole.

Fill to within 75mm (3") of the top of the hole.

Step five: Fix the posts to the boundary joists

fix the tree house posts to the floor frame

When the concrete has cured, drill and bolt the boundary joists to the posts.

Use two 12mm (1/2") galvanized bolts at each corner.

You can then remove the temporary props.

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