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boogie81 07-14-2012 02:27 PM

Playhouse siding
Hi everyone,

I've built a pirateship playhouse and opted to use decking as the siding (to look more shiplike) and did not use any plywood sheathing underneath. It seems rigid enough at first, but now that the wood has dried out, the framing has a lot a lateral movement. I'm hoping for ideas that avoid removing the siding boards and adding plywood sheathing. The cabin is a basic 4 x 6 playhouse framing set up (plus a bow section, unattached to the cabin framing).

I'm a beginner builder, so hopefully someone has some ideas that I'm not aware of, so that I don't just go our there and start adding 2x4s and hoping that will solve it...


boogie81 07-14-2012 02:57 PM

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I just took a picture and realize I should have clarified that the walls are only sided halfway up, to make it more open.


mae-ling 07-14-2012 03:07 PM

Can you add diagonal braces inside from the top at on end to the bottom at the other.

joecaption 07-14-2012 03:49 PM

Did you use 2, screws anyplace the deck boards came in contact with the 2 X 4's?
Those 2 X 2 balisters also need to go you have the rope attached to and be replaced with a 2 X 4's.

Tom Struble 07-14-2012 03:54 PM

thats cool,i like that:thumbup:

Tom Struble 07-14-2012 04:00 PM

i would watch anything diagonal,that could possibly become a choke point

what kind of fasteners did you use?

rjniles 07-14-2012 04:01 PM

I would not be concerned- the movement is the roll of the ship on the waves.

I like the idea

Evstarr 07-14-2012 04:54 PM

In what directions and area does it move?

mae-ling 07-14-2012 06:01 PM


Originally Posted by Tom Struble (Post 965649)
i would watch anything diagonal,that could possibly become a choke point

what kind of fasteners did you use?

Good point.

firehawkmph 07-15-2012 10:27 AM

Looks pretty cool. Why not just cover the inside walls with the same siding run on a diagonal.
Mike Hawkins:)

hand drive 07-15-2012 10:35 AM

Hi, add a few more studs ( 2x4) in the walls and put two screws into the studs at each deck board where they cross the studd. this should provide lateral stability. shoot for 12" centers for the studs and there probably will not be much movement after that.

mae-ling 07-15-2012 11:00 AM

Plywood on the inside, remove siding and plywood on outside then reinstall siding,
Or diagonal boards on inside. Not just one as a brace but entirely cover. As stated above.

In the long run you may find that a few more studs with 2 screws in each board will not work

jaydevries 07-15-2012 01:03 PM

very nice i love the concept and design :thumbup:
a little movement would not concern me as other said
if there is more than you like i would suggest adding diagonal 2x between existing 2x wall framing then put 2 screws through each deck board into new diagonal 2x framing. i would not suggest enclosing inside for strength due to you have then caused a nice shelter for wasps, bees and other insects which could get through spaces between deck boards

boogie81 07-16-2012 11:29 AM

Thanks for the input everyone. I doubled up my screws into the 2x4s and that helped enough. If the kids wind up climbing it, I'll probably add the diagonal braces.

garethcooper9 07-17-2012 06:35 AM

Looks really cool. I like the idea. I may try building one in back yard. Thanks boogie81

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