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Old 07-17-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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im making a tree house, and my floor joists (2x10s) are spaced approx. 16in apart from each other, and i have cross-joists between them like everywhere. Would it be alright, considering my standards, to use 1/2in plywood. its way cheaper than 3/4 at my local supplier, and im goin to need nearly 12 sheets in the end to cover everything.
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That's 384 sq ft of flooring. Did you build this thing in a Sequoia?
This plywood would need to be protected from the weather. You would also need to purchase exterior graded 1/2" plywood.
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12 sheets to cover the floor, that’s a big tree house.
I have to assume you mean 12 sheets for the floor and walls. Either way don’t skimp on the floors. ¾” on the floors ½” on everything else.
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That's 384 sq ft of flooring. Did you build this thing in a Sequoia?
This plywood would need to be protected from the weather. You would also need to purchase exterior graded 1/2" plywood.
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yeah its actually spread between 4 trees, but we got the budget for the 3/4, thanks anyway though!

will post pics soon if anyones interested
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yes, post pics!
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just 3 from today
will post more as progress is made
expect a finished product beginning of Aug.

Back is 20 feet long, sides are 16 (roughly), front is 16
The front extension is a 4'x14' porch
(measurements are from memory, not exact)

also pics are without the cross-supports from joist to joist
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You look like a up and coming framing star to me.

Hope you have something a little bigger than just nails stuck into those trees.
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You look like a up and coming framing star to me.

Hope you have something a little bigger than just nails stuck into those trees.
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Good deal, you could get away with ½” if you block the seams,
even just 2x4 blocking. I’m starting to think lets keep the weight down.
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I’m starting to think lets keep the weight down.
yeah dude im a little skeptical at this point.

ANY IDEAS FOR MORE SUPPORT? (without adding supports under the structure)
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You could always build a skateboard ramp to come up under and support the end you’re sitting on.
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You could always build a skateboard ramp to come up under and support the end you’re sitting on.
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I'd have to add here, enjoy it while you can when it's done. It will likely not last long.
The trees are different sizes and species? They will grow at different rates and that floor is going to be wonky soon....
Sorry if I rained on your parade at all.....

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If you’re going to build walls and a roof you really need more support. If you don’t want to look at 4x4 post find a small tree to cut down and make post out of that. At least you’ll have barked post to fit in with the tree thing.

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