Monday, June 7, 2021

Floor Deck in place


So weighing in at about 75 pounds per section rigging and lifting the floor frame halves to the top in the correct orientation and getting them to clear the braces and supporting structure would be no small task. The question is how would you rig the lift? As shown here? We will call this Rig A

Or Rig B?

Or Rig C? If you said C then we could have used you when we did this.

After a few fits and starts the two halves where in place and screwed together. Although we had to resort to using a come-along to power the second half up and over the supports.

To help handle the upload forces that will occur the floor joists are secured to the main beam supports with  metal straps like this.

The 3/4 plywood flooring was then glued and screwed down to the floor joists.

And this is what it looks like from the ground. The last piece of flooring has to be left off for now to allow access so I can work on installing the elevator system. At that point the ladder will come down and the elevator will be used from then on to bring me and the parts top the top. Should be more fun than climbing the ladder.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Treehouse packed and ready to roll


The first step in dissembling the treehouse was to remove the hatch and rubber roof membrane. With this done I could begin to take off the roof sheathing. The upper portion of the treehouse would be stacked on the trailer shown on the left. The floor and floor framing would be put on another trailer.

With projects like this it is best and easiest to do any painting or staining before you assemble the project. So here are the roof sheets laid out in the shed where I could roller on a nice coat of white paint for the ceiling. The same treatment was given to the bottom side of the sheets of plywood flooring.

So with the roof sheathing removed it was time to think about the rafters and how they might be kept in some sort of sub-assembly. The solution was to add a second set of block stops to the mid rafters. Then I also installed three leg supports on the center plug and marked their location on the floor.

Each set of primary and secondary rafters would be screwed together at the top. Then one end of the fascia would be unscrewed, leaving it attached to the lower ends of the primary/secondary pair. This triangular segment was then removed.

This unit, one of six was easy to remove. Reassembly would be just as easy by hanging the unit on the header between vertical posts and then rolling it in place.

All six of the roof units stacked and ready to load.

Removing the headers and main posts was pretty straight forward.

This is a pretty good shot of the loaded trailers. On the right are the main parts. Stacked in the order they will be needed. On the Left is the trailer with the floor system. Here you can see how the following joists and rim joist were split in half. Each half of the floor frame will be raised up as a unit. This should make for easy setting of the floor on the support already in the tree.

And the arrival of the first phase of the treehouse reassembly. After the floor is in place then I will go to work putting in the elevator. For this phase the rope and pulley system will be used to get parts to the top. The elevator will be used to bring the rest of the parts up and finish the fun!