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Pat Shingleton: "Tree House or Ground House"

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Posted: Apr 25, 2014 10:02 PM by Pat Shingleton
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The Animal Planet airs "Treehouse Masters" and arboreal archetect Pete Nelson's expertise in showcasing these structures. He's incorporated his exploits in a book appropriately entitled, "Treehouse." Lutz's Construction Co. had their shop and dump site adjacent to our neighborhood, providing scrap wood, reused by us for soap box derbies and tree house. Ours included wood strips nailed to a maple tree, providing a ladder to the top. There were no construction "plans," just a bunch of kids pounding nails into boards and the poor tree. The tree house test included a thundershower. What wasn't tested was the wind-weight scenario. Kids, jammed into a tree house was followed by cracking and crashing as the tree house turned into a ground house.

The Animal Planet airs "Treehouse Masters" and arboreal archetect Pete Nelson's expertise in showcasing these structures. He's incorporated his exploits in a book appropriately entitled, "Treehouse." Lutz's Construction Co. had their shop and dump site adjacent to our neighborhood, providing scrap wood, reused by us for soap box derbies and tree house. Ours included wood strips nailed to a maple tree, providing a ladder to the top. There were no construction "plans," just a bunch of kids pounding nails into boards and the poor tree. The tree house test included a thundershower. What wasn't tested was the wind-weight scenario. Kids, jammed into a tree house was followed by cracking and crashing as the tree house turned into a ground house.

The Animal Planet airs "Treehouse Masters" and arboreal archetect Pete Nelson's expertise in showcasing these structures. He's incorporated his exploits in a book appropriately entitled, "Treehouse." Lutz's Construction Co. had their shop and dump site adjacent to our neighborhood, providing scrap wood, reused by us for soap box derbies and tree house. Ours included wood strips nailed to a maple tree, providing a ladder to the top. There were no construction "plans," just a bunch of kids pounding nails into boards and the poor tree. The tree house test included a thundershower. What wasn't tested was the wind-weight scenario. Kids, jammed into a tree house was followed by cracking and crashing as the tree house turned into a ground house.

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