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Many people can reflect back on childhood days when they would take old pieces of wood, their father�s hammer and nails, and �construct� their very own tree house. Soon, all the neighborhood kids would gather in the tree house where secret codes were required to enter. Today, kids can still enjoy the same excitement of having a tree house but in style.

Tree house kits have changed the way in which tree houses are constructed, actually providing the opportunity for fancy hideaways. These kits can be purchased at most home improvement stores or through online companies. Typically, these kits will include the actual kit and then to construct it, you will need the following materials:

Safety glasses, Gloves, 10-foot ladder, Hammer, Heavy-duty socket set, 1/2- half-inch drill with auger bits, Impact driver, Posthole digger, Compound miter saw, Router or belt sander, Pea gravel and fast drying cement, Short pieces of rebar, 6- foot leveler, Clamps, 1 5/8-inch deck screws, 10-inch galvanized lag screws, 2 by 6-foot and 4 by 6-foot ledger boards, and Rope Rail

While you might feel a little overwhelmed with the materials alone, just remember the directions are not difficult to follow. To complete a standard tree house kit, plan about 12 hours of your time. If you have a friend that can assist, that would be all the better.

Although you will need to follow the specific directions included in the particular kit you purchase, generally, you would start with the base. Turn it upside down, and then building the legs. Tap 3/8-inch galvanized carriage bolts down into pre-drilled holes in 4x4s. Now, attach the cross braces to each of the 4x4�s and when in place, tighten the bolts. Once down, you will turn the base over.

Typically, you would then dig the postholes and set them. The leveler will be used to ensure the unit is level before the actual for is built. Once you have completed the entire structure, you can be sure that you will be the �coolest� dad in the neighborhood. The most important thing to remember when building a tree house is that you need to make sure the kids will be safe. That means checking to see if any nails are not hammered in well or lying around the ground, that the entry rope or steps are securely in place, and that everything is tight and in place. Then, about once a month, you should do a check to make sure things remain safe.
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