Safe deck surround distance for tree


Trees have a special place in the home landscape, supplying privacy, shade, and wind protection while adding color, texture, and natural beauty. Displacing mature trees to make room for an outdoor living area may solve one problem but create another. Fortunately, the flexibility of wood decks to adapt to a variety of sites provides the option of including trees in their design. Unlike many patios, decks can closely surround a tree without interfering with the root system or cutting off its supply of air and water. The opening around the trunk, however, should be large enough to allow for continued growth, especially if the tree is young or a rapid grower.

Benches and tree surrounds seem meant for each other, whether separate benches sit close to the base or a single seat wraps itself all the way around. The surround can also take the form of a low wall elevated above the deck floor, wide enough for comfortable sitting and often tall enough to double as a railing filled with...

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Now that our pool is getting near completion, we've started to think about planting 4 trees in the backyard (along with other landscaping).

Because of the surrounding houses, I'd like to place the trees in specific spots for privacy, especially from the neighbor's 2 story house.

What is a safe distance from the pool that a tree should be planted? Obviously it will depend on the mature tree size I assume. Should the full grown tree canopy not extend over the pool (because the rule of thumb is that the roots grow as big as the crown, right?) Would the roots cause a problem to the shell of the pool?

What type of trees should I be looking at? I really like the Fan-Tex Ash and will probably do at least one of those, probably two (they drop their leaves in the winter but are very very clean the rest of the year). What are other good trees that don't have huge roots?

Ideally this is where we'd like the trees planted and the distance I estimate the trunk would...

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Why Should You Have an Above Ground Pool Deck?

An above ground pool deck can dramatically change the look and use of your above ground pool. While it is not an absolute requirement, a pool deck will greatly enhance the usability of your pool. Above ground pools are very popular for good reasons. They are affordable, easy to install, and require little maintenance. But, they come with inherent downsides as well. First, getting into the pool requires getting from ground level up to pool level, and second, there is not a poolside area to relax and do the things that people do beside their pools. Another consideration regarding above ground pools - they aren't particularly attractive just sitting out in the yard. They tend to have an "unfinished" appearance. An above ground pool deck can help you to resolve all of these issues.

A well designed above ground pool deck can transform your pool into a more attractive and more usable backyard feature. You can blend the...

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Ground level decks less than 12" above grade are generally easy to build because they don't involve climbing on ladders and usually don't involve installing guard rails and stairs. They are also easier to blend into the landscape, but there are some unique issues you need to address before you get started.

The first issue is clearance. If your door is very low to the ground you may not have enough room to install deck framing and decking without excavating. Digging a few extra inches of soil and grass away will allow you the room you need to build your frame. Building a low profile frame is necessary. You will need to use a flush beam which is set at the same level as the joists as opposed to a cantilever beam. If the bottom of your deck frame is less than 6" above the ground or partially buried you should use pressure treated wood that is rated for ground contact. The higher level of preservative will prevent the wood from rotting and decaying better than standard pressure...

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It’s easy to guess why above ground pools with decks are so hype: they are affordable, easy and fast to install, and require minimal maintenance. Above ground pools with decks will create a pleasant situation in the sun place for your loved ones and friends. It gives you a place to sunbathe, swim, or just leisurely sit around it.

How to Build a Deck Around an Above Ground Pool

Planning your deck around an above ground pool is very simple as long as you know the picture of your dream deck and you have the adequate materials to build it. Here we provide you the simple steps to build above ground pools with decks.

Step 1: Framing the Floor

Start by having 2 x 6s to create 17 symmetrical frames. The last frame (18th) will be created to fit right the others are done being set around the pool. Apply galvanized metal corner brackets to speed up the job by attaching the four perimeter boards.

Step 2: Setting Piers and Posts

Start by placing the...

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Open All Close All

Make sure that the railing is not more than 4 inches off of the deck or porch surface, to avoid letting your child crawl through. If the slats or spindles in your railing create spaces that are wider than 4 inches, you should add additional slats or spindles to fill in the gaps so your child cannot slip through. If this is not possible, install a guard. Be sure to set it up on the inside, especially if the railing has horizontal bars that could be used for climbing. Keep furniture and outdoor decorations away from railings. Children will climb on anything, bringing them that much closer to the railing, and potentially falling over the edge. If you have stairs leading down from your deck or porch, make sure there is a handrail, and install a gate at the top and bottom of the stairs if you have small children. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from other things,...
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When you’re two, three or four stories above the ground, enjoying the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve fireworks with a group of friends, you want to be sure your rooftop deck can support you safely and sturdily. Urban building codes in areas with rowhouse construction -- where rooftop decks have a natural affinity -- are designed to help you achieve this goal. The path toward adding a rooftop deck starts in your local planning office, which can help you with the specifics of code issues in your area.

What to Expect

The housing permits office will almost certainly ask you to present deck plans stamped with the seal of a licensed architect or engineer. Stamped plans provide assurance that a professionally qualified person has evaluated the structural support needed for the deck. The architect or engineer will list the correct joist sizes and spacing needed for the width and length of your deck, matched to the type of wood you are using. The plans will also remind you...

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All deck builders should refer to the DCA6 — prescriptive guidelines for residential deck construction — and coastal builders should pay extra-close attention to the material choices and structural connections outlined in its pages

by Frank Woeste A casual inspection of just about any wooden boardwalk or ocean-side deck will provide ample evidence of what a harsh coastal environment can do. Heat, ultraviolet light, elevated moisture levels, and salt spray all take a toll. The apparent degradation of materials evidenced by splintering, splitting, and rusting call attention to one of the coastal contractors' highest priorities: designing and building safe and durable decks. Fortunately, there is help at hand to guide deck builders toward code-conforming deck design and good construction practice.

The DCA6

The reference document for safe residential construction is the International Residential Code (IRC), which has been adopted with some modifications by most...

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The Surround Mount is a highly versatile and stylish microphone mount. This mount provides extreme flexibility due to its unique building block design. It allows for numerous configurations while providing visual elegance.

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By landscape contractor Roger Cook & chainsaw safety expert Tim Ard of This Old House TV

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw safety expert Tim Ard cut down a dead tree.

1. Look up into the tree to ensure there aren't any obstacles, including overhead wires or other trees, which would prevent the tree from falling to the ground.
2. Identify a clear escape route that leads approximately 20 feet away from the tree.
3. Determine which direction the tree is leaning and identify a target zone where the tree will fall.
4. Start the chainsaw and make the initial top cut down into the tree.
5. Make the second cut across the top cut to complete the open face notch.
6. Cut into the backside of the tree directly behind, and slightly above the open face notch.
7. Saw into the tree, leaving 1 inch of wood; don't saw completely through the tree trunk.
8. As the tree starts to fall, stop sawing and...

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Wow, thanks for all the replies!

Here's the view from the deck, looking out at the trees:

I like that you can still see the trees a bit with the grey poly, it provides some shelter without making it feel too closed in. After living with that for a while that it's hard to choose a completely opaque option. I'm sure insulation and shingles would keep it cooler, I'm just not sure we need to go that far. It's really not that hot, considering all the shade we get from other sources. The biggest problem was with 3-4 hours of afternoon sun on the wall of the house (and no a/c) it was getting up to the mid eighties inside, which is too hot for me. My main concern is keeping the house cooler in the summer, but also having a comfortable space in the gloom of winter. And winters can be pretty gloomy here, our neighbors to the south have some very tall evergreen trees that cast a lot of shade on our property. The oaks drop their leaves and look gorgeous, I love the bare,...

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Better to navigate to our reserve entrance.

*We recommend a stop in Hoedspruit to get food, petrol, firewood, etc.

Our roads in the reserve and for several kilometers leading to the reserve are dirt roads. Most of the time they are easily accessed by all types of vehicles if you drive carefully. Some areas are corrugated and in rainy season can become challenging without an SUV , truck , or 4 wheel drive. Please contact us for road conditions prior to your arrival if you are concerned. The “Orpen Road” route has an newly improved dirt road is in very good condition.

From Johannesburg without stopping in Hoedspruit
• From JHB – Proceed East along the N4 passing Witbank and Middleburg.
• Turn left onto the R540 at Belfast. From Belfast proceed through Dullstroom to Lydenburg.
• From Lydenburg take the R36 to Ohrigstad. Stay on this road passing through the Strijdom Tunnel.
• Keep on this road for 29 km until you see the sign for Swadini / Orpen...

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If a treehouse is designed poorly it is easy to cause damage to the tree, but by following some simple guidelines you can reduce damage as much as possible. It is impossible to cause no damage at all, but trees have evolved several techniques to tolerate damage and remain healthy. As trees are living organisms, they differ from familiar building materials in the following four ways.

They can be infected by bacteria and viruses, causing loss of branches or death to the whole tree They slowly grow larger over time, increasing the diameter of their trunk every year They use a process called compartmentalisation to isolate damaged or infected areas They will compensate for a changed weight distribution


Airborne or insect-borne bacteria and fungi can infect a tree, causing rot and death and in some cases gradual or sudden death of the tree, eg Dutch elm disease and sudden oak death. The bark of the tree helps to protect the living layers underneath from...

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Choose the right tree.

The health of the tree you select is absolutely crucial for building a foundation for your treehouse. If the tree is too old or too young, you won't have the support you need for your treehouse and you will be putting yourself and anyone else who goes into the treehouse in great danger. Your tree should be sturdy, healthy, mature, and living. Ideal trees for treehouse include oak, maple, fir, and apple. It's a good idea to have an arborist inspect your tree before you start building. An ideal tree has the following qualities:

A strong, sturdy trunk and branches Roots that are deep and well-established No evidence of disease or parasites that could weaken the...
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Options for Sidewalk Repair Around Existing Trees

All too often large-growing trees like this live oak are planted in a narrow swale between the street and sidewalk creating infrastructure conflicts.

Tree root-sidewalk conflicts are very common in developments. And the most commonly planted swale tree in many parts of Florida is the live oak (Quercus virginiana), which is a wonderful long-lived, sturdy tree, that simply requires more root and trunk space than the 6 foot swale designated by the designers. And as many homeowners and property managers have learned, the problem seems to escalate after the first 10 years as the trees begin to mature and their root systems expand and try to grow out of the much-too-small space allotted between the street curb and the sidewalk.

Obviously, it would be better to plant trees in larger spaces such as the front yard away from sidewalks and streets. But it is too late for many people who buy a home in a development that...

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