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Q. "What are the "dos and don'ts" about protecting the tree?"
--Use single, large bolts or TABs (treehouse attachment bolts) for main supports.
--Line bolts up vertically on the tree if using more than one bolt - it's better to disrupt only one channel of nutrient flow. When doing this, keep the separation around 18 inches and never less than 12 inches. This way the tree will treat the second bolt as a separate wound. Both wounds will be compartmentalized separately by the tree, thereby reducing the risk of rot between penetrations. If the penetrations are too close to each other, the tree will treat them as one wound and rot could set in between the bolts, increasing the chances of pull-out.
--Use metal or metal faced brackets where movement is inevitable (like sliding joints).
--Drill the correct sized hole carefully with a sharp bit to avoid errors and leave a clean wound.
--Use angular blocks or brackets to provide flat vertical or horizontal surfaces for beams.
--Treat the tree with respect as a living thing.

--Use nails for main supports-- they are much weaker than bolts, can work lose more easily , and because it requires more nails to do the same job as a bolt, the tree suffers more overall damage. Do not use cables or ropes wrapped around branches for support. These wear away at bark and sensitive layers below, and as the branch grows it becomes strangled, cutting off nutrient flow to the rest of the branch.
--Position bolts that penetrate the tree vertically closer than 12 inches to one another.
--Cut away excessive amounts of bark or wood to provide a flat surface (like to ensure a beam is bolted on vertically).
--Use more nails or screws than you need to temporarily position supports.
--Let any part of the tree house touch the tree directly. The entire treehouse should rest on your support system. Otherwise the tree suffers friction burns when it sways in the wind. As with ropes and cables, this destroys living tissue and starves the branches of nutrients. A particularly bad practice is to rest one end of a support in a fork of the tree to allow the treehouse to move in the wind. This causes massive damage due to the motion and weight bearing down on the surfaces in contact.

How To Build a Treehouse Apartment Therapy Tutorials
5/7/14 05:50 PM

Barkeeper's Friend, for all your stainless steel needs including the cheap kitchen sink in your rental. So shiny and clean!

How To Clean Burnt Pots & Scorched Pans
2/20/14 02:17 AM

I'm delighted, like several others of you, to finally know the name of my style! Boho-min FTW!

10 Tell-Tale Signs that Your Home Is: Bohemian
2/13/14 03:10 PM

I've seen lovely kilims with intricate designs that NEVER seem to show dirt, and get a really lovely patina in high-traffic areas.

Which Is Easier To Keep Looking Clean: Light or Dark Rugs?
2/13/14 01:30 PM

Dark blue and white chevrons from Rugsusa = not a good idea for high traffic areas, or where I eat (on the floor, in front of the couch), or for a black dog and a white-n-grey kitty to roll around on :) @sharpknife: shame on you! but I see your handle is well selected.

Which Is Easier To Keep Looking Clean: Light or Dark Rugs?
2/13/14 01:28 PM

@cmcinnyc - My house looks worse too - but it FEELS better :) which matters to me, and looking better (which matters to me when I have friends over) will come soon!

Weekend Chores: Relax & Celebrate! The January Cure Assignment #22
1/31/14 01:18 PM

thank you Janel and all at AT :) My home IS better and I saved all the emails so I can do my own January-in-June cure! (Good time for us in Tucson since it's nearly impossible to go outside in June here) :)

Weekend Chores: Relax & Celebrate! The January Cure Assignment #22
1/31/14 01:15 PM

My cat growing up LOVED to be vacuumed (and we never put a stocking or sock over the suction). Still cat hair everywhere, but for that day, it was the alternative to brushing :)

How To Remove Pet Hair Everywhere: From Furniture, Floors and More
1/31/14 12:09 AM

Very cool. and I'll add another vote for dark walls!

Good Questions: Ideas for the Penny Tiled Powder Room?
1/28/14 06:01 PM

Tree up Christmas Eve (sometimes early depending on the status of company), down on Epiphany. All this watered-down, three-month Christmas makes me want to move to Europe.

Weigh In: When Do You Take Down the
Christmas Tree?

1/16/14 11:20 AM

Great post! I'm guilty x10. I do seem to have my socks, underwear, and t-shirts under control, but the rest... thank you for this post!!!

12 (Okay 13) More Items You Probably Own Too Many Of
1/8/14 12:13 AM

@discerning, what kind of adhesive? my first thought was mineral oil or peanut butter, but maybe it's a solid adhesive, not a sticky one?

Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/4/14 08:55 PM

I've done 1/2 my home's floors. Kitchen, living room, bathroom, entry hall... it's probably more than half, but I'm counting the cat hair in both the bedrooms as an "extra room." I even shifted the LR rug 2 inches (requiring moving all the furniture) because it had been folded up a teensy bit behind the couch. No one knew but me, but it was bugging me and now it's fixed!! yay!

Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/4/14 08:53 PM

If you're clearing clogged drains this weekend try 1:1 baking soda and salt, then chase with a tea kettle's worth of boiling water. I do this about 2x a month to keep the bathroom sink unclogged and I never have to buy smelly draino!

Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/3/14 12:42 PM

My mom loves her Shark steamer.

Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/3/14 12:40 PM

super cute and functional, Erin :) congrats on your growing family!

Small Space Style: Baby Bristow's Closet Nursery My Room
11/21/13 11:57 PM

I like this list, but I don't do the shower part. Or the magic eraser part. Or the air-freshened-pillows part. Come to think of it, I guess I just kick all my shoes into a pile somewhere other than directly in front of the door and make sure it's obvious to my guests where the bottle opener is :) Highly entertaining comments here y'all. Keep up the good work.

Preparing for Company in 60 Minutes
(or Less!): My Speed Cleaning Routine

11/9/13 11:45 PM

I made this list into a spreadsheet/ calendar: list the 30 tasks in the first column of a spreadsheet, then JFMAMJJASOND in 12 columns across the page. You'll have a little box for every day of the year, all on the front of one sheet of paper :) tape it onto a cupboard or closet door, leave a pen nearby and check off the task of the day! :) I also changed some tasks I don't need (I don't have extra rooms, for example) so I switched in something else, like "wash the kitty litter box," which they say you should do monthly. If you don't have a car to clean out, you could wipe down and oil your bike, etc. I also listed a 31st day, and put in that space things related to travel, which I do more or less every other month: restocking the toiletries, shaking out a sleeping bag... It's nice to see the check-marks buildup as the year progresses! :)

How To Clean Your House in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days
11/3/13 01:51 PM

another vote for those table-top drawer thingies... think we could petition them to bring them back? :)

What's Your Favorite \"Vintage\" IKEA Piece?
10/29/13 07:09 PM

@Pi, ditto. xo, window!

Before & After: Cape Kitchen Gets an Overhaul
10/25/13 07:01 PM