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How To? 20ft Mega Tree On Roof, Help Please.

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we have a single story house and are dwarfed a little by the 2 stories around us. I want to have a complete display on the roof next year.

I want to place a 20 foot mega tree on the roof line. Has anyone done this or does anyone know of a tutorial/pictures video etc. that would help me understand what is needed?

Thanks in advance.

Alan

Note: I tried searching the forum but could not find anything.

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Look what's required to secure mega trees in the lawn before getting too far along on the roof idea. Also look at what's required to secure a Holdman star to the roof.

I don't want to unnecessarily scare you from doing it, but many members have had mega trees go down in strong winds. I now use 48" rebar driven approximately 38" in the ground. I also use a 72" fence post stake to keep the center post from moving. Lastly, the emt conduit must be staked in a few places to keep the lights straight / tensione at the base. Also consider that if a mega tree blows off a roof as opposed to falling down, the mega tree may no longer pose a cleanup challenge for you... It may be in your neighbor's living room! :)

I see some unique challenges with securing a mega tree to a roof. I'm sure you'll get some good ideas from this group. Just keep the challenges in perspective. Short of penetrating your roof, I'm at a loss for really securing this beast. I'll be following this thread closely!

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Note: I tried searching the forum but could not find anything.

There may be a reason no one else has ever tried this. A lot of issues involved here with big problems if anything ever fails. I could see it a little more feasible on a flat roof, but a pitched roof would be next to impossible. It's hard enough on the ground. lol

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first thanks for trying to help with this.

there was someone in Chino Ca. that had a tree on his roof but I cannot remember who it was.

I'm going to keep throwing ideas out there and I know some of the "engineer" guys will be able to come up with something.

I can make a base that will go over the roof (similar to Holdman star base) out of wood or a friend can weld it up for me. I feel ( and I may be wrong) that if I can get the base secure and balanced the tree using Daryls base, guy wire items and pole pin should allow this to happen. Again I do understand this will be a little tough but if I can get the 20 ft up and secured then come off of it with mini trees and light lines it will be an amazing feature.

thanks

Alan

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One thing to note about West Seattle Lights' Mega Tree... It is only eight foot.

Three issues that come to my mind:

1. Roof strength. Is the roof strong enough to hold the weight? I see that your are in California. At least you don't have to worry about snow. At the same time, your house probably was not built to hold snow. You may need to do some serious reinforcing.

2. Leaks. I have had enough problems with roof leaks. There is no way that I would poke holes in my roof for a Christmas decoration. I guess that means I am not a serious Christmas Decorator. :)

3. Securing. With a pole that high up, I would use guy wires. Guy wires should be at a 45 degree angle. Is there a place to anchor them? Or does that take you into the neighbors yard.

All that being said, next year, my 20' Mega may end up on top of an old "Over Night Photo" booth (request of the plaza's landlord). If that happens, I will build a 16' x 16' x 16' high "tower" to mount the tree on.

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