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Struts

Please observe the load limit!

  • The individual struts should not be loaded higher than 700 kg, depending on the timber cross-section and beam length.
  • The struts may only be loaded in compression.

Strut Accessories are intended for supporting bracing and as additional reinforcement of load-bearing elements (e.g. to prevent platform or spiral staircase from tipping over). Struts should not be used alone as main beams!

 

Tool list

  • “Strut Accessories” + corresponding GTS to attach Strut
  • Strong cordless screwdriver (4 Ah , 18 V)
  • Auger Drill ø 24 mm
  • Spanner SW 36 mm or pipe spanner (plate)
  • 5 wood screws to fix the beam to the plate

 

Mounting

There are three ways to determine the length and angle of the wooden strut. Regardless of which option you choose, you always start with the plate almost completely screwed in:

Option 1: The GTS tree screw determines the position.

Here you need to determine where the strut should be attached to the top of the platform. Then stretch a string between the strut plate (fully screwed in) and the attachment point on the platform and measure the length and angle of the wooden beam.

Option 2: You first determine the angle and the attachment point on the platform.

Hold the strut against the platform so that the strut (with the plate completely screwed in) is against the tree. Mark the hole and fix the struts at the top and bottom.

Option 3: You use the “Strut Support Platform” at the top.

With this option you only have to roughly cut your strut to length, both angles can be 90°.

Tip: If you are not 100% sure, approach the angle and length of the strut piece by piece.

After you have sawn the wooden beam to size, drill a 23 cm deep hole in the centre of the end grain of the beam using the “ø 24mm Auger Drill”. This is where the fine thread of the strut is inserted.

Tip: Drilling straight and centrally into the end grain of the wooden beam with the snake bit is not so easy – we recommend that you practise on a section before you attempt to drill the real beam. As always, it works best with two people.

Then attach the wooden beam to the tree and platform at the bottom and top, turn the plate upwards with an open-end spanner SW36 or a pipe spanner and clamp the strut tightly. Wait until the platform is fully loaded, the Strut may sink a little. Then clamp the plate again and secure the wooden beam with 5 wood screws.

At the platform, the strut should be additionally secured with angle plates.

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