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Old 05-12-2014, 08:33 PM   #31
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I have one growing near the edge of the driveway that'll need to be cut eventually. Maybe I should call these guys? "But officer,how was I to know it was going to fall on the neighbors $50,000 brand new SUV"???

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Old 05-13-2014, 12:53 PM   #32
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When I was young my dad and I went to his friend's house to cut down his large maple tree. We had two pickups pulling it in one direction. Do you think it fell that way??

No, it fell across the power line that went to his neighbor's house. Bent the riser where the lines ran into their house and scared the living crap out of them. Insurance paid for the repairs but I felt bad because the neighbor was the playground lady from elementary school and she was always very nice. We were lucky there was no fire.

I'll be honest, that may have been the ONLY time we didn't get a tree to fall where we wanted it to. Between trimming certain branches to cause a lean in the other direction, to pulling with tackle and ropes, we had pretty good luck.

I bet the guys in that video did not think about measuring the tree's height using triangulation. It's a pretty easy thing to do with a clinometer and some simple math.

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Old 05-13-2014, 06:00 PM   #33
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Neighbor should have hired this guy:

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Old 05-19-2014, 04:49 PM   #34
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Christ. I had a tree cut down right in front of my old house. Right next to the house (which is why it had to go). Right near the power lines. They came up with a bucket truck and took it down in chunks. Didn't try and fell the whole thing at once in the middle of a neighborhood. You ain't out in the woods! No harm, no foul. Three guys, and they had it down in maybe two hours, tops. Cost me $250. Is it that hard to find competent help?

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Christ. I had a tree cut down right in front of my old house. Right next to the house (which is why it had to go). Right near the power lines. They came up with a bucket truck and took it down in chunks. Didn't try and fell the whole thing at once in the middle of a neighborhood. You ain't out in the woods! No harm, no foul. Three guys, and they had it down in maybe two hours, tops. Cost me $250. Is it that hard to find competent help?

That's what I paid to have a dead cedar removed. It was huge and standing between power lines on two sides of it, my patio cover on the third side, and a fence on the fourth. It was completely surrounded. So the guy climbed, cutting branches on his way up, then cut his way back down about a foot at a time. He was nutty as he|| but got the job done well.



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My neighbor (a Doctor) decided to cut up a tree in his yard today.




At one point he was cutting the limb between the ladder and the trunk, that is when I decided to leave for the afternoon, so I wont feel I should act in case of a emergency.



I set up my gopro camera before I left just in case

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Looking at the pic,I thought,"this is not gonna go well!"... Reminds me of a skit on Big Chuck & lil' John.

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My neighbor (a Doctor) decided to cut up a tree in his yard today.




At one point he was cutting the limb between the ladder and the trunk, that is when I decided to leave for the afternoon, so I wont feel I should act in case of a emergency.



I set up my gopro camera before I left just in case
My fire chief did something similar once; needed to trim a branch a ways up a tree. Sets up his extension ladder and climbs up with his bow saw. As he cuts, the branch is shaking, bouncing the ladder -- so he tied the top rung to the branch. Except...when he finally cut through, the mass of branch he was trimming off was great enough that the branch raised up about a foot and a half.

Picking his ladder (and him) up with it. Now he's on an extension ladder, which is tied to a tree branch, and no longer touching the ground. Said it was kind of interesting getting down. Had to back his pickup under the ladder in order to give it a base so he could climb back up and untie it.
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