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Burly Men With Lightsabers

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Two trees in the undeveloped property behind my back yard died awhile back due to ivy suffocation. Those trees were hanging over our fence, and the one on the left measured out that if it fell, it would smash the house in half, going right through the kitchen.

We hired an arborist to come and take care of them. With a team of three other men, he climbed the one on the right, which was more sturdy, and reached a point where he felt he could fell the tree without hitting the fence. He cut off the top third of it. With much more weight than he himself alleviated, he secured ropes to some branch stumps he cut himself, then swung to the other tree.

The ropes gave him a safety margin as he climbed the riskier tree. It had the greatest lean, and looked ready to come down at any moment. He was fairly amazing with the chainsaw, which he needed at times to cut through the ivy. He weilded it like a lightsaber, and some of the newer chainsaws have really small handles and light blades; they may as well be lightsabers. He reached a point where he thought the danger tree would clear the house, and cut.

He was off only by a bit. The very tip of the tree, which was less than two inches thick, hit the porch, breaking a flower pot.

Other than that, the entire operation from that point went smoothly. They cut the trees down in an orderly fashion, and dropped the wood in the woodpile.

It was expensive, but a heck of a lot less expensive than restoring a broken house to working order.

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hugh_mannity From: hugh_mannity Date: September 29th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
The guys who took down a tree in my driveway and trimmed 4 others this spring, used a bucket truck. The guy in the bucket was amazing -- it was like watching ballet.
alicephilippa From: alicephilippa Date: September 30th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Dropping trees using a bowsaw is fun if tiring. Chainsaws, whilst easier, take some of the fun out of the job.
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