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Things that go "bump" in the night !


When this thing fell the other night, Sherry was in the bathroom and I just knew she had fallen in the tub or something but was relieved to see it was only this tree.  Of course, being that we want to get the house on the market it left me with a mess to clean up here in the "boonies".  Even tho I should have waited and got some of our sons to come help get this cut up and on the burn pile, I decided to tackle it today.  Now, ?if? I can still straighten up tomorrow evening or this Saturday, I'll finish up the last 12 foot piece of the trunk section that I didn't get done today.  The chain needs resharpening and I needed an excuse for a break so I took it.  Sure feels good after the sweating and excercise and I hope I can still say that in the morning. hahahaha



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Dead trees = widowmakers because the usual trunk cuts do not predictably govern the direction of fall.

And I cannot get a job on the ground crew of a tree cutting company to save my life.cry



-- Edited by WT on Thursday 19th of January 2012 05:40:51 PM

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Unfortunately I didn't have to cut this one because it fell on it's own.  It's one of about 4 along that fence line that are dead or dying and will eventually join each other on the "burn pile to the sky".biggrin  I'm really glad it's down because I have been nervous mowing around them for a couple of years now - - - talk about "widowmakers" - - - OUCH

You mentioned dropping a tree exactly where you want it.  I never mastered the art but I grew up around lots of loggers and pulp wooders that could lay them down in very limited spaces, exactly where they wanted them - - - - - a definite art and talent for sure.

Footnote: I also had friends that lost family members in logging accidents that happened in the Piney Woods of East Texas.



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Unfortunately I didn't have to cut this one because it fell on it's own.  It's one of about 4 along that fence line that are dead or dying and will eventually join each other on the "burn pile to the sky".biggrin  I'm really glad it's down because I have been nervous mowing around them for a couple of years now - - - talk about "widowmakers" - - - OUCH

You mentioned dropping a tree exactly where you want it.  I never mastered the art but I grew up around lots of loggers and pulp wooders that could lay them down in very limited spaces, exactly where they wanted them - - - - - a definite art and talent for sure.

Footnote: I also had friends that lost family members in logging accidents that happened in the Piney Woods of East Texas.


Just about every book or video I read or saw on tree cutting began with "In memory of . . ." 

Supposedly, dead trees are best pulled down with a tractor or some such thing.  A come-along might also work.  

Two ropes 90 degrees apart will probably guarantee the direction it falls but who wants to fasten those ropes 10' or 20' up in the tree?



-- Edited by WT on Thursday 19th of January 2012 08:45:28 PM



-- Edited by WT on Thursday 19th of January 2012 08:47:29 PM

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Watched the tv show AX Men that is filmed here locally.. and those guys can drop a huge tree on a dime,, except the one that was growing too close to another one on a steep slope,, and the faller dropped it dead center on his partners truck,,,,  biggrin



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Just about every book or video I read or saw on tree cutting began with "In memory of . . ." 

Supposedly, dead trees are best pulled down with a tractor or some such thing.  A come-along might also work.  

Two ropes 90 degrees apart will probably guarantee the direction it falls but who wants to fasten those ropes 10' or 20' up in the tree?


 10-4 - - - - I'm reluctant to mess with them also - - - - - these are pretty tall but have none to very little limbs or foliage on them and a swift push on the bottom ?could? cause the top to break out and fall straight down.  None of them are close enuff to the house to present any damage danger so I'm gonna just leave them alone until they fall by them selves.

I was amazed at how rotten the bottom of this one was and yet how solid the middle section was.  The log sections probably still had about 75% of their weight, therefore, the reason for cutting into smaller pieces.  Especially for an O.F. that has seveal herniated discs and a bad syatic nerve to boot.

"If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I would have taken better care of myself" - - - - NAAAAAWWWWWWW probably not.no



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i tied a chain in a big oak tree and to the bumper of my old olds wagon.i just needed to influnce its direction a bit.well, that didnt work out well.i was in the car and my buddy cut the tree. it slung that old car like it was a rag doll. didnt do any real damage but it was a heck of a ride for just a bit.

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Put my other "sharpened" chain on the 31 year old Stihl Farm Boss - - - cranked her and made 5 cuts thru the remainder of the trunk portion, threw them in the back of the Nissan and then onto the burn pile.  Took longer to put the chain on that it did to do the job.

"my work there is done"



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Em, take care of yourself. If you have sons nearby, strong backs ....etc., let them do the heavy work

I have a hard maple about 15 feet directly in front of the house. It has never been a "strong" tree in that it has been dropping dead branches for the 18 years we've lived here, probably from the construction fill the builder used - several sink holes over the years near that tree, including one that took over a cu. yard to fill. Now, and with that lightening struck tree last summer being only about 50 feet away, it looks like it was wounded and now a goner. Too close to the house for me to fool with plus I'll need to have the stump ground. One positive - pretty decent fireplace wood, if I want to spend my time splitting it a couple months after it dries.



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hey dave, get up in that tree with a sawsall with that long wood cuttin blade.i take trees doen with them sawsalls and its easy as heck.no dang chain saw to worry with.dont stand on a latter to do it.hahaha...that wood is easier to split the greener it is.the sooner the better for splittin.

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hey dave, get up in that tree with a sawsall with that long wood cuttin blade.i take trees doen with them sawsalls and its easy as heck.no dang chain saw to worry with.dont stand on a latter to do it.hahaha...that wood is easier to split the greener it is.the sooner the better for splittin.


 Geeze - I got too ancient and decrepit to climb a tree. Besides that, I'd rather watch paint dry then cut a tree down.

Best time to split wood is now - 15* outside and the sap would freeze over night on a felled trees 16" long wheels. I've sunk my big ax to the haft too many time in green wood and all it got me is hot - mostly under the collar. Gotta be as dry as Tejas if not frozen. biggrin



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This
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepitation
hasn't got me yet but I'm definitely overdue.

Your liability insurance people may tell you that if you knew the tree was dead and
you didn't have it taken down and
it hurts someone
you are liable.
I dunno' fer sure - you might ask 'em.

If felling a tree costs 2 kilobucks and if the tree injures someone and you asked to pay $200,000 for injuries, pain and suffering to that person,
then
if the likelihood of the tree injuring someone is more than 100 x (2000/200,000) = 1%,
then you should cut the tree.

You computer programmers should recognize the IF-THEN-ELSE statement here!



-- Edited by WT on Saturday 21st of January 2012 03:38:37 PM

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