Question for you guys regarding setting a holding line as an extra precaution when felling trees with side lean close to structures. I know that the best position should be in lead with the side lean and 90 deg. to the direction of fall.
The tree that I'm removing is a 90' plus eastern white pine that is near a house. There is room to fell it in the back yard without me having to climb and piece it out, and that is how I bid the job. My problem is that the only tree that I can rig a holding line to is about 6-8' adjacent to the pine, which I think is very close.
My concern is that the height, angle, and run in the line will be too close and cause me to miss the lay due to the tree drawing over too much as it is falling. Any suggestions on what the best height and placement for the retaining line should be in this kind of situation? A tapered hinge alone will not be enough.