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Large Oak Near House

Discussion in 'Picture Forum' started by tim o, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. tim o

    tim o ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hi all, I wanted to give a big thanks to everyone on this forum. Just a couple years ago I was a total newbie, but after extensive reading on these forums, as well as youtube videos and other sites, I felt confident taking down this large oak near my house. As you can see it was rotting and needed to come down. I am in Florida and with the hurricanes passing by, I felt lucky I got it in time. It went right where I wanted. I used some live oak wedges that I made myself. Had the van hooked up with light line for extra security, didn't need it. Just got the old 041 running sweet. New oil pump from Dave, new carb kit, new bar and chain, cheap but I am on a very tight budget. I hope this album uploads alright, my first try at it. Thanks again all.

     
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    Gotta hand it to you. I know money is tight but you got balls dropping a big tree with rotting stem that close to your house. Nice job though and glad it worked out for you. Also, nice job on the album; I have never seen pictures loaded like that on this forum. Let's see a pic of it processed when you get done. The real work begins when you get it on the ground, as you probably already know.
     
  3. tim o

    tim o ArboristSite Lurker

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    I know there was some risk. I may be wrong but I think the rot was in a good place (where I cut the wedge out). My hinge was pretty solid and I left it thick too. The tree seemed pretty balanced as far as limbs and direction of growth. If anything it had more weight on the side I was felling to. There was no wind.

    I have worked many trades and seen many levels of "professionals". Some are true masters and will make most amateurs look slow and dull. Most fall far short of this and many are borderline dangerous or neglectful. In the construction trade, an all to often saying was "can't see it from my house". If I can do a job myself, without ridiculously expensive tools, I will. I enjoy learning new things, especially anything that makes me a little more self-sufficient. I may be an amateur, but when it matters I am going to make sure to do the job right.

    I will post pics of it cleaned up, will happen soon. I run a lumbermaker so I will mill up some of the trunk and post pics of it too.
     
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    All of us were newbies at some point in time. A good felling is always a good felling ... and a good feeling, too. Congratulations on your success and glad to hear about your diligence to learn proper felling technique. Nice!
     

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