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Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Michael Howell, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. Ted Jenkins

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    Awhile back I had a bunch of trees to take down that were very dry. They had to be climbed and I am well into my 60's. Not have a great small saw I started using a sawzall to remove the limbs as I climbed up the trees. All in all the process worked just fine. The most difficult part about it was the big cracks in the tree that gobbled up my spurs. Thanks
     
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  2. Michael Howell

    Michael Howell ArboristSite Lurker

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    More goods acquired at the auction.

    I’m moving from WA to NC in OCT so I bought this heavy duty cart for moving heavy furniture, $20.

    Then the three 100’ rolls of 5/16 wire rope with a break strengths of 7,660lbs, $50.

    Then another shackle, double pulley, and two 36” pipe clamps that all came together, $10.

    Then 15% paid to the man. Grand total of $92
     
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    The fact that you see this behavior everywhere you go might be a clue.
     
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    Having spent a decent share of my time cutting danger trees with jacks and a couple with lines in them, here the best simple advice IF YOU HAVE TO ASK THE INTERNET DON’T DO IT.

    You have no life experience falling timber most of these guys in here don’t either they might be arborists, but most are wood tick firewood cutters. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Being able to hit a mark dead on every time is an art now being able to foresee what that tree will do well facing it up that’s plain old experience. Having a guy on the internet tell you exactly how to rig a tree from god knows where is nuts he’s not there to read what needs to be done, I don’t trust rope and sure as hell don’t trust a pickup or similar to pull a tree I’ve watched a D5 sized cat get drug backwards on a leaner no thanks I like my life personally but to each their own.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    These last couple are in that size range roughly all were either pulled by the cut around or slipped into a lay to save out more length


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    What is that popping sound in the line? How much tension is on that line and what would happen if the rope broke?

     
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  9. Michael Howell

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    All that not only sounds dangerous, it looks dangerous too. I don’t think I’ll be cutting any trees down at all.

    Just going to hook up a bunch of cable and pulleys and pull. Maybe a tractor, maybe a tractor and a truck.. who knows. Thought about making friends with a wrecker truck and having them come pull the line.

    Worse case the cable breaks. I’ll make sure to weigh the cables down in the event it breaks & protect myself!
     
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    Being in Tacoma are you sure they aren’t Doug Fir? Even putting lines in a tree isn’t a sure fire way of getting a tree down correctly, I’ve seen what happens when you don’t know what the operator is exactly doing you can have a tree pulled off the stump very quickly or worse pop off the stump backwards.


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    Hey, I resemble that remark!
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    I don’t see what could possibly go wrong.
     
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    Exactly answers my question: "What is that popping sound in the line? How much tension is on that line and what would happen if the rope broke?"
    Great video. :cheers:
     
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    Is your house even on footers?

    Some of those block piers are oriented the wrong way and some are leaning which indicates abnormal settlement.

    I agree with some that maybe just felling it from the ground would be the safest and easiest way to go about getting the tree down. You could use the cables and pulleys you bought to add just a slight bit of tension to help ensure the tree goes in the direction you want it to go and cut it down with a chainsaw.
     
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    Have some updates - don’t have the videos figured out right now so they will come later.

    I pulled two 24” wide and at least 80’ tall pine trees to the ground. I used a mini excavator to dig. Putting the dirt at the base of the tree in the direction it was going to fall worked great as a lever for the stump.

    The pulley system worked great. Trees fell exactly where I wanted them to. No one was anywhere around since I had over 500’ of 5/16 wire on hand that I scored from that auction. Never broke that wire. I did break other things.

    A picture is worth a thousand words.. & they are coming. Long story short - for now - it all worked just like I figured it would. No one had to do any nonsense like climb any trees. There was never a worry about the tree going the wrong way and falling on my building.

    I think anyone who needs a complete tree - including the stump removed - and doesn’t want to pay someone an arm and a leg could easily and safely do what I did.
     
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    "I did break other things."
    .... like arms and legs? :D
    Just kidding. Glad it went well for you. Looking forward to seeing the video and/or photos
     
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    Glad to hear you didn’t hurt yourself or damage your property.
     

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