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Dangerous rotten tree help!

Discussion in 'Commercial Tree Care and Climbing' started by Kiva, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Kiva

    Kiva ArboristSite Lurker

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    I was working this tree and decided to quit and go home. There’s not way to climb on either of the limbs as they’re hollow. One is over the house and the other a power line. I had considered hinge cutting it into the back yard as is but decided it’s beyond my skills
     

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  2. Bobby Kirbos

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    Good on you for recognizing your limitations and knowing when to stop.

    Can you get an articulating boom lift in there and safely maneuver it around the power lines? Something like this - hitch it up to your truck and move it into place.
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    They can be rented for about $250/day. That may be your best option.
     
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    Those look like service drops, not distribution lines? Have them disconnected. Probably cheaper than renting the lift...
     
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    Let me get this straight, you already climbed out to those tips and cut the weight off right ? If so can it just be fire wooded without chunks landing square on the line? Like ath said get the power company too do a drop and hook.
     
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    +1 on the renting a boom lift and service line drop. If you can't get a boom lift in the back yard (and you may get creative like taking apart fences and such to make that happen) you may be able to get on that roof and pole saw a lot of the weight off that branch, then climb up and chunk it down. I suspect if you tried to hinge down the whole thing, the hinge would fail under all that weight, and the branch would land on the house.

    Good luck sir.
     
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    Hard for me to judge the distance, but can you use a pole saw and remove a lot of the foliage? If you can take out 200# of foliage, then what's remaining will be strong enough to hold you.
     
  7. Kiva

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    Thank you all so much for the help. I was only going to get 250$ for the hole thing so I have him another company’s number.

    On another note does anyone know a name for This knot?
     
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    Which knot was that? Was there a picture?
     
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    I saw the pic in your other thread just barely. Sorry I missed that.
     
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    We climb rotten hollow crap all the time, there is no way to avoid it. That is after all the reason we get the phone call! I would have probably climbed my 240 pound ass out there and cut and tossed to my hearts desire without too much concern.

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    If those lines are just 220 and phone lines you can a lot of the time throw a rope over them and pull them as far as they'll go then tie em off. Might give you room
     
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    That doesn't look like a $250 tree to me.
     
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    It is when you are a guy who sorta knows how to climb but doesn't know anything about removing a tree and sells a couple hour tree for more then his days pay.... jus sayin

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    Your convoluted sentence has confused me.

    I.... Would not have done that tree for $250.
     
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    You should tell them to call a more experienced tree guy and walk off. No shame in that. Better than dying.
     
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    He already did.
     
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    I agreed with Bobby Kirbos.
     
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    The hollow showing in the pic probly makes it about 3% weaker.

    Next side job you look at, bring in a pro who can show you how to do it! If you knew more you could've charged 2x or more.
     
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    We rented a boom for two days and went SLOW nothing fell on houses garage children pets or vehicles- we used ropes, it was slow, but in the end, we got a new foundation dug where a 50ft rotting maple once stood- blessings and aloha (and some maple to slab)
     

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