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Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by bowtechmadman, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. bowtechmadman

    bowtechmadman Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Looking for some advice on a situation...A guy I work with and play ping pong at his home about once a week asked me about taking three large (about 30"dbh) tamaracks down in his yard. I fell a much more difficult one than these three for him in the early spring. Just a friend helping out another friend...plus a bit of payback for the generosity of opening his home weekly to a small group for ping pong.
    Today his wife mentions something about dropping the trees to me and say's "you know I am scared that you could hit my pretty maple or my blue spruce. Hitting the spruce a real possibility (about 8' tall)...I'll steer clear of the large maple easy enough. I reminded her that I'm not a pro just a firewood hack that doesn't mind helping out...you never know what could happen so if she is scared then she might be better off calling a pro.
    Sure don't want to lose a friendship over an 8' blue spruce...not sure if she realizes it's probably a 1k removal job if she wants those insurances.
     
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    "Hitting the spruce a real possibility (about 8' tall)..."
    Tell her that. Ask her if she'd rather replace the spruce, or pay a pro. Then get that in writing.
    If I were her, I would appreciate the honesty.
     
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    Del_ Life is but a song we sing.

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    Just get the pro to drop the tree with no clean up. That should be way less than $1K.
     
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    All went well...dropped all three without incident.
     
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    lknchoppers ArboristSite Operative

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    Good job
     
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    ArtB ArboristSite Operative

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    20 years ago friend had 18" fir, big lean to it about 25 degrees.
    Helped him drop it.
    Opened the horse pasture fence gate. Sure I says, I can get it to fall thru the open gate - gate about 45 degrees off the direction of lean.
    Anyway, we also repaired a fence ...
     
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    Gotta love honesty.
     

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