how can I pull a downed tree, on a hill, safely away from my cabin (diagram included)

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@TNTreeHugger @Oletrapper @John Stryker Thanks for your inputs I really appreciate it.

@TNTreeHugger It came down before I was here, I think in 2019. The utility pole is not live. There is a small branch overhanging the cabin which I'll probably want to chop down as well. Right now nobody is in the cabin.


@Oletrapper @John Stryker Yep I like that idea. I suppose I don't even need a winch at all I can just secure it toward uphill and to the left? As long as it's near taught it should never roll down to the right toward cabin. The hill is fairly even, but it's hard to tell - there might be a slight slope sideways toward the cabin, if so, very slight. Thats really the only thing I'm precautious about


Id rather not setup the 12k winch if not necessary, I don't think I need it. Also I want to do the job this weekend and it's going to be in the 20s. I don't think a lifepo4 battery would run well in those conditions.

Mainly trying to figure out what I need to order today so it arrives before saturday. Is 1" triple strand polydac rope overkill? It comes in everything 3/8" to 2"
 
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After you have done this a couple of times you will realize how easy peasy this is. If you feel most comfortable tie a strap chain cable or rope to the highest section of the downed tree to keep from rolling into house. The tree as it sits likely could not roll no matter what other wise it would be in the house already. The line holding the tree only needs to keep the tree from moving while you cut on it. Pick a section of tree that you can cleanly get through to roll away from house. I would suggest choosing a section of tree no more than 1000 lbs. Tie that section off being supported by what ever is closest to being directly above. Cut that section into manageable rounds or split whichever is easiest. When that is done go on to the next. Soon all that will be left is the root ball. Thanks
 
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Thanks all for the suggestions. Going to try to get it done this Saturday, will update the thread if I'm still around
(J/K)

Have a bunch of good rope, some soft shackles and snatch blocks. I have the electric winch too if necessary, but hoping not to have to use it. The plan attack is going to be to tie the root/base area to an anchor tree uphill and to the left with some big 1" rope I have lying around.

Then I'll put a separate line on the overhanging part, somewhere in the middle of it, with some tension toward the left, and take off little pieces at a time.


Something I have always wondered, does the number of wraps a rope goes around a tree reduce the rope strength by a certain factor? For example wrapping 1 complete loop around a tree circumference vs 2 vs 3, etc.
 
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Thanks all for the suggestions. Going to try to get it done this Saturday, will update the thread if I'm still around
(J/K)

Have a bunch of good rope, some soft shackles and snatch blocks. I have the electric winch too if necessary, but hoping not to have to use it. The plan attack is going to be to tie the root/base area to an anchor tree uphill and to the left with some big 1" rope I have lying around.

Then I'll put a separate line on the overhanging part, somewhere in the middle of it, with some tension toward the left, and take off little pieces at a time.


Something I have always wondered, does the number of wraps a rope goes around a tree reduce the rope strength by a certain factor? For example wrapping 1 complete loop around a tree circumference vs 2 vs 3, etc.
The extra wraps of rope after a running bowline will make it possible to roll a log a distance by hand or using a come-along, but doesn't reduce the rope strength at all.
 
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cut off about 4-6’ of the closer trunks. Roll them in front of the corner of the cabin as blockers. Cut more sections off…roll to add to the blockers.
start cutting normal rounds and let the go. I assume you have a Peavey and/or Cant hook. Id help for fun but you’re a bit far 😜
 

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