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Date: 6/23/13 12:10 PM

The guys from the tree service are here taking down a double trunked locust. They wanted to work Sunday-guess they are hungry for business. Anyway, the tree is about 3 stories high and 6 feet from the back of the house. There is NO access to our back yard so one guy is climping and roping the pieces down. I wonder if I'll be able to sew. It's kinda scary here right now!

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Date: 6/23/13 12:16 PM

We took down an old oak tree.. big old thing it was.. and by we.. I mean Mr. P and I.. We did have to take down the chain link fence one day as we knew one branch would for sure take it out. That was the worst day as we had to keep the dogs all inside until we could clear the branch from the area and put the fence back up.. Of course it was weeks of cutting up all the branches into firewood.. using some of the stumps in the landscape for interest.. and now I am thinking of ideas to cover up the five foot diameter truck in the ground.. its cut off at ground lever.. and starting to rot out in the middle.. I might just have to have Mr. P build me a gazebo over that stump.. hmmm....

Would you believe we are still hauling some of it out to bulk trash pick up every month... A little tree or in this case a big tree goes a long way..

And of course.. since we now have loads of free firewood we had no winter at all.. Might have to have Mr. P build me a firepit area.. hmmmm....

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Date: 6/23/13 12:28 PM

My sister's new (old but new to her) house had a huge oak tree right next to the deck. They hired someone to come cut it, but he cut it and left, with the blade stuck and the tree sitting on it's own stump, with a storm due that evening. (Crazy.) She and her hubby are pretty handy so they researched what it would take to fell a tree that was cut, and they managed to get it down... this is my twin sister, so 5'8"... when the tree was down on it's side, it still was as high as her hip! And they measured it at 75' tall.



Good thing you have professionals working on yours - their guy was less than professional.

-- Edited on 6/23/13 12:44 PM --

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Date: 6/23/13 1:19 PM

use it to grill on - build the fire with briquets just like in the grill, and use bricks or cinder blocks to hold the grate. When you're done cooking, just let the coals keep going. We did this after putting up with a stump that was taking forever to break up, even after drilling holes and chopping chunks out of it for a couple of years. The grilling about once a week had the stump down far enough to bury with dirt in one summer. Of course we had to keep adding dirt over the next years as the stump continued to break down.

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Date: 6/23/13 1:55 PM

Interesting stories! poorpigling, can you donate some of the wood? I am having someone come pick up the firewood tomorrow. We have geothermal heat and also don't like to burn because we live in a basin. Squishsews-what an idiot! The tree could have come down and killed someone. Gail, I'm going to remember your solution as I chose to not pay to have the stump removed. I'll also do something with birdhouses or feeders probably. The squirrels are getting skinny :-)

I'm going back down to my sewing studio in the basement-the noise is much less down there. Happy sewing!

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Date: 6/23/13 3:24 PM

Those guys swinging from a rope would probably be just as intimidated by a serger or sewing machine as you are of rope climbing with a chain saw.

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Date: 6/23/13 4:08 PM

Try working on the 18th floor of a 20 story building and a window washer comes screaming by on a bosn's chair. Umhum. Talk about scary!!! I almost lost it.

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Date: 6/23/13 5:07 PM

Quote: justgail
use it to grill on - build the fire with briquets just like in the grill, and use bricks or cinder blocks to hold the grate. When you're done cooking, just let the coals keep going. We did this after putting up with a stump that was taking forever to break up, even after drilling holes and chopping chunks out of it for a couple of years. The grilling about once a week had the stump down far enough to bury with dirt in one summer. Of course we had to keep adding dirt over the next years as the stump continued to break down.

Thank you.. and bless you .. as I truly was wondering if that would work..
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Date: 6/23/13 5:12 PM

The stumps we just put out for the city to pick up.. were too big to cut to firewood.. and small enough so we could still dolly them out to the curb.. I was not going to invest in equipment to split those logs.. the City will turn them into mulch and energy somehow.. anyhow they get use. not just buried in the landfill.

I did think of drilling some holes in that stump.. putting poles in the holes and mounting bird houses on the poles.. but gee. I just keep coming back to building something on top of it.. lol

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Date: 6/23/13 7:43 PM

A 24" or more trunk of our neighbors ginormous oak tree split off and came down in our driveway. Broke the top railing of their chain link fence. It was an enormous amount of wood in our driveway. So glad no one was parking there when it fell.

They got it cleaned up and the fence repaired within 3 days, though, so no worries.

Except now I am going to schedule a tree service to come out and do some major work on our trees. I do not want the fences being damaged. What to do with the dogs on both sides is bad enough, but then the expense. It is healthier for the trees to not be so top heavy, I think. It must be, because when they are thinned and trimmed properly they look like dancers.

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