Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The ONLY way to celebrate a birthday

Mike picked out a new chainsaw for his birthday. To celebrate, he got to take down a hollow tree that stood about 6 feet from our sunroom. Part of it had broken off during a storm a few years ago and had crashed through one of the big sunroom windows. The rest of it was really needing to come down. I was reluctant for Mike to do it himself.

He gathered his crew: 1 brother, 1 brother-in-law, 3 nephews, one son, and 5 dogs. My daughter, sister-in-law, niece, and I waited inside as long as we could. I tried to document some of the action through the sunroom room window.

CONTEMPLATION: How is the best way to take down a hollow tree that is about 40 feet tall, is within 6 feet of the house, and within 15 feet of a power line? Oh, and what about the thick mud, slow drizzle of rain, and a slippery roof?
OPERATION: The answer, of course, is to chop smaller limbs away piece by piece and pull them quickly with the attached rope before they crash through the window.

PREPARATION: Get the ladder, climb on the roof with a long limb saw. Attach a hammer to the rope so that it can be thrown to the guys on the roof. (Scare all of us inside with each bang and thump.) Tie the rope to the limb and have the guys on the ground get ready to pull violently. Saw off the limb.

COMPLETION: When most of the limbs are gone, Mike takes the chainsaw and notches the tree so that it will fall beside the deck-missing the house and the powerline. My son pulls the tree with a rope attached to his truck so that he can help guide it to fall in the right place. We all come outside and hold our breath until the tree is on the ground. RELIEF! Mike and I look at the fallen tree.

CELEBRATION: The adults view the remains of the tree, and the men enjoy a beer while they sit on the fallen tree's trunk. We ended the day with a BBQ supper and I think Mike really enjoyed the day.
It was stressful for me to watch this whole process but the tree fell exactly where Mike planned it, no one was injured, and I am proud that they accomplished this dangerous task.
Thanks for your help everyone!


Mom24 said...

I would have been very nervous as well. Glad everything went according to plan. He just saved you $750, at least. :-)

Raggedy Girl said...

In my younger days I used to cut down trees and cut them up for firewood and I know first hand what hard work it is.

Roberta Anne

Dawnie said...

glad he got to use his present AND safely! I've heard of many accidents while felling trees. BUT hey nothing should attack a sunroom,,,NOTHING.

KathyB. said...

Been there and done that with the same feelings you expressed. Congratulations and Happy Birthday! BTW, because of all the big, big trees we had to cut down, my Hubby got a DR wood splitter for his birthday. That is a lot of guy fun too!

Good to hear you no longer have to fret over the rest of the tree falling on your home.

Jennifer said...

Hey, I found your blog today and have enjoyed reading it. We sold a few walnut trees last summer and we still have a huge mess of limbs left to cut up.

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