[–] HelpAcct123 1 point 46 points (+47|-1) ago  (edited ago)

The felling cut is completely above the notch cut. You can see at the end it doesn't intersect the notch at all. This is definitely the homeowner. This is why you hire a professional. Great vid though haha

I just cut down a 24 in diameter ash that got killed by ash borer beetles. Cut the notch 1/4 of the diameter into the trunk, felling cut almost to the hinge of the notch, hammer a wedge into the felling cut. It'll go right where you want it.

[–] glassuser 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago 

Definitely not the homeowner. It happened right around the corner from me. It was some handyman and his home depot parking lot assistant. The homeowner's insurance covered about 60k in damage to the house.

[–] fusir 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

The question is if it even needed to be cut in the first place. These fucking tree butchers that go door to door will cut on anything. And this video here shows that they aren't professionals.

They are basically meth addicts that realize they can rent a chain saw and hustle some money for drugs from strangers by pretending to be an arborist.

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[–] FishsticksForever 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I need to cut down 3 pines ~10" diameter 6' away from a structure. they are about 40-50' high. Plenty of open field on the opposite side of the structure. Local company wants $3200. I think I can get them down and chopped in a day with another man.

I have a plan to tie a tether high up, and tied to my truck with it in 4x4 to ensure it will fall away from the structure.

With a long enough rope that it doesn't fall on the truck. Anywhere I can learn how to do it Right/safe? Any suggestions are appreciated... Thanks

[–] farkner 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

just cut down a 13-ingh diameter pine in my back yard. Power lines directly behind, but plenty of yard between the tree and the house. Watched the tree-felling video from Husqvarna (45 minutes) link https://www.husqvarna.com/us/forest/working-with-chainsaws/chainsaw-training-how-to-fell-a-tree/ Tree was down in exact spot I planned for it.

[–] MisterIdealInLead 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

You cant be serious, 3200 for 3 trees? Local guy here is a lifelong logger, and will cut down anything for $50 per tree, and hes insured.

[–] LoveDeadNiggers 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Probably jewtube (youtube). Just watch a dozen videos to weed out the chaff.

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[–] mfquesodindunuffin 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ha. You say that, but just a few weeks ago I was driving through a neighborhood for work and happened upon a tree that had fallen on a house that some "professionals" had cut exactly as wrong as the one in this video. It was a much heavier tree for sure too.

[–] doesntgetsarcasm 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I just bought a bucket truck, I'll just start at the top. Don't ruin my plans.

[–] negrojohnny 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Why wasn't this tree tethered with rope to fall between the house and road?

[–] blumen4alles [S] 1 point 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

I think there was some sort of tether, maybe it broke though. You can see something hanging from the tree and something in the road. Once a tree starts to fall like that there isn't much stopping it.

[–] SulemonSeinfeld ago 

Looks like the guy who runs into the street at the beginning has a line in his hand. It was well on its way though.

[–] o0shad0o 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

There was some sort of tether; but the person who cut down the tree had no idea what he was doing. The tether was anchored way too close to the tree. When you do that, the tree acts as a lever and judging by the angle there was around three times the force of the falling tree transmitted down that tether. It just snapped.

[–] negrojohnny ago 

I suppose the tree should have been cut in sections from the top and dropped until it could be safely felled.

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[–] Caesarkid1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Why did the homeowner try to do it himself or go with the cheapest person he could find on Craigslist?

[–] ScionOfZion 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

He didn't watch enough youtube. Whether rope, wedges, or gravity, the trick is to make the tree start falling when there is still hinge material left. You should see spikes on the stump from where the hinge finally tore. A clean cut means you were tempting fate. This guy also made his felling cut way above the notch. It should be perhaps an inch higher to prevent the tree from sliding backwards as the hinge tears, but going too high reduces the effectiveness of the hinge and invites barber chair.

[–] Empire_of_the_mind 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

There's a whole set of knowledge regarding how to make a tree fall in a certain direction. This guy did not utilize that.

[–] Flirp 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Ah, the instant regret of not hiring a professional. Yes, they seem pricey at first but you're not calling a roofer afterwards.

[–] TheRealJPeterman 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

He needs a whole framing crew before a roofer after that one. And Jose and the boys to come fix all the cracked drywall.

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[–] BillRiccio 1 point 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Hopefully it was his house

[–] NACHTJAGD 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

That's a whole new roof job with truss replacements as well as a side of the house needing replacement. Cost? Ballpark figure somewhere around the 50K up to 170K depending on location in the US.

All because they were so lazy not to anchor the tree and put tension on it to make sure it would not fall towards the house.

Wanting to look like a pro rather then do the safe thing and make sure you bore cut the tree and make a big enough hinge cut so that it's assured to fall into the street.

Some taco beaner trying to pull it towards the street is about as stupid as you can get. No human can exert enough force to pull a tree that size in any direction. You need a car pulley or a anchor hinge to put allot of tension on the tree.

[–] observation1 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

You might be surprised. Tension is a myth for the most part. No car is going to change which direction the tree falls.

A tree is going to fall where it wants to fall.

The cuts are how to control the general direction and a car on the end of a taught rope can help guide it down once it starts falling but any tension isnt really going to help unless the tree happens to be teetering at level in the first place, which no tree ever is.

[–] ScionOfZion ago 

Agree. The rope tension does the same thing as a wedge: stops saw pinch and starts the tree falling while the hinge is still thick and strong.

[–] Firinmahlazer 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I'm curious if homeowners insurance would pick it up. Probably not. I just had a roof done so I'm looking at his. They'll probably consider it a total loss. Going to have to tear out all the shingles and replace a few sheets of plywood. Hopefully he didn't damage the rafters too. I'd wager 20k-30k on the roof easy.

[–] GreasyCaveman 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Hey, easy access to the roof! 🤷‍♂️

[–] 500five 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What is that guy on the right thinking? That he can pull the tree in his direction?

Unless you have 0 risk, best to hire a pro.

[–] glassuser 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

"This dumb white dude is paying me over minimum wage to stand here and hold this rope, so why the hell not."

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