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The Hobby Lumberjack

October 26, 2008

Actually, it’s not really accurate to say it’s a hobby. It’s more out of necessity. We simply don’t have the money nor the inclination to pay the $975 that a local tree service would charge. This large pine is between our house and our neighbor’s, but it’s on our property. It has many issues. It’s planted right along our fence. I don’t know what the people who planted it or the people who put up our fence were thinking. I imagine the tree was growing before the fence was put up. At any rate, it’s pushing against our chain-link fence and raising pickets on our neighbor’s fence. It has always leaned to the south and after the wind storms of the past couple winters, it’s trunk is changing. It’s developing a knob that I believe is from stress of the tremendous force from the leaning weight of the tree. It has also developed cracks in the bark. Are they just superficial cracks? Who knows. What I do know is that the tree man who came out to give us the estimate (he also gave us an estimate about three years ago for this tree when he did some work on our large cedar [that blew down two years ago]), said he didn’t think this tree would still be up!

My husband is almost an ultimate DIY’er. He would rather buy equipment and do it himself if there is any possible way. He’s been eyeing both leaning trees in our yard for years. We have another pine that is also leaning.

He finally decided to tackle the one between the houses, because it seems more urgent. So, with his tall ladder, a couple saws, ropes and his fall protection gear he headed up into that tree for the first time a couple weeks ago. He has cut off about 20 feet of branches so far. A friend came out and helped this week so they could get some bigger, higher up branches down together.

It scares the heck out of me to see him up there in that tree and I sometimes wonder if he is a little too crazy for his own good. He’s actually not, though. He has to climb structures and hang off of crazy narrow things when he works. Some people have said that he is fearless, but that’s not it either. He is brave and determined. He is also very cautious. He uses his safety gear, always. He comes down when he is getting fatigued and he is mindful that he has a family dependent on him.

I don’t know if we will have the tree all the way down without professional help or a man-lift at the very least. The three trunks that branch off will be the hardest, but at least it has a great amount of weight off of it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn permalink
    October 27, 2008 1:21 pm

    I can imagine how you feel when he is up there. But like you said, he is always very careful. I remember when I helped Pat and Mike cut down the two trees in Pat & Laura's back yard after all the hurricanes in 2004. It's nervewracking seeing them up in there, but I would rather be out there giving them a hand than be in the house. There was one really large branch that Pat and I had to pull away from the house with a rope while Mike cut it. It was pretty scary.


  2. Mon permalink
    October 28, 2008 9:09 am

    Boy, that’s a hefty price tag. There’s nothing like a DIY hubby is there. Of course mine is also, let’s say, thrifty, so he’ll always do it himself. And I also end up cringing at his height and various other dangerous situations. But great when the job’s done and hubby’s safe.

  3. Lisa permalink
    October 28, 2008 5:02 pm

    Mon-My DIY hubby is very thrifty too. In fact, we’ve had many a disagreement over his desire to keep things because he might need them in the future. Mostly I’ve been wrong, because he has used things from his stash to fix things frequently. We almost never hire a professional to fix things. It is great to have a DIY hubby! He’s inspired me to learn how to repair things too, so I’ve done some appliance and furnace repair myself the past few years.

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