Posts Tagged ‘Tree removal’

The end of the tree

April 6, 2014

I wandered over to see how they were doing with the tree. Today, they have worked the bucket in around the wires, and are taking off slices.

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Half of one of these slices is as much as a man on the ground can heft into the truck.

Sunday, I went back again. Now it’s down to the stump.

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It will be interesting to see if they come back this next week and grind out the stump, so that part of the yard can be reclaimed.

More carnage to the tree

April 1, 2014

1 April 2014

The tree still stands, but considerably the worse for the assault. Where once a man stood to help with ropes, there is nothing but air.

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I watched while they took down another 3 feet or so.

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As before, much of the time is taken with the rigging, but not as much as before. At this point, it’s mostly a matter of avoiding loud thumps.

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The red rope carries a hook; the white rope passes through the pulley and will support the cut piece as it comes down.

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I overexposed by a full stop, and it’s still dark. Good thing I didn’t just use the camera’s judgment!

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He goes around to the other side to cut the groove deeper. Parallel to the red ropes, avoiding the white one.

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With the cut deep enough — we hope — he gives it a hard push to break it loose. The gap opens, but it doesn’t break free.

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Not good enough. He tries again.

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He moves the bucket around and tries from the side. Still no luck.

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He will have to cut from this side. Here we catch him releasing the pull starter rope on the chainsaw.

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Standing as near as I could, I got a shower of sawdust on my head.

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Once again, a push.

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And down it comes!

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On the ground, the crew is busy slicing wafers, none of them more than a foot thick. We can see that one wafer is as much as a man can carry.

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And they’re not chewing up the wafers, just going to cart them away whole.

The tree trimmers

March 30, 2014

I put some iPhone pictures of this tree removal project on my Facebook page, but here are some follow-ups of more recent events with the real camera (the iPhone camera is better than anyone would have a right to expect, but it has its limitations).

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Here’s how it looked at the beginning of the week, lots of structure up there.

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The bucket truck unfolds its arm (orange), straight up, then comes from a kneel into an upright position. The combination of arm and legs, as it were, gets the elbow above the power wires, so he can move around with the (white) fore-arm and the bucket itself.

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Above, notice the goodly-sized limb being lowered to the ground.

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I’m not the only one watching the adventure. The kids were waving, and the guy in the bucket waved back.

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The man in the bucket spends considerable time getting a rope around the bit he plans to cut next, and coordinating the rope with his partner, who is responsible for the high anchor that keeps the cut piece from falling into the power lines or damaging the house.

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They spend a lot more time with the ropes than actually cutting and lowering.

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If you don’t trust your harness, your ropes and the quality of your work, you’re in the wrong business!

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The saw itself is on a long arm, powered by a hydraulic motor driven by the truck below. The hydraulic motor is on the outside of the bucket, not really visible in any of this set of photos.

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This fresh-cut piece looks fairly small, until you see it on the ground. You certainly wouldn’t want to land on your head. There’s a man on the ground paying out rope to lower it at a moderate rate.

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And of course, they chew it up and at the end of the day, haul it away.

On the one hand, it seems they go very slowly, and it has to be costing a bundle: a crew of half a dozen men for two weeks, and they probably have another week to go before the tree is completely gone. On the other hand, they haven’t brought down the power wires yet!