OK... this may be a simple question BUT...
I have a branch occluding my satellite receiver (or so I believe). This branch
is only about 1" dia at the base. It's just a little guy so it makes sense to
try to clip it to see if my reception improves.
The catch is that this branch is a good 25'-30' up in the tree.
Any ideas how to trim this branch without having to invest in some serious
equipment or paying someone to come out and do it? Are there any do-it-yourself
devices which can reach that high?
LOL! Yes... the Remington (or similar) was surely an idea. However a good
silencer would be an absolute MUST lest the neighbors be scared! (and with my
luck I'd read the day after of people to the south of me getting hit by stray
The way this tree grows it's not really an option to climb it. It goes too far
OUT from any main branch (it's a live oak which spreads like crazy)
No kidding, folks, I did have a friend name Bob who is a farmer. he had a
tree rubbing on the power line.
His other friend Bucky (who runs a septic pumping service, and dumps his
truck on Bob's farm fields) suggested blow it off with a shotgun. Bucky has
always been a bit crazy.
Bob had tried a couple rounds of #8 birdshot, but the pattern was too wide.
I suggested a slug.
He went in and got his shotgun, and a slug shell for me. I considered the
"backstop", what's behind the tree. Picked my direction for safety. I lined
it up, hold my breath, and squeeze gently.
The gun went off, and kicked pretty good. And the branch come tumbling down.
It was pretty goofy, but it did the job nicely.
I have both. But me ON the ladder and the pole saw in hands only reached to
around maybe 20' high (I only have a 6' ladder and when you consider I had to
grip the pole about 18" at least). I've surely needed the pole saw at times but
never needed to reach THAT high.
I *am* considering a 10' or 12' ladder, though, for various reasons, and maybe I
could get an extension for the pole...
We once had to retrieve something from about 35' up a pretty massive (but
unclimbable by us) tree.
- We ran an 18' extension ladder up the tree, and tied it off to the trunk.
- Then, we spliced two pool poles together with duct tape, with
a hook on the top end.
- The lightest adult (not me ;-) climbed up the ladder, and tied _himself_
to the tree.
- handed him the pole.
- After much cursing, swearing and general merriment, he managed to hook
the thing down...
A pole saw would be horrible. A pole _lopper_ might be okay, if you can
get the pole stiff enough to not buckle when you pull on the rope.
A good tree service guy could probably scramble up your tree and do it in less
than 10 minutes. We use a tree service whose tree monkey could probably have
it off in less than 30 seconds from arriving. But I think your're a little
too far away from where Mick lives... ;-)
Call your local tree services, as long as you can make it real convenient
for them (ie: "any time you're in our area"), they might just do it for what
amounts to, say, a quarter or half an hour of their per-person hourly rate.
It's just good business for them...
Our service charges $50CDN/hour/man (these guys are worth it!).
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
Amen, Brother! Preachin' to the choir....
9 years ago, when I was a young lad, with no money, the cable bill was often
the last bill to get paid. If we paid it at all. The cable company didn't
seem to feel that they needed to provide me with free service, so they
disconnected it. I remember the moment exactly - I was watching a
bonerrific Warren Miller film about heli-skiing in British Columbia - "six
thousand goddam vertical feet of untracked powder, woo hoo, oh look at that
awesome..." "click!" "...the hell?"
Now, I can afford it, but I don't want it. Everyone's always suprised when
they find out that I don't intentionally submit myself to hours and hours a
day of self-induced force-fed crap and advertising. There was a significant
withdrawal period, to be sure, ("Dammit! I just gotta know what happens on
ER! This is serious!") but that passed quickly and I came to my senses. I
always think of Peter Falk's line in "The Princess Bride" - "When I was your
age, television was called 'books'."
Can you throw a line over the branch? There are flexible saw chains
(NOT a chainsaw chain) that are made to be thrown over a branch, with
a rope at each end, and work by pulling each rope alternately. They
don't work all that great IME but for a single 1 inch branch would be
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Live oak tree, they spread like crazy. I have one too that is higher
than that about 45 ft high. Three years ago the cable company came in
and cut the whole back of the tree off. Since all the growth was now
growing towards the back of house and over the house. I had to have it
trimmed. Not by me.
Expect to pay $250 +, especially if they can't get into your yard with
My neighbors brother does this for a living so it only cost me $200. But
other estimates were over $300. And mine needs it again. Hopefully no
hurricanes this year.
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Was to cut down a (whole) 40' tree at a friends place-no ladder available.
Wanted to make sure it fell toward the road, NOT the house on other side,
the direction in which it was leaning. Took a rope and half of one of those
old firebrick with the 3 holes thru them. Rope to brick, threw the brick
over a branch about 20' up and once it was down, undid the brick, made a
simple "eye' in the rope, passed the end thru and pulled til the eye/loop
slid up and grabbed the tree @ 20' level- tied off tight across the road and
timberrr. .. Right down on the road. Got half a brick ?
I've used these a few times for the same purpose. Very inefficient, bind
easily, and also broke in the cut. I went through two or three of them
(bought from a camping store) before giving up and climbing.
Looks like a handy package, with a specialized blade. I've often thought of
using a regular chain-saw blade the same way - just need to punch out one
link to open it. Might make sense to loop the rope so you can pull it around
a few times in case the saw gets to the top pointed the wrong way.
Does shooting branches down really work? How big a green branch will a .308
round take down?
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