1. You don't have to drill everything away, just enough to make it a
breeze to chop to pieces with an axe.
2. If it takes one minute per hole, you're using the wrong bit. Get a
decent auger bit, and, oh, battery-powered drills need not apply for
I shoveled and cleaned a 18 inch stump once then spent time every
evening chaisawing at the thing. by nite 4 it was a goner and I covered
it with dirt.
stump was cut flush with ground, I wanted it to disappear since I was
selling the house
The last stump I removed was done this way. I first dug out a "ramp"
under the main saddle of the root ball. I then slid a 1' x 2' chunk of 3/4"
plywood down the "ramp" and rolled my floor jack down on the plywood
under the root saddle. I then jacked the stump out. Block it up when you
reach the jack's limit, move the jack in the direction of the 'resisting' roots.
Repeat as needed.
My vote is for stump grinding since it is fast and relatively hassle
free. The only caveat is that there may still be roots or stump still
in the ground if the grinder doesn't go deep enough. This can be a
problem later if you want to build on the area or pour concrete there.
Over time the underground stump will rot and the ground will sink.
Builder and Cont. Ed. Instructor at Emory University
Author of www.renovation101.com
If is is really that steep and muddy then the answer is maybe not. It
would make it a lot more difficult and dangerous. An exerienced and
determined operator might be able. You are probably over stating the
actual slope. If it is that steep then you will have problems with any
type of landscaping. Yes, a floor jack is a car jack.
I haven't done the math, but going out 5 feet is a decline of 2 feet.
This results in a slope of 21 degrees if my trig is correct.
Many places is steeper (going out 3 feet could be decline of 1-2 feet
in some places). This slope is about 18-33 degrees, in other places go
out 10 feet and go down 5 feet, this slope is 26 degrees.
This assumes all the trig I learned to become an engineer has actually
stayed with me 15 years later. Who wouldathunk?
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