You would think that there'd be some good money in taking the dammaged
hardwood trees and getting some lumber out of them, instead of chipping
them up or using them for firewood.
I know, you all say that there'd be nails and stuff in those trees,
enough to dammage saw blades at the mill. They have metal detectors for
Most pine / spruce trees can be righted and anchored back into place,
but few seem to ever do that.
I wonder how much wrecked home lumber is reclaimed. Habitat for
Lots of looting, scavanging (stealing) metals of various types. Wires,
The problem is "grading," viz. certification of raw trees for
lumber mill use. You and I have no credentials to do this,
and the mills find this essential task uneconomical: they
buy only from sources whose grades they trust.
It costs a decent amount of money to haul away and properly dispose
of storm debris like that... You can't just dump it somewhere and the
people who paid you to get rid of it don't want you to leave it behind
I think that if all you are doing is a little clean-up to stabilize the
situation there should be quick money to be made.
I know of 2 people recently that could not get out of their garages
because trees fell on the drive.
One was old widow down the hill and neighbors came in so she could get
car out and much later she hired the professionals for complete clean-up.
Other was neighbor in back that moved to Florida and has house for sale.
They hired some little guy that only has a pick-up truck, chain saw and
lawn mower to maintain their property. Took them 3-4 days to get around
to removing tree and all they did was cut it up and push to the side
where it still sits over 2 weeks later. Since it only sits a few feet
over my property line, I could probably take it but poplar is not that
good a firewood.
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