A tree stump the size of Boeing engine core (3 cubic feet) is in a hole
we cannot get out. We dug dirt around the tree stump, cut all the
roots but not enough to get a manual saw comfortably in there. The
stump moves freely with no obstructions but too heavy for any men to
lift out of the hole.
Our neighbor wants our large tree cut down, stump remove. And we
spent all our last dime on a branch-trunk cutting crew. Which now
leaves us with a heavy tree stump to be put into our large van going to
a dumpsite. What are some ways that we could try to get a tree
stump onto a flat surface?
You say the Neighbor wants it cut down and stump removed? Well if my
Neighbor wanted it done I would let them pay for it. Or are we missing
your point. It is your land remember, you can do as you wish and only
what you can afford. That stump is heavy and wet, your van may not
handle its weight
Anyone who bit on that one would either be too stupid to own a vehicle, or
would earn himself a Darwin award trying to retrieve the stump... While you
might win the $1,000 on America's Funniest Home Videos, it would just give
the victim's relatives another $1,000 reasons to sue you.
A victim can't sign away his/her relatives' right to sue you. S/he can only
sign away his or her right to sue you. This is one of the problems with
You ask, if the victim signed a release, why can his kids/wife sue? Because
they lost the utility of having the poor SOB around (lost wages, etc.).
jesus. its christmans. go find something else to do besides dog me with
you hypothetical legal mumbo jumbo. go watch some more tv and scare
yourself into a frenzy so you're afraid to do anything for fear of lawsuit.
large pile of mulch.>>>
The guy I hired to take down some trees did this for me. Grind them
down, cover with potting soil, throw down some grass seed and it's
I used the mulch to tame an overgrown corner of the yard.
On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 11:13:37 -0500, someone wrote:
How many chains did you ruin?
Normally nobody in their right mind chainsaws an actual stump (in the
ground) because the smallest amount of earth dulls the chain in
seconds, and the stump is quite dirty.
And normally plastic wedges are used while chainsawing. Steel is for
spitting already sawn firewood.
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I didn't ruin any chains, but I did have to sharpen it once. You are allowed
to clean the earth off the outside of the stump first. The vast majority of
the cutting was on the interior of the stump.
The steel wedges were what I had available and were not left in the stump
while the chainsaw was being used. Iterations of cutting and splitting got
the stump removed. It wasn't easy work, but the stump is gone.
The best way is to pay a professional to take the stump away.
1. Get the stump out in one piece.
a. Boeing engine hydraulic lifting device
b. Big truck and chain
c. Kitty-cat, harness, and big-ass whip.
2. Get the stump out in multiple, smaller, pieces.
a. Chain saw. Try to sculp something obscene. Time will fly.
If you want to do it the half assed
Either make a good old fashion cocktail
of napolm (spelling is probabbly off) or
just use explosives.
Its ALWAYS more entertaining watching it
either blow up or burn down...
Just remember to drill a hole first in the
center, place the charge and scream...
FIRE IN THE HOLE!
Are you sure you aren't being victimized by a "tap root" (a root growing
vertically downwards from the stump)? The stump will seem to be loose, and
jiggle around freely in the pit you've dug, but can't be raised until you
tunnel underneath it and cut the last root or roots.
I know what you're going through - A few years ago, after having a couple
trees taken down, I spent a few weeks gradually getting out the stumps as
time permitted. It wasn't fun.
Your string of posts makes your projects sound like the 3 Stooges or
worse. You must be underestimating the size since 3 cubic feet of
water weighs less than 200 lbs and wood would normally weigh less than
water (it floats) for the same volume. Either that or you need more
and bigger (make that stronger) men.
When you say it "moves freely" - what do you really mean, that you can
rock it back and forth, spin it around a few degrees? A small fibrous
root underneath can be strong as a rope, the stump will rock but can't
be lifted because it is tied down.
Otherwise, chains, come-alongs (ratchet pullers), jacks, tripod,
vehicle, etc. etc. For someone on a "pioneering" project you don't
seem very resourceful. Why do you have to remove the stump anyway?
How is the neighbor the boss of you?
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Thanks all for the intelligent, proven ideas. The neighbor complains that
the roots are damaging their plumbing and that the branches scraping their
bedroom roof are just too dangerous. I just got a call from the city saying
that they'll take the stump for free if it's pushed to the curbside. I will
inspect for the fibrous root underneath again, which we suspect are gone
since we rock the stump from side to side (2'). But first we'll move the
stump upward a inches or so to get a good view down there. I apologize
for the size, as a few posters notice. It's actually nearly 3 ft cubed (27 cu ft)
but not 3 cu ft. Thankfully, another poster (Mark) posted photographs
identical to my problem. The same driveway, location, fences,
dirt, and tools. The only difference is that the stump and dug hole are
almost about "two or three times" as great compared to these pictures.
I assume a neighbor may complain if the tree is within a certain
distance from their property. Or if the roots of a line tree or
neighboring tree cause problems, an owner can abate the nuisance.
Civil Code Section 3502. Can anyone advise if I'm interpreting the
law correctly? Thanks.
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