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2012-03-18 12:43:46 PM  
I thought the cars were doomed - I was wrong - hilariously wrong.
 
2012-03-18 12:45:36 PM  

DarwiOdrade: I thought the cars were doomed - I was wrong - hilariously wrong.


As was I.
 
2012-03-18 12:47:42 PM  
And of course, those two inevitable words...

/oh, shiat
 
2012-03-18 12:51:32 PM  
If his wife was in the house, it was ten times worse.
 
2012-03-18 12:54:48 PM  
That is the greatest "Oh... f*ck" body language ever.

"Welp, just kilt my house. Where's the beer?"
 
2012-03-18 12:55:46 PM  

EnviroDude: If his wife was in the house, it was ten times worse.


Or maybe not...
 
2012-03-18 12:58:05 PM  
It would be quite ironic if he was removing the tree because it might fall on his house.
 
2012-03-18 12:58:09 PM  

NewportBarGuy: That is the greatest "Oh... f*ck" body language ever.

"Welp, just kilt my house. Where's the beer?"


My thoughts exactly.
 
2012-03-18 12:59:45 PM  
They should've stuck with their first inclination. Dynamite.
 
2012-03-18 12:59:47 PM  

St_Francis_P: It would be quite ironic if he was removing the tree because it might fall on his house.


Yep.
 
2012-03-18 1:01:59 PM  
If this were a Michael Bay short, the house would've exploded.
 
2012-03-18 1:07:37 PM  

DarwiOdrade: I thought the cars were doomed - I was wrong - hilariously wrong.


My thought was 'cameraman or house?'
 
2012-03-18 1:08:20 PM  

TwistedIvory: If this were a Michael Bay short, the house would've exploded.


Hell, if it were a Michael Bay short, the tree would have exploded

/and the house
//and the cars
 
2012-03-18 1:12:49 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: TwistedIvory: If this were a Michael Bay short, the house would've exploded.

Hell, if it were a Michael Bay short, the tree would have exploded

/and the house
//and the cars


We're going to need someone with the skillz to make this happen. Internet, you have your mission. Proceed.
 
2012-03-18 1:17:37 PM  
The few times I've been involved in similar activity, we tied heavy duty rope as far up the tree as we could, then put tension on it with a super-duty truck. Basically pulled to make sure the tree fell the way we wanted it to.
 
2012-03-18 1:18:33 PM  

pudding7: The few times I've been involved in similar activity, we tied heavy duty rope as far up the tree as we could, then put tension on it with a super-duty truck. Basically pulled to make sure the tree fell the way we wanted it to.


You probably still have an intact house.
 
2012-03-18 1:22:35 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: TwistedIvory: If this were a Michael Bay short, the house would've exploded.

Hell, if it were a Michael Bay short, the tree would have exploded

/and the house
//and the cars


And finally, the man.
 
2012-03-18 1:24:38 PM  
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The way I figure it, it's gonna lay down right across the lawn here. Now hold my beer and watch this.
 
2012-03-18 1:30:10 PM  
I know nothing of such things - I have the pros remove anything taller than my house. How easy is it to miscalculate by 90 degrees? I mean, I assume he didn't want to hit the house or the cars, so that would mean he would be tryign to fall the tree on a perpendicular line from where it fell, no?

I imagine it's very different with a tall tree like that, but the smaller ones I've cut down have never fallen more than about 30 degrees off of where I wanted them to.
 
2012-03-18 1:34:02 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I know nothing of such things - I have the pros remove anything taller than my house. How easy is it to miscalculate by 90 degrees? I mean, I assume he didn't want to hit the house or the cars, so that would mean he would be tryign to fall the tree on a perpendicular line from where it fell, no?

I imagine it's very different with a tall tree like that, but the smaller ones I've cut down have never fallen more than about 30 degrees off of where I wanted them to.


The wind is a concern with tall trees.
 
2012-03-18 1:53:32 PM  

St_Francis_P: The wind is a concern with tall trees.


Ah. Which would explain why, when I had the tall spruce removed last year, the lumberjack got up in it and topped it, then cut off the branches before falling it.
 
2012-03-18 1:56:24 PM  
He should have chopped 30 seconds off that video... 5ish seconds of chopping before the tree falls would have been plenty, thanks.
 
2012-03-18 1:59:21 PM  
if a tree falls on your house does it make a noise?
i guess not.
 
2012-03-18 2:00:05 PM  
The subdued, "oh sh*t" is what really puts it over the top.
 
2012-03-18 2:09:36 PM  
should have put a winch on it. especially that close to a house. . . hope he has good insurance. . . . a tree that big will leave a mark.

/no, not a wench, a winch
//although a comely lass operating a winch would be nice
///and ironic?
 
2012-03-18 2:10:28 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I know nothing of such things - I have the pros remove anything taller than my house.


^THIS^
Even of you think you have the skills, call a pro. Because if you screw up like the idiot in the video did, your insurance agency is going to laugh in your face when you make a claim. I'd much prefer paying a licensed, bonded and insured arborist $300 to fell the damn tree than watch $300,000 get flushed down the toilet.

/but that's just me.
 
2012-03-18 2:13:22 PM  

Rev.K: The subdued, "oh sh*t" is what really puts it over the top.


I imagine that was pretty colorful commentary fer them parts.

"EARL! SETTLE DOWN OUT THERE!"
 
2012-03-18 2:34:56 PM  

CitizenTed: Benevolent Misanthrope: I know nothing of such things - I have the pros remove anything taller than my house.

^THIS^
Even of you think you have the skills, call a pro. Because if you screw up like the idiot in the video did, your insurance agency is going to laugh in your face when you make a claim. I'd much prefer paying a licensed, bonded and insured arborist $300 to fell the damn tree than watch $300,000 get flushed down the toilet.

/but that's just me.


That's my feeling, too. I'm very sure, based on previous experience falling smaller trees, that I could take care of just about anything I needed to do. But it's a helluva gamble to take with my house.
 
2012-03-18 2:35:36 PM  

Rev.K: The subdued, "oh sh*t" is what really puts it over the top.


This. Poetic, in a way.
 
2012-03-18 2:47:53 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I know nothing of such things - I have the pros remove anything taller than my house. How easy is it to miscalculate by 90 degrees? I mean, I assume he didn't want to hit the house or the cars, so that would mean he would be tryign to fall the tree on a perpendicular line from where it fell, no?

I imagine it's very different with a tall tree like that, but the smaller ones I've cut down have never fallen more than about 30 degrees off of where I wanted them to.


That's why you get a professional to do it. My dad was a logger for 40 years, and he can fell a tree exactly where he wants it. I can't wait to show him this video.
 
2012-03-18 2:57:35 PM  
Hahhahahaa. Best part was when the tree fell, crushing the roof of the house, but beyond that..the dude just standing there shocked, with a "ummmmm" look on his face. Priceless.
 
2012-03-18 3:07:39 PM  
Looked liked he had it notched right but I think it twisted on the stump sucks to be him.
 
2012-03-18 3:09:06 PM  
I like the faraway, plaintive "My house!" after the tree comes down.

And right at the end of the video, someone else offscreen says "My bedroom!"
 
2012-03-18 3:14:21 PM  
Just another game of tree-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock-house
 
2012-03-18 3:14:36 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Benevolent Misanthrope: I know nothing of such things - I have the pros remove anything taller than my house. How easy is it to miscalculate by 90 degrees? I mean, I assume he didn't want to hit the house or the cars, so that would mean he would be tryign to fall the tree on a perpendicular line from where it fell, no?

I imagine it's very different with a tall tree like that, but the smaller ones I've cut down have never fallen more than about 30 degrees off of where I wanted them to.

That's why you get a professional to do it. My dad was a logger for 40 years, and he can fell a tree exactly where he wants it. I can't wait to show him this video.


Yeah, but professionals charge money. This guy just saved himself that. The house is a write-off.
 
2012-03-18 3:38:20 PM  
I'm surprised the house stood up so well. It'll surely need a lot of work but I was expecting a full collapse. It was pretty big tree.
 
2012-03-18 3:42:25 PM  
That's what they get for chopping down such a nice big tree.
 
2012-03-18 3:52:13 PM  
The guy that chopped down the tree should jump in his car, drive to the courthouse and change his name to Wile E. Coyote.
 
2012-03-18 4:00:08 PM  
Oh...I thought sparks from the fireplace might ignite nearby trees. Never even noticed the tree being cut down.
 
2012-03-18 4:13:03 PM  
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Hey guys, can somebody help me with my shed?

Seriously, this came down on me two years ago, though not by my doing. The tree split about 15' up, just outside of the photo. At least it had the decency to come down between the doors to minimize damage, and even went between the studs in the back wall. A month later, good as new.
 
2012-03-18 4:14:37 PM  
That's why you always tie a strong line from the top of the tree to the direction of fall. Helps direct the tree fall.

I wonder if there are any aftermath photos anywhere on the web?
 
2012-03-18 4:39:11 PM  

St_Francis_P: pudding7: The few times I've been involved in similar activity, we tied heavy duty rope as far up the tree as we could, then put tension on it with a super-duty truck. Basically pulled to make sure the tree fell the way we wanted it to.

You probably still have an intact house.


But they squished the truck. damn, gotta use a longer rope next time. i want to see that video too. Luckily.. my first inclination in this situation would be to hire someone to come cut it down for me.

// intact house, and cars.
 
2012-03-18 4:46:54 PM  
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If you zoom in real, real close, in the backround......just what I thought.
 
2012-03-18 4:57:44 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Benevolent Misanthrope: I know nothing of such things - I have the pros remove anything taller than my house. How easy is it to miscalculate by 90 degrees? I mean, I assume he didn't want to hit the house or the cars, so that would mean he would be tryign to fall the tree on a perpendicular line from where it fell, no?

I imagine it's very different with a tall tree like that, but the smaller ones I've cut down have never fallen more than about 30 degrees off of where I wanted them to.

That's why you get a professional to do it. My dad was a lumberjack and he's okay

 
2012-03-18 5:13:55 PM  
In my mind I heard the tree yelling "Hiyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa".
 
2012-03-18 5:28:36 PM  

Honest Bender: He should have chopped 30 seconds off that video... 5ish seconds of chopping before the tree falls would have been plenty, thanks.


Keee-reckt. That is the proper way to remove a tree. Lots of cutting before you even consider the final cut.

Oh, and cutting down trees is not a DIY project. There's a reason why lumberjacks have one of the highest mortality/injury rates of any profession.
 
2012-03-18 5:31:43 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Yeah, but professionals charge money. This guy just saved himself that. The house is a write-off.


Ummmm, I'm thinking the insurance agency isn't going to pay out for something you did yourself. Especially since your neighbors were nice enough to film the thing and post it on the Internet for all to see.
 
2012-03-18 5:33:14 PM  
He didn't cut a large enough wedge in the front side.
 
2012-03-18 5:44:38 PM  
Suspenders and a bra!??!!
 
2012-03-18 5:45:10 PM  

downstairs: Honest Bender: He should have chopped 30 seconds off that video... 5ish seconds of chopping before the tree falls would have been plenty, thanks.

Keee-reckt. That is the proper way to remove a tree. Lots of cutting before you even consider the final cut.

Oh, and cutting down trees is not a DIY project. There's a reason why lumberjacks have one of the highest mortality/injury rates of any profession.


"round these here parts they perfer to call themselves "tree surgeons"
A good friend of mine, regular at the pub is a retired tree man, and I've gone on a few gigs just to build up my life skills.
fun, but hard work, can be very lucrative especially here in hurricane and ice storm country. But yeah, old Joe has a couple of friends that are retired now because falling branches have knocked them retarded despite the hard hats.

That appeared to be a good healthy tree and I really didn't see a reason for it to come down. But, yes, it should have been topped first, and you don't need a truck to pull it down, just a couple of guys to pull the ropes the right way.
descend the tree taking down the major branches, then when back on the ground, take down the trunk
If I were to hazard and estimate, to have a crew come out and fell and butcher a tree like that is around a $3000 job. .
 
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