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Old 11-13-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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Had a storm flatten the tops of two pines, one of which is still connected to the trunk at 90* (closest trunk in frame). The other trunk since fell, but the top stayed hung at the same point as the other tree crown. I'd normally avoid felling any hung trees, but I'm thinking this one might not be two bad in that it the trunk will either pull the hung crown or it will snap and those branches will swing down and away from the trunk. Am I crazy or is this predictable enough to have a reliable safe zone? Thanks
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They are called widow makers for a reason . A hung up tree is highly unpredictable . Personally the only effort I would put in is dialing the phone to a tree service.
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Shoot a rope over the mid section and put a snatch block at the base of the tree nearest to vertical from the mid section and pull it down. This will cause it to go mostly straight down.
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They are called widow makers for a reason . A hung up tree is highly unpredictable . Personally the only effort I would put in is dialing the phone to a tree service.
I'm with jimn01. The break is too high and unpredictable.
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I agree--dangerous--but--I would do as 'Senior' suggested--shoot a rope over the snag--then pull it out---a truck will do the job--or a come-along----if the rope is long enough,you will be safe.
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I agree--dangerous--but--I would do as 'Senior' suggested--shoot a rope over the snag--then pull it out---a truck will do the job--or a come-along----if the rope is long enough,you will be safe.
Ayuh,.... Agreed, pullin' to the right of where the picture was taken,....

To cut it, I'd kerf it on the same side, to the right of the point of view, cut from away from the camera,....
'n Run like 'ell to the left of the camera at the 1st CRACK heard,....
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Those look dangerous. I would call in some help for this work. It is too risky to do yourself without ample help.
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Widow-makers are inherently fairly dangerous. Your best option by far is to shift the risk onto someone else by paying someone who does it professionally (and has good insurance) to take it down. They are less likely to injure themselves and should be covered if they do.

If it's a job like that I would tend to find the best tree guy in a rural area or at least a good tree guy if in an urban area--someone who takes them down when they're in tight to a local million dollar home, for example. You pay a premium but your chances of the job going smoothly increase from 60% to 95%.

That said, because this tree is not close to homes, a regular landscaper who has sense and patience will *probably* work too. Just make sure you get proof of insurance and that the guy's not an idiot.

If I had to do it myself I would probably use rope and truck and be sure I was well outside the area it could fall into.
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