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Old 07-11-2018, 06:11 PM   #31
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When levering on it utilize a fulcrum, it saves backs, and multiplies the force.

As well as a longer lever.

Looking good, Do you have access to an A-Frame, and a chain hoist.

Wrapping around the main body with cables, and using the chain hoist, is a good way to pull it also, after digging around it.


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I'll probably use the large piece of sawed-off stump as a fulcrum.

I have no access to an A-Frame or chain hoist. I barely have access to any help (no need to go into details -- that is just the way it is). My updated plan after working on it for a while today (this is all taking TOO long) is to dig and clear away a lot more dirt and have the neighbor's son, hopefully, use his chainsaw to cut away the remaining piece of stump in chunks --- as much as possible vertically and horizontally--- working away at it. I found what I think might be a tap root and I'm not sure how deep it goes. If I have most of the remaining trunk gone, I can work at the tap root.

Feeling a bit discouraged today.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:50 PM   #32
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If he can just saw out in pie pieces, the main "round" part of the stump, I really do not think leaving the tap or other root stubs in place, will be that great of an issue.

What is left in the hole will rot, making some back filling of dirt an issue for a few years as the dirt settles, when the rotting wood crumbles.

If this back fill every year for maybe 2-3 years is not a issue, the stump is really not worth possibly doing permanent body damage to yourself. Be safe now.
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:18 PM   #33
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After a month of off-and-on working at it, I finally gave up on trying to hack away the tree stump and roots. The neighbor did put in a last ditch effort by trying to cut wedges into the stump, but even though I cleaned out as much dirt as possible, it kept dulling the chain (I gave him money for a new one). Plus, that stump was just too difficult -- even though the tree had died from the bark beetle infestation, the stump and roots were very green ("wet" almost) and fibrous. Last Monday, (July 30, 2018) I had a tree service come out with a grinder and they made the tree stump (aka "the dinosaur foot" aka "the Kevlar stump") disappear (bottom photo). You can see one of the rotting railroad ties I removed in the background. They also took care of a stump that was in the way of where my retaining wall steps will be, and a couple of very small stumps.

Before they arrived, I put a lot of the dirt back around the stump (top photo shows the mid-way point of me covering most of the stump and roots) so they could get the wheels on their grinder as close as they needed to. I wish I would have taken a photo of them grinding the stump, but I was too busy ducking flying debris. Pretty amazing piece of equipment --- it looks like a mini-Caterpillar with a very scary circular blade on the end of a hydraulic arm.


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Yep. I usually get my moneys worth watching as I smile and think about the misery saved.


Then the reality of cleaning up the grindings sets it. That can be quite a project.
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Yep. I usually get my moneys worth watching as I smile and think about the misery saved.
Then the reality of cleaning up the grindings sets it. That can be quite a project.
I wish I would have just called the tree company to grind it a month ago. I didn't realize they could grind it down to nothing...I thought a bunch of it would still be in the way of my drainage gravel. So, in addition to paying them, earlier on I paid a lumberjack who was here to cut down some dead trees to cut off almost two feet of remaining trunk, and then I paid the neighbor's son for his time in trying to chainsaw more of it away (plus paying for a new chain). And, yes...cleaning the grindings is still going on. I can't have any "organic" material in the soil behind the gravel drainage, and I will be tamping down soil a little at a time to fill that huge stump-hole. So, I've been removing buckets of grindings and grindings/soil to the compost bin.
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