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A rather bold CL tree removal for wood ad

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by StihlHead, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    These things keep getting more insane by the month. Several problems with this one. Next to a fence, and near a school or parking lot. It is within the Portland city limits, and likely it needs a tree removal permit to cut down. Read: he/she who cuts down a tree that needs a permit w/o one is the one that pays the hefty fine(s). At least they got the height about right on this. Its a Doug Fir. Almost what would be called a wolf tree, a DF that grows out in the open (not in a stand) with high taper and lots of lower branches.

    http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/zip/3864746155.html

    I have about 2 (75 ft tall) fir trees that I want removed. You take all the wood.

    Must be experienced

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  2. paul bunion

    paul bunion Minister of Fire

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    With an offer like that I'm surprised that stump removal isn't stipulated in the 'deal'.
  3. Backwoods Savage

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    I like that they expect experienced people to do the job. Why not do it themselves?
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  4. WellSeasoned

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    We get that all the time here. The one ad has been renewed for almost a year now. I sometimes email these guys that I would do it for around a grand. :)
  5. StihlHead

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    Yah, I am tempted to send them a bid for that tree, and to send them the Portland city laws on the required permits for heritage tree removal. When I had my arborist biz before I sold my last Bandit chipper, I had many calls from people in Portland and some of the tree city burbs that wanted trees felled and chipped. I asked for their permits. They balked, and I explained the law to them. So they called some Mexicans and got them cut down for cheap... or they left them as they were.
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  6. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Good idea. He didn't say he wasn't going to pay to have it done. ==c
  7. Joful

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    I thank the Lord almost daily that I was not born on the west coast.

    Around here, I'd just cut it down and be done. No one would care.
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  8. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Are you inside the city limits?
  9. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    A required permit to cut down your own tree on your own property is a gigantic waste of time for everyone involved.
  10. StihlHead

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    Well, if you live in a "tree city" your trees are protected by a variety of laws. Its not just in the west. Lake Oswego is the most extreme case around here (and perhaps in the US). Any tree over 5 inches DBH requires a permit to trim, top or cut down. For new construction, you have to put up story boards and signs, and get neighborhood feedback before permits are issued to cut any trees. Most tree cutting permit applications are turned down there. Portland, OR has permit requirements on cutting street, frontage and heritage trees. The counties and state have no such ordinances though, and it is only within the city limits. Out here in the boonies I can cut whatever trees I want on my property for whatever reason. I can also burn in the fall and spring, and I do not have a $30,000 sewer connection requirement, higher property taxes and a lot of other city crap, which is why I live out here.
  11. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    I'm outside Philadelphia now, but having lived in the city in the past, I'm pretty sure no one would bother there, either!

    Very few of Philly's menial laws are actively enforced. :lol:
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  12. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    We do too. :p
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  13. fossil

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    What baffles me is him saying "About 2..." What, he has trouble counting to two, so he just can't be sure? :rolleyes:
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  14. StihlHead

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    West coast bashing... a typical east coast thing to do.

    I am grateful that my parents left New York and that I was born here.
  15. StihlHead

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    I think he means about 75 feet high. Which is fairly accurate for a CL ad of this type, if you take the roof line of the building behind it as being 8 feet high.

    Southern WA CL ads, now those are the people that have the most trouble counting to 2...
  16. ScotO

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    I did two trees bigger than that for free one time......one was around 85' and the other was close to a 100'. Right between two driveways, and right against a powerline. I had to climb 'em both and top them, then cut the trunks in 16' sections on my way back down to the ground.......

    BUT, it was for my sister-in-law (who has MS, and I love her dearly). I'd do anything for her, her husband, and her kids. She tried and tried to pay me......but the experience and seeing her and her husband not having to fork out the 3,000 bucks that the other tree services would have charged her was well worth it......

    BTW, the guys who climb and top trees like that (and much larger ) for a living earn every cent they get paid....matter of fact, they are underpaid if you ask me!!
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  17. StihlHead

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    I used to climb... no longer. Bad back. I was offered $100 an hour recently to do some climbing work, but I had to decline. I sold most of my climbing gear a few years ago when I sold my last chipper, and I am not in shape for that type of work any more. These days I am a groundie. :(
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  18. ScotO

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    Trust me, I'm not far behind you. I'm 40 and I weigh 210lbs. Now, I'm not fat by any means, but I'm almost too heavy for climbing trees!!
  19. jdp1152

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    Most permits are. I had a to pull my own GC permit waiver to have an HVAC company come and install my geo system. Pissed em off royally when I told them the job was worth 100 dollars and I paid 10 bucks for my permit. The permit system has turned into nothing more than a money grab for the town. I've quite asking my contractors, or myself, to pull them. I'll just do my homework and know what the codes are and not do or accept any work that doesn't conform. Take pictures along the way to prove any disputes.
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  21. NortheastAl

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    I'd have to agree.

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