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Bad Ash Down

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Ralphie Boy, May 8, 2013.

  1. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Not the biggest I've ever dropped, but for sure the one with the most potential for disaster. On a hill side with a serious up hill and to the left lean and a big fork 15 ft. or so up. One side of the fork was dead as dead could be. I couldn't/wouldn't have taken it down without the sound advice of one of my respected friends on this forum. I won't mention his name cause I didn't ask him if I could.

    I left plenty, maybe a bit too much, hinge and drove wedges on both sides of the plunge cut. When I cut the strap, nothing:oops:! Too much hinge. So two smacks on a wedge in the back and she started to move.

    I got back a safe distance and watched. It sounded like a creaking door in the haunted house opening very slowly!!!. Man, that thing came down so slowly that I could have filled my 25" chain while it fell! It was perfect! Fell straight as an arrow and right where I wanted it to fall for a tree. Pretty fair for a tree with that much back and left lean. The split in upper part of the tree straddled the small locust tree I was using an aiming point.

    Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while! Tonight's PowerBall drawing is like 220 million I best by me a couple of tickets before the luck runs out!;lol

    By the by I'll post a couple of before pictures in an hour or so. Be sure to come back!
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  2. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    I had to look at that title a couple times.....I thought I was gonna see a Dirty Harry clip for a minute there..
  3. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    Nice drop. It's great when it goes where we want.
  4. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Good work. :cool: Looks like some solid wood there...
  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    You are getting good !
    Not much luck there, just done right ;) ( but couple tickets can't hurt :) )
    Nice hinge .
  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    No doubt that is an ash and a dandy at that. Glad you got it down okay.
  7. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    brilliant job....is that the locust you see in the fork?...thats the luckiest tree ever...haha...great aiming!

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