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Guess I Just Scrounged

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by BrotherBart, Jul 29, 2009.

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  1. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Neighbor down the road called yesterday. He was having a big red oak taken down in back of his house. Said the guy wanted five hundred to drop the tree in sections and asked if he wanted them to do the removal. He told the guy to buck the trunk and limbs in 16" rounds and he would take care of removal.

    Took me three hours this morning to load and haul those 36 heavy suckers up the hill in five or six loads. It caught me by surprise because I dropped five size extra large dead oaks Saturday and Sunday and was going to goof off and do some other stuff for a few days before I messed with trees in this heat and humidity again. The run for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 stacks has begun. I do believe these will be the last ones I drop, chop and lug up the hill. Might be a different story if I could get loads of logs just dropped in the yard like I see here in the pics and posts.

    Get'in entirely too old for this stuff. I see a high efficiency heat pump and a tax credit in my future. My retirement present. :cheese:

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  2. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    I scrounge, therefore I am ?

    ;-)
  3. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Pics BB?
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    rdust Minister of Fire

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    You of all people know pics or it didn't happen! ;-)
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    They are just long tall trees laying on the ground in the woods. They grow tall here because this place was logged just shy of a hundred years ago. Since everything started renewing at once they have fought for light and headed for the sky all that time. Canopy like a jungle since all limbs are fifty feet or higher on the trees.

    Just after I typed the first post I was sitting here reading the news and heard what sounded like a bomb going off. One seventy or eighty footer was my only hang-up this week-end that I didn't have the guts to do what needed to be done to get it on the ground. Cut down the one it was leaning on. That is suicide. I had already had to do that with one and didn't have the guts left to do it again. So I put that off till next week. :red: When I heard the impact it could only be one thing. Five or so thousand pounds of wet red oak hitting the ground. Went down and yep, the limb holding it finally broke off so all of them are on the ground. The easy part is done. :roll:
  6. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    I hate those. After dropping 40 or so full size maples this spring with a 9 ton backhoe, I'm not sure I care to ever drop them with a chainsaw again. Dig the roots on three sides, hinges perfectly on the 4th no matter where the weight of the tree is. Push it over with the hoe. Top the tree, pick the root ball up with the bucket and drag the tree out to the landing. Too bad I had to give the hoe back...
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Now that sounds like fun. :snake:
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    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    The kicker is I got paid to do it and the cab was air conditioned. Equipment operators have the life.
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    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    You're only as old as you feel. Me? I'm 28 but tonight I feel like an 80 year old!
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    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Holy cow BB it has to be hotter than blazed down in VA this time of year. Anyone else use a sweatband when the process wood...keeps you cooler and the salt out of your eyes. I'm continuously swapping out 3 or 4 in weather like this.
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    pictures please BB
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    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    BB, be very careful or your wood pile will be bigger than mine! No heat pump in your future yet.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Heat pump in VA?? I thought that was for old retired guys - oh yeah, I forgot. ;-P
  14. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    And old tired guys too. I have always wondered about that word "retired". Kinda implies that you were tired before and now you are doing it again.
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