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Re: Solving the impossible problems...what have you done?

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I had a large oak fall on an outbuilding, roofed just 2 years ago. No place to get my large loader in, and I wanted to avoid damage to the roof under the trunk. A contractor friend looked, scratched his head, and gave me the number of his favorite tree service.

The tree guy came out and said no problem, he'd have a large crane out on Monday. Up my driveway to the top of the mountain? Might want to get the crane guy out first. He came out Sunday evening and said no way would he risk his expensive machine for such a small job. I agreed with him.

After that the tree guy was out of ideas, but eager to have his crew help me if I could figure it out. Yeah, right.

I don't climb, but I put a wire rope 60 feet up another tree, over the fallen tree, to one uphill where I didn't have to go so high to set a snatch block. Tractor supplied tension on the wire rope to lift sections off the roof. A comealong doubler running on the wire rope allowed us to pull the sections off and lower them next to the building.

The tree came off with no further damage. The guy who helped me will heat his house for a winter. Wet weather finally left and I can get in to replace the shattered framing. Even most of the copper pans can be reinstalled. I like oak lumber, probably why the tree didn't fall farther. Branches hanging out the other side of the ridge were 40 feet long.

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