So Hurricane Sandy was kind enough to drop half a tree on my roof. As well as a 70-80ft pine tree in my yard on my fence. Now is my chance to justify buying a chainsaw. Didn't really need one before, but I could put one to occasional use, but not enough to warrant the cost.
Anyway, this half a tree is resting on my roof and has got to go. It is half on the roof, half down to the yard. So I get a Stihl Chainsaw with a 18" bar. Bigger than I would of gotten for small jobs, but we have a lot of lumber lying around the yard now.
First of all, chainsaws are scarey things if you never used one before. Holy cow does this thing have power. I've used an electric one, might as well been a toy. Maybe saving money and doing this myself wasn't such a good idea. I'm no stranger to tools, but never used a gas powered chainsaw. We will go slow and take it easy. No zombie hunting with this bad boy.
The main trunk or branch is on the ground, with the upper branches laying fairly level with the slope of the roof. The plan my buddy and I come up with is removing as many branches as possible to lessen the weight without cutting load bearing limbs till later. We get most of the limbs clear and now are down to 3 main branches that go down into one trunk.
We successfully cut 2 away, leaving the top portion on the roof, without the overhang dropping onto my deck or further damaging the house siding. One branch left, this is where the fun starts.
Too stop the branch once cut free from dropping on my friend and me, we have my teenage daughter hold top part just in case it wants to slide down. It should stay in place on it's own weight, but just in case. I would cut the branch, my buddy would push it clear as it drops free, onto the grass, not deck, not house.
I cut 75% through branch and it starts to sag, as I don't want the bar to get pinched in the cut, I pullout and do an undercut, and it starts.
The main trunk spins,and starts to slide, towards me, on a ladder with a running chainsaw. The top part(with my daughter) starts to drag along the roof and down to the edge. My buddy(standing under the branch) can't hold the branch back now that it has momentum. So he cuts behind me, in case daughter gets pulled off the roof. I release the trigger so the chain is stopped, but the ladder is now being pushed over. It was a semi slow moving accident that was being played out, but not in our power to really stop.
Finally after what seemed like minutes of the sliding branch of death(in reality most likely was seconds) the main trunk separates from the upper branch on the roof. The trunk crashes to the deck, My ladder stops before tipping over and Daughter stops getting dragged off the roof.
The wife was not happy about my use of said daughter in my schemes as she watched it all.
I had almost everything figured out right, but was just a little too timid with the cut. it was the last 10% that when the branch started to go, pulled my daughter over. And since the branch could not drop straight down, it was dragged to the side into my ladder and my friend. It was a little scarey but ended well.
Next weekend will tackling the really big pine tree. Thankfully it's lying flat on the ground.