So over the weekend, we had a huge branch (more than half the tree) fall partially into the neighbors yard. It's the second branch this year. The first one fell and hit our shed, putting a few small holes in the side, and a pretty large hole in the roof. So anyhow, We tried calling the only affordable tree removal guy several times this week, with no luck. He finally returned our call this morning saying that he wouldn't be back in town for another week. Willie decided he could remove it himself. I, of course was skeptical, only because the branch was still connected to the tree, and if it fell while he was cutting it, it could do some major damage to the fence or even him. But because it was laying on top of 3 of the neighbors tree's, we were anxious to remove it, hoping they wouldn't also need replacing. So fast forward to where he had cut up all the tree that was in the neighbors yard and only the very largest part of the tree remained. He actually harnessed himself up in the tree in case he fell while cutting, I'm video taping, and the kids are watching from a safe distance. (I had to add that just in case any of you were wondering) Ok, so he starts to saw and it starts cracking and slowly, very slowly, falling strait down, kind of into a V shape since it is still attached. I'm thinking this is going well. Then things start to speed up a bit and I get this really nervous feeling. I start to move away a bit, all the while still trying to video tape. Then I her a big crack and jump into a big pile of branches and SLAM! The branch falls. It doesn't hit the fence, it hits the shed, and puts a pretty big hole right in the back. So the moral of the story is, just because you own a chain saw, doesn't mean you actually have permission to use it!!!
The tree as we found it when we came home from vacation:View of it still attached but barely:
Wow, can you believe it didn't crush the fence!
The Finished results:
But it could have been worse, right?