r/instant_regret 4d ago

Guy Cuts Tree Which Accidentally Falls Down on the Roof of House.......

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u/MizchiefKilz 4d ago

The best part about hiring a professional is their insurance.

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u/CoutsMissingTeeth 4d ago

Pro tip: whenever hiring a contractor don’t just ask for a copy of their insurance. Ask for a copy that lists you as the holder and additionally insured. If they can’t provide this then they could be showing you a cert that is fake or of a policy they have since canceled. All insurance companies can provide this quickly and easily.

Source: am a general contractor.

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u/CatDaddy09 4d ago

Can you please clarify? Sorry if I'm confused.

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u/Twink_Ass_Bitch 4d ago

If the contractor you hire is legit and has all their stuff in order, they should be able to give you piece of paper from their insurer that says you (specifically you, by name) are insured for any damage the contractor might cause during the course of work.

If they can't give you this paper, they might not have all their things in order and if they damage your property, it's going to be very annoying for you to get compensation.

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u/TillLater 4d ago

What is the formal name of this paper, so I don’t sound like an idiot who doesn’t really know what I am asking for?

“Personalized Proof of Insurance?” Sounds weird...

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u/slipwrench 4d ago edited 3d ago

industry term is a CoI "certificate of insurance" listing you as an Additional Insured on their GL "general liability" policy. sometimes called professional liability, or contractor's risk. (I underwrite commercial insurance).

edit: most of the responses below have merit and provide more context. I don't work in contractor's insurance often (most of my book is in manufacturing and habitational). AIs are much more complex and important for construction/contracting. Although I will say as a mid-market underwriter large clients often do demand to be listed as an AI. Probably different for small contractors doing jobs for individuals.

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u/frozt 4d ago

thanks for educating us monkeys

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u/Mr-Hot-Pockets 3d ago

thanks for educating us, monkeys

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u/bukkake_brigade 3d ago

thanks for educating US Monkeys.

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u/Fossilhog 4d ago

Wow this whole thread is amazing. This is why I love reddit. I've been debating cutting down my own tree that's a little too close to infrastructure. Reading through this gives me confidence to hire someone else. Thanks to all.

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u/ScribbledIn 4d ago

The confidence to know when you'll fuck something up is the best kind of confidence

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u/Fossilhog 4d ago

As with the rest of life, it's all probability. 80% chance I save $200. 20% chance I lose about $4-5k. At least that's my best guess based off very little.

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u/LesterHoltsRigidCock 3d ago

Oh that guy is fucked for way more than that.

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u/TrenchantInsight 3d ago

One more Pareto-ish iteration for good measure would be 4% probability that you lose ~80k.

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u/bistod 4d ago

If that infrastructure is utility lines try calling the power company first. Many places will trim around power lines themselves if you let them know it needs it.

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u/CommercialImage5058 4d ago

My folks had a large tree in their front yard. The power lines ran through the tree after years of growth. The power company dgaf and just showed up one day with chainsaws and hacked off the back half of the tree, making it look really effing weird when you drive by it and see half of it missing

I get why they did it, but my folks are pissed that the neighbor across the street gets the best view and they see an exposed tree from their view.

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u/Aunt-on-a-Moose 3d ago

My parents had a large tree growing around the power lines, but the tree company came through and dropped off notices ahead of the work by a couple of months to let everyone know they were coming and to call with any questions. My dad just got them to cut the entire tree down rather than take off half. They leave you all the wood, you just have to do the cleanup beyond the branch removal. Since they would have done the branch removal, that goes away with the tree company.

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u/RipRoaringCapriSun 4d ago edited 3d ago

Ask to be named the certificate holder of their insurance. It's my understanding that functionally it does nothing for you but insure that they have updated insurance, as in order to get the COI (certificate of insurance) they need to call their insurance company and request it.

Generally the certificate holder portion is at the bottom left of the page, and lists the holders name and address.

L&I requested this when I applied for my general contractors license. It was incredibly easy for me to do, didn't take more than 5 minutes to get through and have them email me a copy. So don't believe it if your contractor makes it sound laborious.

There are a couple of fun ways to check the legitimacy of your contractor. Let me know if you want to find out more.

Edit: https://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/n53rg6/lpt_how_to_verify_your_contractor_and_make_sure/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

Here is more Information on checking out your contractor.

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u/dylwig 4d ago

subscribes to contractor facts

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u/I-am-a-meat-popcycle 4d ago

Thank you for subscribing to contractor facts.

Did you know??

When the contractor says it will be finished next week, what they really mean is they don't know when it will be finished - but next week would be awesome if that actually happens.

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u/Vishnej 3d ago edited 3d ago

I would like more. Always useful.

Also I'm not sure I understand the language.

Is a tree company with 7 employees and 50 clients booked out three weeks into the future for one-day jobs, going to designate me as some kind of singular beneficiary of their insurance? Or are there unlimited numbers of simultaneous certificate "holders" for this one company?

Also is falsifying a COI some kind of felony that lands you here because it has offended the banker class, and thus a contractor who would otherwise defraud you on civil liability might blink at that crime?

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u/RipRoaringCapriSun 3d ago

The certificate holder just gets notified by the insurance company if something changes. You don't get any rights to the insurance from the certificate, any more than you would become a doctor if you stole your doctor's PHD certificate.

So if that tree company gives you the COI 3 weeks before your job starts. Then 2 weeks in their insurance drops them because the tree company is filing too many claims about dropping trees on homes, then you will be made aware that their insurance lapsed so you can act accordingly.

Keep in mind, this will only really work easily for companies where the salesperson is the owner. For big GC companies, your designer/sales person will likely have no idea what a COI is, and it will take some more effort to get the COI.

I have no idea if falsifying insurance is illegal. Though I would assume it is. The COI (if falsified) serves better as proof that your contractor told you they had insurance, so if they don't you can sue them and have proof to back it up. Having your name on it lets you know that they received the COI after meeting you, so it isn't an old one that expired 6 months ago that they are giving you.

I will look into making an LPT for checking out your general contractor to see if they are legit.

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u/LewisRyan 4d ago

I assume this is one of those things where a professional will go “oh yea I know exactly what you mean” whereas someone who’s up to no good would go “huh nah we don’t do that”

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u/CoutsMissingTeeth 4d ago

Sure. Contractors (at least in the us) are required to have some level of insurance that covers any damage they do while working on a property. When a contractor purchases the insurance they are given a copy of the certificate and it lists the dates when it is active. This is often for a period of 1 year. A shady contractor could cancel their insurance but still show you the original copy that will say it hasn’t expired yet. By asking them to get you a copy of the insurance listing you as the holder and additionally insured it will prove that the insurance is still active. This copy will look exactly the same as what they previously provided with the addition of your information at the bottom of the page. If they cancel the insurance during the job you would be notified by the insurance company. This is important to get even if they contractor is only doing a small job. One mistake can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage. If they pulled a fast one on you and are not actually insured while doing the work you could be out of luck. You can try and sue but if you hired a “chuck in a truck” they may not have the assets for you to recover.

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u/Lindsee4242 4d ago

Ask your contractor for a "Certificate of Insurance (COI) showing you as the holder and additionally insured". If they don't know what you're talking about, they probably don't have insurance.

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u/Entangler 4d ago edited 3d ago

This is good advice, but I can do better. Insurance is its own language. Take it from me, an insurance agent.

When hiring a contractor you want a Certificate of Liability Insurance (the form is called an "Acord 25") from them. This document identifies the Policy Holder, the Insurance Company, the Policy Number, the Limits of Coverage, the Type of Liability (occurrence versus claims-made), and there are boxes to check which indicate if the Certificate Holder is an Additional Insured, with or without a Waiver of Subrogation. The Certificate must be provided prior to the start of work. In the Description box it should state some of the contract requirements:

"A 10 day notice of cancellation will be provided by the carrier for cancellation due to non-payment of premium. A 30 day notice will be provided for all other reasons of cancellation. The Certificate Holder is named as Additional Insured on the above referenced policy per the attached endorsements. A Waiver of Subrogation applies in favor of the certificate holder. This coverage is Primary and Non-Contributory where required by contract. Project Name: Project Location Address: Scope of work to be completed: Contract dates:"

If the contractor has employees, then they need to evidence Workers Compensation coverage. If you are telling those employees how to do their jobs, and provided the tools and materials they are using, like a landscaper using your lawnmower, then you need an Additional Insured status on their workers compensation policy (this is very rare). If they are doing hauling, like removing debris following demo work, you want them to have commerical auto liability, and you want to be named as Additional Insured on that policy.

Additional Insured status provides first-dollar defense under the contractor's insurance policy, under the right circumstances. If the contractor crashes their car on the way to the dump, or drops this tree on your neighbor's house, the injured party might sue everyone they can. Including you. The contractor's policy has a duty to defend you as an additional insured by contract.

To complete the certificate you need actual policy forms. This includes two additional insured endorsements (fancy insurance word for form that changes the policy, aka a "rider" or "floater"). One for "Ongoing Operations" and the other for "Completed Operations." The second is important because if you have someone install a patio and the drainage floods your neighbors house 6 months after the job wraps with the first rain, then that's Completed Operations. The phrase to use here is "Additional insured endorsement forms CG 2010 and CG 2037 or their equivalents." Then we need the Waiver of Subrogation endorsement (the contractor's insurance can't come after you if they pay out on a loss) and the Primary & Non-Contributory Endorsement (their insurance is first in line for damages, if those limits are exhausted then your own liability coverage is secondary).

I can talk more about this, but those are the basics. General Contractors do the same to their subcontractors, but a contract must actually exist. No physical contract? Then the endorsements are invalid.

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u/neuromonkey 4d ago

I'll bet you work in one o' them fancy states that require licenses and stuff.

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u/cewallace9 4d ago

Something tells me this guy isn’t a professional....can’t quite put my finger on it......

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u/StollMage 4d ago

Yea but he put both hands on it

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u/pvfjr 4d ago

The most feeble of attempts I've seen.

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u/SigSalvadore 4d ago

Too bad his truck wasn't tied off to it.

I mean, honestly, look at the size of it. Without trimming the top first, exactly where was he expecting to land it?

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u/Atilla_The_Gun 4d ago

But he has a hard hat on, he must know what he’s doing!

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u/hattroubles 4d ago

But no clip-board or neon safety vest. He never had a chance.

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u/informativebitching 4d ago

There are certainly amateurs who might, you know, take off some limbs first. Maybe tie a rope to it and have some buddies or a car pull it in the desired direction. My dad and I cut wood for ten years for our house and never once missed a drop by more than a foot or two.

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u/GSpence126 4d ago

Definitely not a professional. A professional would’ve started at the top, not the bottom.

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u/Antaeus1212 3d ago

Yeap all those limbs would be gone and a rope would be setup. This guys a total idiot

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u/MurToTheRay93 4d ago

And this is why I won’t let my roommate cut down a tree in our yard. He is more than capable to cut it down and I get that he can do it for the cheap, but my anxiety would be through the roof about liability if anything like this were to happen. Sometimes peace of mind is worth the additional costs.

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u/earnestweasel22 4d ago

Your anxiety would not be the only thing "through the roof" if this were to happen!

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u/Powered_by_bots 4d ago

I'm not a professional tree cutter but even I can tell he was either lazy to cut the tree in parts or too stupid to believe the tree would fall without damaging anything.

My money is on too stupid & too lazy

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u/Sluisifer 4d ago

You can control the direction of fall, even if it's leaning toward the house. You have to leave enough 'hinge' material and use wedges to push it over. But if you don't have enough hinge, or if the wood is compromised, you get what happens in the video.

Almost all residential tree removal is done in parts with a crane because you can't rely on timber felling techniques. Residential trees are often being removed precisely because they are rotten and unstable, and generally have more defects than forest trees.

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u/Powered_by_bots 4d ago

I believe you. I also believe that dude is going to pay over $20k.

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u/Pale-Wind282 4d ago

Yeah this is what i tell people all the time. You can most certainly DIY but when that pipe that wasn’t fitted right burst behind dry wall and causes damage you gonna wish you hired that professional that has insurance to cover the damage

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u/GreedyFly46and2 4d ago

I bet the homeowner got a quote from a legitimate service that would've brought in a crane to carefully remove the tree in sections, and didn't like the price, and then found Jim Bob here on marketplace for like $200.

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u/pkinetics 4d ago

A case of Natty Ice

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u/mementomori4 4d ago

To be enjoyed during the job.

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u/Evening_Landscape892 4d ago

Fuck that noise. Before the job. Chainsawin’ just ain’t right without lubrications!

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u/NipperAndZeusShow 4d ago

few more and maybe he would’ve been able to push hard enough to save it

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u/SuperDizz 4d ago

Natty Daddy tall boys

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u/MisterDonkey 4d ago

I could never finish one of those without puking up at least a little bit.

Like my body was trying to warn me, "Bro, this shit isn't meant for consumption."

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u/Crabwide 4d ago

So many things:

*looks like the tree fell on the neighbors house

  • where the hell was he hoping it would fall?- the street?

  • where were his ropes?

  • house it hit held up better than I expected

And my fave question: * When it starts to go, does he seriously try and push it back to upright?!?!?

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u/Dallasinchainz 4d ago

YES to all of this but especially the pushing part! LMFAO, are you serious bro?! And then he didn't even move! Dude's lucky he's not dead, or didn't kill anyone inside (I hope). And there was absolutely no good place for it to fall. You cannot just drop trees in a residential area. You need enough clearance in all directions, not just like an eighth of 1 direction. This is truly mind boggling!

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u/YouDontKnowMe2017 3d ago

Happened in Billings Montana. You are correct, it did fall on the neighbors house. The guy was a professional and licensed/insured thankfully. He had to have known he messed up because the homeowner said he wouldnt return any calls, but did come back days later to pick up cones and tools...

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u/7heWafer 3d ago

Do you have a link so I can read more?

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u/YouDontKnowMe2017 3d ago

I tried looking for one earlier. The Billings Gazette ran only a photo story (one picture, one photo caption). The two tv news stations only mentioned it and did not do a write up. Yet.

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u/BasicDesignAdvice 4d ago

I think he was trying to fell it between the two houses. Which is just boneheaded even if you do pull it off.

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u/rimoms 4d ago

don't even need a crane. any arborist would climb up and remove sections from the top down.
the fact that this guy tried to hold the tree up and didn't jump out of the way, shows that this guy has absolutely no idea what he was doing.

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u/SwiftFool 4d ago

Plot twist: that was the homeowner that fell the tree. (Probably not the most surprising plot twist, more Shyamalan Avatar than Shyamalan 5th Sense twist).

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u/sliderthief 4d ago

5th Sense

...smell?

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u/nibbinoo8 4d ago

What if he can smell crime?

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u/mthrndr 4d ago

But it's really about Full. Penetration.

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u/Demidrake 4d ago

Ok that’s it, you’ve finally convinced me to watch IASIP

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u/terrez 4d ago

Oh how I envy someone watching Sunny for the first time.

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u/theHoffenfuhrer 4d ago

It's like a baby animal opening their eyes for the first time

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u/tehvolcanic 4d ago

Here's the twist (and there is a twist): We show it.

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u/AbombicTom 4d ago

What if his entire head is just one big nose?!

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u/SwiftFool 4d ago

Lol I'm a moron but I'm leaving it.

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u/jacopoliss 4d ago

I smell dead people

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u/Ok_Effective6233 4d ago

Unless the lots across the street are empty, where is that tree going? Clearly no way to avoid putting it in the street at best with how he is going about this. Probably would crack pavement.

Add a cup of “gummint not tellin’ ME what ta do!”

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u/Apokolypse09 4d ago

Id like to watch that court case lmao. Theres no way the homeowner wouldn't sue the "Jim Bob" or its the home owner and he's about to get fucked by insurance.

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u/Palin_Sees_Russia 4d ago

Wait, how expensive would cutting down a tree like that cost? I was going to assume a good professional would be a couple hundred. But apparently that’s cheap?

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u/lokilokigram 4d ago

We hired a professional two-person tree removal team to do some preventative maintenance on some of our trees when we first moved in. They removed a ton of big branches and added some hardware to a tree with three codominant stems to keep them from splitting in a windstorm. It cost us $1,200 for them to be here for 6-7 hours and to take away all the wood.

So that doesn't answer your question, but hopefully it helps explain the cost of professional tree work a bit better.

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u/biggersjw 4d ago

Here in the DFW area, we had a tree taken down with stump being ground up. Pretty sure is was no more than $800. total. Needed since the question was “when” not “will” the tree fall down.

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u/WorkFlow_ 4d ago

So that doesn't answer your question, but

I love Reddit sometimes.

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u/lokilokigram 4d ago

Hey, at least it was relevant data!

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u/minion_boss 4d ago

Between 1500 an 2000. Probably depends on where you live.

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u/flyover_father 4d ago

I had a local two-man crew take down a similar tree and a slightly smaller one at our house. Took them three days, for $2400. I asked ahead of time on approach because I didn’t want them doing what was in the video because it was close to the house, and they took it down in sections and only felled the last 15 feet (or so) of trunk like this. A larger outfit had quoted me $5000. I went with these guys because they came recommended from two neighbors, and I clarified approach ahead of time. You can get smaller crews that do good work, the guys in this video is not that...

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u/KingOfAllFarts 4d ago

how expensive would cutting down a tree like that cost?

less than the cost of a new house.

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u/ObscureCulturalMeme 4d ago

Hundreds or thousands, depending on where this is happening.

Professionals have insurance, certifications, and safety equipment. It's expensive, and absolutely worth it.

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u/theumph 4d ago

A $2,000 bill is a hell of a lot better than the $20,000 (probably a hell of a lot more) needed to fix the house. I can't imagine where'd you even begin with fixing that.

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u/docwyoming 4d ago

I wonder if he could argue down the 20k bill by offering up the tree as free lumber for the job.

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u/JackMayhoffer90 4d ago

You buy lumber lately, that's way more than $20k of lumber there, lol.

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u/UnlubricatedYam 4d ago

Good luck finding someone who will mill that. Even if it isn’t rotted, residential trees often have nails embedded from decades of people hanging signs, decorations, and treehouses. A nail will absolutely cause serious damage in a sawmill. You might be able to sell it to some hobbyist on Craigslist, but I wouldn’t count on it.

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u/DurkaDurka81 4d ago

“Why pay someone thousands of dollars? I know how to do it.”

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u/_pupil_ 4d ago

"It's just cutting a tree, how hard can it be?"

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u/myarlak 4d ago

This is a true statement, it's not actually difficult to do, you just have to do it correctly... see video for what not to do lol

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u/Donald_J_Putin 4d ago

You also need tools to do it. Like for climbing up the tree to remove branches and carefully lower them down.

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u/damasu950 4d ago

I had a neighbor who wanted to borrow my chainsaw. I declined because he's an idiot. So he gets someone elses and drops a large branch onto the roof of his wife's car. Totaled the car. I know this because I went outside with a beer to watch when I heard the saw. It would have taken 30 seconds to move the car. Honestly, it went better than I thought it would.

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u/PUTINS_PORN_ACCOUNT 4d ago

I’m imagining you in shower sandals and ancient sweat pants, watching the carnage and sipping an Old Style with a kind of detached schadenfreude.

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u/damasu950 4d ago

His wife coming out of the house and screaming "WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?" made me spill a little of my Belgian White.

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u/TheTerrasque 4d ago

With neighbors like that, who needs a TV?

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u/damasu950 4d ago

Thank God they were renters.

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u/canarchist 4d ago

Half-ton truck, chain saw, hard hat, and 500 business cards for $14.99. "New contractor takes on jobs for less than the big guys want to charge you."

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u/immaterialist 4d ago

That’s probably exactly how he presented it to his wife. My guess is she’s the one filming from a safe distance, knowing exactly how this would play out.

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u/trivial772 4d ago

Wow. Really no matter which way that tree fell it woulda been posted here. Calamity in every direction.

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u/bigpapajon 4d ago edited 3d ago

EDIT: To be clear, I would never do what I mentioned below. As an insurance professional, that there is what we call a "moral hazard." I would never intentionally do shoddy work to inflict covered damage.

15 years ago we had to pay a contractor $4,000 to methodically cut down and remove (from the top down) a 115yo pin oak. They rented a cherry picker and a mobile crane. The arborist would rig up a section of trunk with chains and strapsz, then the crane would wind up until there was no tension, but no slack. Finally the arborist would cut the section free of the trunk, allowing th crane to lower it onto a flatbed or stake body, depending on the size of the section. There were five house within the fall area and no good way to lay it down. It was the tallest tree within 1 mile in all directions, but it was 1/3 dead.

If I had just done what this jackwagon did, I could have had the tree gone, gotten a new kitchen, and gotten a new roof...all for the price of one chainsaw rental.

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u/olderaccount 4d ago

That is how all the residential tree work is done around me these days. I haven't seen someone drop a tree from the base like that in years.

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u/randometeor 4d ago

It really depends on height of tree. I just watched some guys drop a few in my neighbors yard from the base, but they were only 20-25 feet tall and one guide strap made sure it went the right direction.

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u/olderaccount 4d ago

The pros around here don't seem to do that anymore. If it is big enough to call them out, they are bringing a crane and that tree is never touching the ground.

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u/buirish 4d ago

Had a ~60 ft. tall ash tree removed from my backyard last week (live in a major city, typical residential lot). They cut off top sections till it was about 35 feet, then dropped it into the yard. So it still happens.

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u/abacigal 4d ago

Same species same story here! Was almost a 100yr old ash that took them 2 full days of lowering sections out before felling the remainder of the trunk into our yard

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u/HistoricalWarning7 4d ago

I had a similar tree. I paid about $3k and I had several friends tell me that they “know a guy who would be a lot cheaper”. Well duh so do I. I wanted someone who was insured who would do it properly. Any jerk can show up with a chainsaw, but I’d like to know that it’s not going to destroy my house or my neighbors house.

I sat and watched for hours. Guys climbing and using ropes. It was pretty cool to watch.

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u/JusticeSpider 3d ago

You made the right choice. Neighbor hired a kid last summer to cut down one of his trees. Kid dropped the tree onto my house.

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u/cowinabadplace 3d ago

The cadence of this comment is hilarious though I'm sorry that happened to you.

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u/19Alexastias 4d ago

Well 1/5 chance you get a new kitchen, 4/5 chance you buy one of your neighbours a new kitchen

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u/fezzuk 4d ago

100% chance you pay for it regardless

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u/it_vexes_me_so 4d ago

I've seen pros who can deftly fell a tree with pretty amazing precision — like between two houses. This guy seems like he impatiently skipped ahead while watching a YouTube video on that skill.

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u/mystic-sloth 4d ago

Every time I have seen professionals take a tree down in a really tight spot they chop off little pieces from the top bit by bit until it’s gone.

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u/DizzyInTheDark 4d ago

This is really the only reasonable and ethical approach imo.

When I first bought my house I hired a guy from Craigslist to cut down a tree and he did the needle-threading thing and was very proud of himself for not damaging anyone’s house with the falling tree.

The next time I had a dead tree I hired a pro crew who came out with equipment and I watched them take the tree apart from the top and I realized how foolish and reckless it was to do it the other way.

Sure, you’re good at aiming the falling trunk. But these are peoples’ homes and lives.

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u/blundercrab 4d ago

There's a time and place for gambling with people's lives and this isn't the highway or a Golden Corral

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u/philster666 4d ago

Is this from somewhere?

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u/blundercrab 4d ago

Just popped out of the ole noodle

hides ramen package

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u/soccrstar 4d ago

What's wrong with golden corral?

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u/dzrtguy 4d ago

Health inspection ratings?

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u/danish_sprode 4d ago

Cheap buffet food served at a place that pays minimum wage and therefore has employees with minimum regard for food-borne illnesses.

Also, you probably don't want a hundred people touching the same gravy ladle during a global pandemic.

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u/Gets_overly_excited 4d ago

I am actually surprised how busy the one near my house was throughout the pandemic.

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u/rincon213 3d ago

The Venn diagram of Golden Corral patrons and people who don’t believe in COVID has a large overlap

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u/Kanyewestismygrandad 4d ago

I would hazard a guess that it's because the food is good. I worked there in high school, I loved it and nothing I saw (and I saw some things) has deterred me from returning occasionally. Place was way cleaner than the few other restaurants I worked at in college.

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u/chainmailler2001 4d ago

Licensed, bonded, and insured get the job done safely.

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u/xynix_ie 4d ago

I just had 3 Royal Palm trees removed from between my house and a neighbors house. These things are big and heavy and about 60 feet tall.

I had pros do it.

They came out in a crane, one dude got into a bucket and cut all the fronds off first, then the top of the tree was leveled.

Then they took this big circle device attachment on the crane and went from top to bottom grinding it into a giant pile of saw dust. Just evaporated the entire tree! It was amazing to watch and took about 45 minutes per tree.

Then they used a giant vacuum attachment and sucked all the saw dust up and left. That was that.

Always hire pros. Jim Bob on Craigslist isn't worth the possible destruction involved and I also don't think Jim Bob would have only spent 2.5 hours removing 3 entire trees.

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u/DizzyInTheDark 4d ago

I’ve heard palm trees often catch fire if you cut them with a chainsaw, due to friction and high oil content. That’s another dimension of neighborly concern.

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u/DreamWithinAMatrix 4d ago edited 3d ago

I was so afraid of the tree destroying everything in the neighborhood, it was between houses and yards. There was NO WAY to fell that tree that wouldn't destroy something massively. But it was already leaning and damaging property so it had to go before it came all the way down. The guy climbed up on a rope, and brought another rope he threw around the trunk. I thought there was no way that little rope could control the descent of 20 metres of tree. He sliced it off into around 2 meter sections. And the rope CAUGHT IT, then he'd go down a bit and slice off a bit more, until he somehow had a rope conveyor belt of 2 meter tree trunk sections all that way down to the base. This spot wasn't like falling between 2 houses with a few meters of space, this was already touching one. So that was pretty amazing

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u/HowUKnowMeKennyBond 4d ago

How much money did you save hiring the first guy? That crew of guys with a crane must’ve cost a lot more. But risking your house isn’t great either. Hopefully the first guy had insurance just in case.

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u/DizzyInTheDark 4d ago

I saved a lot. I think he wanted like $50 to cut the tree down. Took him about 30 minutes to do. He charged another $50 to cut it up and haul away.

The pro crew actually did 5 trees though they were tall and skinny. They charged about $1000, but also had the job done and cleaned up in like 30 minutes. They just swarmed it.

This was like 15 years ago so inflation and etc.

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u/raven12456 4d ago

At $50 there's no way that first guy had any sort of insurance.

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u/DizzyInTheDark 4d ago

I agree. He also openly discussed his gambling addiction and how the handyman gig was perfect because it put cash in his pocket every day so he could go play poker at night. Once the work was done he got visibly angry at me when I told him I’d have to run to the atm if he couldn’t take a check. Dude wanted his cash instantly. Lesson learned, lol.

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u/ab2007ds 4d ago

That's how I cut our tree down too.

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u/_pupil_ 4d ago

"Honey, I saved us a bunch of money by just renting a chainsaw so we can do it ourselves!"

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u/digiSal 4d ago

Looks like he used an axe. More money saved.

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u/quattroformaggixfour 4d ago

But he used the trusty ‘single handed push while falling’ technique and everything

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u/duck_of_d34th 4d ago

Works better when you use power words like "fuck" or "shit"

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u/ArcticRedwood 4d ago

I also know a pro who took a tree down on some guy's garage and then demanded still to be paid.

The victim demanded the guys insurance and got paid instead.

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u/Technosyko 4d ago

Obviously he should have drawn his katana and cut so fast the tree falls to the ground in twenty equally sized pieces

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u/EveryoneIsReptiles 4d ago

I just started watching this random YT channel about a guy (i think a Canuck) who just cuts trees down as part of his logging business or something. He has a few videos of carefully knocking a few. He’s just such a relatable and wholesome guy who sprinkles in positive affirmations throughout his videos. Highly recommended.

https://youtube.com/c/BuckinBillyRaySmith

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u/Guac_in_my_rarri 4d ago

When I was younger, a scoutmaster in my troop could fall trees with precision accuracy. He also had a tree farm, which might have had something to do with it.... Anyways, on a camping trip a tree was hang over a powerline. This tree was curved left, over low hanging lines (30ft or so). He called the local utility guys who sent a team out right away. He sets up his camping chair with a stove and pot for coffee and watches as these guys try to figure out how to fall the tree without hitting the lines. One of the dudes makes the first cut and all you hear is this nasty creaking sound followed by the tree learning farther over the powerline. He walks over and asks the dude if he can help. He points where to cut to change the direction of the tree. The utility worker cuts in those two spots and my Scoutmaster pushes the tree from the bent side and it comes tumbling down.

A couple years later he fell a tree away from our summer camps mess hall and between two other buildings. That was awesome to watch but much more risky than the powerline fall.

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u/olderaccount 4d ago

I have a feeling he wanted to drop it right on top of the camera. He was a little off.

The worst part was him trying to push the tree the other way once it started to go.

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u/tastyratz 4d ago

This. The weight on a tree like that is staggeringly high, WAY WAY more tons than most people think. His pushing wouldn't have stopped the bark but it could have made a meat waffle out of him with that poor exit.

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u/kdawg8888 4d ago

yeah this guy is actually relatively lucky considering how monumentally stupid this decision was. Who the hell would look at that tree, in that position, and think "fuck it, I'll just chop the whole thing down at once by myself"

and then he stood there are the end trying to push a tree that weighs 10x as much as he does as it falls lol

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u/dudeitsrazz 4d ago

10x? Wtf? More likely 100x

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u/Volomon 4d ago

Ya....wtf was he thinking? Like there were zero directions this could have been successful.

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u/HogDad1977 4d ago

Guy is lucky he survived this or didn't get an injury. I've cut hundreds of trees down and even when I'm "100% certain" how and where a tree will fall I've been wrong. Trunks can be twisted and spring loose after they're cut. They can also go wild after the tree lands and the trunk bounces around, often off the stump and can fly violently up or off to the side and one that large could have crushed him in a blink of an eye.

Always clear your escape path and move away from the tree once it starts to go.

Also, this one should have never been dropped like this.

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u/thatguy13131313 4d ago

Is it just me or did he take a step or two towards the direction it was falling to try to push it? Like he's going to do anything to slow it down.

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u/HogDad1977 4d ago

Absolutely! It almost looks like he stepped under the direction of fall a bit. Lots of fuck-ups at the end!

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u/Budderfingerbandit 4d ago

Hes lucky it landed on his house, if it hit the ground and jumped with him trying to push it, good chance of game over.

Silver lining, he lives another day to hopefully learn from his mistake.

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u/scottmackie 4d ago

That’s definitely the dumbest tree felling I’ve seen in ages. There’s absolutely no way he could drop that anywhere safe. It’s not even hard to fell the upper branches first to reduce the drop radius (as they’re comparatively thin). Guessing not covered by insurance either…

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u/kr580 4d ago

I'm no pro but it seems like he was trying to hammer in wedges to make it fall towards the street... but all the weight of the tree is off balance towards the house. Impressive that he couldn't look at that and think "If the trunk is cut where's the weight gonna pull it?" I think he thought he had some magic wedges.

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u/scottmackie 4d ago

Possibly. It’s difficult to see on the video. If that’s the case, he really did screw this up from the very beginning because the center of gravity of the tree was back towards the house. The moment the wedge broke the remaining trunk, it was always going to slide and skip backwards on the wedge and sweet sweet gravity would take over. That’s why you prune the top. Reduces the drop radius and pulls the center of gravity back over the trunk so it’ll be stable enough to drop in a set direction (if needed).

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u/timisher 4d ago

$200!? What a deal!

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u/Bgratz1977 4d ago edited 4d ago

Best part i nearly overlooked.

When he tried to hold the tree with his hands...... omg

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u/papoflex795 4d ago

it was the hat off walk of defeat for me

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u/canarchist 4d ago

Seriously, imagine the disappointment knowing you're probably not going to get any recommendations for new work from this job.

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u/Roldylane 4d ago

Probably?

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u/baconperogies 4d ago

I mean technically the tree is down.

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u/thatdudewillyd 4d ago

Mission failed successfully

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u/tatertits5 4d ago

You nearly oversaw something while he definitely oversawed something

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u/Gseventeen 4d ago

This man is not smart.

Like WTF did you think would happen here????

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u/Soup-Wizard 4d ago

Lots of tree-felling no-no’s in this video, but that was the biggest one. When it starts to fall, you get the hell out of there.

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u/Sumpm 4d ago

No, if it falls on you, you don't have to face any further consequences.

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u/DrMobius0 4d ago

There was nowhere for it to fall in the first place. Options are: street, his house, a neighbor's house, a neighbor's yard. The last is probably the least consequential and you can bet your neighbor won't be pleased regardless.

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u/minion_boss 4d ago

I enjoyed hearing the roofers in the background. They saw another job materialize.

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u/riickdiickulous 4d ago

They may literally have to demo the entire house due to structural integrity issues. We had a giant tree like that fall on our garage. It twisted the garage and was no longer structurally sound. Repairing it was more expensive than tearing down and building new.

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u/Tiiimmmbooo 4d ago

There's sound???

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u/I_am_a_fern 4d ago

To be fair if he managed to actually hold the tree and push it back, it would have been preeeeetty impressive. Worth a try.

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u/manescaped 4d ago

I’m gonna take a wild guess that he isn’t a professional arborist

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u/gerbil_111 4d ago

I had a friend who had a large tree growing close to the foundation. He tried to convince a few of us that we could just take it down ourselves. We had to convince him how stupid that idea was.

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u/jd3marco 4d ago

I will never financially recover from this.

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u/I_Arman 4d ago

On the upside, given a good saw, that's half a million dollars in boards and plywood he can sell from the tree, easy!

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u/Evening-Effect-1893 4d ago

There was no good place for that to fall, it’s either hitting a house, getting stuck in another tree or landing on the road. This guy is just fucking stupid.

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u/thetruthteller 4d ago

Cut it up in pieces like a pro.

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u/Evening-Effect-1893 4d ago

And use tie offs. Or counter balances.

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u/RodJohnsonSays 4d ago

I'm not 100% certain, but it looks like it falls onto the neighbors house, no? I don't even think that's the house that owned the tree...

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u/Gamerzlol 4d ago edited 4d ago

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u/YouDontKnowMe2017 3d ago

Here’s a message from the homeowner: “So last week my next door neighbors,trying to be good neighbors,hired a tree company to take down a very dangerous tree in their front yard that was hanging over both of our houses.They were obviously lied too about the guys skills that they hired because he ended up dropping a 25,000 pound tree on my house and then just vamped out without as much as cleaning up a twig,leaving a tree in my house and my life and my family's life in shambles...Now,feeling bad for this guy,I wasnt even going to put his or his company's name out there because mistakes happen and social media can be ruthless.But then,almost a week later,they had the nerve to show back up to the scene and grab their dinky little cones they were trying to block off the street with and ask for their fucking jump rope that they were trying to stabilize the tree with...ATTENTION ALL HOMEOWNERS-if you care about your house or your neighbors at all,DO NOT USE Joel Wilson's company OUR TREES out of Bridger,Montana...Just because someone is licensed and insured DOES NOT make them a professional.My wife was at work but me and my son are lucky we are not dead.Not to mention the mess you left in your wake.And all you are worried about were your fucking cones and rope........Classless......And a big shout out to Larry and his crew from ABC Seamless for coming out on a Sunday and working for 4 days straight to clean up your mess.Larry and Travis from ABC Seamless have been nothing but reliable and dependable through this whole debacle.Helping us every step of the way....So thank you ABC Seamless...And screw you,OUR TREES from Bridger,Montana.......”

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u/KILLROZE 3d ago

Wow, just wow. I honestly don't know what to think about this, I'm surprised they didn't upright and Sue, I suppose that they eventually got payment from that company's insurance? Also thanks for going in there and bringing back this excerpt 🦾

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u/plexxer 4d ago

What's worse, from that photo it doesn't even look like its in the home's yard. That's going to make for some awkward block party BBQs in the future...

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u/Sunstoned1 3d ago

This photo shows the idiocy here. There was no hinge cut. He cut around the damn trunk, leaving only the central core. Tree can go anywhere.

Cut properly (a 20 - 25% wedge in the fell direction, a back cut behind it) and shimmed, that tree had a shot of going wherever the feller wanted.

This was just ignorance at play.

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u/happykal 4d ago

Lol... he tried to push it to fall in the other direction... lucky he was not flattened when it bounced.

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u/Zurbaran928 4d ago

My man really tried it too. "Come on, go the other way! No!!"

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u/SwiftFool 4d ago

If only he had some spinach for breakfast.

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u/cmonkeyz7 4d ago

This guy really put his hand out to stop it..

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u/temporalwanderer 4d ago

You can see where he pushed the base as it fell... he almost had it. /s

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u/it_is_im 4d ago

“let me push this tree that’s already moving and weighs more than the house it’s about to fall on”

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u/LuxNocte 4d ago

If you break your spine in half, nobody will yell at you about the house you just destroyed.

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u/Eros_Offspring 4d ago

Was gonna say, you know it's amateur hour when the hands touch the falling tree before it hits the ground. I highly doubt no matter how strong you are, that you can direct the falling mass with your bare hands.

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u/free_movie_theories 4d ago

My dad did this when we were kids. The tree was at the bottom of a very steep hill that our house was at the top of, but the tree still towered over the three story house.*

My 5 year old brother came up while he was chopping and said, "Dad, it's gonna fall on the house".

"No, no son... see, dad is chopping a certain way that will make the tree fall right where he want it to go."

Three minutes later the porch roof was collapsed and there was a massive branch running through the upstairs bathroom window, pinning the door shut.

My little brother is often right about things.

*This makes us sound rich. We were poor. The tree was being cut down to feed the wood stove that was the only heating system in the uninsulated house. In Maine.

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u/TacTurtle 4d ago

So did you feed the stove the broken front porch and use the tree to rebuild the porch like a true Mainer?

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u/RotisserieChicken007 4d ago

The word accidentally doesn't work in such stupid situations lol

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u/TheRoach42o 4d ago

I think his plan was for it to fall in between the two houses. Shitty thing is looks like that's his neighbors house it fell on.

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u/jbanon24 4d ago

How about you go run and check inside the house to make sure you didn’t just murder anyone you idiot.

He just walks away throwing his hands up in the air like “fuck Lucy the insurance on this job is gonna cost me for years”

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u/Altruistic-Ad2645 4d ago

A one man job without proper equipment = 100% failure

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u/_0p4l_ 4d ago

Where exactly was he even planning for it to drop?

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u/jeff3141 4d ago

This was not an accident, it was reckless.

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u/Renegade_POTUS 4d ago

I kind of hope that was his house and not his neighbors...

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u/NetHacks 4d ago

Where exactly was it supposed to go?

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u/southjerzrep87 4d ago

Did my guy really try to catch the tree at first?

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u/stealth57 4d ago

If that was his house, ouch. If that was his neighbor’s, double ouch.

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u/pleasewastemytime 4d ago

It really looks like his neighbors house.

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