Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Two men, a chainsaw on a stick, and one hard hat.

The sticker on Dale’s hard hat (thanks, Chris, for lending it to Dale).

We had a bad tree in our backyard. It appeared to be just about dead so we had an arborist come out and tell us what we could do. He said that the tree did not have enough room for it’s roots to grow properly, due to the limestone in the ground, and that it had basically choked itself to death. The death may have been accelerated by our neighbors pool water that had made it into our yard due to a clogged pool filter. There was no saving it and he told us he would charge $400 to take it down.

Dale and his good friend Larry were not having it. They decided to do the deed themselves.

“No way are you paying $400, bub”

They carefully plotted out each cut as they did not want any branches falling onto the neighbor’s yard and nice patio furniture.

And they commenced cutting

Dale looses a tree but gains firewood
Larry is handy with the clipper-ma-bobs

Teamwork and a chainsaw on a stick

Dale must climb the tree


They had a good system

Cutting the base
Dale pushes while Larry pulls

And it’s done

On the down side, that tree provided some nice shade. On the up side, the branches of the trees next to it should grow out enough to cover the spot. Did that make sense? Also, we got to keep that $400 that the arborist wanted to charge. I must admit, I am happy to have a husband and a friend that are savvy enough to do the job themselves. Not one branch fell into the neighbor’s yard, which was quite an accomplishment. What can I say….Larry is a magical white guy and Dale is a ninjaneer. They were bound to succeed.


Blogger Laurie said...

Ninjaneer made me snort like I drunkenly said it yesterday. ha ha ha

And I would have enlisted said neighbor for funds since their pool filter added to the mix.

5:32 PM  
Blogger sarahsmile3 said...

The neighbor offered to help with the cost of taking it down or with buying a new tree. I don't think we are going to plant a new one, though. Maybe they will let us use the pool.

5:43 PM  
Blogger j3 said...

the helmet makes perfect sense for this kinda work...long sleeve shirts in june in central texas, however, shows there's not much upstairs for our buddy dale...poor guy...bless his heart.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Larry says.... "$400, my @$$."

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OHHHH...Dale is so perfect, Dale does everything, he is the greatest, blah blah blah. Can he wrestle a bear and win? I think NOT!

12:58 PM  

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