We recently completed a job for a client located in Cary, North Carolina. As you will see from this video, she had a gum tree located in a narrow section of space between her house and her neighbor’s house. In addition, a fence and a deck on the remaining sides further limited the available room. Thus access was far too tight for traditional tree felling methods. Even climbing the tree and piecing it down in small sections was not an option. Instead, we brought in a crane and removed the tree by hoisting large sections over the house. Watch as our climber, crane operator, and crew work to skillfully to remove this tree in three segments. It is fascinating!
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Over the last couple of weeks we decided to start a YouTube channel (which you can visit by clicking here: Leaf & Limb Tree Service’s YouTube Channel). There are a number of reasons for this decision. First, we think videos are a fun way to showcase some of the tasks and projects we do on a regular basis. Second, videos are a great medium for presenting useful tips and “how-to” demonstrations. Last, our YouTube channel will add an extra spark to this blog, since we can embed the videos here and discuss them in greater depth than we are able to do on YouTube. Besides, let’s face it – everybody loves watching videos!
To kick off our YouTube channel, we posted two videos that we filmed and edited last week. The first video was filmed at a job site where the client had a well-manicured garden complete with fish pools in her back yard. She wanted to remove a tall pine tree located inside the garden, but there was no space to throw the tree. As such, we had to climb the tree and carefully piece it down.
The video itself was created using a time-lapse feature on a regular point-and-shoot camera (a Canon SD1100). Basically, we attached the camera to a tripod and set the time-lapse feature such that it took one picture every 2 seconds. Next we imported all the pictures into our video software (we use iPhoto, in case you are wondering) and merged them into a continuous video.
The site for the second video was a situation similar to the first. But instead of a garden, this pine tree was located near a pool, a wrought iron fence, and some smaller ornamental trees. Once again, access was an issue. Whenever access is an issue we generally have to climb the tree, or in extreme situations, remove the tree using a heavy-duty crane.
In terms of filming, we took a different approach. This time we docked our high definition camcorder (a Panasonic HDC-HS250) to a tripod and filmed a similar process: our climber removing a pine tree. But instead of using a time lapse feature, we simply filmed the whole project with one continuous shot. Once we had imported the film into iPhoto, we sped the entire process up, giving the video the fast motion effect. As you will see, a few guys on the crew decided to add a few of their own creative “flourishes” during the filming process. Perhaps these make the film seem a bit less professional, but they make it more fun to watch.
Let us know what you think about the videos! Also, be sure and let us know what you think about our new YouTube channel.
Last week we received a call from a mortgage company that owns a vacant property in Durham where a major section of a willow oak had fallen into the house, causing a considerable amount of damage. Thank goodness the house was vacant, otherwise there may have been injuries! For good reason, they needed us to remove the tree immediately. Once we arrived on site, the first order of business was to assess the situation. The tree was located near the back of the house and formed a fork approximately five feet from the ground. Rot had developed in the fork, which weakened the structure of the entire tree. Thanks to an encouraging push from the wind, the smaller of the two trunks fell on top of the house, crashing through the roof and walls.
Because of the delicate nature of this job, we certainly needed to use our crane. After setting up the crane in the street right in front of the house, we began the process of extracting the portion of the tree that was, quite literally, IN the house.Our climber secured himself to the end of the crane’s attachment and the crane operator carefully raised him onto the roof.
Once there, our climber wrapped cables around an individual section of the tree top, which he then connected to the crane. As he cut the section free, the operator slowly moved it to an open area in the street where the rest of the crew was able to chip the branches and cut the logs in appropriate lengths.
This process was repeated until all that remained was the tree trunk. Next, our climber focused on the tree trunk, which caused the bulk of the damage and was still situated within the house. At this point, the key was to remove the log without causing further damage to the house.
With a little expert maneuvering from our crane operator, we were able to guide the log out of the house along its drop path, then up and over the house. Phase one was complete! Next we turned our attention to the remaining portion of the tree. Although it was still standing and look reasonably healthy at first glance, it too had rotting issues near the base. This was an accident waiting to happen and needed to be removed before it could cause any further harm. Again, we implemented our crane in tandem with our expert climber. Our climber ascended the tree and positioned himself in the canopy where he was able to begin securing cables around sections of the tree top.
As he cut each section, the crane operator lifted it over the house towards the street. Section by section, segment by segment, we reduced the tree to a standing trunk. The last task was to attach the cables to the trunk, cut it free, lift it over the house, and load it onto our waiting truck. At this point, the tree was completely removed. Now it was simply a matter of cleaning the debris, hauling away the logs, raking the yard, and blowing the street. Dare I say, QED? Yes, I dare – but only because we’re pros at this sort of thing ;)
The goal behind our blog is to have fun sharing our passion, information, and insights with you – what better way to do this than by discussing recent projects? From time to time, when we think there was something particularly interesting about our day (or week), we will share it with you here on our blog under the “Projects” category (see our list of categories on the right). Please feel free to leave your comments, and if you ever think these posts are boring, do not hesitate to let us know. Sometimes we simply forget that not everybody is as excited about Loblolly Pines, Dwarf Hackberrys, and Turkey Oaks as we are!
Today’s project took place in downtown Raleigh, where the weather was cold and the sky was overcast (certainly not the ideal setting for taking great photos, as you will see). Our task was to remove a medium-sized Willow Oak from beside our client’s house.
The tree was certainly not oversized, but what made it tricky was its location. The familiar adage “location, location, location” is not only true for real estate, but it is also true for the tree service industry. This same tree, in a less congested are, would have been simple to remove. But as you can see, it was located close to the house, with branches hanging over the roof, and power lines surrounding the tree from many angles.
Because of this tree’s problematic location, we were forced to climb the tree in order to cut one branch at a time and section the trunk down in small pieces. Once our climber was in the tree, we established a rope pulley system using a sturdy branch fork and then anchored it to our Port-A-Wrap at the base of the tree. This device is perfect for tight situations such as this one where there are no trees nearby to use as an anchor for our ropes. (click here to see the Port-A-Wrap in detail). The Port-A-Wrap basically allows us to use the tree as its own anchor for lowering heavy branches. What a genius contraption, one we appreciate almost every day! Here are a few action shots:
Our climber situated out on a limb, preparing to cut another branch by first securing it with ropes:
A tree branch being lowered down with a rope:
The key with a job like this is to take your time and execute every movement with expertise, patience, and precision. One wrong move could cause damage to the property, power lines, or worse, the house itself. After a tense morning, we had stripped the tree of its branches and all that was left was to remove the log. There was no space to fell this log in one piece due to the limited working area, but lucky for us, there was a spot where we were able to drop small sections. Our climber worked his way down the tree trunk, cutting sections along the way. The crew on the ground helped guide each section into the open area by pulling attached ropes. Before long, all that was left of the tree was this:
This was a tricky tree and we were all very happy with our performance. We were able to successfully remove the oak tree without so much as damaging the surrounding shrubs.
At this point, all that was left to do was to head home! Ok, not quite, there was still some cleanup that needed to be finished, but almost….