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Tokyo's between my toes
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Today I plan to begin removing a pine tree that blew over in yesterday's high winds. The trunk is approximately 10 inches in diameter, and I estimate the length to be about 25 - 30 feet (difficult to tell, since it fell on a patio roof).

I plan to cut the trunk into the longest sections that can fit in the cargo area with the rear seat down. I just now measured that (from the inside, with the hatch closed) and it seems to be 67 inches max. I'll probably cut to 60 inches, just to give some slack.

I plan to take the sections to that firend's campsite, and make them into benches to have around the fire ring.

I'll take some pics once I get started on the project later today.
 

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Phew...your subject sounded like it could be the title of a bad, and scary, porno flick.
Man, I have a dirty mind.

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FMGreen said:
Phew...your subject sounded like it could be the title of a bad, and scary, porno flick.
Man, I have a dirty mind.

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Knowing Alex, it very well could have been an obscene reference :D so no you don't have that dirty of a mind in comparison :D

Alex I'll never let you live you know what down :22:
 

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Tokyo's between my toes
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All right, here's the WHOLE SHAFT - man, I had to step back to get it all in the frame...
 

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Tokyo's between my toes
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And here's a later shot, after I'd already carted two trunk sections off to the car. I had to get a really Nice Tool before I could jerk off the rest of this Woody Load

And that cable puller is called, yes ... a Come-a-Long
 

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Tokyo's between my toes
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Yes, it is so proudly erect...

Actually, it was strange, after I made the first cut in the trunk, the stump slowly stood back up because the roots were still connected. That is going to be a tough thing to remove...
 

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I'm surprised at how shallow the root system is on that tree, looks like it wasn't planted deep enough when it was a baby.
 

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Tokyo's between my toes
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The roots follow the water, I guess; the soil turns to clay after the first several inches. (I'll know more when I dig that sucker out with a mattock). One big set of roots went under a fence into the neighbor's yard. Notice how they're girdled around each other?

I counted 38 rings on the first cut.

Today I'll haul the log sections, and I'm going to drive slow and easy.
 

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Tokyo's between my toes
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I won't need one of those pine-tree air fresheners for a while...
 

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Are you guys just pulling my....log....I mean, my leg?
 

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Note to Self:

Next time, lay down some kind of liner first.
 

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Great Pics Alex, you probably use your Outback more than anyone I know uses their vehicles. Who says ya need some big truck or an SUV to haul stuff :D
 

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Now there's some fuel for your fireplace.
 

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I'm hoping to make seating benches for the campsite, but if that doesn't work then yes, they will be fuel for the campfire.
 

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The_Lizard said:
Note to Self:

Next time, lay down some kind of liner first.
you have to expect sticky residue like that when a log is unloaded.

;^)
 

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Shouldn't this thread have been called "Outback does 60inches" ? ;)
 

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Well, today I dug the stump out, now there's just a lumpy patch of soil where that trunk was standing this morning. I was cutting roots with the mattock and cranking the stump out with that come-along - and also dragging it some distance with the car *G*

Now I'm just settling back with a vodka-and-lemon/lime cocktail, with a lime-flavored pediatric electrolyte freezer pop for a swizzlestick.

Once it melted, it made the cocktail look like I'm drinking a big glass of Scope....
 
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