Is tree cutting something you can do on your own? For most of us we will say yes, how hard can it be, right? Cutting a tree down people do it every day. In addition, heck you may even be a little handy around the house and feeling confident think you can tackle any job, nothing too big or too small. A regular old do it yourselfer. Let me tell you form my own experience do not do it, go with a professional. It will save you time, money, and possibly your life.
Better safe than sorry, do not think about the money you may save it is too dangerous for someone without any experience or expertise. Use a tree service. Do not listen to yourself or your friend encourages you to forgo the expert and do it yourself. If you do not believe me, just read on. I told myself I wield never tell this story again, but in the hopes of saving a fellow comrade for a bad situation here it is. Do not judge me, just pay heed to what I am about to say.
I remember as if it was yesterday, it was one warm, spring Sunday morning. Fist light. I wanted to be done with it as early as I could. Therefore, I started first thing in the morning. I bribed my brothers to meet me at my house in hopes of helping me, with the promise of breakfast, lunch, and a barbeque dinner. Greedy as they are for a good meal they accepted the deal, that and the fact that I can still beat each of them up.
The day before I bought an axe, chainsaw, and some mope. I watch hours and hosts of YouTube videos on tree cutting. I felt as though I was an expert and ready to take on the world. I was super confident; looking back, I was too confident. It was amaze as safe as I felt with myself. Anyway, I was prepared.
I woke made a pot of coffee and waited for my brothers to show up. As soon as they did we ate breakfast, drank a few cups of coffee, and ready to make it happen.
We determine a path for the tree to fall into, cut the different types of cuts into the tree. A wedge here and a slice there, it look just like the pictures online. We through some ropes around the tree branches something about controlling the fall of the tree. Everyone was in place; it all was going according to plan. Then I felt as though it was time to gas up the chainsaw and cut that baby down.
As I was starting in on the cut, I heard one of my brothers yell whoa, stop loud. However, it was too late. I had already put in too deep with the chainsaw. The tree was starting to lean and fall. The only thing is I misjudge my wedges and slices into the trunk. Instead of falling northeast away from my house, garage, and car, it fell right onto my garage. In addition, part of the hoes.
Just like that, something that would have cost me a few hundred dollars to have a tree service come out and cut it down now is costing me thousands of dollars in repairs, if my home insurance denies my claim. Not to mention my family and I cannot stay in our house now. This sucks.
Let this be a listen those do it yourselfer that feel as though they don’t need tree service company to come and do such and “easy” job. Call them, set up a consultation, and use them. Do not be a fool like me. Please.