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calendar   Sunday - December 29, 2013

trees and the roof too

A note of minor (if that) interest.

Yesterday I had three tree guys come by to give us estimates for getting rid of that tree that fell in last week’s storm.
I posted the photos on Dec. 24.

Also getting estimate to knock down the last trees that are just as large, I mean really big. Well, when I posted the original pix just looking at the thing, I thought and it sure does look, like the tree fell across the hedge and you could see the tip of it . Not so.

Yesterday when the landscapers were here I went around the fallen tree to see just how far over that tree had fallen. You can not see over that hedge from the place where I shot the photos.  What a surprise. The thing was bigger than shown in photo, and the rest of it was out of sight of the camera lens, and is laying completely across the back lawn of the neighbor. I mean from one end to the other.  It can’t be seen from the vantage point where I snapped the photo.
If you now go back to those photos and see the last pix, you see the volume involved in cutting.  I’m referring to the trees that are still standing.
So ... one of the three who came here says the cheapest and best way is ...

To toss all the cuttings on a bonfire and burn everything over a few days.  ??  No way!  I mean yeah it could be done but. That’s all very wet timber to begin with. And even if it weren’t .... in theory we can only burn (or should only burn) when the breezes are not blowing back into the neighbor’s homes and ours as well.  I pointed this out and the answer was of course, well we’d have to wait til the wind was going in another direction.

OK so now we’re talking about how long?  Yeah right. Forget that.  These are massive trees the cost is .... hmmmm. Never mind but forget the new pc this year. Because ..... we also have some roof work supposed to take place in Jan.  And the plaster work inside will be about as pricy as the guy doing the outside work. We aren’t replacing the whole thing btw. 

So ,,,,, one of the guys said he would work up two or three estimates for me with different options if I wanted to cut corners and save money.
For example.  Instead of reducing everything to chips and sawdust by machine, the wood could be cut for firewood and stacked in the far corner of back garden, and only the smaller branches and twigs and stuff that isn’t cut for the purpose of fireplaces etc. would be reduced to dust.

The New Year is gonna be off to a great start.  Well ... it will be for the workmen we’re going to have to pay.

Typical btw.  The fellow who said he would write up an estimate and email to me late on Saturday .... never did.
Which of course raises the question, if he can’t do that on time and as promised, can he be trusted to do the job if hired?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2013 at 02:46 PM   
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