The best part about hiring a professional is their insurance.
Pro tip: whenever hiring a contractor don’t just ask for a copy of their insurance. Ask for a copy that lists you as the holder and additionally insured. If they can’t provide this then they could be showing you a cert that is fake or of a policy they have since canceled. All insurance companies can provide this quickly and easily.
Source: am a general contractor.
I bet the homeowner got a quote from a legitimate service that would've brought in a crane to carefully remove the tree in sections, and didn't like the price, and then found Jim Bob here on marketplace for like $200.
A case of Natty Ice
“Why pay someone thousands of dollars? I know how to do it.”
"It's just cutting a tree, how hard can it be?"
Really no matter which way that tree fell it woulda been posted here.
Calamity in every direction.
EDIT: To be clear, I would never do what I mentioned below. As an insurance professional, that there is what we call a "moral hazard." I would never intentionally do shoddy work to inflict covered damage.
15 years ago we had to pay a contractor $4,000 to methodically cut down and remove (from the top down) a 115yo pin oak. They rented a cherry picker and a mobile crane. The arborist would rig up a section of trunk with chains and strapsz, then the crane would wind up until there was no tension, but no slack. Finally the arborist would cut the section free of the trunk, allowing th crane to lower it onto a flatbed or stake body, depending on the size of the section. There were five house within the fall area and no good way to lay it down. It was the tallest tree within 1 mile in all directions, but it was 1/3 dead.
If I had just done what this jackwagon did, I could have had the tree gone, gotten a new kitchen, and gotten a new roof...all for the price of one chainsaw rental.
Guy is lucky he survived this or didn't get an injury. I've cut hundreds of trees down and even when I'm "100% certain" how and where a tree will fall I've been wrong. Trunks can be twisted and spring loose after they're cut. They can also go wild after the tree lands and the trunk bounces around, often off the stump and can fly violently up or off to the side and one that large could have crushed him in a blink of an eye.
Always clear your escape path and move away from the tree once it starts to go.
Also, this one should have never been dropped like this.
Is it just me or did he take a step or two towards the direction it was falling to try to push it? Like he's going to do anything to slow it down.
oooooh a new sub to lose my day in
That’s definitely the dumbest tree felling I’ve seen in ages. There’s absolutely no way he could drop that anywhere safe. It’s not even hard to fell the upper branches first to reduce the drop radius (as they’re comparatively thin). Guessing not covered by insurance either…
I'm no pro but it seems like he was trying to hammer in wedges to make it fall towards the street... but all the weight of the tree is off balance towards the house. Impressive that he couldn't look at that and think "If the trunk is cut where's the weight gonna pull it?" I think he thought he had some magic wedges.
Best part i nearly overlooked.
When he tried to hold the tree with his hands...... omg
it was the hat off walk of defeat for me
I’m gonna take a wild guess that he isn’t a professional arborist
I had a friend who had a large tree growing close to the foundation. He tried to convince a few of us that we could just take it down ourselves. We had to convince him how stupid that idea was.
*I will never financially recover from this.*
On the upside, given a good saw, that's half a million dollars in boards and plywood he can sell from the tree, easy!
There was no good place for that to fall, it’s either hitting a house, getting stuck in another tree or landing on the road. This guy is just fucking stupid.
Cut it up in pieces like a pro.
Haha, this happened in Billings last week. I knew I'd see it show up here before long.
Here’s a message from the homeowner: “So last week my next door neighbors,trying to be good neighbors,hired a tree company to take down a very dangerous tree in their front yard that was hanging over both of our houses.They were obviously lied too about the guys skills that they hired because he ended up dropping a 25,000 pound tree on my house and then just vamped out without as much as cleaning up a twig,leaving a tree in my house and my life and my family's life in shambles...Now,feeling bad for this guy,I wasnt even going to put his or his company's name out there because mistakes happen and social media can be ruthless.But then,almost a week later,they had the nerve to show back up to the scene and grab their dinky little cones they were trying to block off the street with and ask for their fucking jump rope that they were trying to stabilize the tree with...ATTENTION ALL HOMEOWNERS-if you care about your house or your neighbors at all,DO NOT USE Joel Wilson's company OUR TREES out of Bridger,Montana...Just because someone is licensed and insured DOES NOT make them a professional.My wife was at work but me and my son are lucky we are not dead.Not to mention the mess you left in your wake.And all you are worried about were your fucking cones and rope........Classless......And a big shout out to Larry and his crew from ABC Seamless for coming out on a Sunday and working for 4 days straight to clean up your mess.Larry and Travis from ABC Seamless have been nothing but reliable and dependable through this whole debacle.Helping us every step of the way....So thank you ABC Seamless...And screw you,OUR TREES from Bridger,Montana.......”
Lol... he tried to push it to fall in the other direction... lucky he was not flattened when it bounced.
My man really tried it too. "Come on, go the other way! No!!"
This guy really put his hand out to stop it..
You can see where he pushed the base as it fell... he almost had it. /s
“let me push this tree that’s already moving and weighs more than the house it’s about to fall on”
My dad did this when we were kids. The tree was at the bottom of a very steep hill that our house was at the top of, but the tree still towered over the three story house.\*
My 5 year old brother came up while he was chopping and said, "Dad, it's gonna fall on the house".
"No, no son... see, dad is chopping a certain way that will make the tree fall right where he want it to go."
Three minutes later the porch roof was collapsed and there was a massive branch running through the upstairs bathroom window, pinning the door shut.
My little brother is often right about things.
\*This makes us sound rich. We were poor. The tree was being cut down to feed the wood stove that was the only heating system in the uninsulated house. In *Maine*.
So did you feed the stove the broken front porch and use the tree to rebuild the porch like a true Mainer?
The word accidentally doesn't work in such stupid situations lol
I think his plan was for it to fall in between the two houses. Shitty thing is looks like that's his neighbors house it fell on.
How about you go run and check inside the house to make sure you didn’t just murder anyone you idiot.
He just walks away throwing his hands up in the air like “fuck Lucy the insurance on this job is gonna cost me for years”
A one man job without proper equipment = 100% failure
Where exactly was he even planning for it to drop?
This was not an accident, it was reckless.
I kind of hope that was his house and not his neighbors...
Where exactly was it supposed to go?
Did my guy really try to catch the tree at first?
If that was his house, ouch. If that was his neighbor’s, double ouch.
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