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Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by Ken Anderson, Nov 7, 2016.
Yikes....the first one was a real idiot.
...makes ya want to run out and buy a chainsaw!
This is why I don't own a chain saw. I think I could handle the pre-planning part, but not the physical part. I'd rather leave the whole thing to the experts, especially since the houses here are so close together. I can't believe people can be so stupid. I guess they assume things will go their way .
reading the IM is out
During my misspent life, I worked for a tree trimmer. The worst we did was wipe the front porch off a house.
The science behind getting a tree to fall in the desired place makes perfect sense to me but the skill involved in bringing that about eludes me sometimes. I have cut several trees down in the woods, where its eventual landing place wasn't crucial, as long as it didn't decide to land on my head. Still, I would try to get it to fall in a particular place, and could often accomplish that, but from time to time it would do something else entirely.
I have use the chainsaw but mostly just for branches on trees etc. I have never done anything heavy duty and I'm very handy with tools. In my early life I was a tool and die maker and as time went on I was promoted to senior manufacturing engineer at IBM Corporation where I no longer use tools.
I still work with my hands on hobbies such as woodworking and oil painting.
But did ya'll get some extra pay for the good job ya did taking out the porch?
One of my favorite subjects is what some people will do with a perfectly good tool. In the case of this "Darwin Award" recipient I feel that indeed the gentleman did use the right tool in order to prove his manhood. Some might say that he went a bit overboard but I, on the otherhand, believe that the human species is well protected by the acts of those who are less likely to successfully to pass down a genetic normal human being.
No, but we got some extra unpaid work to do. The porch was a small one, easily rebuilt. We cracked the sidewalk too, and had to fix that. That same week the tractor broke down and the brakes on the truck went bye-bye. It wasn't a very profitable week.
I guess that leaves out the idea that the lady of the house made apple pie and served it with lemon aide at lunch.
Probably the scariest thing that I still do is use a chainsaw. I'm not a logger but I've cut down my share of trees. If I could more accurately predict where they'd fall, I might call myself a logger but that's not the case. Usually, I can get them to fall the way I want them to but not always. Anyhow, while I am using a chainsaw, I am very much aware that I could kill myself. I am not so much afraid of a tree landing on me, although I am aware of that possibility, but I am acutely aware of the danger of cutting myself, particularly since any cut is unlikely to be a minor wound.
Oddly enough, this sort of adds a thrill to it and makes it fun, particularly at the moment that the tree falls without incident. The closer I can get to having it land where I want it to land, the greater the thrill.
It's been a while since I've driven a motorcycle, but the thrill is kind of like that. On a motorcycle, you know that something as simple as a rock in the road could kill you, yet I really enjoyed having a motorcycle and wouldn't mind having another one.
If I could afford a motorcycle, I might get one. Meanwhile, I'll just cut things down. One of the nice things about a chainsaw is that it's something that I can still do. I can still cut trees down with an axe, since I have a good axe, but it's a lot easier with a chainsaw. It doesn't take a great deal of strength to use a chainsaw, and it doesn't tire me out like it does with an axe.
I am of course too old to use one of those things because I have no need for one. I once worked for a manufacturing company that had several saws and saw operators. Often when I'd tell someone where I worked, they would say, "Let me see your hands." After hearing that for about the third time I took a walk back through the plant and took a look-see at all the saw operators. To a man they all had fingers missing.