Picture of Cutting Down a Tree in Pieces
The following contains some tips that could be used in the course of removing a tree with the constraints:
a)  Removal by one person
b)  No chain saw (reciprocating saw)
c)  Tree cannot be felled in one swoop (environment too cramped)

While there are many good references for tree removal, most rely upon use of a chain saw and assume that the entire tree can be cut down.  In this case the tree had to be removed piece-by-piece due to the lack of space in the yard.  So we approached this like any other engineering project.

Following are the steps that I found to make the job a little . . .  not easier but more manageable.

Step 1: Considerations (Skippable)

Picture of Considerations (Skippable)

Things to consider when tackling this type of project:

- Do you have the time and energy to do this yourself?

- Do you have the time and energy to deal with landscapers or tree cutters?
(In my case it's hard to get a hold of landscapers especially in the Spring/Summer/Fall months)

- Will a professional need or use  some type of vehicle or equipment that will tear up the rest of the yard?
(In my case they would have had to break open a hole in my fence to get equipment in)

- If you are considering doing it yourself, then . . .

- Does the tree have plenty of branches that you will be able to stand on?
(In my tree there were some good branches but also some voids)

- Is there a good place to lean a ladder against it?
(In my tree there were a few good ladder placement points along the trunk)

- Are there main branches that can be removed methodically?
(In my tree there were three major top branches that, when removed, would make the rest of the removal fairly manageable)

- Are there obstacles that falling branches could land on?
(I had a few fence panels that I had to think about, but nothing too terrible)

- Do you own or can you wield a chain saw?
 (For me, no way)
By the way they are not cinder blocks they stoped making those 60 years ago they are cement blocks
dfranc1 year ago
good way to get dead!
SIRJAMES094 years ago
this was a very enjoyable read...very well written, but not very smart on your part.

you could have been seriously hurt or killed in the process of doing all you did.  This tree was NOT a one man job, and should NOT have been done this way. I sure hope that you never attempt to do this again. I would hate to see or hear of a good man getting hurt/killed.

Allah was definitely looking after you & protecting you. Thank GOD you made it thru.
SIRJAMES094 years ago
the batteries ran out of juice too often cuz a sawz all is not made for what you used it fer.

you ARE determined though, there is no doubt about that.

You're lucky you're still alive.
SIRJAMES094 years ago
eh, just strap a shape charge to it, light the fuse & run like H***!! LOL j/k
sbirdranch4 years ago
cobinrox your a nut! But you are determined. Glad you got down ok.
I second Wannabeharleyguy's comment. A very good friend of mine is paralized and has no feeling from below his shoulders on down after a fall out of a tree he was cutting in his back yard. After nearly dieing in the hospital more than five times, he now gets around in a motorized wheel chair and modified van. He conciders himself lucky that he had good insurance and at least he has the use of his arms, although he is in constant pain and losing that ability now too. I cannot emphasize how much it changed his life - it happed so quickly. Very sad indeed...
Wow, as someone who cuts trees professionally this looks like a good way to get yourself hospitalized or dead
rimar20004 years ago
Good work! Thanks for sharing.
splazem4 years ago
mikeasaurus4 years ago
re: Step 10 Point 1: what courage is best when falling a tree?
Tanqueray claims he's the best shot, but Canadian Club begs to differ.