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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)


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)
<p>Like I said in my other comment, I think some of the negative comments are comming from people who make a living charging several thousand dollars to cut down trees that could be easily done by by a homeowner. We are not talking about the trees that require a crane to lift the branches to keep them from falling on roofs, but ones your size are easily in the DIY realm. </p>
<p>Do you know about how long a process like this would take? We have a large, dying oak in our backyard and we have been thinking about removing it. My husband works quite a bit so I'm not sure that we would be able to do this ourselves. Looking into hiring a professional might be the best option for us. </p><p>&lt;a href='http://www.souliereandson.com/Tree_Removal_Stump_Grinding_Biddeford_ME.html' &gt;http://www.souliereandson.com/Tree_Removal_Stump_Grinding_Biddeford_ME.html&lt;/a&gt;</p>
<p>Oak trees have a much harder denser wood than something like a poplar so it can be more difficult <br>to cut through the wood. Also they are a lot heavier, even more so if <br>they are green (still alive). However the wood from them can be valuable<br> since it is used for so many things. You should be able remove it yourself but it will take a lot of hard work because of the weight factor and the hardness. </p><p>I think some of the negative comments on this instructable are from people who make their living removing trees and don't want people to do it themselves. I have been cutting down trees for many years and I am not a pro. I have done it for people in exchange for the wood, firewood, with the agreement that they take care of all the mess and small branches. </p><p>There is probably someone who would be willing to pay you for the tree and take it out for you. People who run those small saw mills take trees like oak trees and turn them into lumber which sells for a premium. Oak firewood is one of the best there is although I hate to see good wood burned for heat, that is an option. If you get ambitious you can keep the wood and use it for your own projects. I wish oak trees grew here where I am. </p><p>You might fine my instructable interesting.</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Floor-that-looks-3D-from-your-OWN-/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Fl...</a></p>
<p>You know how bad it would be if a tree you tried to remove<br>took down power lines? You would be in more than a little bit of trouble. That would<br>be a massive fine.</p>
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<p>WOW, I don't think your tips here should even be available because someone else may try and use them and end up dead. </p>
<p>Thanks for the tips.</p>
<p>I am in a similar situation and don't have much room to cut down a tree in my backyard. I'm glad that you mentioned checking for obstacles that falling branches could land on. It makes sense that clearing the area could ensure that nothing will be damaged in the process. Before my husband and I remove the tree, I will make sure to remove everything from the area. http://www.kiwitreelopping.com.au/services</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing this good advice. I also have some great resources on <a href="http://www.graftingardeners.co.uk/straight-felling-a-tree-safely/" rel="nofollow">cutting a tree down safely</a> and can be viewed by clicking the link.</p>
<p>Wow, this was certainly an interesting read. If I were you I would have been a little more mindful of the hazards involved. But it looks like you got the job done without any casualties. Nonetheless, I still would've hired a professional.</p><p><a href="http://www.prtree.com/tree-removal.html " rel="nofollow">http://www.prtree.com/tree-removal.html </a></p>
By the way they are not cinder blocks they stoped making those 60 years ago they are cement blocks
good way to get dead!
this was a very enjoyable read...very well written, but not very smart on your part.<br> <br> you could have been seriously hurt or killed in the process of doing all you did. &nbsp;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.<br> <br> Allah was&nbsp;definitely&nbsp;looking after you &amp; protecting you. Thank GOD you made it thru.
the batteries ran out of juice too often cuz a sawz all is not made for what you used it fer.<br><br>you ARE determined though, there is no doubt about that.<br><br>You're lucky you're still alive.
eh, just strap a shape charge to it, light the fuse &amp; run like H***!! LOL j/k
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
Good work! Thanks for sharing.
Timber!
re: Step 10 Point 1: what courage is best when falling a tree? <br>Tanqueray claims he's the best shot, but Canadian Club begs to differ.

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