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And I was having the most fantastic day...... Answered

Really I was, I got into work, and had no real tasks to accomplish since my mentor was home sick and his boss was sick. Except she was so sick she asked me to do her job. So I got to spend 9 hours escorting 4 PE's all over to different locations. Climbing on roofs, crawling through mechanical rooms. digging things up, getting wet and dirty, all while trying to maintain a professional appearance.  I loved it!  I can't even express how much I love going to work, being an engineer is awesome.

But then I got home to discover a microburst had hit our neighborhood. And was filled with anticipatory dread as I noticed the 65 foot oak in front of my house was no longer visible over the neighbors roof line.

Well, the pictures below speak for themselves, there was only one way this thing could fall and NOT hit something, and it fell just that way. And if I hadn't been home late from work, my much loved truck would have been right under the trunk.


Way to cheat death!

Well now you can cut up that tree and make an awesome instructable.

I'm letting the pros do it, I don't have a chainsaw with a six foot blade.

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I kept 7 logs for growing Shiitake mushrooms and a 70lb chunk of spalty wood for making pens. the rest is at the dump. Also had them take out my Pindo palm, which I will miss more, the fruits were delicious macerated in vodka.

I know how it feels. A neighbour recently cut down a stand of trees and I cried, It was so sad.

As long as it didn't hit any homes, you're lucky. Maybe it's time to plant a nice orange tree?

My condolences on the loss. At least no one was injured. I can't tell for sure what species the tree is but it appears to be quite large. Would there be any lumber value in it?

It's a laurel oak, so not really, they grow fast and die young, mostly used for pulp, not timber.

It is amazing how wet the wood is, we had 3 inches of rain monday after 45 days of drought, then when the storm came through wednesday, all that extra water weight just helped drop it. The wood is literally dripping from the saw cuts it is so wet.

Sad though the loss of the tree is, you now have an awful lot of free wood.

I expect to see an Instructable entitled "How to properly season oak" very soon.

More likely "How to spend your entire vacation/rifle fund to hire someone to haul 20 tons of wood away".

I might save some for shitake logs.....

At least I'm better off then a lot of people, there are lots of people with trees on their houses right now, and a tornado just knocked down a tent at a festival with 70 people in it.

One positive, it's half price to remove a tree that's already down ;-)

How much to hire a chain-saw, turn it into big lumps, then sell them to sculptors or for firewood?

Chainsaw sculptors, in particular...;-)

The enterprising lumberjack/jill could probably have a sideline in cutting (fallen) trees up when this happens. A 'few' flyers just before the 'season' starts, with contact number(s) and rate(s) would  probably bring in good business, then they could sell them on, as you suggest.

Oh, and if you're going to hire/buy a chainsaw, get something middle-of-the-range, as either extreme could end up costing an arm and a leg...;-$

I was the ninth downed tree public works responded to that night, and the weather's been worse today, I think it's a buyers market ;-), that and fireplaces are scarce as hens teeth in Florida.

SHITAKE. Glad there was no bad damage and no one got hurt. Hen's have teeth?

> Hen's have teeth?
.  No. That makes them very scarce. ;)

. Wow! I'm glad damage was minimal.

You have been very lucky!

Oh dear! This is horrible! I am so sorry to hear about it.

Quite sad your tree fell down though awesome it didn't do any damage, granted having a tree embedded in the house would be an excuse for some imaginative engineering solutions and hobbit-esque supervillain lair styling...