Post by Enzo Beamish on Sept 12, 2012 12:33:22 GMT
A busy weekend -
On the roof, the big lump was still there, so it had to be cut into little bits. This took about an hour.
This is the tree truck sitting on the roof and now cut from its' base. The idea was to pull it backwards for about a couple of meters, so that it is free from the building and then pull it sideways.
The tree stump is about 20 meters away and was ideal for pulling backwards. The wire ropes and chain winch I used was a batch of wire ropes and other bits and bobs that I bought at an auction two or three years ago for almost nothing.
The pull begins.
The tree trunk begins to move
and move some more. The onlookers, as you can see, are going mad with excitement!
The back pull is over and I get in and under the tree trunk to cut away some of the branches that it is sitting on with a handsaw.
This is the second tree stump off to one side and ideal for pulling sideways. As it was shorter, I had to cut a groove to stop the chain from slipping off.
The pull was especially hard and I kept to one side, in case the wire rope snapped. The effort required for the pull-chain loop was considerable and the noises coming from the tree trunk were interesting.
I tied the chain off, so that I could go and have a closer look at progress - and give my arms a rest at the same time.
Now the tree trunk is at a healthy angle and well away from the building. Also, the chain is all taken in by the winch. I slackened off and the tree trunk stayed put, sitting on its branches.
Time to get the wire rope attached to the tractor and give the whole thing a good, solid yank.
And with each pull, the tree trunk shifts, but refused to topple, so I had to go in and do some more cutting with a hand saw, so that some of the branches would buckle and the whole thing would tip over.
Post by Enzo Beamish on Sept 14, 2012 11:39:21 GMT
BTW, I was just talking to a furniture store owner and he said "A young Chinese man walked into the shop a few days ago, spent a couple of minutes checking out his hair in my mirror and then sat down on my antique Sofa. I was talking to another customer and after they had gone, some ten minutes later, I realised that the gentleman was still sitting there. I asked him if everything was OK, he explained that he was waiting for the bus to Glasgow!"
A Helm Lord has many responsibilities, Grasshopper.
If I had To Do The Same Again, I Would My Friend...[Mo0:0]
Another very productive weekend (apart from spraining my ankle - it's now all blue and swollen - by doing nothing more adventurous than walking down the path, collecting dog shits with a shovel) so all the following activity took place in agony!
Anyway, the last tree and the tree that did the most damage, is removed: dead larch.
It's that scaffold again. Cutting off the top of the tree with a hand-saw, until it is almost but not quite through.
Get a rope
and down she comes!
I pull up a small chainsaw -
and cut bits off -
until the tree is too far away from me.
I cut as much as possible from the ladder, again in small bits, to prevent further damage to the 'healthy' bits of roof.
Now it was time to clear the site, so that I could pull off that tree.
The chain is attached to the tree and the lift begins -
and the tree is pulled clear of what is left of that part of the building.
Cutting off the branches and tidying up the tree. This thing will become part of the newly rebuilt workshop.
And the final act is to drag it backwards to where I am storing the tree trunks in the wood.
The idea of using the downstairs part as a studio (video editing and mastering) has been scrapped, as we shall need a full-blown carpentry shop for film and set building. The rebuilt part will now have a tall door in the side to get set-flats in and out.
Roof A-frames get new 'legs' and I got them back into position with a bottle-jack. Lots of nasty noises coming from the rest of the roof as I did so!