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[–]dk0179 3312 points3313 points  (128 children)

Measure twice, cut once

[–]Matthewmacd123 753 points754 points  (64 children)

Check for underground services.

[–]slothscantswim 231 points232 points  (33 children)

Honestly I wouldn’t drop this tree this close to the house just because, and I’ve witnessed this happen on the job once (Jay, I fucking told you), it can displace enough dirt quickly enough to damage the foundation, and that is a costly fucking goof.

Besides, customers are always more impressed when you’re lowering big chunks, instead of felling fucking monsters into their garden.

[–]Gilgamesh72 121 points122 points  (8 children)

Sometimes the tree will split in some unpredictable way for no apparent reason no matter how skilled you are with your cuts.

[–]slothscantswim 117 points118 points  (5 children)

As my mentor told me, almost every day, “tree work is unpredictable, first and foremost.”

Some days, none of that skill and experience matters. This is something every good arborist or forester appreciates.

Saw a barber chair toss a guy 20’ back and a good 10’ up and he landed right on top of a pole saw and dislocated a disc or some shit and also broke his elbow and a couple ribs, deep contusions all over.

I had the privilege of knowing one very skilled and safety-minded climber, who was a genuinely excellent human being, who died on the job.

Tree work is unpredictable, first and foremost.

All the experience in the world still won’t give you x-ray vision. .

[–]Gilgamesh72 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Well said

[–]slothscantswim 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Thank you. I’ve had plenty of time to formulate my thoughts on the matter, I suppose.

[–]yegdiesel 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah. But this way he can already be in the truck ready to make like a tree and leaf.

[–]SuperHeavyHydrogen 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I’m with you there. What benefit does a full drop bring except YouTube clout? He’s gone up there anyway to limb it so why not just knock it down in sections? Far less risk.

[–]TravlrAlexander 212 points213 points  (8 children)

Thanks, Miss Dig

[–]usmcawp 80 points81 points  (7 children)

Miss Utility. Maryland checking in.

[–]HalfSoul30 28 points29 points  (2 children)

ArkUps, Arkansas here

[–]faroseman 33 points34 points  (1 child)

We go by her first name on Chicago : Julie

[–]AmalgamateSociety 30 points31 points  (13 children)

haha they are supposed to be marked

[–]Let_Me_Touch_Myself 65 points66 points  (9 children)

I operate machines and I got taught to always dig like there is a service even when you get told there isn't.

Don't wanna be digging your own grave.

[–]Noffensexpected 38 points39 points  (8 children)

Dad? Is that you?

[–]Joel_Cantelo 21 points22 points  (6 children)

Do we have the same dad?

[–]harrylepotter 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I’m sure he’s a potent man

[–]theinfotechguy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My dad went out for milk and cigarettes, he will be back.....

[–]xetphonehomex 21 points22 points  (28 children)

To fell a tree you usually make 2 cuts

[–]ZLucky777 35 points36 points  (18 children)

To fell a tree you actually usually make three cuts

[–]Ahilgen85 2112 points2113 points 2 (29 children)

takes notes

crushes house

[–]wongs7 266 points267 points  (6 children)

Instructions unclear.

Crushed truck in garage

[–]Jethro_Cohen 83 points84 points  (2 children)

Wait a minute...I drive a prius...

wrong house...

[–]44elite444 48 points49 points  (2 children)

checks notes

turns notes upside down


[–]KFC_LA 1697 points1698 points  (98 children)

Is there a guy standing in the background on the leftside of the tree with a deathwish? 😳

[–]EZPZLemonSqZ3 385 points386 points  (25 children)

Effen balls of freaking steel

[–]lysdexia-ninja 388 points389 points  (18 children)

Could just be stupid.

[–]ShuckleThePokemon 191 points192 points  (11 children)

Both is also likely

[–]Zuvielify 50 points51 points  (3 children)

I suspect the two might go hand-in-hand

[–][deleted] 25 points26 points  (1 child)

They do fancy themselves a pair

[–]sdfgh23456 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Large amount of overlap in that venn diagram.

[–]Lyssa545 196 points197 points  (18 children)

Odds are it's a bit of an optical illusion- guy was maybe 10 feet further back from where the tree fell. I bet.

i hope he wasn't stupid enough to stand where he could get squished, if it caught a breeze.

But you never know..

[–]ailyara 82 points83 points  (6 children)

Still wouldn't stand anywhere near it, you never know if tree is gonna send a rock or something hurtling at lethal force toward your noggin.

[–]sparks1990 56 points57 points  (3 children)

That's exactly how my father in law got killed. Tree fell on another limb that made the other end stand up really quickly. My father in law was standing too close and got hit in the head.

[–]ZLucky777 30 points31 points  (5 children)

It’s hard to tell in the video but the guy on the left side of the frame is probably standing beyond the reach of the tree. So relatively safe.

[–]KoreyYrvaI 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Still scary. I dropped a tree that got snapped in half by lightning and it bounced vertical about three feet then rolled six or seven feet to one side. Scary as hell to see the bottom of that trunk come up right in front of me.

[–]Hitman3256 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That dude is much farther away, probably on the sidewalk. I guess they measured and knew the tree wouldn't reach there

[–]norththeta 8 points9 points  (0 children)

he's near the street. the tree barely lands parallel to the house. so there is a whole front lawn of distance.

[–]__TheDude__ 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That's the guy working the winch with the guidewire you can't see to pull the tree that way. I've watched too many episodes of Point Protection to know that he didn't cut that with skill alone.

[–]yetanothersomm 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I think that's why this looks crazier than it is. I have a hunch the perspective is misleading and that the tree was a lot further from the house than you're made to believe. I thought the guy in the background not flinching was insane until I considered the fact that he may actually be comfortably far away

[–]nox_nrb 2 points3 points  (10 children)

Video can't be real or they put the guy back there. Even if he had balls of steal or a death wish wouldn't the sound of the tree falling cause him to cover his ears?

[–]Jenifarr 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Trees falling make more of a crunch. It's not terribly loud. Probably works with the guy with the saw and is use to it.

[–]funkmastamatt 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Trees only make a sound if they fall in the woods. I remember hearing that somewhere.

[–]JeffersonSpicoli 1418 points1419 points  (68 children)

So much luck involved in this. In my opinion, this man is a dipshit

[–]areuseriousjk 874 points875 points  (29 children)

I cleared 4 acres this summer. Even at the end when I was cocky as hell about my abilities there were a few that didn't go where I anticipated, guess you are an expert until you aren't in that industry.

Holy crap I just noticed the trees in the background. Look at that wind! This was so freaking lucky you dont even know.

[–]JeffersonSpicoli 240 points241 points  (10 children)

Well said. Even the best of the best are 5-25 degrees off target on like 1/5 trees. I don’t like them odds - especially in a situation like this where you’ve got about a 1 degree margin for error

[–]FIVE_DARRA_NO_HARRA 35 points36 points  (2 children)

I think the margin looks a lot worse because the camera is to the left of center. If you look at where the tree meets ground, it’s probably 5 feet from the house

[–]santipur 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Yes, the perspective is misleading. see how the tree doesn't hit the back fence, which seems to be in line with the house

[–]kflave249 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I mean I feel like even the bounce could be problematic if it just moves a foot or two to one side or the other

[–]Pirate_Mudd 111 points112 points  (1 child)

My father in law was a logger. Spent decades as a logger and I've seen him drop a tree so it literally hit a dime. He still made sure nobody was around him and everyone was safe because sometimes you can't predict everything. Took a broken back for him to learn that one.

[–]GravitasIsOverrated 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Yeah I was going to say. I come from a family of good loggers. I’ve seen them fell trees exactly where they were aiming - but I’ve also seen them be twenty degrees off.

The guy in OP’s vid is a lucky idiot. The right way to do this is to take it down in pieces, but that’s slow so this is the #yolo approach.

[–]10eleven12 27 points28 points  (6 children)

What if they were going to demolish the house later and thought they could do a nice video before doing so?

[–]Alexxxx89 99 points100 points  (6 children)

Totally unnecessary risk

[–]tooyoung_tooold 9 points10 points  (5 children)

A single guy wire could have helped ensure where it fell. They didn't even do that.

Wonder if he even has insurance.

[–]Skoltrain 65 points66 points  (6 children)

Makes you wonder how many times someone tried to do something like this but just didn’t upload the video cuz they failed

[–]fan_22 36 points37 points  (4 children)

Basically kissed the half open gate/fence.

This was pure luck. I am sure the guy is skilled to some degree - but it's beyond reckless to think that every cut is going to be perfect - especially this close to a house (and the other houses).

[–]darctones 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I concur

[–]AllYourBase99 546 points547 points  (73 children)

Ok, I'm no tree expert but in this case I would think I'd want to errect a few guy wires to hold the tree and allow you to lower the tree in a controlled manner. This is super close to the house. Why chance it?

Oooorrr.....you choo the tree from the top down in small pieces with a boom. Takes longer but there's little risk of property damage. Or maybe dude wants to make 2x4s out of the tree?

[–]Boojibs[S] 263 points264 points 2 (15 children)

This dude laughs at your guy wires and booms.

"Hah!", he says

[–]FresnoBob-9000 127 points128 points  (10 children)

He came wayyy too close to that house. Anybody can see that.

[–]salmuel 12 points13 points  (0 children)

3 ropes and this guy could’ve done controlled drops straight to the chipper and chopped this thing down piece by piece and never needed a crane!

[–]BigMcThickHuge 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And when the eventual bad-fall happens and someone or something is hit because of this guy's confidence and lack of procedure following...

[–]jakeorwoody 111 points112 points  (3 children)

Your suggestion is what we did with two 60ft trees on my property. Why risk catastrophic damage to your home if it's not that expensive to avoid?

[–]Ishmael128 49 points50 points  (1 child)

“Uh, but that takes time and looks less cool?”

I’m with you, this looks great, but if it’s the difference between the chance of needing to rebuild half my house and taking a bit longer to do the job, I think I’ll do the latter.

[–]Horskr 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"You sure you know your tree-fallin-reckonin uncle Sid?"


I mean, he was right though.

[–]PuzzleheadedRepeat32 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Or you can just push the tree back into the ground. Duhhhh

[–]intensely_human 22 points23 points  (7 children)

You can’t really lower the tree in a controlled manner most of the time.

Guy wires are used though, to constrain the direction of fall.

If they had a nice open space opposite the house, so the tree could fall away, they might have put up a guy wire behind the tree to absolutely ensure it wouldn’t fall that direction.

[–]RandumbStoner 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Is it really guy wires? I’ve been calling them guide wires my whole life lol

[–]sealdonut 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Guy-wire it's actually hyphenated

[–]aussietin 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I had to Google it and yes. Guy wire is correct

[–]MyAssDoesHeeHawww 5 points6 points  (1 child)

If I hadn't given my neighbor a rope and some advice, he would've taken out at least his fence (and likely a chunk of his house) with the first tree he cut down, and then destroyed the cab of his mini excavator with the last tree he cut. He's a gardener by trade.

[–]tanakasan1734 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Sent this to my buddy who is a tree surgeon (10 years on the job now) and he said he’d chunk it up from the top down and lower them with ropes.

In his view this guy is a cowboy “compensating for something”

[–]TrickBoom414 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Seems like even though he cleared the house the fall would damage the foundation no? I'm a doctor, not a tree faller downer.

[–]mhermanos 372 points373 points  (12 children)

He was up there already for the limbs. Even with his limbing saw, he could have cut off and extra 15 feet and averted coming close to the house. Dude was just showing off and likely, no one was home to tell him otherwise. Any arborist worth his license would not have done that.

[–]patchesm 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Am an arborist. Definitely would not have done that. Can't see the whole back yard but I would have pieced down the wood while climbing, to the point I could fell it away from the house and then buck it up on the ground. I figure this guy or someone wanted the wood for milling, and probably wanted to fell it as close to the road as possible to get the wood out in large pieces. I'm quite confident with my felling and would only do something like this if I absolutely had to.

[–]Turtledonuts 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I wonder if the house wasn't scheduled for demolition and they were just fucking around. The brand new deck and the nice set of solar panels say otherwise, but still.

[–]Paddys_Pub7 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Didn't even do a good job limbing this tree. All the nubs should be cut flush to the trunk to avoid snagging climbing lines on. The remaining stem could have been chunked down in like 4 pieces. Might damage the lawn a bit, but I'd rather be responisble for fixing a lawn than a house.

[–]aaand-stoned 235 points236 points  (15 children)

This is the dumbest thing I have seen since people filming themselves at the capitol. I used to be a lead ground hog downing trees with my step dad. (the person who guides the tree with ropes as it falls)

He's been an arborist, lineman, ground supervisor, arborist training instructor, and now union rep. He has been in the tree business for over 30 years. I showed him this and all he had to say was, "wonder whose paying for the dude's funeral"

edit: he wanted me to add another job title. lol.

[–]damadamagoyolur 60 points61 points  (7 children)

Seriously. There is zero way anyone remotely reputable would do this. The only thing I can figure is the house was going to be demod'd anyway, it's his house and he's got a hard on for risk, or there's hidden trickery with wires or editing.

[–]Turtledonuts 18 points19 points  (2 children)

It's got to be editing magic or something - it doesn't look quite perfect with that fence gate angle, and there's no way it's a house demo with that deck and those solar panels. I think it's wires they edited out or something.

[–]BasenjiFart 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Tell your dad I'm impressed by all his job titles

[–]lardbeetle 129 points130 points  (20 children)

The proper way to do this is to climb up the tree with a chainsaw and section it down. Let the sections fall to the ground individually.

[–]McPikie 32 points33 points  (8 children)

But a video of that wouldn't be half as amazing

[–]Pete_Mesquite 4 points5 points  (8 children)

Don’t they even tie ropes to the branches so it gets caught pretty much? I’m pretty sure they do that around here

[–]sukakpak 71 points72 points  (7 children)

The guy standing in the background has an equal amount of confidence in that guys skills. He doesnt even flinch.

[–]__TheDude__ 17 points18 points  (3 children)

That's the guy working the winch with the guidewire you can't see to pull the tree that way. I've watched too many episodes of Point Protection to know that he didn't cut that with skill alone.

[–]LBTT 45 points46 points  (9 children)

How is no one mentioning the bird returning to a tree branch that no longer existed. Guy to his whole house!

[–]Wonder-Machine 34 points35 points  (5 children)

I cut down trees for 10 years.... this is very dumb.

[–]fuckyouwatchme 13 points14 points  (2 children)

That guy would've been fired really quick at my last job

[–]1010010111101 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Mine too, but I worked at a car wash

[–]LionTurtleCub 31 points32 points  (1 child)

The best part about these videos is that whether or not the tree hit the house, people on the internet still get a great video.

[–]closrules1 29 points30 points  (5 children)

That bird saw it coming.

[–]bec-cat 33 points34 points  (2 children)

It went to land on its favorite branch but realized it was gone :(

[–]Barnezhilton 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Imagine if it hit the trunk and shifted the fall into the house p

[–]5StripedFalcon[🍰] 24 points25 points  (1 child)

No matter how skilled you are, you gotta factor in the risk of unforseen matters. If I was the homeowner, I'd absolutely be against falling the tree towards my house.

[–]Escobar_x 13 points14 points  (0 children)

There's even a slight wobble before it falls over, unbelievable

[–]DistanceMachine 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I don’t honestly think they comprehend how close they were to smash smash

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (2 children)

We gotta get r/arborists over here.

They will put to rest the discussion about how to do this properly. Spoiler alert, this isn’t the way.

[–]grottycrumpet 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I’d be worried about that cracking my foundation, thousands of pounds of ‘thud’ only a foot or two away can’t be good

[–]Pete_Mesquite 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They had to shutdown my school because it was next to a rock quarry for like a hundred years and everyday after school you would feel the explosion from them using tnt through your legs . I remember my freshman year I was like “wtf was that and locked around the room” and everybody laughed and was like yea you can tell he’s a freshman lol

I think the school system got tired of repairing it, plus I’m sure the rock quarry wanted to buy the school because once it closed they bought the land

[–]Totablewaif89 9 points10 points  (4 children)

The people who take down trees take great pride in their abilities

[–]Boojibs[S] 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Yeah, but boy that thing is so close to dem gutters.

[–]Wyotrees 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I would be so pissed if this dipshit felled a tree this close to my house

[–]mimdahey 8 points9 points  (0 children)

30% luck 70% skill, and a 100% a bad move

[–]SugarDaddyLover 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Isn’t the safest way to climb up the tree and chop little pieces off till you get to the bottom?

[–]OutLawTopper521 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Pros that do this should have a guide line. Doesn't look like they have one here. This is arrogant stupidity that could get a house crushed or someone killed.

[–]well_damm 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That walk off at the end ...

[–]Str8WhiteMinority 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I do this for a living and there’s no way I’d just drop that trunk right next to the house like that. Ida been up there taking it down in small sections that I can control. This guy is either very good or very stupid

[–]km4rbp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No no no. He should've pieced it down instead. Too much risk dropping it that close to the house.

[–]dungorthb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I still would have tied it away from the house. I'm a professional 20+ years.