Steveio was on a roll today. His goal is to remove seven junky box elder trees from growing around the cement slab foundation in our backyard. He calls them "weed trees". He would like to use the slab in the future to build a cute Little Red Barn for a garden shed.
He figures that the sooner he gets the trees out of there, the better it will be. It will be easier to remove or burn out the stumps. If any of these half rotten trees were to blow over during the winter, their roots could pull up and damage the cement slab that's already there.
So far he has cut down five of them with the chainsaw and most of them are rotten on the inside. So he was right in getting them down out of the way.
Today he had the last two to get rid of. The only problem is, exactly where they would drop is where he has two beautiful trees that are growing up nicely. One is a ornamental crabapple tree and the other one is a nice black walnut tree. So his problem was how to guide them down without harming the nice trees, as they land on the ground.
So that is why he had called upon his Assistant to the Lumberjack-- (ME). It was up to me to sit behind the steering wheel of our Saturn SUV with a rope attached to the hitch. This is why:
See these two angled trees in the picture? The two with the Red Arrows? Those are the two that he wanted to take down.
He got everything ready and got the big thick rope into place. Now it was my turn to help out, while he carefully cut the trees from behind. The Saturn (and me) would be far far away to the left when this all happened.
Our next project today was to permanently make sure that our fireplace is closed off that nobody will ever want to try to attempt to build a fire from inside. Both the building inspector and our insurance company wanted to be assured that it was taken care of. Because we closed off the chimney from the top on the outside on Monday, we needed to make it obvious to anyone in the future that it could no longer be used. We already knew the fireplace from the inside had been closed off years ago by the previous owners / renters. There was a firm metal structure covering the entire flue as well as a bunch of insulation above that, blocking it off. We checked that out before we even bought the house.
We went one step further to add a second metal barrier with words of warning written onto the sheet of aluminum.
It was a warm enough day to open up the doors and windows to have adequate ventilation to use this product. It's very stinky!
Wow, look at this! This is just with the primer on and I haven't even painted yet. What a difference. Maybe tomorrow I will get out my paint bucket and little roller.
Somehow, he knows I am typing about him right now, doesn't he? Dogs are pretty smart creatures.