DISCLAIMER: This is by no means an expert DIY. PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Wear eye protection and use heavy duty gloves when cutting!
STEP 1: Equipment
o Eye protection
o Heavy duty gloves
o Industrial strength rope
STEP 2: Pre-planning
Draw it up, plan it out. Cutting down a tree isn’t quantum physics, but it’s still Newtonian physics. You gotta know how the cut will affect where the tree falls – especially if the house is very close like in my case! Take into consideration angles, rope forces, and the apparent weight of the limb you’re trying to take down. NOTE: The limb is always much heavier than you think.
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Notice the angle of the cut on the limbs. Notice also the limb fell exactly where we wanted it to – namely away from the house :)
STEP 4: Use Rope
So in the case of the second limb, it was leaning more over the house than away so rope was necessary to get it to not fall on top of the roof. Unfortunately in this case I made the cut too hastily and ended up having to attach the rope to my tow ropes and then to my truck to pull it away from falling on the house…but it still worked!
STEP 5: Clean-up