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Old 10-17-2014, 07:58 AM   #41
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With so much interest about trees, maybe a good place for some notes about "Tree Law", one of the busiest areas of homeowner legal responsibilities.

Conflicts Involving Trees and Neighbors - FindLaw

and one more... with which I learned about at total cost of about $2000.
SC fallen tree - no storm- Act of God? and cleanup liability - Lawyers.com Community

These articles cover responsibilities for expenses involving costs associated with having trees on the property.

Some of the Q & A quetions:
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A storm knocked down my neighbor's tree limb onto my property, damaging my house, car, and yard furniture. Is he responsible for the damages? -
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Most of a large tree hangs over my yard, but the trunk is in the neighbor's yard. Who owns the tree?
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The spreading of tree roots on my land damaged my neighbor's septic tank. Do I have to compensate my neighbors?
Do you know what your homeowners insurance covers?

Back to tree trimming.
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We had an 18 yo laborer in a neighboring town killed by the tree he was pulling with a rope. The guy who helps me at the lake lost his son working as a lumberman ... crushed by a tree. And these guys worked for "professionals".

Never want to be below the "work" ... that's why I like the 50 ft lift.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:33 PM   #43
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My step-father who raised me 'learned' me: "Never let a bush touch the side of your house--never let a tree hang over your roof--and I never have!" I'm like Amethyst---we are down to 10 trees (3 whimpy ones and 7 that are 15+' tall after they're trimmed--they were supposed to be dwarf trees, but somebody lied to me). I've been trimming them and hauling the branches to the dump for almost 40 years--and yea, I hate it. I use an 8' stepladder, me on the next to top rung gets another 5-6', arm in the air is 2'+, and holding a hedge trimmer is 2'--so I'm able to go 17 feet off the ground. Had a 110' sliver maple that a tornado took out 1/3 of in Jan.-2008. I hired a crew to take it down, plus 14 12+' bushes around my pool fence, plus 6 30' trees in my garden, for $2k. I had to split and stack all the wood and clean up at least 1/2 the debris. Have never been on a ladder with my chain saw that I can remember. I'm doing it the cheap way, but the older I get, the harder it seems to get. Hmm....any of my neighbors doing the same??--not a chance--mostly, they just let them go.
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Alas, DW (who has always been smarter than me) puts her foot down on this kind of work, and so we always hire the pros. It bruises my ego a bit, but I know she's right.
I suspect this is one reason that married men live longer than single ones. The wife keeps them from doing stupid things that will get them killed.
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I suspect this is one reason that married men live longer than single ones. The wife keeps them from doing stupid things that will get them killed.
I have posted before about every year DH wants to save $150 to clean out the gutters and I insist on hiring a younger, more nimble footed, experienced roofer with workers comp insurance to do it.
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I suspect this is one reason that married men live longer than single ones. The wife keeps them from doing stupid things that will get them killed.
Pretty much sums it up.
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I suspect this is one reason that married men live longer than single ones.
It just seems longer.



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