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Old 06-11-2010, 10:57 PM
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I got it done. It took about 2.5 hours each including cutting off branches, digging, and hauling. Also mowed. Customers, nice folks, paid me extra.

Hard to do things when you are poor. Couldn't pull with the truck due to no access. Don't have a chainsaw and no one I know has one. Would need a dull chain anyway. I couldn't get a big metal pry bar (6' long , 15 pounds, what are those called?) ... cost too much. I borrowed a reciprocating saw and cut the branches off.

I used a mattock, shovel, wood splitting maul, axe (courtesy of the customer) and a rope. 104 degrees the first day, 90-something the second.

I found that digging mostly with the mattock close to the base did best to find roots. Then I would break them with the mattock, or cut them with the mattock's pick or the axe. I tied a rope to two oleander stumps, the one I was digging and one next to it and pulled in the middle of the rope. That gives you leverage. It is why cloths line poles bend inward. That would pop them out after I cut enough roots.

Business is picking up. I have 4 or 5 (estimate for one pending) new mowing customers and I get one-time jobs. Mostly by referral. 3 customers live near each other so travel time is low.

Last edited by Jack Rabbit; 06-11-2010 at 11:08 PM.
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