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Border Wars

December 18, 2011

The weapons:

The border battlefield:

The casualties:

Some explanation:

Actually this battle was the long put off removal of my neighbor’s saw briar bundled cherry laurel tree from my fence. It fell the length of my wire fence and got hung up hovering over the row of boxwoods I had moved to the edge of the yard earlier in the spring.

For six months I was hopeful that I might return home one day to find it removed, or perhaps at least stripped of the 3,139 feet of dried briars that protected the length of the trunk. No such luck.

This afternoon I came up with a scheme that would allow me to remove it while sparing my boxwoods. A come-a-long hand winch and 45 ft of 5 ton steel cable anchored by a stout magnolia did the trick- remarkably I still have all my fingers and all my box woods. I’m a nice guy; I didn’t charge for my services and the logs were all returned to their original owner.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011 8:44 pm

    Bet you wished you had a few more “boots on the ground”….to help out.

    • December 19, 2011 9:05 pm

      Yeah today I wish I had more. I can’t do this like I could when I was in my 20s er I mean 30s er I mean 40s…..

      Actually I am pig headed and sometimes enough the challenge of engineering jobs that really need 2 or 3 sets of hands into a job I can do myself.

  2. December 21, 2011 12:11 pm

    That was a big job! Congratulations on a successful project (and I’m glad your fingers and boxwoods survived).

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