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How can I use pulleys to pull a large branch out of the water

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by bocaboca, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. bocaboca

    bocaboca

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    Problem: I need to remove a tree branch which broke off last night and fell into my back yard canal. the main branch is approx. 30' long 12/14" diameter with lots of smaller branches coming off if it.........every branch has large leaves its a Fig leaf Ficus. It's about 25' into the canal, off a dirt bank. I can get a strap/rope around the largest part..(going to it in my canoe) what I cant do is get a vechicle back there to help pull it to the bank so I can get a chain saw on it. How can i hook up a pulley system, or block and tackle so a couple of us would have a better chance of pulling it to shore...there's just too much drag to pull it without some mechanical help.

    no prob with the boaters............yet!

    thanks
     
  2. Jonesee

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    Use a come-a-long.
    Anchor it and winch it out..
     
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  3. Adjuster

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    Can you contact whomever is responsible for maintaining the canal?



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  4. bocaboca

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    the tree is on my property......I'm assuming "I'M" responsible for blocking part of the canal. The branch that snapped off extended out (over the canal) horizontally from the main trunk.
     
  5. Gallium

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    Simple. Burn it with fire.
     
  6. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    let it sit a while and it becomes a great place to catch fish!
     
  7. Adjuster

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    I do not think you would be responsible for that branch. Especially if it broke clean from the tree. However if you do have a main trunk still on the bank to anchor then a come-a-long should work perfect for you. You can rent one or they are cheap from Harbor Freight.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=come+a+long


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  8. Caver 60

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    Don't know your situation. Is the canal public city or county property with an easement across your place???

    If it's a public drainage canal; check with the city or governing authority tomorrow. They may come pull it out for free. After all, if it blocks the canal, that affects a lot of homes if the water overflows or backs up.

    Things to check into. The appropriate agency would have the proper equipment to do the job. Good luck.
     
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    See who is responsible for the canal. Some canals here have covenant restrictions in their charters restricting who can enter or work on/in them. Even if it is your branch it may be their responsibility. Can't hurt to check first.
     
  11. *ASH*

    *ASH* in hell everyone loves popcorn

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    might not be your problem , or get a truck with long cable winch ,
    and or get long rope and attach to winch . thats route id go

    got any pics ? that might help with plan of attack ,lol
     
  12. MrKandiyohi

    MrKandiyohi Millennium Member

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    That's who I would contact first. Since it was a natural occurrence, they may be responsible for its removal.

    I live on a lake, and I had a tree fall into the lake. I assumed I was responsible for its removal, but I called the DNR to verify. I was told that since I didn't cut it down and cause it to fall into the lake, I didn't need to do anything with it. It has slowly broken down and has been used by a muskrat for its house and as a sunning place for painted and snapping turtles.
     
  13. Kloogee

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    So we have a guy who wants to take responsibility for something his personal property has done to potentially impact other people... And there are people in this thread trying to talk him out of it and make it the government's responsibility?

    OP we need more people like you in this country. Don't let these guys talk you out of doing the right thing.

    Good luck with your project. I wish I had some useful advice to assist you.
     
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  14. Caver 60

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    A tree branch the size you are describing could easily weigh close to a thousand pounds or more. If you can get it removed by a public agency for free, that would definitely be the way to go IMO.
     
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    30 feet long, a foot in diameter, sounds pretty heavy, atleast until you can cut enough off as you pull it in. the first ten or so feet are going to offer quite a bit of resistance, probably need a big, blocked truck aways up the bank to keep from pulling yourself in. good luck with that
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This x100
     
  18. Z71bill

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    I was thinking the same thing -

    Can you at least get it so the branch is parallel to the bank - then cut it up into smaller chunks and haul it out.
     
  19. tallen122

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    Might be too heavy for a come along make sure to check the weight it's rated for. maybe a large block and tackle as someone else said anchored to the tree. If you know any firefighters ask them to take a look at it. They might have an answer for you. You might find a block and tackle at your local tool rental place. Good luck, post how you got it out when you're done please.
     
  20. gjk5

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    all I know is that out here in the West you could get fined for jacking with it. There are very tight rules on who can and cannot work on or around a canal. I would check first and if it is indeed my responsibility, I would certainly do it.

    If it is your deal, then a comealong is the way to go.