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Tree on house--luckily missed us!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by P Thought, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire

    We had a surprise snowstorm, with six inches of wet snow overnight. At 2:30 a.m., with the power out (it would stay out for almost four days,) we awoke to a godawful racket. My wife said, "The tree fell on us!" and before my feet hit the floor I was celebrating that it was down and we were alive. I'd been meaning to do something about this tree.


    Here it is from the front of the house. My chimney is under there somewhere.


    We were very lucky. My son came down from Springfield and replaced the torn-up corner of the roof, and a section of chimney and a cap took care of everything. I'll fix the gutters and soffits later. Here's a view from up the hill:

  2. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    glad everyone is ok man!
  3. tazzboy

    tazzboy Former Member

    May 5, 2005
    Yeah you got lucky there man.
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  5. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity

    Whoa! Lucky it seems to have fallen softly. Did the whole root-ball come out?

    Is that an Alder? :idea:
  6. DonMI6

    DonMI6 Tele-Holic

    Jan 5, 2012
    Maitland, Australia
    When we had a massive strorm & flooding here a few years ago, the house 3 doors down had a tree collapse on it. Thankfully nobody hurt, but they had tarpaulins patching up their roof for what seemed to be months. Dreadful thing to happen, glad your all OK!
  7. Warren Pederson

    Warren Pederson Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2004
    Wouldn't your insurance cover all that?
  8. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire

    Our insurance carries a thousand-dollar deductible. With us fixing it ourselves, the cost came to less than that.

    It's a myrtle tree. When we bought our house, 27 years ago, you could barely see it in pictures taken from the front yard. I had been afraid of it breaking at the joint of the branch that leaned over our bedroom: that would have killed us a lot deader than this. It broke at the base instead.

    Also I am fortunate in having a son who is so good to his parents, and so good with his tools. Fixing our roof was a "busman's holiday" for him.

    I didn't have the money to pay him, but Daniel had made the body for my favorite guitar, the one shown below, on the right, so I gave him the one on the left, which I made myself.

  9. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
    Yikes. We had a tree hit tele pole that came down last year...
    If it does not hit house, insurance does not pay
    glad you are ok
  10. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire

    A few years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and thought "did I hear something?" I decided it was just the wind, and went back to sleep. I got up a few hours later, and went down to the kitchen to make coffee. I thought it seemed awfully dark in the kitchen, so I tried to look out the back door (frosted glass). Everything looked all green. I went to the door and looked in the back yard, and a 45 foot acer negundo was laying on my kitchen roof. It had snapped off about three feet off the ground. Our part of town had been hit by dozens of "microbursts" during the storm that night, and trees were down all over. I live on a dead-end street, and all three directions I can go were blocked off by fallen trees. We needed to make an insurance claim, because the kitchen roof and deck were both pretty badly damaged.

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  11. DrumBob

    DrumBob -------------------------

    Jul 23, 2009
    Highland Lakes, NJ
    Glad you're OK. In 2009, we had a severe ice storm and the house got directly hit or grazed by four trees. We had to have a crane come and get them off. I have a ton of pictures I took for insurance purposes, and we cleaned up on the settlement. I still have a couple of big suckers that could hit us at some point, God forbid. I should have them taken down.

    The upside of all this was, I now have much more sunlight in the backyard, and much less leaves to rake in the fall!
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2012
  12. dog fart

    dog fart Friend of Leo's

    Dec 16, 2009
    North Carolina
    And I thought yesterdays hail damage to my roof sucked. To echo everyones sentiments here, I'm glad that you and your family are all alright
  13. TeleTim911

    TeleTim911 Friend of Leo's

    Sep 28, 2009
    Calera, Alabama
    Really glad to hear you are all okay.
  14. promagnum

    promagnum Tele-Holic

    Glad that old Ford was spared.

    Just curious. How much are you asking?
  15. dented

    dented Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 17, 2006
    Back at the Beach
    Glad you guys are okay.
  16. hazcat

    hazcat Tele-Meister

    Jun 7, 2008
    Eugene OR
    There were lots of scenes like that over here in the valley, as well. I was glad to have taken care of the two dodgy spruces in my yard. Glad everyone's safe! Someone could have, uh, perished.

    Also, if I were a contractor, I would nail a business card to your mailbox. I like the way you pay! By the way, I've seen some nice solidbodies made from myrtlewood... call it "the Widowmaker."
  17. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire

    I really count us lucky on this. Thanks everyone for the well-wishes.

    @ promagnum: $2100. It's just the number I pulled out of my hat. I haven't done anything aggressive toward selling it yet. A boy at school says he wants to buy it this summer. It needs someone who'll drive it every day.

    @ hazcat: I heard the snow was something in the valley. I have several body-sized chunks of myrtlewood drying in my garage, from a tree that went down at my mom's house a couple years ago. Maybe this summer I'll make myself another P-90 esquire from one of them.
  18. Canuckcaster

    Canuckcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 12, 2006
    Calgary, Alberta
    Next time move into a place that's not so close to that many trees.;)

    Glad everyone's alright.

  19. Tred

    Tred Tele-Afflicted

    In Oregon (or Washington), it's a way of life. I remember living through a wind storm that knocked out power to Seattle and surrounding area for over a week. I think it was 2.5 million people that went dark, and then the ensuing snow & ice storms that followed a few years back. Glad you're okay.
  20. tazzboy

    tazzboy Former Member

    May 5, 2005
    Yeah there was nasty one back 10 years ago in February that took out gazebo and fence.
  21. backporch guy

    backporch guy Tele-Afflicted

    During our last hurricane(Ike or Gustav, forget which), I was sitting in the front room with our poodle, Tabasco, now deceased, listening to the progress of the storm on the radio. The weather report was that the tale end of the storm was starting to pass over out location, and the winds would soon start to calm a bit. I looked down at the dog and said " Tabasco, if we can last another hour with no damage, we'll be ok." For 2 days I had had nobody to talk to but the dog. right at that moment, there was a loud thump on the front corner and the hous shook. A large white oak in the front yard had up rooted, and fallen, luckily only clipping the edge. To the OP, glad every one is ok and the damage was minimal.
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