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I figured it out

A couple of storms ago, the other half of the enormous oak tree that decimated our neighbors' power lines came down.  This half fell on OUR property - and made a right mess back there, too.  The split is about thirteen feet up, and the crown is wedged into other trees up there.  We won't be able to drop it - it's too dangerous.  So we're going to spend a lot of money taking down someone else's problem tree.  But that's not my point.

I followed Bob back there with the lopping shears - I wanted to take dead wood off of the bottom of the pine trees so that you can walk without being impaled.  I reached up with the loppers like always - and my shoulder stabbed me.  Hard.  That's how I tore it up - remember Snowmaggedeon of 2011?  Well, during the cleanup portion Bob ran the chain saw, and I cut up the brush.  Using exactly the motion that just REALLY hurt.  Over and over and over again.  Often overhead.  I'm entirely certain how I did this.

Crap.  But at least I know.

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kamau_d_lyon
Jun. 9th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Does it hurt when you do that?

THEN DON'T DO IT!

*Grin*

Really that does make sense both in terms of the position of the shoulder and the repetitive motion you were doing. At least you now know and the surgery will clear it up.
kls_eloise
Jun. 9th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
*smirk* Yeah, for some reason I didn't get done what I'd intended to back there. I shifted mechanics to do a little, but I expect doing a lot wouldn't be a good idea. If I wade back there again, I'll take a saw instead.

As soon as it twinged, it made perfect sense. It's nice to know how it happened - both because I'm tired of people asking "how did you do it?" and not having an answer, and because I also don't have to worry about repeating the problem in the future. Those were fairly unique circumstances.
pippagrey
Jun. 9th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Is said problem tree someplace which if it finished coming down it would take out something important of yours? Like parts of the house or cars?

kls_eloise
Jun. 9th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Well, the fact that it took me two weeks to realize the crown came down is indicative of quite a bit...

The only risk is to other trees, a grove of mountain laurels, and anyone who walks under it. That's the wildest area of our property.

I want it down for safety reasons, but I don't think there's a rush. I'll have Ben come drop it, and we'll burn it in recompense.
pippagrey
Jun. 10th, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
As long as it isn't the equivalent of our neighbor's willow. It's nice to know that it isn't a rush job.

I have a bit of a thing about iffy trees these days.

Though the insurance money got us a better car than the one that got squished.
isabeau_lark
Jun. 10th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Well, at least you know. If only knowing made it all go away magically.

But seriously, what I want to know is, did you go see the kitty?
kls_eloise
Jun. 10th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
We're hoping to go Tuesday. I'll let you all know...
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