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Old 10-17-2020, 11:36 PM   #131 (permalink)
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I raked back the rocks, went back for my shovel, told my brother to put on his gloves and grab the rest of the tools, shoveled the top layer of smaller rocks and "dirt," went back for my mattock, told my brother to put on his gloves and grab the rest of the tools, hacked a couple of inches deeper, right through one big root, went back for another tool, told my brother to put on his gloves and grab the rest of the tools, and tried to clear it out some more.

It is good-sized:

I don't know why my brother put down the gloves and saw blades when I was taking pictures:

I couldn't find an outlet for my new reciprocal saw. I didn't bring a manual saw, but there was no way that I was manually sawing through this thing! I had planned on cutting wooden wedges from the stump and using that to split it, but I couldn't use my saw. Ace had metal wedges, but I wasn't spending $15-20 for one, especially when I had one.

Has anyone seen my splitting wedge?!

The back of the sledgehammer had a bit of a wedge, so I tried to split the stump with it, but once I created the notch, swinging the sledgehammer just made me tired. I thought about coming at it from the other side, but either I would swing the sledgehammer in my brother's direction or he would be behind me, but I could still totally see me throwing the sledgehammer over my shoulder.

I finally got him to put on his gloves and he grabbed the little hoe and the big digging bar when I escorted him to my car.

I couldn't get him to stay on the other side of the fence. I figured that was a safe distance.

Everybody wants for everything to be wireless. Bluetooth headsets and now those weird neck things that weirdos wear. Wireless charging, my bluetooth trackball that has zero advantage over a cord, while mice cords are slightly annoying.

I have a cordless screwdriver, but I use a drill for real work. I had wanted to go straight from Home Depot to the lady's house, but of course that didn't work out.

I didn't want to wait for a tool to charge and then have it die before I finished, but I thought that I needed to exchange it for a battery-powered version, charge it tonight, and just see how far I could get on Monday.

I could rent a gas chainsaw, but there is always a chance of hitting a rock and dulling or breaking the blade. I am far less concerned with going through sawsall blades.

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Old 10-17-2020, 11:42 PM   #132 (permalink)
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I think Harbor Freight had a perfectly good lump of metal on a stick for $36, plus I can get twice the discount that Ace gave me with my military ID. Their mattock is $25, so I could go in, buy the sledgehammer for $28.80 with a free light, take it to my car, and go back for a $20 mattock and another free light.

I am going back tomorrow to hose off the bottom of the stump. Mom got a hold of the son, who told us there is an outlet in the carport, and I am going to keep looking for my splitting wedge.

Dang! This expires tomorrow! I don't want to pay $8 for that lump of metal!

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Old 10-18-2020, 12:09 AM   #133 (permalink)
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:47 AM   #134 (permalink)
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I know of many options:
  1. Blow it up!
  2. Fire!
  3. Rent a grinder, chainsaw, trailer, and truck.
  4. Drill holes, apply stump remover, and check back monthly--forever.
  5. Wrap a chain around the stump, attach the stump to a farm jack, perhaps with a big board or steel plate underneath, and ideally with 2x4s bolted to the top, forming a tripod, and then bend the jack because you tried to break all of the roots and remove a bunch of dirt, too.
  6. Excavate and cut the roots, then use the farm jack as described above, and eventually have a huge mass of wood that you need to wrestle out of the hole and haul away.
  7. Cut an X in the top, inset wedges, and pound them with a sledgehammer. Repeat until you have completely broken the stump into pieces.
The redneck favorite is to wrap a chain around it, attach it to the bumper of your manly truck, maybe remove the stump, maybe rip off the bumper, etc. It seems like the better version of this is to park the truck, use a winch, and put a spare tire under the chain, but unless you have a small stump, I think that it is absolute idiocy to try to rip the stump and at least a couple of feet of roots and dirt.

This guy blamed the jack, but imagine if he spent an hour digging out and cutting the roots:


This is the one that I liked the most. It should be fast without the risk of fire spreading the short distance to the house:
It would also leave manageable pieces of wood.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:04 AM   #135 (permalink)
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Sounds like you're buying yourself a lot of work.

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The ingredients within stump removal chemicals vary, but they generally feature three key ingredients. The first is potassium nitrate. It's often called saltpeter and is a common fertilizer which is high in nitrogen. The second is triclopyr which works to remove unwanted woody plants and vines. The third most common ingredient are two kinds ...
I guess that's your number #2.


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What could possibly go wrong?
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My reason for not starting a fire that would burn for 12-24 hours 12 feet from the house and 6 feet from the deck is that I wouldn't be able to maintain the Bart Simpson standard of firetending:

"I started a fire this morning that I really should keep an eye on."

It will take me a long time to build the ramp. If I light the stump on fire first then I will be able to keep an eye on the fire while I work, but how long will it be before I have a burning stump in the way or at least too close to my wooden ramp?
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Good news everyone! The stump is now wider!

I dug out around the tree, trying to exist the roots, and today I cut out 4+" wedges and chunks. I decided to use a wedge and sledge for the rest.
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How do I remove a digging wedge from a tree stump?!

Is there a big version of a nail set to drive the wedge all of the way through?!
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I argue that I should have spent $15 at Ace for a normal splitting wedge instead of $16 for two diamond-shaped wedges (and two lights) at Harbor Freight.

The second wedge wasn't much help extracting the first one. There were times when both were stuck!

The friend came home today, even though her doctor wanted to send her to rehabilitation, and she still has not had her surgery.

Even though she felt that it was necessary to call and have me help her into the house. I was home, getting into the shower

My external Ethernet adapter with 3 USB 3.0 ports arrived. The only other thing that I wanted was a USB-C port, but I couldn't find an adapter with one short of a $100 dock, and I mostly found USB-C devices.

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