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    Close call on a windy day.



    Scary day yesterday. I was working on a 6' livestock tank to make a vegetable raised bed in the morning. I then went and did some other chores. Later in the afternoon, I was going back to work some more on the tank, but the dog wanted to go out to potty. As we were standing in the front yard, I heard a loud crack and looked back to see a large part of a double top redwood break off and fall, it only took about 5 seconds to hit the ground. It fell from about 80 feet up the tree and just missed the house in the backyard. The section was 18" at the base and over 60' long. Had it not been for taking the dog out, I would have been right where the tank was, I don't think I could have moved fast enough to get out of the way. It took out 30 feet of fence and crushed the tank. As I sat there and stared at the damage, all I could think about was thank you Lord that no one was injured and a special thanks to our dog.
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  • Top | #2
    Wow wrgilb , what a close call. You've got an angel on your shoulder, and so does your dog, I'm thinking. Glad to hear you're safe.

    Best wishes,
    Kathryn

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    • Top | #3
      Yikes!

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      • Top | #4
        I was playing golf as an 8th grader and a GIANT tree almost fell on me. That sucker was like 4 feet at the base and probably 50 feet tall. Close call! EVERY time I hear a crack of wood, I look up now!

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        • Top | #5
          Sounds like knee time to me.

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          • Top | #6
            Rather be lucky than good any day nice dodge

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            • Top | #7
              WOW! Good to see you made it out! Lucky man!

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              • Top | #8
                WOAH!!! Glad nobody got hurt. Just another reason to have dogs, they know things. On a high note you now have some great wood to smoke with..

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                • Top | #9
                  That's someone watching over you my friend.

                  I had a similar experience. I had a small starter home years ago and used the garage as my wood shop so the cars sat in the driveway. I had a large Bradford Pear tree in the front yard that had pretty much lived its life, they only last about 30 years or so. Anyway it just so happened that I was changing my oil one Saturday and had the car pulled into the garage. I'm literally under the car installing a new filter when I hear this crash, bang, boom !! I look around and see the pear tree laying on the driveway where my vehicle would normally have been. The good news was I saved my car, the bad news was I had to go rent a chainsaw to liberate it from it's tomb !!!

                  Trees can be deadly things, keep them pruned to avoid disasters.

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                  • Top | #10
                    I wouldn't think Redwood would be very good for smoking. It is a softwood, evergreen. Has anybody actually tried this for smoking?

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                    • Troutman
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                      Have you tried smoking with Southern Yellow Pine?? Same answer.

                    • CaptainMike
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                      You would not want to smoke with it.

                    • NapMaster
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                      Roger that! Figured that was the case.

                  • Top | #11
                    Glad yer safe n sound!

                    Sounds like yer faithful companion deserves some extra treats, an lovin on...

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                  • Top | #12
                    Wow, fate can sure offer us some interesting scenarios. I hope your little buddy got some extra treats!

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                    • Top | #13
                      Iā€™m with CaptainMike , the dog deserves a mess of treats and I would add, should be allowed up on the furniture now.šŸ™‚ Also glad this is a story with a good ending and not the alternative.

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                      • Top | #14
                        Gonna have to Barbeque something for that dog. Glad to have a happy ending, except for your tank.

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                        • Top | #15
                          Glad you and your dog are safe. Everything else can be replaced.

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