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#4779058 - 01/03/11 06:28 PM Best method for removing palm tree stump
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With all the collective knowledge here at the campfire I wanted to get some input on the removal of a palm tree stump. Growing up in rural MN removing a tree stump was pretty straight forward get a big enough piece of equipment and rip it out.

Here in FL I need to get rid of a palm tree stump that is interfering with the main plumbing line running to the city main. A multitude of potential problems await it seems as in accordance with famous Murphy of law fame.

1. Location: Not to belittle our fine surveyors and public works employees of the 1950's but for some reason the lot layout and the city sewer main do not connect. Thus we have a 20 foot easement into the neighbors lot. The offending tree is of course on the other side of the fence.

2. Obstacles: A large oak tree to one side and a powerline pole to the other. Lots of wires and junk to work around.

3. Utilities: Buried gas line, the aforementioned sewer pipe and other stuff like that.

4. Size of the stump this was a clump of about 4 or 5 palms that had not been maintained in many years so the stump is a bunch of little stumps fused together I think. But it is about 4 feet across.

So I need to figure out the best way to remove this thing so I can bring in the plumber to make the final conversion from Orangeburg pipe to pvc. Main thing is to not damage the sewer pipe in taking out the stump if at all possible.

I have looked online and found people that will grind stumps out. I am not sure if a small bob cat type excavator would be able to get it out. Large equipment will probably not be able to get at it.

So any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mack
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#4779066 - 01/03/11 06:30 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: mack5511]
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#4779091 - 01/03/11 06:34 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: mack5511]
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i had one of those tall ones planted right next to my house by the prior owner. Came time to get it out. Dug on it for probably a month. Axe, shovel, pick etc
finally tied chains around it and hooked it up to my dodge 3/4diesel 4x4, wouldn't really move it but started chopping on it and increased the tension. Chopped some more.
Liked to kilt me. Read my thread on my bad back, comes from doing stuff like this.
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#4779128 - 01/03/11 06:42 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: RoninPhx]
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#4779161 - 01/03/11 06:49 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: T LEE]
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Bobcat has a stump grinder attachment.

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#4779186 - 01/03/11 06:54 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: RoninPhx]
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#4779217 - 01/03/11 07:00 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: bcp]
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#4779258 - 01/03/11 07:09 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: Fubarski]
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Sounds like a tree removal service would be your best choice. They would be expensive but would be worth it just from the stand point that if something goes wrong their insurance should cover it. Make very sure on that point. Your plumber should be able to recommend a good one

If you don't like that idea, there should be a free service to mark the utilities. After that a lot of digging, a lot of root cutting and a lot of sweating should get it out.

BTW, although the city (around here) gets a lot of blame for things like lot layout and street layout in any given developement, that is actually done by the developer or someone he hires and in a few cases they wern't very good at what they were doing. In the case of one road the story is that they were drunk when they laid it out.

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#4779314 - 01/03/11 07:22 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: chris112]
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#4779320 - 01/03/11 07:24 PM Re: Best method for removing palm tree stump [Re: chris112]
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Well I got the palm trees down so no worries about flattening my truck anyway. I know there are stump grinders but was not sure of operation in a restricted confine like this. Also as the ones I have saw are big saw type blades I worry about the utilities and my fragile sewer line.

The man that invented orangeburg pipe should be slapped silly.

Well I am not sure who or how the lot was laid out in the 1950's but whoever did the job got an F- minus in math. The main city line is about 50 feet short of where it should end. If they had ran it correctly the plumber said we could have the city abandon our current tap and put another one in that is not in the middle of a palm patch.

The plumber said in 25 years of work he as never saw anything like this. We just have no other options but to remove the stump.

With the purchase of the house and the economy the way it is I can't afford to just carte blanche say to someone to just take care of it.


Mack
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