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New use for old Titleist Golf Ball

DSCF2084I have been Working in the yard trying to figure out a way to take down a large Poplar tree, this tree is about 70 feet high and is leaning toward the power line that serves our property.

Not having access to any heavy equipment or a boom truck, I had to think of a way to get the tree down.

Since these trees do not have limbs all the way to the bottom and the nearest branch is about 40 feet off of the ground.

I had to find  a way to get a small fishing line over that branch and back down to the ground and this where the golf ball comes in.

I took a golf ball (Titleist Pro V1) and drilled a very small hole in it so I could screw in a small eye bolt into it, then I got out my old fishing rod  and tied the line onto the golf ball.

Have you ever tried to cast a fishing lure straight up in the air?

Now I am all set to try and cast this golf ball over that branch some 40 feet in the air, Not being a very good fisherman I had lot of trouble casting the ball over the limb, I did get it over  and the ball ended on the ground. (  on the first try the ball sailed over the branch into a pine tree on the other side and the ball wraped around a limb  about 20 feet off  the ground, in trying to get it off, I broke the fish line so I had to do this all over again).

Once that was done I untied the ball, and taped a 1/4″ rope onto the fish line and  pulled it over the branch, The fish line was not strong enough to pull up a long 1″ rope needed to pull the tree back away from the Hydro line.

I took the 1″ rope which is 100 feet long and took both ends back to a another tree stump and hooked up my 1 1/2 ton come a long and proceeded to pull the tree back away from the line.

After  the tree was  pulled back to a vertical position I then cut a notch  it on the side it was pulled from, this makes it easier to pull over,then i pulled it farther until it was about  10 degrees over centre.

Now I had the tree falling exactly where I wanted it to land, I cut the backside  to finish falling the tree. I was out of the way of the tree and out of any danger area.






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