Restoring Byron House

July 2005
Aug 2005
Nov 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
May 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Back Porch
Pecan Tree
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 2
Kitchen 3
Dig Footers
Build Foundation
Filling an Antique Septic Tank
Floor Joists
Framing Day 1
Framing Day 2
Framing Day 3
Framing Day 4
New windows
Sewer Line
Water Line
West Wall
East Wall
South Wall-West Gable
Front Door
New East Wall
New West Wall
New North Wall
Last New Wall
Front Porch

One morning we awoke to find a one-foot diameter limb had broken off our back pecan tree. That is when we found out from the natives that a pecan tree is a self-pruner. We would have preferred to keep the great shade tree, but after seeing the broken branch, we decided to remove the tree that would overhang our addition.

This is a picture of the 93-foot pecan in our backyard before we had it removed. To determine the tree height, Jim measured a distance from the tree to a point in the yard. He then used his transit and measured the angle to the tree top. Using trigonometry, he calculated the height of the tree.

The tree partially down.

The arrow is pointing to the tree trimmer who had stepped out of his bucket truck and climbed up the tree.

A close-up after the limb was cut. The bucket is a 60' model and the trimmer is not wearing a safety belt.

Before the tree was cut down, we contacted the local sawmill about having the tree cut into lumber. Apparently the pecan wood is so hard we would have had to purchase a new saw blade for the mill. After cut, we could expect to see the majority of the boards deform.

The log moving bobcat was also great at removing our concrete steps and tossing them in a dumpster. For helping us out with this hefty problem we bought lunch for everyone at the local restaurant.