My mother has a large pecan tree in her backyard. It's within clobbering distance of two houses and has TWO 120v power mains running suspended through the middle of it. Now I've had some dumb jobs before, but you ain't selling me on THAT disability factory! I suggested an arborist. Like a company or at least someone insured and bonded considering the difficulty and possible property damage risk. She called "The Axe Man". A man with an interesting safety record... He's apparently still at it and I can see why...http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_22326344/las-cruces-tree-trimmer-shocked-by-power-lines
Craig Benavidez "The Axe Man" rolled up to survey the job in a beat up yellow pickup with no company markings, full of sticks from the last job apparently. In the passenger seat was a man smoking a cigarette. He dangled out the passenger door smoking and seemingly talking to himself until strong examination revealed that underneath a pile of tree trimmings in the bed, stacked higher than the vehicle's roof... Unsecured with the tailgate down, no tarp... With the trimmings protruding out the tailgate with no safety flags... Was a second worker. Probably also smoking a cigarette... I pointed out that he certainly didn't appear licensed or bonded, but either way if he's doing dangerous or illegal stuff his insurance is right out the window. Also, that in my opinion the condition of his vehicle and attire reflected that he likely doesn't have a bond near big enough to cover the damage if the tree, or one of his workers, hits a house on the way down. Also, he wanted to be paid in cash "so he could pay his workers". Naturally I'm assuming that's because his employees have felony burglary charges and what-not that occlude them from legal employment, and not because "The Axe Man" doesn't have a checking account. She assured me that he said he was bonded and insured, and his rate was beyond competitive. So I will be recording the event! Any video footage of a repeat performance by "The Axe Man" likely won't help anyone in court, but in case it is funny enough for submission to Tosh.O, I'll be ready! Afterwards, I am promptly moving out of this town as there is obviously a plague of retardedness sweeping the area. Oh, and appatently he 'knows a lady' who wants to pick up the pesticide and dog urine soaked pecans off the ground so she can sell them for human consumption. Or maybe she's just collecting them... Who knows right! And she'll do it for free and you can't beat that!