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View Poll Results: What should I do to the tree?
Let it be and sacrifice the gutter. 2 11.11%
Cut around the gutter allowing for it to sway & grow. 3 16.67%
Cut the tree down. 13 72.22%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-02-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Dublin, OH
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I have a tree that is literally crushing the gutter. I just purchased this house and need to make a decision. Can I use a chainsaw and cut around the gutter giving it 6" to move freely or should I take it down all together? It's a huge tree and seems healthy. I'm open to any ideas.

Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Nice old tree, but cutting it down will save a lot of future problems both with the house and the tree.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Cut a few inches off the gutter. Long as the house itself isn't being hit. The trunk is large enough I doubt wind will move it under most conditions. Nitram is right it may require more maintenance over the years.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Take a chainsaw to the house instead.

I wouldn't take a chunk out of the tree as it could ultimately make it have problems. You could possibly alter the gutter there a bit but that fix is likely to be temporary. Funny, look how it's been growing into the gutter for years (or is a fast growing tree); you can see the several inch long gouge the gutter has made in the bark.

Best thing is probably to undue someone's long-ago goofball idea to put such a large tree there and have it removed. Call someone with a good rep because you don't want them dropping anything on your house.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Take a chainsaw to the house instead.
LOL! I was seriously considering saying that!
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I can't tell from the pics but for safety reasons, if there are any branches overhanging the roof that are thicker than your arm... and I suspect there are, I would remove it. But when I say remove it, what I mean is calling a licensed and insured tree service after consulting with an ISA certified arborist.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I'm not real big about cutting yard trees down (you know, the questions on here like "I have a 20 ft. tree 60 ft. feet from my house, what should I do?" and invariably someone (or ones) tell him that any tree that big within a quarter mile needs removed or it will hit the house) but this tree needs to come down. As others have said use a licensed and bonded company. Some jurisdictions require a permit and mitigation (which usually means planting another tree).
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:46 AM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Ahha! I can see my Texas view is a bit different. Here in Texas the brutal sun has us worshiping any tree that gives us shade. I'd take my chances with a limb falling on my roof in a high wind or storm!
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Lack of planning when somebody planted that tree. Take it down and replace it with something that won't outgrow the space. If you wait to remove the tree, you'll just make the job more difficult later on.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Ahha! I can see my Texas view is a bit different. Here in Texas the brutal sun has us worshiping any tree that gives us shade. I'd take my chances with a limb falling on my roof in a high wind or storm!
Shade is indeed valuable but it's not worth the risk of having a hazardous tree that can come crashing down through the roof and kill someone. People underestimate just how dangerous trees can be and just how heavy they are. If the tree is ruled a hazard and is removed, it should indeed be replaced by something more suitable for that location.
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