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Old 05-17-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Looking for both of these, that will do a good job for a fair price.
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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No one uses these services?
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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I always do most everything myself. Unfortunately few people can be trusted these days to either A) Do the job right or B) Do it at a fair price.

Catch the latest Chris Hanson bit with the plumbers and you'll see just how bad they are. The only thing I don't deal with is electrical work. Everything else I can do better than the shmucks (the bad word filter made me misspell it! ) out there today.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:16 AM
 
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I always do most everything myself. Unfortunately few people can be trusted these days to either A) Do the job right or B) Do it at a fair price.

Catch the latest Chris Hanson bit with the plumbers and you'll see just how bad they are. The only thing I don't deal with is electrical work. Everything else I can do better than the shmucks (the bad word filter made me misspell it! ) out there today.
I agree...that was why I was asking. I do an awful lot myself as well. But I can't grind a stump or take down a tree limb, I'm not trained and I don't have the equipment.
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:54 AM
 
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In my experience, there is no set prices or estimates for tree services in VA. Most services I have had was not completely satisfactory in either price or the amount of service the price included. Recently I was quoted from 800-3,000 from 4 different tree vendors for the same service.

My mom just paid 1300 just to trim a willow tree in Richmond- way to much - I think she they took advantage of her age = the tree was more leaves than limbs.

Good luck = I need services also but can't afford it and the cost for the stump is a another story.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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I agree...that was why I was asking. I do an awful lot myself as well. But I can't grind a stump or take down a tree limb, I'm not trained and I don't have the equipment.
Rent the equipment and figure it out! If they can do it, you can do it.

If you're only talking about taking down some limbs, that's not hard at all. You could use a ladder or cherry picker (depending on how easy you feel on a ladder or how high the tree is) and you would simply secure the branch you're cutting to a higher branch (with rope) cut, then lower it to the ground. A pulley can make it even easier.

If you're taking down the whole tree it's more work, but even still, not too hard.

I believe the Home Depot rents stump grinders as well.

You can do it!
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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In my experience, there is no set prices or estimates for tree services in VA. Most services I have had was not completely satisfactory in either price or the amount of service the price included. Recently I was quoted from 800-3,000 from 4 different tree vendors for the same service.

My mom just paid 1300 just to trim a willow tree in Richmond- way to much - I think she they took advantage of her age = the tree was more leaves than limbs.

Good luck = I need services also but can't afford it and the cost for the stump is a another story.
My elderly neighbor gets ripped off all the time.

One evening she called because her toilet flapper needed to be replaced. She had the flapper, but needed a new chain because it had snapped in half. I told her I would get it the next day.

I wake up the next morning, look outside and she had called a plumber! Over $200 to replace a flapper she already had, and to just put a new chain on it.

Somebody quoted her over $750 to put down mulch. I did it for her.

She recently had a new tub installed to the tune of $15,000.

She has the money, but I feel bad that she's getting ripped off. The worst part is she keeps calling these people.

How people can take advantage of others like that, I'll never know.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:25 AM
 
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Rent the equipment and figure it out! If they can do it, you can do it.If you're only talking about taking down some limbs, that's not hard at all. You could use a ladder or cherry picker (depending on how easy you feel on a ladder or how high the tree is) and you would simply secure the branch you're cutting to a higher branch (with rope) cut, then lower it to the ground. A pulley can make it even easier.

If you're taking down the whole tree it's more work, but even still, not too hard.

I believe the Home Depot rents stump grinders as well.

You can do it!
Sorry - but that's absurd to even consider. The tree limb reaches far above my house, and it is a HUGE limb - actually it is one third of the tree. I'd be an idiot to attempt that. Besides, the tree is in my neighbors yard, so an insured specialist is doubly important.
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