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08:51 pm: fortunately, unfortunately
+ When I bought this house it came with a very big, very old apple tree.
- Which suddenly started to lean.
+ It didn't fall over and hurt anyone.
- Because it was leaning on the shed, which also began to lean: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/boxofdelights/833604/58217/58217_900.jpg
+ I found a very competent, honest, and kind tree guy who took the tree the rest of the way down without damaging anything else except an old birdhouse where yellowjackets had been nesting.
- He discovered that the tree had not been taken out by old age. It had been killed by carpenter ants or termites. I thought termites didn't live around here, because the winters are too cold and dry, but I believe tree guy would know.

- Tree guy says that I should call an exterminator to treat the house,
- but I'm thinking that the insects would be even more likely to have infested the shed;
- but I can't ask an exterminator to look into the shed until I make it safe, so I don't know where to start.
- Also I am feeling guilty about not having realized that I needed to do something earlier.

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From:lookfar
Date:November 20th, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
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Not clear - is the shed leaning perilously so the exterminator can't safely enter? Maybe the person could start by examining the corpse of the tree and see which it is?
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From:lookfar
Date:November 20th, 2016 04:34 am (UTC)
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We've continued to pay for termite terminals for years since finding just a few o them, and I'm wondering if this is a waste of money at this point. No further termites have been seen.
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From:boxofdelights
Date:November 20th, 2016 04:40 am (UTC)
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The tree guy said I should not go into the shed until I had made it safe, by hoisting it straight and then adding braces to all the roof trusses. But if I'm going to end up demolishing the shed I probably don't want to fix it first.
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From:lookfar
Date:November 20th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
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What a conundrum! Or put some termite dude at risk. Termite dude with long stick?? Or let him poke holes from the outside? Home ownership sometimes seems so onerous.
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From:randomdreams
Date:November 20th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
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If the tree is off the shed, that should prevent it actually falling down, and my impression with termites was that most of the evidence for them was on the outside of buildings where the wood touches the ground, whereas inside the shed it's going to be much harder to see evidence of them. You could ask the termite guy whether he thinks reinforcement is necessary.
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From:randomdreams
Date:November 20th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
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With that said, fixing the shed might be as simple as a couple 10' long 2x4's nailed into the shed on a diagonal so they're in tension in the direction the shed is falling.
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