Reader Dave wrote us concerning a tree in his backyard — it’s an old logic-problem-type issue that can really bake your noodle:
I need help in identifying what tool to use for this job: I have a tree (apple) that is bent and I plan on attaching a steel pipe to it to keep it straight for a year or so. The problem is getting the tree in a position to attach the pipe: I could use a ratcheting strap or come-along to get it close, but how can I get it the last 1-2 feet (the tree and pipe is only 3″ in diameter)?? It seems like there might be a device that given a loop of cable, it would pull the cable in to tighten the loop down to whatever diameter loop you wanted with force … any ideas?
I’m much better with wood when it’s in the lumber state of being. I possess the very unique gift of being able to turn any living plant dead in no time flat — it’s almost a superpower. With my limited knowledge I suggest a come-along hooked to the back end of a truck and looped back on itself, or perhaps two of them working together — one from the top of the tree and one at the bottom so you can adjust as the pipe is put into place.
However, if a tree’s big enough to go on the table saw, I tend to just call it “free lumber” and haul it inside the shop to begin its fabulous new life in the lumber bin — most of the time I laugh like a mad scientist for good measure. All you green-thumbed Toolmongers might offer some better advice. How might Dave save his apple tree? Let us know in comments.
(Thanks to Outsanity Photos for the kick-ass pic.)