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Old October 11th, 2006, 07:38 PM   #1
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Got a not very large tree growing on to my power line & need it gone. Anybody here do that or have a buddy that does?

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Old October 11th, 2006, 07:44 PM   #2
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Got a not very large tree growing on to my power line & need it gone. Anybody here do that or have a buddy that does?
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Old October 11th, 2006, 08:00 PM   #3
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i think grifter works for a tree removal company. Never met him but if my so so memory serves me right he cuts trees. try to PM him also keep our vets fully employed
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Old October 11th, 2006, 08:03 PM   #4
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not to take away from anyones business, but if the tree is withen 15' either side of the power lines the power company will have it removed.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 08:06 PM   #5
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not to take away from anyones business, but if the tree is withen 15' either side of the power lines the power company will have it removed.
Yup, that's what they said over a year ago when I first got "on the list". After calling them every week this summer to get it taken care of it's pretty clear they're not going to.
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Yup, that's what they said over a year ago when I first got "on the list". After calling them every week this summer to get it taken care of it's pretty clear they're not going to.
well thats fucked up. I would call someone at the state level. With all the utilities that have been subsidized and all the market protection they have had until recently they owe you . I would protest my bill untill they come to chop it down. A year is more than patient
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call them and tell them it is arcing to the tree when its windy... I will be gone in under 48 hrs. I bet.

Otherwise, when the power line gets ripped down it will get fixed. Untill then, don't worry about it.

Is it just the supply line to your house or is it the main running down the road? If its the main they are lethal with in 15'. If it is the supply to your house they can be leathal with in 10' of the line. Its only 220 into a house, but almost unlimited amps to the transformer... good friend of mine is a line man, my college room mate's younger brother will for ever have a 4-6 year old mentality due to gettting hit by a power line supplying a house. He was in a coma for 3 months after he got hit... it was all over the news in Chelsa (sp?) a couple years back.
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you just need to know how to get to the front of the list. call them up and ask them how you should handle knocking down the wires in case you and your buddy with the chainsaw drop the tree on their lines? that ussally get you right to the front of the line.
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Give a quick call to the MPSC and report this...
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The NESC requires that utilities maintain a minimum 10' clearance around primary lines - although 15'+ is desirable for reliability reasons. Working in close proximity to lines also requires the use of qualified tree trimmers, who are familiar with the risks involved, and are trained on how to safely handle them.

Service drops (i.e the run of wire to a building) are the responsibility of the customer, meaning that utilities are not required to trim trees that interfere with ths service drop - although often they will as a goodwill gesture.

Electric utilities typically do not remove trees, only trim them. They get sued enough for trimming trees, I can't imagine what would happen if they actually started cutting some down ("I want $10,000 for that tree", "my grandfather planted that tree [on an easement, under a power line]", "I wouldn't have trimmed it that way"...).

In my 18+ years in the business, I haven't seen any of those "subsidies" that were spoken of. In fact one large area electric utility was forced to amend (i.e. "reduce") their rates because it appeared they might actually earn the allowed 11% return on equity for the first time in several years (despite over 30% of the residential customers not paying their bills) - something unthinkable in a gubernatorial election year.

Good luck with your tree situation.
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I didn't read all the replies, but since its close to a power line, simply call and say:

"Every time it rains, the tree pushes against the wire and I see sparks" Sound stupid.. They will be there very soon. MAKE SURE YOU ASK WHOEVER ANSWERS THE PHONE for their name... People don't like responsibility when houses burn down.
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Yup, that's what they said over a year ago when I first got "on the list". After calling them every week this summer to get it taken care of it's pretty clear they're not going to.
I have the same problem. They will take it down when it falls on the line.
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you just need to know how to get to the front of the list. call them up and ask them how you should handle knocking down the wires in case you and your buddy with the chainsaw drop the tree on their lines? that ussally get you right to the front of the line.
Tried that myself. I think the inspector in Saginaw for Consumers is a fucktard. The arching i haven't tried however.
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