How do I remove this tree that fell down? It is partially on the roof.enter image description here

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    Be careful about cutting the top off the tree. The tree could stand back up.
    – Lee Sam
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 6:17
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    This has unexpected dangers, Like @Lee Sam says. Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 11:27
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    @joe with a strong enough rope and a big enough machine it could be done, but unless you've got access to a crane or forestry machinery, forget it, or film it to add to the genre of truck/rope/tree fail videos
    – Chris H
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 12:32
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    Everyone is being very cautious because we don't want nothing to squash you, and be responsible for that. So a few thoughts: no branches = less weight and leaves one log, clear unobstructed. May upright tree. Easier to trim from roof in smaller sections till at roof intersect, maybe able to lift drop off roof at that point perhaps, or pull lift away from house. Better idea is pros, but if you have no choice, slowly and carefully.
    – Chris
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 13:39
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    Been cutting trees for over 40 years. First thing I would do with that tree is call professionals in.
    – crip659
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 17:52

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The conventional way to deal with this type of serious problem is to call in some tree service professionals. They know all the proper techniques to safely remove a fallen tree and may even have a crane truck that can be used to hoist pieces of the tree as it is cut apart.

Tree removal is dangerous work and you should not attempt this on a DIY basis unless you know exactly what you are doing and have experience.

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    Yep, and someone that knows exactly what they are doing doesn't ask this question. Some situations demand calling in the big guns, this is one of them. Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 5:52
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    This is the right answer, too many videos on youtube show "the consequences of inexperience - I find it fun to pause and predict the outcome...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 6:51
  • @SolarMike what would you predict the outcome to be if I used a rope or a chain to pull the tree off of the roof?
    – joe
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 11:59
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    @joe at a minimum, additional damage to the house and possibly personal injury. Seriously, call your insurance company ASAP and let them pay for the work. It's just not worth it, and anything you do could give them reason to deny a claim, especially if your attempt to remove it causes more damage.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 12:22
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    DIY tree work is a great way to get killed. Factor that into your cost analysis. I'm moderately good with a chainsaw, but no way I'd be tackling that mess. It's very easy to have things go very, very wrong in a hurry.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Jan 12, 2021 at 16:07

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