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Old 08-11-2004, 07:36 PM
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Underwater stump removal

We recently purchased a piece of waterfront property on a man made lake that has numerous tree stumps that were not removed prior to flooding (the story goes that after damming the river they thought they would have a few years to clear all the stumps but then the rain from a big hurricane in '72 filled the lake in just a few weeks from all the run-off). These tree stumps range in size from pretty small to fairly large (I would say 4 to 18 inches in diameter) and are at all depths (of course I am most concerned about the ones in shallower water... say 4 feet and less). Although they have been underwater since 1972 they still feel pretty solid (even the smaller ones).

Any suggestions on how to remove them?

I know this isn't Mastercraft related (unless you consider the possible damage it could do to the boat) but hope this fits in the 'off-topic' area.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-11-2004, 08:05 PM
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A case of beer, a case of dynamite, and a promise to BrianEOD that if he comes over he can drink beer, ski, and blow $hit up!

But seriously, this will be an interesting thread to follow!

Ever consider a chain around the stump and hooking it up to the boat and seeing if you can pursuade the stump to get out of your way (with the swim platform removed of course)
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Old 08-11-2004, 08:56 PM
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Farmer,
He could blow em' up and catch quite a few fish at the same time!
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:02 PM
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Selling the fish could become a "cottage" industry.

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Old 08-11-2004, 09:05 PM
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Those stumps will be around a long long time underwater. A few years ago some divers discovered an underwater forest in Lake Huron soemwhere around Tawas City. They determined it was prehistoric.
Here is an interesting read on it. http://www.otus.oakland.edu/biology/staff/DHForest.htm

Drain the lake and cut them down.
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:13 PM
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They found rafts of logs in Lake Superior from the 1800's logging industry. All kinds of old growth lumber and when wood goes to the bottom of cold water and the oxygen level is lower, the wood lasts a looong time! They're selling a lot of it to musical instrument makers and furniture makers who specialize in custom and Arts & Craft style pieces.
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:25 PM
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Actually along the same line many of the underwater structures to support Venice is wood from more than a thousand years ago. THey found that when wood is underwater and no air reaches it, it will not rot. Maybe you should pump some air into the stumps......

Drain and cut/pull sounds most practical. If the bank is flat enough and you could get a tractor there you might be able to put a chain on it.

I bet Brian has something that would work but he would have to kill you if you saw him in action!
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:32 PM
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Is it a man made ski lake or way bigger?
Lowering the water level seems the good way to go.
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:57 PM
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stump grinder would be the best way...if you can get the water level down...our lake goes down everywinter...not sure why, but it makes for several months of working on seawalls or piers or cleaning up a lake lots bottom
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:59 PM
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