DIY Ice Storm Cleanup

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After the recent ice storm here in Oklahoma there was, needless to say, a ton of clean up to do. The east and south side of the OKC metro were hit the hardest and everyone and their brother had tree damage of some sort.

My own parents lost MOST of the trees on their place, a place they’ve had for 50ish years. Most of the trees that came down were planted by them in the early 70’s. It’s sad. And barren. On the good side, their garden will have more light!

Those in the countryside also had tree damage but it isn’t quite as noticeable as most of the countryfolk also have ‘wild’ areas where the stubby oaks grow, the brambles and sumacs. It’s there it’s just hard to get to.

One handy item that you should have on hand, you know, just in case, is a pocket chain saw. These can be used even if you don’t have access to fuel for your bigger tools.

To use you just put it around a branch or trunk that you want to get out of the way, take ahold of both handles then pull one side then the other. It’s effective and makes a great tool to carry in your camper as well.

Do you have an axe or hatchet? Every homestead needs one even if you don’t have a fireplace or a wood-burning stove. The day could come when you’d need to cook outside… without propane, or charcoal. You’ll be glad you had the tools!

I had been toying with the idea of getting myself my OWN chainsaw for quite a while. I’d researched different ones. I wanted one that was lightweight, reasonably priced, capable of cutting down anything around here I wanted. I also didn’t want to be tied down to an electrical cord or the need to run to the gas station for fuel everytime I needed to use it. So what does a do it herselfer do?

She gets herself a battery powered RYOBI chainsaw!

Sad to say that I actually thought about it WAY too long and by the time I decided to get one… THEY WERE GONE.

Home Depot, right after the storm, was out of generators, chain saws, loppers, pole saws and the like. I was lucky though… they still had some online. Thank you internet!

The little green beauty showed up in a timely fashion (not affiliated with Ryobi or Home Depot (not that I wouldn’t mind it…)) and I, in my excitement, forgot to take photos of the unboxing! I read the booklet and realized that in my naivete I didn’t realize I needed bar oil.

Guess what else was out of stock EVERYWHERE? Yup. Bar oil. I searched the big box stores, the little stores, the grocery store, the dollar store, the hardware store, the farm stores… and found some at ACE! (Ace is the place!)

They did tell me that they had run out and had to go north to find some stock.

And then it was on!

Sycamore limbs were cut up and stacked. Oak limbs were stacked. And now I have my eye on some trees that are past their prime and want to be firewood…

We were lucky and didn’t lose power BUT…. I have a backup for my battery powered tools (I own more…) by the use of a solar generator.

So, the moral of the story is… when you know you need a specific tool (or other item), go ahead and do you research just don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Buy your needed supplies while they’re still in stock!