Figure 9. The pockets for beams also require plunge cutting with a chainsaw. The same safety rules apply, with the additional caveat that you should work from scaffolding for stability.

From the land of petty politicos and the officious functionaries who work for them comes this: A man cuts down trees in his own yard, private property under the U.S. Constitution, and gets fined for it by the kumbaya crowd that runs the town. Sound familiar? CBS New York reports:

A Long Island man is being fined more than $20,000 for chopping down trees in his own yard.

He says the trees were a danger to his family and property, but officials in his village disagree saying he didn’t go through proper channels and now he has to pay up, reports CBS2’s Elise Finch.

Pericles Linardos has called his Nassau County wooded property in the Village of Muttontown home since he was 12 years old.

He says Superstorm Sandy cracked and split dozens of trees on his property, included several in his front yard that have since been replaced by bushes.

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