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How to Remove Stumps With Acid

How to Remove Stumps With Acid

How to Remove Stumps With Acid. When cutting down a tree, deep root systems can make the stump of the tree nearly impossible to remove. Hiring a professional can often be expensive and sometimes ineffective. The natural decomposition of a tree stump can take five years or more. Many different acids, such as acetic acid, boric acid, sulfuric acid,...

When cutting down a tree, deep root systems can make the stump of the tree nearly impossible to remove. Hiring a professional can often be expensive and sometimes ineffective. The natural decomposition of a tree stump can take five years or more. Many different acids, such as acetic acid, boric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid and chlorine bleach, among others, can help to speed up the decomposition and removal process. The acid is absorbed by the stump and roots which causes the remainder of the tree to suffocate and rot. The acid can take up to six months to weaken the stump enough for complete removal.
Things You'll Need
Chain saw
Drill with 1-inch bit
Rubber gloves
Protective eyewear
Acid solution
Cut the stump with the chain saw as close to the ground as possible.
Drill 10 or 12, 1-inch holes into and around the base of the stump.
Put on rubber gloves and protective eyewear before handling the acid.
Pour the acid solution into the holes.
Allow the acid to sit in the holes. The acid will be absorbed by the stump and roots and aide in speeding up the decaying process. Once the stump has absorbed the acid, it will take between one and six months to soften the stump enough to remove it completely.
Tips & Warnings
Be sure to wear protective gear when working with acid.

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