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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Lawns...I could do largely without. Were it not for cheap fuel and power-mowers, most people would do largely without, I think. Wrapped up another job. Just firewood cutting after chunking two spars the rest of the way. My employee did the raking and blowing. Some rain. Loaded up the loader and a couple deodora cedar mill logs. and a couple tarp loads of dirty brush. Bit more rain. So it goes. The Governor declared most of western WA as being in a drought. Got another firewood rack laid out and started the splitting and filling at home, going to be a fir, maple, madrone winter. Sold a couple jobs. Three fir takedowns, cable and brace an oak...existing client of 10 years. The portable chip-box trailer/ mini hauler will work out nicely. He can use 5 yards down in the back garden where I couldn't take a truck of chips. Rest out in front for their use. Lots of plants beneath so we'll do some rigging. Might do a lot of swing logs of a gin-pole where there is an open landing-zone on one side. Should be fun to fling some logs, helicoptering about. Don't have to worry about any damage to rigging tree, as its going away. Going to get my log arch out for a trial run to see how big of spar logs I can move to the neighbors a few houses down! Couple weeks out. I love not having to haul often. Second bid, new customers: So convenient of the company to have danced a jig on the doug-firs next door while pruning them, making spur-wounds easily visible to naked-eye of a homeowner, after I pointed them out. It surely helps the sale for spurless tree care. Three 100'+ firs, easy enough canopy-raises, over a tight garden dropzone for lowering, and some speedlining into the open, where there is mini-access for the uphill haul to the road.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I don't have time for fixing stuff, really. Luckily, my retired neighbor does, and will be my new mechanic. He is my labor-saving tool. A sharp tool!
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Here's how it works...easy. If you want to overcomplicate things, it's very easy to do that. My first Rope Wrench was a hammer handle with a hole in it, and a tether. Ascend up, and before sitting down, manually engage the wrench. The Wrench simply reduced the load on the hitch by burning up that weight-energy through friction of the rope bending back and forth over a piece of wood. Compared to what you're doing...can't be any harder, effort wise, and you can use any good stick. Overall, if you want to unlock the full secrets of SRT climbing, there is a lot to learn. Worthwhile, IMO. SRT basics, pretty easy to start, and build. What is the big looming thing you feel like you have to learn about the RW? Nowadays, you can buy one set up with a stiff tether, which is simpler than me taping a stick to my tether, as the system progressed, pre-stiffy tethers. ahh, ya, you can tape a stick stiffy to a rope tether on a stick with holes in it. Black Magic, or whatever color of electrical tape floats your boat.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Fail tech, lol!
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    This bread method you speak of sounds neat. Is there a youtube vid out there?
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Burnham replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    ;) Old boys with their old toys :D. We share many an experience, from many different starting points, Jerry. My best to you and your fine Ms. B, sir. Y'all always welcome up here in NW Oregon, hope you know that.
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  • Tree09's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Since it seems you are on arborplex, i would just go with a split tail and a Blake's hitch. I started trying to use that, and never found a hitch cord that you didn't have to tie super loose to work. Arborplex is really easy to grab tho, and was pretty much designed for a tautline or Blake's in my experience at a similar weight. Get some blaze for about 10 bucks more and then you can run a rope wrench and advanced hitch really well. I do love old school arborplex with an open hitch tho, sooooooooo easy on the hands.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    That is verifiable, as I lost feeling in my ass and my hands for 2 weeks after that ride.
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Burnham replied to a thread Animated GIF Thread 2019 in MBTV
    Looks like a fail to me :).
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Animated GIF Thread 2019 in MBTV
    New tech.
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Burnham replied to a thread Okay plumbing this time in Gear Forum
    We finally come to an old school tip from Al that I actually did know and have employed several times! Whoo hoo!!!
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  • Tree09's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Tree09 replied to a thread Okay plumbing this time in Gear Forum
    Since it isn't leaking, there's no way for them to know it's water
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Burnham replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    My butt aches at the thought of riding a 1964 BSA from NY to FL. Those where miserably hard vibrating SOB's. Pretty machines, sexy sure enough...but not comfortable after a couple of hours. My Triumph 850 of ten years younger was not much better.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    MasterBlaster replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    Nothing like a nice bus ride! :lol:
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    Field repairs were often brutal but would see you through. In 1970 I took a ride across the USA, with a Nam buddy, in a 1961 Mercury Comet. Bought it legal off the lot in Santa Rosa, as is, for $99 bugs. NO guarantee. Went by way of Yosemite, Death Valley, southwest, across Texas and up to Toledo where the old bird finally died. In the interim we pulled off every imaginable trick to keep that old piece of technology going. Took a Greyhound to Syracuse , where my buddy lived, and bought a 1964 BSA Thunder bolt and rode that pig to Miami. But not without a few field repairs along the way.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    MasterBlaster replied to a thread What's on RIGHT NOW! in MBTV
    Nightmares?
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Might make an enemy, easy enough :).
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  • Fiddler's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    :lol:
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  • Fiddler's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Fiddler replied to a thread What's on RIGHT NOW! in MBTV
    I'm watching season 8 right now...beats most of the crap that's out nowadays...
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Just a bush...cut any which way as you see fit. :P;)
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    The technology has improved steadily since. but now motors are much more complicated to work on. In 1972 I bought a 1950 Buick Special for 500 bugs. It was absolutely cherry. Perfect chrome and paint. Must have been stored in a garage, Flat head straight 8 with a 3 speed on the column. It was screaming at 60 mph. Had to pull back the reigns or she'd spill her guts. The Queen Mary incarnate on wheels. Later a friend told me he could sell the old Buick to a collector for 3,600 bugs. Sold! We split the profits. That's when the dollar was worth something.
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Burnham replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    Devils that won't pay a lick of attention to the "proper" way to maintain and repair motors...all of you old 'effers. :D Fear I'm in that cadre as well :).
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Agreed, M-A...there are many situations, especially in densely limbed conifers like western red cedar in my part of the world, where the "toss some rope first, then retrieve with the pole pruner" will not be viable at all. Then, pushing a loop with some weight attacked, i.e. a steel biner or throwbag out and dropping it over the limb, then retrieving it, is the way to go. For me, I've always used the cutting blade for this...but I can see some potential advantages with using the sawhead hook sans saw blade for the task. Better positive grab on the end of the rope tied in a loop; and no fiber picking if just using the saw teeth to provide that grab.
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  • Mellow's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    FM = Fucking Magic
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    An unseen world. At the scale you're shooting that's some pretty fine macro. Fine enough to call micro. Stack focusing brings out better depth of field in the micro range. The software that stitches the different fields together is amazing. Love to see your work!
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    FireFighterZero replied to a thread What's on RIGHT NOW! in MBTV
    Stuff'll give you nightmares.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    MasterBlaster replied to a thread What's on RIGHT NOW! in MBTV
    Interesting, as you're such a big believer in fantasy. Thanks for that awesome feedback! :beer:
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  • BlackSmith's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    BlackSmith replied to a thread Another tip in Gear Forum
    Did that to a straight eight flathead in (if I remember correctly) a 41 Dodge Luxury Liner Gerry, even used the head gasket over. heh
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