• August Hunicke's Avatar
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    cotton mouth situation. . . <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HjA6r-OBAFE" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    You're a trip Kenny. landing limbs tip first and allowing them to spring away from house and roof... That I have yet to try, but I just might get around to it... I did purposelfully roll a small hemlock off a garage roof once, knowing the branching structure would spread the weight out and it would harmlessly slide/roll off the roof...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    thank you ! you shared it first. I just extrapolated. Got a call from a highly experienced and awesome climber I used to work with last night. We both agreed that when you see this type of trick, it seems simple and obvious and yet makes you wonder why we didn't figure it out sooner. I love learning concepts and tricks. That's one of the things about "fundamentals".. it always seems like there is something new to learn/extrapolate if you take the time to wrap your mind around the depth of the material. Thanks treebilly and ya it worked here. It was already pretty short for the deck and the railing wasn' going to be hurt by a slight brush from the tips. So the rip cuts had already shortened the piece enough to clear the deck, so it was a set up, but good example for video.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Based on that bit of wisdom shared by Jerry B., I used the concept to reduce the force on trhe hinge of this horizontal limb. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-gf35FyPBhE" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> THANK YOU Jerry!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    FINALLY... we agree on something... oh happy day!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    The tree I'm talking about was the spar. YOU WERE UP IN THE TREE TO MAKE THE CUT. why not instal a pull line there and then? This isn't about throw lines... it's about using everything to your advantage. I don't want to be like "I told ya so" with you Jed.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Which has most likely been the main cause for the fallacy that fat hinges are undesirable. Jed calls his hinge "too fat" in one of his videos. Have you seen my tapered hinges that are 8" on the wide side in oak and maple? NOBODY is going to wedge those trees... 2:1 MA pulling with a 4x4 dodge 2500 gets them going though.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    we almost always have a machine on site to lift and move material. I developed another technique to cut a notch in the trunk to slot the rope in to prevent it from getting trapped, but rarely use it as it is not needed on our jobs.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    came up with this idea on Saturday. Was cutting a hemlock loaded with vines. Just took a small top towards the DZ and let it hang, then another short rip cut and another and another, till the four cuts were all laying out heavier and heavier to the dz and the lay. Made it easy compared with trying to get the straight pieces to the lay, then fight each piece to the ground. So I used a rip cut on this spruce top (not very big) and used the hanging weight of the top to give the next cut some front lean. You could easily use a short line to hang the pieces. I like the idea as a time saver... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PVpLAx5R-l0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    If I'm already in the tree, and have a rigging line... allows for a thicker hinge.doesn't take any significant extra time as I mostly just point and cut from there
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    you're not going to barber chair a tree with wedges, Sean... I'm still trying to figure out how setting a rope takes too much time... Like you're already there to take the top of the tree out. Maybe you wrap up your ropes and that's what takes too much time.. I stopped wrapping ropes in the '90s. I AM sure it's much different game based on trees and topography and familiarity of techniques. There is just too much upside to setting a rope and very little downside IMO
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Let me try to defrag your harddrive here Jed. The reason hinge thickness matters to you is becasue you are banging trees over on wedges, and if you leave them too thick they aren't going anywhere. With that little loader and a pull line you could leave a thick hinge and not have to worry about it. I've pulled some nasty side leaning silver mapes and such (terrible holding capabilities) with hinges 6" thick and more... great control.. don't care what anyone says.. seen it done it trust it
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Jed, Why do you talk about your hinges being "too fat"? or too fat on one side? You seem to know what you're doing but suffering from some serious delusions about the completely arbitrary and fictitious rule of hinge thickness. And I could look for some old rope to send out to ya if you need a pull line. I personally will set a pull line on front leaners if I'm there already cause "why not?" Watching you bang away on wedges without a pull line set makes me concerned for your well being. And if you want to make your notches (and therefore your life) a little easier, learn the game of logging open face top angled cut first. Lots of good reasons to cut a Humboldt, but just cause it's what I know (or what I've seen) isn't one of them. and did you know I put this video out, showing the use of a carpenters T to check the gun of a notch in May 2010, well before Willard mentioned using one in a thread he started on the same subject? https://youtu.be/W28q8sVJLOs?t=144
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Since the subject just came up on another thread: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MI2QIWydHQg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Ya, if you're going up with any tool it should be easily secured to your saddle... keeping Murphy's law at bay.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    We've all seen our share of root plates lifting during storms. That is a much different thing .
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    2 Weeks Ago
    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/12/11/567753423/why-a-pill-thats-4-cents-in-tanzania-costs-up-to-400-in-the-u-s
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I;ve been reading up on it and it sounds promising. You know when the pharmaceutical companies start gouging, there is something to it. https://www.ft.com/content/f0080fe4-c3ad-11e6-9bca-2b93a6856354
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    If you are into the root flare, then there is going to be a tendency to have the strap slip off. But you could always cut well above the flare so its not an issue. The only trees I've seen around that have much of a tendency to pull roots, are ones have segmented trunks, such as large mulberry. I'm pretty sure the strap would work in such scenarios. The trees aren't that big out here
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    I was just kidding.. it's a reference to something Sean commented about an earlier video. That said I have 9,000 subscribers, and there are trickling in so don't expect to get many more anytime soon. I've been making about 100-110 / month all of which I give to my son. I have had a couple of months in the $200 range, but that's only right after a popular video. Then it drops back down again. We just did 4860 in two days of fairly standard tree work, with a $350 charge for dumpster service.... 30 yards filled to the brim. Hope that puts the financials in perspective.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    cal me old school.. I had a croby hook, whihc i liked OK. But on many of my trees I move the rigging around quite often, so much it doesn't help that much.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xAFgxhUlWZ8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It's all online, you don't need a nametag... if you're going to the trouble of doing this stuff, it's because it may help you live (a lot) longer. That seems to be worth doing some homework on boss!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Speed Wrecking 50 Cuts in 15 Minutes Video thumbnail: Speed Wrecking 50 Cuts in 15 Minutes 34:08 Watch time (minutes) Views 1.1K Total views since the video was published. Watch time (minutes) 9.5K Your estimated revenue $3.25
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I like the double dogs too... oversized from a 66 on a 46. Lose a little bar length, but great control. I used to have a tendency to allow the tip to drop on low cuts with a long bar. So just before hitting the wood, I stop for a second and bring the tip up to level. On high cuts above the waist, the tendency is to start with the tip high. Still need work on that one. Makes for a crooked notch. Hate the look of them.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    That will make you feel pretty small and helpless. Only by the grace of God and all. That's one danger that's hard to be aware of unless you've seen it happen with your own eyes. I've thought about strapping under the cut to keep the whole root system intact, but never had the need to try it. Glad you lived to tell the story!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    you make me laugh... I haven't put much importance in how much effort it will take to clean up a "jumbled" mess in years. And I put a whole lot less importance than that on making $ on YouTube. Your grasp of reality is hanging on by a thread. This was me running the skid steer... that may look easy, but you should see my regular operator at work. He's a lot faster and smoother. When he's on the job I just walk away! He makes everyone's job easy. The mess you saw in the tree wrecking vid was only about 65% of the mess here. I bombed a bunch more stuff over the driveway after the battery died. If you watch carefully the ground man at the chipper was actually checking his phone between runs. Took 45 minutes to get the whole mess chipped with two men. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Fr2fp9DKvo" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    That's some wild sheesh there. Stay in this business long enough and you're going to see some crazy things happen. the song lyrics "know when to run" come to mind here. Hope you're reviewing the events and your thoughts (precognitions) to sharpen up that 6th sense... Glad you made it out OK. That's the kind of thing you just need to share with someone that will understand (usually not your wife). Also would recommend looking for systemic issues such as overwork that may have contributed to a less than optimal decisions. My roommate and I play a lot of backgammon and keep score with some little money wagered. We are really close in skill levels, but I usually get the best of him. When I get overworked he runs me over. It's a dramatic turn of the tables. That has been a good lesson. Just how impaired the decision making gets from overwork.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    please DO NOT make any reference to me... I thought we were good on that bro!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Yep. well put.. the same can be said of any hinge when side lean is involved. And you'll see a group of fibers that stand higher than the rest in many hinges. These fibers are thought to have held the best. They are actually at the mid-point between tension and compression. In a balanced tree, they tower-up right in the middle of the hinge. In leaners they will indicate how much lean a tree had by how close they are to the edge of the hinge.
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