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    15 Hours Ago
    Well, I have some home work to do:D I agree with the upright position being easier on the body, but the risk to lose the hold at my feet is a real concern for me (and it seems for a lot people). I can tell what I want to myself about secure grip of the lanyard, no big deal from a slippage... , my body just hates the quick changes in my holding points and stance (rope/limb as-well), even more if that's unexpected of course. We can tell that's a rooky characteristic, and I mostly agree, but I can't see loosing it any time soon. Maybe with some practice ...:/:
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    1 Day Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Rope in Gear Forum
    Very interesting read, thanks.
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    1 Day Ago
    Maybe it comes from the fear to gaff out. The more upright you are, the more chances you get to slip. Perhaps that's less a concern with the very thick barks and the tree gaffs, but with thin bark and/or short gaffs, that's real (at least for me). I'm far from comfortable/confident with the spurs, as I don't trust them at all, so I didn't experiment much. For me, gaffing up 40' is a huge climb. The way they teach the spur climbing is to keep a good angle between your legs and the trunk. That aims the spikes more toward the trunk's center and put your weight on them within the same axis, instead of downward. The rule of thumb given in the book is the length of the forearm and the fist, between the trunk and the belly. Legs straight, with the torso in line with the legs (not ass sticking out). You have to adapt it to accommodate the lean of course. That gives some room to work the gear and the chainsaw, reduces the risk of gaffing out, but that's not too far, avoiding being out of reach and keeping reasonable the load on the legs and the back. At least this spacing works well enough for me. As a bonus, I appreciate that it allows me to have a look down to position my feet. The legs take a serious beating too by the leverage, especially at the hips.
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    2 Days Ago
    That makes sense. Wedging at hip hight is more difficult tough.
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    2 Days Ago
    But you need some room in front of you if you want to turn the saw around the trunk during the cut. Even more if you have to pull the big saw with a big bar out of the kerf, the arms are really short if you are close to the trunk. A fat willow with the 3120xp and a 44" bar come to my mind...not really fun this time.
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    1 Week Ago
    Populus tremuloides is aspen, "tremble" in french. Both names latin and french come from the very mobile leafs in the wind, due to a long and flat leaf stalk.
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    Aspen is a poplar, so you don't get much control on it usually. In my before arborist days, I cut a skinny one, about 70', front leaner, near the corner of a shed. My mother, father and daughter pulling on a rope to be sure. I putt a deep notch to keep the max of the side leverage for control and began the back cut. Just snap :O! even with a big third of the diameter not cut. My father fell on his ass, the aspen went where it wanted, barely missing the shed and landed on my trailer (I was stupidly too much confident to remove it previously). :whine: After two days of steel shaping, the trailer looked much better, but it is actually still a bit crooked.:|: Looks like the triple hinge of Logger Wade worked well this time. But I agree that his audio is often annoying.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I am not sure-footed enough to limb walk. Even with two tying points, I'm scared to loose my balance or slip and take a bad back swing. I can go 40' away easily with my telescopic pole, in SRT and some slings as temporary tying points. 3 steps and I'm at work. Surely more slowly than by limb walking, but way easier for me.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yes, but it sucks back the water from the air. Then the water can play with some of the reactive compounds left by the cracking process, and you get finally a bunch of acids, solvents and polymerized stuff. Keep the water and oxygen out of the equation, and you should have a more stable product. Its never the case in our storages or working tanks, except with the sealed metallic containers. The old age fuels where really hydrocarbons, very stable by themselves.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I don't want to rely on the ground crew for my positioning. They often don't care of the ropes, except to be an inconvenience for dragging away the limbs. Very few people I work with keep an eye on them, taking them out of the way or freeing one stuck under the limbs. It seems odd to me to have to ask others to help me to go where I want in the tree. It's like holding my hand to walk on the ground.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    In France, it's about 60% taxes in the fuel's prices. They even tax the main tax. So we are used to it, but it's still a pain in the ass. Big bucks here for the government. So, guess what will happen when the electric car's market will take a major place in our transports?:/:
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Due to my ability to toss things accurately:D, even not speaking about the cluttered areas, I use all the times my telescopic fish pole (with a push-pull hook) to place my line and retrieve it. That's a 5 meters long arm reach. Clip back the carabiner on the rope (instead of a knot) and take out the slack. The carabiner goes there, that's done. For a longer limb, I first put my climbing rope 5 - 6 meters away, haul myself to this point, and repeat. The telescopic pole is too supple to hold the heavy rigging rope, so I go where I need to tie it by this mean. You can't use the toss technique out of limbs in the cedrus for example. On the big flat limbs, the needles are so tight that they look like a manicured lawn. No way you can hope going through that with a toss. You have to go there or sneak the rope through it with a pole.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    But here, we can't call that really a leak, there isn't any faulty parts or bad mounting. It's more like drooling for us. That comes from the very simple oil pump's design. No check valve here, but only the tiny rotating/sliding shaft, which does the functions of both pumping and checking. When the engine stops, the tiny shaft can be left in a position giving an almost free path for the oil. If not, there's always the play between the shaft and its housing. The oil can be pushed (very) slowly through it by the little pressure built in the oil tank when the temp raises.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I dead wooded a cedrus atlantica once, a small one about 30 years old. It was covered by sap, with some limbs dead or dying, what a mess. Not a massive flooding, but many many small sags. Each one came from a tiny hole from a bark borer. Thousands of them. Curiously, there was almost none on his brother a few meters away. Often, many bugs strike when they smell that the tree has a problem. So I really thought that this cedrus will be gone soon. But no. I saw him a few years later, still alive and in a pretty much good shape, which surprised me. No more sap dripping on the bark, and the holes in the crown began to be filled by the growth of the neighbor limbs. I was so pleased to see that.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Al. I can't even level with a shovel, so, with a dozer ... I tried with a mini excavator once, like one ton and half, but it was a pita and the result wasn't motivating:D
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    4 Weeks Ago
    For the cylinder, do you take out all the old packing and make completely a new one, or just add a new ring of rope and compress it on the old packing, squeezing this one tighter?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Rope in Gear Forum
    Thanks to explain this point. A saying (translated) from my scuba diving days, to tie a boat : a round turn and two half hitches never let go (more literally, a dead turn and two half keys never let go).
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    05-07-2019
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Lifting these logs and passing over the building makes me a tad bit uncomfortable. I know that all is well but I can't help me thinking of a neat big punch through the roof. Too bad you have to leave the dying one on the other side of the street. The HO should take the chance. Maybe later ?
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    05-07-2019
    It seems to me that the turtles haven't teeth, only an hardened lip-like. The contact areas are bigger than those from the teeth, so they lack of pressure to cut through our skin. But still, it looks like her parrot beak can give a good biting. Beside that, it always amazes me how stupid people can be.
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    04-14-2019
    My favorite gear video too. For climbing, I vote for Tahune : <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y6hEfav9ZwI" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> I found it when I was just beginning to be serious in climbing. It greatly impressed me. Actually, it does the same now;). It puts in perspective what you can do and what's doable. Very humbling. Of course I'm amazed too by other sketchy trees vids (and many other not sketchy at all too) but this one came at the right time for me to take the first place.
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    04-14-2019
    That statement should be reformulated. What cuts isn't the surfaces themselves, but the edges between them. Surface does nothing excepted spreading the load or /and giving a sliding area. See the spooned chainsaw teeth? you have only surfaces against the wood, no edge.
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    04-08-2019
    I'm not strong enough to move a half yard of chips by hand and I don't have a mini. And filling the bag, then emptying it to move it after the drop, no thanks. Maybe a bunch of small bags in fabric for the rubbles. It should be easily movable, but that's a lot more of handling. I do have some tires but I rarely use them. The strong plywood is expensive here, so I put the tires alone. But, they are not fun to move (often full of dirty water), cumbersome, hollowed in the middle (be sure that a butt first will found one of the holes), bouncy for the small stuff, but too soft for a spar/ whole tree. Tires from the big trucks are way stronger but they are huge and difficult to move by hand. I saw a heavy concrete pole dropped on them, on black top, they were barely disturbed but the pole broke apart, fun. I tried to fell a spar (maple) on a pile of stacked firewood logs. They were ejected both sides several feet and some of the first layer were completely buried in the lawn. Can do better:D
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    03-30-2019
    Nearly freezing in the morning, but turns out quickly to a hot day. That was one week of beautiful weather and some more days to come. Strong winds shake the trees occasionally though. The Prunus sp. woke up the landscape with their flowers and now many trees are popping their brand new leafs. What a pleasure to see that. It makes feel good with the nice blue sky.
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