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    1 Day Ago
    Do you preheat that? Or just set it on top? Either way it’s on my list of accessories.
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    1 Day Ago
    I went and bought it. Cooked breakfast for 7 this morning. 1&1/2 pounds of bacon, a pound of sausage links, and bag of hash browns all done in less than 20 minutes. A dozen eggs over easy right after. Hash browns are still my nemesis. I’m either cooking them to hot or not hot enough. Burnt or mushy. Today was mushy.
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    1 Day Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    If you have a replacement part waiting, it will never go bad. I still have replacement buffers for between the engine and pump for a log splitter that I haven’t owned it 15 years. Damn thing broke with only 100 hours on it so I bought a few of them. Bitch of it is, they don’t even make that kind of coupler anymore.
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    3 Days Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Had a not so good week so far. It’s pretty much over though since they’re calling for rain starting tonight and ending sometime next week. Monday we got a late start due to the office being unorganized and then the fuel pump on my bucket truck decided to short out at random times. Tuesday had two of us climbing hazard trees and the other climber got an uncomfortable feeling and couldn’t climb. Wednesday started with arguing that a skid loader would be useless because it wouldn’t fit and in the morning circus routine I missed my walk around and didn’t lock my toolboxes. An hour and a half later we get all the cars moved, plywood laid out, and trucks in position when I notice the box latches looked funny. Biggest fear happened. I lost my gear bag with my personal climbing gear on the way to the job. Puked a few times and called the boss and local PD’s. Every tree company I know as well is keeping an eye out for it. I’m still quite upset. Mad at myself for losing track of my daily routine and mad at my boss for making things so chaotic trying to get us on the road so fast. He asked for a detailed list so sounds like he’s replacing 3k worth of stuff. Still not happy about it. Today was going well. Had my mini on site and we broke into two groups. Gave very detailed instructions for which areas needed plywood and marked them out. On my sixth and final tree for the day, and almost completed, I realized they had brought anything out in a while. Finished up and found one holding the mini upright and the other trying to get the skid loader to it. No f-ing plywood to be seen. At least they shut it off. Had one grab a rigging line and block to upright it and another get plywood. After stabilizing it and letting it sit for a half hour I put it up on the drive and just left with the keys. Not a good week at all. I’m actually hoping for rain. I’ll just have to pick up equipment and be done for the week. On a good note though, my wife seems pretty set on making my days end on a positive note, so I’m signing out for the evening. Good night all. Thanks for letting me rant a bit.
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    3 Days Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    That’s very good advise Kyle. Anyone who buys their book has to really be that good or be able to accept the fact they will be treated much differently than one who earned it. Guess I should read the rest of the following post first. First year apprentices don’t make a great hourly wage but are all but guaranteed work as most companies will also use them as laborers here and there. The disliking carpenters thing I get as well. I labored for some real asshole carpenters. Also worked with some real great ones.
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    4 Days Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    We loop the cord over the driver side mirror for the block heaters. Used to have drop cords from the ceiling between the bays and they always hung in front of the windshield. Even with them hanging in plain sight they still got ripped off.:X.
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    5 Days Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    We toss our keys in the toolbox of the chipper most days. Makes someone at least search before they take off. Most guys would notice when pulling away if the truck felt a bit to heavy. Most do, not all.
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    treebilly replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    And into a monster chipper.
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    treebilly replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Yup. And with the tires chocked well you can chip big wood with out being hooked up to a truck. We do this a lot when we have multiple chip trucks on a job. Chips keep flying and trucks keep rolling.
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    6 Days Ago
    I like what I’m reading. This one is a four burner and the griddle lifts off and the grill top is underneath. I’ve already got a pizza stone that I’m gonna have to try out as well. Thanks CV
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    1 Week Ago
    I managed to avoid spending money as of now. I purposely left cash and CC at home today. I’ll probably stop there tomorrow after work and check it out. Also waiting on my brother to check with the company that supplies the griddles for Bob Evans. He said a few of the local restaurants are due for an upgrade and the supplier has offered to sell him one in the past. Just need to change the regulator for propane. Thanks Stephen. Looking for all he information I can get on these things.
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    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The statewide burn ban is kind of a joke here as well Al. We just keep on doing what we do. Sounds like a good day Stig. I planted 140 cloves of garlic and tilled the garden for a second time. We’re in between the rain storms at the moment. Next one is due to hit soon.
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    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Last night was a good night for a bonfire. I worked late to finish a job because of the amount of rain we have coming and on my way home it seemed that every third house had a fire going. Mines been burning for over a week now. Getting rid of a LOT of junk wood. Mini skid loading it up twice a day. Hoping it survives the monsoons. I should go dump more wood on:/: We’re still under our yearly statewide fire ban Al! I was reminded of this by the captain of my local fire department as our families enjoyed my fire last night.8)
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    https://www.bjs.com/product/camp-chef-griddle-grill/3000000000001365775 I was looking at a black stone for over a year and was about to buy one when my wife showed me an ad from BJ’s. It’s got better reviews. Trying hard not to go shopping today but I might have to:D
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    1 Week Ago
    Heretics!!!
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    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    That’s a big bid Deva. Hopefully payable by sections. I’d hate to have to front the purchases on that
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    1 Week Ago
    Boss called a rain day by lunch time. It quit shortly after. I’ve been home alone enjoying the quiet. Gonna take the mini and move a bunch of things quick so the wife thinks I’ve been working hard at home.
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    treebilly replied to a thread Dot and CDL stuff in Gear Forum
    In Ohio it’s no plates on equipment like a chipper but there is still a weight. We have 3 chippers over 10k. Makes them class A. Still kind of a grey area to me because anyone with a one ton pick up can rent a 14k dump trailer and be ok according to the rental yards. One thing that has always bothered me is motorhomes. My wife,who thinks her suburban is a big vehicle can legally drive one plus tow a trailer without any special license. Drives me insane. They’re always messing up my gas station because they can’t figure out how to get to the pump and when they do, they’re on the wrong side
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    treebilly replied to a thread Dot and CDL stuff in Gear Forum
    Kyle I think rules have changed on DOT numbers lately. If you’re crossing state lines they are required. If not your state may require a PUCO (O is for Ohio) number. We have a DOT number because we cross into PA a few times a year. One number covers every vehicle in our fleet. It’s even on the dumbass Toyota Yaris car and it’s just for transporting guys to training classes and such. They were leaving pick ups alone but the hot-shotting has brought them into their radar. The way I interpret the law is that any single vehicle or combination vehicle that have a combined gvw over 26,000 requires a class A. That’s how I’m looking at it and it makes me safe. As to vehicle inspections, I have no idea. Only time I’ve had them done is when they pulled me over. Never in 20 years between trees and construction have they showed up at a shop to inspect anything. Well there was once and that was because a fired employee called in saying we were running off road diesel in the trucks. He also called OSHA and the labor board. Check with the DMV and they should be able to give you answers.
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    1 Week Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Since my wood pile is next to the creek on my property, when I find them, I just feed the fishes Another decent day at the campground. Killed a few more trees. This job was bid as busy work on day rate so I’m seizing the chance to let the others run it. Besides my normal two guys I have a new hire I’m evaluating. He’s doing ok. An ok climber and bucket operator. Today I did some climbing while having #3 of the crew rope. A bit slow of a start but he figured it out pretty quick. I rigged way more than I needed to just to get him more practice. At home now resisting the urge to pick off a cardinal that keeps making a mess of my truck. Stupid thing keeps trying to fight its reflection in my mirrors and on my bumpers and front grill. I need to go find something to do before he pisses me off
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    1 Week Ago
    You seem to really like that battery saw as of late. Guess I’ll have to see if someone near me has one I can try out. Nice work as always. Seem like it got a bit dryer looking up in the tops. Also seemed like it wanted to fight back a lot. Those days are testing.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks for answering Sean’s question. I’m assuming they wanted to keep the firewood. I’ll keep that in my tool box of ideas.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I used ten yards of mulch dumped onto a concrete driveway to catch a big log. I used mulch since any blow off would blend into the established flower beds. Since we produce our own mulch it really only cost about $30 and an hour for a low cost employee to deliver and haul back. Used a wheelbarrow amount of it to cover sawdust and the ALAP stump. I’ve also done the plywood/ straw sandwich. If you land the pieces flat they don’t even break the baling twine. Did that a time or two on decks and flagstone patios. It’s amazing how much impact a bale of straw can absorb. All site and job dependent though. If it’s just a grass area, I’m willing to repair a divot or so, unless they are willing to pay for zero impact.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Ahhh. Well then it’s all good. Hope it works out. You need to whip up a little chariot for the kids.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Yeah it caught me as well. I turned the tables on my wife. “It was on sale. I couldn’t afford not to by at least one”. I’ve been on them before. Plan on having it properly broke in before the rain comes in again Saturday night
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    2 Weeks Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    They need to get them sealed up. Maybe a bit of fire first to add some color though. What’s up with the midget hayburner Jim? They are pretty cool critters but seem to me to be riddled with health issues Had a decent day. My best grounding and rope man is back from a long five day toilet retreat but number two man went home at lunch with the same symptoms. Grrr. Only good thing is nobody usually rides with me in the truck. Besides a quick job briefing and safety meeting, im usually plenty far away from them.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    New toy arrived just as it started pouring down rain tonight:X. Oh well, it’ll be there for “low and slow” Saturday;)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I was wondering the same thing. Had an easy day. Started off with a beanpole locust tree. 14” DBH and around 90’ tall leaning heavy toward power and over a fence. Also had a severely compromised base. Shot a line into a nearby oak and pieced it out. A small spruce after that because it was planted over a gas valve that decided to start leaking. Finished off stripping out four uprooting white pines. Had a meeting with the bosses to finish off the day. It went well. Everyone seems to be on the same page. Things are looking good for my future. Everyone involved still has some homework to do but it’s looking very promising. I’m just getting tired. I made it clear that I’m done with “side work”. I’m full time On one or the other, not both anymore. Another sit down next Monday to compare numbers and options. Came home to till the garden up and play with the kids. Taters, onions, and peas need to get in the ground soon
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