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    5 Days Ago
    frans replied to a thread The Joke/Funny Pic/Video Thread in MBTV
    That's funny!
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    frans replied to a thread The Joke/Funny Pic/Video Thread in MBTV
    Some headphone wearing idiot just walked in front of a train in my area. Train won of course. Can't understand how folks wear those. You can't hear the world happening around you!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    frans replied to a thread Official Guns Thread in The Rec Room
    They don't have annual growth rings. More like a massive fiber optic bundle. They can almost completely bend over in high winds. Tropical tree
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    2 Weeks Ago
    frans replied to a thread Official Guns Thread in The Rec Room
    Cut the palm rounds to about 6" or so thick so you can move em about easily. Set them up on its edge. Step back and let fly
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    2 Weeks Ago
    frans replied to a thread Official Guns Thread in The Rec Room
    Well I just found a purpose for these canary island date palm rounds. They make excellent targets for both archery and guns. No ricochets easy to pull out arrows and they don't really rot!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Best to simply google it
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    3 Weeks Ago
    We just soaked more pieces in a barrel of denatured alcohol, worked perfectly. All other methods I have used were hit and miss but not this way
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    3 Weeks Ago
    frans replied to a thread Drop World in MBTV
    Nice vid! On another note, I think it is funny how folks are working the 'captivating title' for their posts and vids. I guess it is a trend...
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    4 Weeks Ago
    How about not fight, but explore where one works and the other does not?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    You know...for a hunk of junk, echo actually runs pretty good. For a piece of junk lol
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    12-13-2018
    I get asked alot what are the best saws. My answer is the same as yours Magnus: Buy from a local dealer, who lives and breathes the equipment they sell. Anything goes wrong you can take it back to the person who sold it to you. As for the different brands, yes, some are what we in the field would call junk. Stihl? Husky? Think chevy/ ford. The debate never ends
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    11-19-2018
    If you really keep your eyes open you can see bristle cone pine stumps both at higher and lower elevations from where they are now. Over the eons the range for these trees has changed as the weather changes. California sure is a wonderous place. Oldest trees, tallest trees, biggest trees in the world. Deserts, rainforests, the list goes on. All within a few days of travel
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    11-02-2018
    Cant seem to find this. Can you post it again? Thx Never mind found it
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    11-01-2018
    You want to pay me (butch) cash for watching religious shows? Humm, no offense butch gotta pass Now if your offer included providing some hot babes (like the moonies did), well i would havta think about it lol
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    10-21-2018
    frans replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Something or sombody IS ALWAYS responsible. We are human. Just what is your point? Should we be like the bible says jesus was? Be perfect? I dont understand your point. It does not make sense, errrrr unless you are perfect that is. Then i understand. ????
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    10-21-2018
    frans replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    I agree, shouldnt happen more than once
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    10-20-2018
    frans replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Accidents happen, thats why they are called accidents
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    10-15-2018
    Its really about the height of the load. Load a single wheel up to the cab height and beyond with fire wood or chips...and you get the wobbles. Not so much with duellys The first thing a tree guy does with a high sided dump bed is load it up its just a tree guy thing, its in our genetics lol
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    10-14-2018
    EVERY single person i have met who did this quickly talks about the modifications they had to do to make it work. In my opinion you can have a small chip truck, but you cannot make a small truck into a chip truck. Hauling trees or chips is hard service on a vehicle... Sorry to be a nerd but.... There is an event horizon, or critical tipping point where a smaller truck no matter what the mods, is unable to service the loads.
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    10-14-2018
    Single rear wheel chip trucks can develop the death wobble while driving under load on the hwy...
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    10-11-2018
    frans replied to a thread Paypal in Business Management
    Funny this topic popped up. I just got an email from them asking me to loan 25 bucks to a cause. They said i have the credit to do so, and they only charge 15% interest. ??????
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    10-02-2018
    I think working tree guys have a stiff mandate: why should i buy a saw that will give out on me (batt life) when i know i can refuel my saw for years with gas. Will the battery give out when i need it most? The cost of a battery saw is comparable to a new gas saw which will last for years. Will the battery saw still be there 10 years down the road? It is a tough market. ALL tree guys have a saw or ...many that they hold as a backup. We all know how frustrating it is to pick up a cordless drill and find it dead, or have it fail in the middle of a job. Here on the west coast these concerns make or brake the issue.
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    09-17-2018
    What he said
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    09-14-2018
    We have about a dozen chickens. I cannot help but watch their behavior. When i come into the pen they run around frantically like 'henny penny' in the children's fairytale. I noticed on fbook that some members acted like my chickens when they couldn't log on to the treehouse. Made me laugh
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    09-10-2018
    Soapy water works surprisingly well. There is usually two nests. I am sure that most climbers have rapelled down from a tree only to land right on a nest. (At least in calif.) Fun to watch a climber disconnect from the climbing line, shed gear, and run away. Faster than superman switching clothes in a phone booth!
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    09-04-2018
    Hey a different time in history. Back then the land and resources were endless, folks were lucky to be able to extract a living. Life was hard. Seriously hard. Seankroll, 'environmental impact' , altissimus, ' same with tires', both of you are reflecting an attitude which has no relation to the reality of that time in history. But hey! Lets condemn them without any understanding of history! 'We who ignore history are doomed to repreat it'.
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    09-03-2018
    My experience is that we do not lose the ability, BUT, the recovery takes longer.
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    08-30-2018
    frans replied to a thread Chainsaw carving in Odds and Ends
    I have tried carving a bit here and there. Redwood is nice and soft, hardwoods suck and take forever. Really hard on the hands. Think white fingers
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    08-30-2018
    I wonder how much of the lower central valley cannot grow crops anymore since salt contamination?
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    08-27-2018
    frans replied to a thread My rig less spurs in Gear Forum
    I like those saddles for teaching new climbers. Easy to put on, and gives them a feeling of security
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    08-16-2018
    It could be that calif summer blend fuel is the worst. Cleaning the jet on a carb basically means you are cleaning the carb. There is not much to those carbs.
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    08-15-2018
    Even honda cant clean out gummed up gas in the jet
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  • frans's Avatar
    08-15-2018
    compressed air. Run it however you can while squirting compressed air over the carb, hoses, etc. if no change, you dont have an air leak. then clean the jet on the carb. The sediment bowl should tell you what is going on. Dirty? Clean? Either way clean the jet. Any gas sitting for a month is bad gas. Always use Sta-bil in the tank. Always shut of the gas while running it to dry out the carb before storing it.
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    07-04-2018
    I call that tool the Grim Reaper! Awesome tool. Deceminate berry vines
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    07-04-2018
    frans replied to a thread Motivation in Business Management
    I had a surgeon tell me once i made more than he did. I asked him if he paid for that MRI, X-ray machine, surgical suite, army of nurses, hospital building, all those sharp knives, forcepts clamps etc etc. i didnt get the job lol I pay $30-40 hour to top climbers. More on occasion. Dont much like to work past 2pm
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    07-03-2018
    frans replied to a thread Motivation in Business Management
    One thought that helps me is that our occupation, like most trades, is inherently honest. We cannot succeed for long if we are not delivering what we promise. You want to make tall dollars? Go to school and become a stock trader. Unfortunately, in the public mind we are NOT given the same credit as, say, firefighters, but we do provide an honest service and that is honorable. (Not like the city firefighters who polish their trucks all day and pass out cookies to kids). ;)
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    07-03-2018
    Robert P: Forget the goats, that is an ignorant suggestion. Goats are great for eating regrowth but not for initial clearing. They are smart, goats are. They will go for tasty new growth and leave nasty old woody stuff alone. Odds are once they graze the tasty stuff they will jump the fence and gobble the neighbors prize plantings. You need a nice small saw. I urge you to think about a saw with a rear handle, they are much safer and easier to handle. I also would ask you to think about the fact that if you actually need to buy a saw, odds are you will be able to use it again and again over time. Need it once, you may need it again. Having said all that, now comes the reality of: does the damm thing start? Is it sharp? I cannot help you with the sharpness, but serious thought should be given to if the stupid thing will start when you need it with your occasional use. Fuel management is critical. Run the saw dry after EVERY use before storage! Here in calif they sell 'prepackaged fuel' it is low ethanol and has the oil already mixed into it. Another thought: think about a battery powered saw. No muss, no fuss. Final musing coming from almost a quarter century of working with power equipment: if you DO buy a piece of power equipment, buy from a local shop, not a box store! Reason is, if anything goes wrong, you can bring it back to the people that sold it to you and have them help you with your issue. Typical employee of a box store knows more about how to bag your groceries than their current job of being in charge of the garden section of the box store. Good luck and be safe! (Shame on you guys here at the treehouse for not stepping up to help an honest query in a straightforward and helpful way)
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    07-01-2018
    frans replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    New boots always get messed up the first day...
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    07-01-2018
    frans replied to a thread Motivation in Business Management
    Good discussion! I also go through periods of being fed up with tree work, dont really know anything else so i keep heading back to the trough to keep things moving along. Just going through the motions. Doing tree work can be very isolating. For awhile i got motivation from tree seminars, going to conferences and recreational tree climbs. And of course participating in the internet forums. I had a new worker tell me the other day (as he was not letting the rope run and almost Knocked the bucket operator out of the bucket with the stem as it bounced back and forth) that he has been doing tree work for 15 years so what did i know? I get tired of this shit, proving myself over and over. Lately i have another hobby unrelated to tree work- building up an old landrover into a mini r.v For me, keeping my life full with various activities unrelated to tree work helps alot. I read once that people in isolated survival situations will die not because of starvation or cold or heat, but because of depression so the key to survival is to keep busy and engauged. Heading out to the coast today we are in triple digit weather so am heading out to pick up a check for tree work from the absentee owners who live on the coast. Just to get a change of scenery and break the monotomy
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