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    02-17-2018
    You can make it "jump" more or less distance by changing the size of the opening of the face cut. A narrow face cut (say 15 degrees) will cause the piece to be at about 85 degrees when the hinge wood breaks, causing it to jump off of the stump and continue in the direction it is pointed, which is away. If you cut a much larger face cut (say 90 degrees), the chunk will be perpendicular to the spar when the hinge wood breaks and it won't "jump" away from the stump at all.
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    02-17-2018
    Bounce replied to a thread Sharpening hedge trimmer in Chainsaws!
    I’m with you, Brian. I don’t top trees either. But I gotta admit, that sure does look nice!
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    02-16-2018
    Bounce replied to a thread F-450 Chip Truck in The Trading Post
    I am very interested! Is this thing still around?
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    02-16-2018
    As a part-time galavanter myself, I aspire to do it full time someday. I hope you’re out there living it up for us working stiffs Burn!
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    02-16-2018
    I see you guys were wondering where I went for so long! Haha! You?re not getting rid of me that easily. :P
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    02-14-2018
    Bounce replied to a thread Spiderjack 3 in Climbing Forum
    I haven?t spent any time with the SJ3 yet. I was opposed to the 2 because it couldn?t be installed midline, and since I use spliced eyes, that meant I had to pull all of my rope through from the unspoiled end before I could use it. Did they fix that with the 3?
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    01-24-2018
    Jeez, how do you even sell a stolen work truck and stump grinder?!? I mean, with no title or registration, and the license plate # tagged as stolen by the police, nobody would ever buy it. Seems like an awful risk to run stealing a vehicle with so little chance or getting any money out of it. But perhaps theives just aren’t as smart as me.
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    01-23-2018
    Bounce replied to a thread Legal Pot In Cali in Odds and Ends
    It’s not the best weed at that price, and there is a 2 oz limit, but yeah.
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    01-23-2018
    Really? I’m the only one? I would’ve thought everybody would be doing this. It’s my best form of advertising. Huh
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    01-23-2018
    I have some serious doubts about these rings for heavy rigging applications. As I understand it, the most important single factor in rigging systems with a dynamic load is the length of the rope between the load and the belay point. Rock climbers use the term “fall factor” to describe the severity of a fall, which is the ratio of the fall distance to the length of rope in the system available to absorb the fall. Wouldn’t these rings dramatically shorten the amount of rope in the system? Isn’t this exactly why we’ve always used pulleys instead of a much simpler/lighter/less expensive shackle or biner? And that’s just if you’re only concerned about fall factor. But if bend radius is what really gets you going, then isn’t that yet another thing that pulleys do better than rings? And then there’s the temperature issue. Obviously the rings have got to be made out of aluminum or else such a small piece of metal would quickly get so hot it might damage the rope. But anybody who has ever had to remove the rope from a hot figure 8 after a long rappel will know that even aluminum can get hot enough to damage rope. Again, isn’t that just another reason to use a pulley instead of a ring? I’m having trouble seeing the benefit here.
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    01-23-2018
    Bounce replied to a thread Legal Pot In Cali in Odds and Ends
    I still can?t believe that weed is legal. I never thought this day would come. It?s been legal in Washington now for several years and things have settled down. None of the dire predictions came true. Growers and retailers have been legally established and chains begun to form. The state tests it, so quality is better. Also the price has dropped through the floor ($65/oz in Seattle). And the selection at most stores is incredible.
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    01-22-2018
    Sorry Sean, I poached on your turf and did one in chehalis last year.
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    01-22-2018
    For the past 10 years or so, I?ve been giving presentations and speaking in front of various groups about trees and proper tree care, and have found it to be a successful form of marketing. It started out by getting an invitation to speak from somebody who had heard my drunken rant at a party, and has progressed into a steady income earner, which simultaneously keeps me active and engaged in learning more about trees as I develop new presentations. I have 7 of them so far, and for the past 5 years I?ve been developing a new one every year. I travel a lot (but only in the PNW so far) to talk to garden clubs, homeowners associations, landscape conventions, land owners, contractors, and sweet little old ladies who worry way too much about their dogwoods. I will talk to anybody who is willing to listen. Even though I usually do it for free, its a successful strategy for me because it has helped me establish myself and my business locally as a thought-leader in the industry, and resulted in a lot of jobs. What I want to know is, (1) who else does this sort of thing, and (2) what subjects/medium(s) works and what doesn?t work for you, and (3) why? I?ll go first. The presentation I get the most requests for that attracts the biggest regular crowd is Basic Pruning. I do it at my local arboretum, and have expanded it into a 4 hour class with two 2 hour sessions. The first is a classroom PowerPoint lecture, and the second is a hands on field day. I think this works because the general level of knowledge about trees in my area is super low (topping is still commonly practiced) and because the arboretum pushes that class more than the others through their website.
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    01-21-2018
    About 3 years ago I died (and was resuscitated) after contracting an antibiotic-resistant staph infection from being pricked by a rose thorn. I remember laying there in the hospital thinking “THIS is how I die?!? After all the crazy things I’ve done, I get killed by a rose bush?!? WTF?!?!” It’s true. Safety IS an illusion. As long as you’re alive, there’s no hiding from risk.
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    01-21-2018
    What an excellent article! Well written too. I am going to give this to my new FNG to read. Maybe it’ll take.
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    12-31-2017
    Damn Gary! Your kid must be crazy strong. Sounds like he got some good genes there!
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    12-31-2017
    Wow, I’m amazed that the tree wasn’t girdled by the rope. Usually when I find something like that in a tree, everything above that point is dead.
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    12-31-2017
    Bounce replied to a thread Ms441 in Chainsaws!
    Holy schamoly, I would be so pissed if somebody ran over my 441. I paid about $1200 for my mine over a decade ago (including some minor engine mods) and named it Bull. We have done hundreds of removals together and cut thousands of cords of firewood. I love that saw more than any other and would be heartbroken if it got destroyed. Sounds kinda silly, I know, but there it is.
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    12-31-2017
    Bounce replied to a thread Climber Weight in Climbing Forum
    I definitely think you can do it, but it will take a year or two of very hard work to get in better shape. You’ll need to lose 100 lbs and rehab your knee, maybe get another surgery. In order to do this, you’ll probably have to completely change your lifestyle. Bear in mind that a production climber is a professional athlete. Most of us have to do some training and conditioning outside of work in order to be able to do this job day in and day out.
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