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    SeanKroll replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Give 'em lots of water, B.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    I should hope there were some mods over the looks-like-it-will-break---oops design. How was the crossload test?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Animated GIF Thread 2019 in MBTV
    Shit, I don't live there!!!!!!!!! I'm the worst house in the best neighborhood, my neighbors put $50K into their backyard hardscaping and have a serious horse arena. The others are daughter and SIL to a major builder in town, who work for the family biz. His fancy race car goes in a huge enclosed trailer behind their big motor home. My nextdoor neighbor's home is on the market for $550K. My old neighbor, the retired logger, literally has the worst house in our 'neighborhood' of 10 houses, not me, truth be told. Mine's not fancy, small 3br/ 2 ba, and 20 years old. That's the town down the road. A solid distance away. I have done about 2 jobs, and one consult in that town over the years. I have Rez land up the street a bit. Some problems of some low-lives who burgle houses and run back to the Rez. The Sherriff is spread thin, especially with how the shape of the land is. I am about 4 miles as the crow flies, I'd guess, from a friend's, across the water. 30 minute drive. Now, this little rez up the way is no big deal, on the whole. Great fireworks for the whities. A bit of run-down housing visible from the road for a tiny stretch, but largely 5 acre parcels, and being a long and narrow peninsula, lots of waterfront. If you want to be dead, go to a lot of other rez's at night. Skokomish Indians Rez at night, good place to disappear. Not so far from here, 30 minutes, maybe. An old employee of mine had a grandpa, a former log truck driver, who drove a taxi at some point in his life. Somehow he made it out of driving a fare out to the rez, into the deep dark, and where he wasn't supposed to return from. Most likely, he was packing, and not a softee. I don't know the environmental factors. I'm suspecting spotted-owl had a hand in the industry overall going down. Guess what, the more you strip the land, the less productive it becomes. Go figure. That can't be helping logging any.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Had a chill day with my employee around the shop. Organized, cleaned a bit, got some firewood put up, and after lunch I put him up a tree as part of a good send-off. With some coaching from me and his mentor in the Union, he killed it on his apprenticeship test. Some of the testees were soft, plain soft, from the sounds of it. A lot were not so good at listen to instructions. He was the only one to check the scaffold wheel locks and assembly before committing to climbing it. I've got some pics of him at work, and have been encouraging him to put a portfolio together, just for his future use. I think he can get some street cred with the new crew showing some good climbing and mini-operating. Got him a good video sequence of a couple cuts, slight reposition, and a couple cuts, up close, from above. Stuff to show his family, too, that he is more than a stick-picker-upper-feeder-of-stick-eater.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Everyone in that market is facing the same situation, right? Either they use the same dump sites as everyone else with the same costs, or they use private dump sites, or buy property to dump/ recycle greenwaste. Any biz needs to adjust rates to new expenses, right? The cost of most things, save technology, goes up over time. When was the last time there was deflation?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Animated GIF Thread 2019 in MBTV
    Today, I heard night time in Shelton is like a Zombie Apocalypse. Talked to a guy last night who started climbing on a tree crew up in Issaquah who seemed to have tweeky employees, with one about to start a fight with him on his first day.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Customer pays dump fees.
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    You can throw a line or rope tail to the groundworkers, who can tie on a second climbing system/ rope, routed out to the tips of the limb-walk. Easy way to prevent a swing during a limbwalk. Also, your ground crew can hold your tail, at least on SRT) out toward the tips, so they can arrest a swing back at the tree.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Animated GIF Thread 2019 in MBTV
    Drug companies made a brazilian dollars pushing opiods. Insurance, too. The banks destroyed the world economy causing a real estate crash, that whole Great Recession thing. A lot less demand when nobody is building. Less logging. Logging made less money. The mill shutdown to re-tool, and let a contract on union labor run-out, or something, something, something. Shelton is about the last main commuter town before getting well more onto the Olympic Peninsula, where population is scarcer. Its 30 minutes drive or so to the Capitol in Oly, where jobs are available. People commute up to 2 hours a day, each way to Seattle, if you can believe that. Shelton was depending on the mill and logging. Now there is destitution, surely prostitution for drugs, people 'jaw-ing' like crazy, no teeth. Scummy adults riding bmx bikes, a great, cheap criminal transportation tool. No lights in the middle of the night while casing and breaking into houses and cars for drug money. Black market drugs, economic depression, lack of opportunities, and lack of substance abuse and mental health treatment.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    How hard is that, compared to be a functioning groundworker? Maybe I expect my employees to function like successful humans too much. It's like plugging in and putting down your nice helmet with muffs and visor and Sena, intentionally, safely, at the end of the day, in a good spot, rather than giving the $8 home depot hardhats to dumbshits who aren't expected to use their gray matter and will throw their gear anywhere. If all your employees are good for, are being stick-picker-uppers who shove sticks into the stick eater machine, and who are not trustworthy, ya, good luck.
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    Thanks, Squish. I'm a fan of connecting when you need something, and disconnecting after the communication is done. Listening to guys work while I'm trying to concentrate in the trees, or on the ground, is a distraction. Same in reverse.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    Winter jackets are bulky when it's freezing, and you have to pay for them. Coolvests are Well worth it. Talked to my neighbor. His 90 year old mom loves working outside, but the heat is too much. She's getting a nice pink, kids' vest. She's a tiny old lady. Make it the groundies job to get the cooler together, rinse the vests and packs at the end of the day, put them in a little shop freezer/ deep freezer if you have one. Teach him he needs to drink a lot of water all day, and at night. Lots of guys stop drinking water during their recovery period, then charge into it the next day. IMO, the pub sounds good, until having to go to work in the heat the next day. IDK how people can drink a bunch, then do anything athletic. Doesn't work for me. Almost got mine into the freezer yesterday. I have no natural insulation. Anyone carrying any excess body-fat is more insulated. Someone who's kinda soft is well-insulated. My guy is working his excess off. He's slimmed down a lot from where he started. That extra layer of insulation makes a big difference on a big guy (6'+, 220). The greater the surface are: volume ratio, the easier to dissipate heat. Groundies are often resistant to laying on the ground in the shade to suck heat off their bodies during a break, and running water over the head, neck, back, arms, etc for cooling. Strange. If I was walking around on terra firma all day, I'd be using the hose to stay cool and sharp.
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    I found my grapnel. Might start using it a bit for remote line retrieval. Somehow, I ordered two, then lost them in a drawer and then gear bins at my old place. One is going to Swing, when I get to the post office.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Animated GIF Thread 2019 in MBTV
    Tweeky McTweek. I saw two tweekers last night in Shelton, one walking down the street, jawing, the other on a shitty bmx bike across the street. Shelton used to be a respectable, hardworking, blue-color mill and logging town. Now meth and heroin-ville.
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    I don't have time for fixing stuff, really. Luckily, my retired neighbor does, and will be my new mechanic. He is my labor-saving tool. A sharp tool!
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    Here's how it works...easy. If you want to overcomplicate things, it's very easy to do that. My first Rope Wrench was a hammer handle with a hole in it, and a tether. Ascend up, and before sitting down, manually engage the wrench. The Wrench simply reduced the load on the hitch by burning up that weight-energy through friction of the rope bending back and forth over a piece of wood. Compared to what you're doing...can't be any harder, effort wise, and you can use any good stick. Overall, if you want to unlock the full secrets of SRT climbing, there is a lot to learn. Worthwhile, IMO. SRT basics, pretty easy to start, and build. What is the big looming thing you feel like you have to learn about the RW? Nowadays, you can buy one set up with a stiff tether, which is simpler than me taping a stick to my tether, as the system progressed, pre-stiffy tethers. ahh, ya, you can tape a stick stiffy to a rope tether on a stick with holes in it. Black Magic, or whatever color of electrical tape floats your boat.
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    hahahaha
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    NO! Just kidding about the Blake's. Not fully kidding. The legs being long will inhibit locking, and increase sit-back when advancing your slack. Shorten them. The length of eye-to-eye hitch cord will depend on your wraps and rope size/ hitch cord size. Tie it tight. Add slack, if need be, after flying. My HH cord is tight as I can tie it, then worked back and forth a bit to smooth it out and tighten the knot, it is smooth. Friction up top reduces hitch-loading. A low-friction TIP will increase hitch loading. I've been largely off DdRT forever, but I think that Burnham has the technical specifics of what the wraps and braids each specifically do, and how to adjust for different weight climbers. What do you weigh when geared up? Make a wooden rope-wrench for free. Its just not midline-attachable. So what? I almost never take my HH or RW off the rope, just slide it, when stacking.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    hahaha You might not believe it, but Las Vegas has a small ski resort at Mt. Charleston, at 11,xxx' up top.
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    Mine leaks for some reason. IDK why/ where, and haven't gotten around to cleaning it to inspect and fix. I see how easy the bag works. At one time, Al Smith had figured out which o-rings are needed for Stihl caps, IIRC. I rarely use my pole saw, as it happens. Different markets, different trees. Different work. Same same, but different.
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    Ryan, looks like your legs of your hitch are overly-long, and will result in more sit-back. Good pics. Your friend musta been right under that thing with the pole saw, no?
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    A beast of a tree. Mine is small by comparison. I will have to check whether or not I can see the Olympic Mountains from up there, the highest point of my property. I just killed a little deodora cedar, with some help from Stihl, Boxer, BMG, and gravity. I could feel a little irregularity in spots of the lawn under foot. One very minor dent. Nbd. Well within parameters. 8 grapple piles, mostly machine forwarded and fed, making about 4-5 yards of chips, along with another maple I wrecked, in back. 5 yard from another maple another day, in the back. One load to my neighbor, first for his cows, then into his garden. Second load for my other neighbor, for his hard cider apple orchard trees. It seems I might be becoming a hard cider apple orchardist, as well! I have a chunk of space that I've considered for solar panels, but I like this idea more.
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    Good Stuff guys!
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    Eat up while you can. Thinking about you.
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    I dislike working on small screens, it says portions of large screen, like the Quick Reply box.
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    Glad to hear the YouTube survived! I'm afraid I might break it sometimes.
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