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    Sometimes, a hold-back line might be useful, as insurance that it doesn't let go early, into the lift.
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    No, not for working off of. Climb up ladder with self-belay, groundie moves ladder to next tree, prune on the way down, descend. Set a line... rinse and repeat. I had an apartment complex with deodor cedars too close to the building, 25' and under. Rinse and repeat x40.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    True enough, Mick, if they do everything else well. It's so easy to learn to tie a knot that is the basic bread-and-butter knot of the industry, though, at least IME. I can get most people tying it in 5 minutes or less. It's more complicated than a clove hitch. That usually takes about 1 minute to teach. A lot of people over-complicate stuff, though. Your double-slipped square knot, aka, your shoe-string knot, as best I can tell, is harder than a bowline, IMO. IME, learning means less doing-it-the-hard way. My employee says that he's definitely had to sharpen his critical thinking skills working for me. He's learned that it's mostly easier and safer to go get the make-it-easier tools, or think your way around a problem (like use a hand-truck, arbor trolley, trailer, lever (peavey, for example), wedge, the ground, gravity) than fight stuff. Less breakage, too, when you're organized. He applies similar tactics at home about good communication, planning the work-working the plan-assessing if the plan worked, etc. GP, Rich/ Treebilly mentioned that two marls and a tail will pull almost anything with a chipper winch, IIRC. Maybe several layers of plywood glue-laminated together, and cut into a wooden hook. haha. Kyle, are you some sorta safety nazi, too, who wants to go home at the end of the day like the day was no big deal, biz as usual, no near-misses? For real, you hit the nail on the head, for me. What I like about working for myself is that I don't get put into bad situation by others. Time and again, people have proven to be the biggest threat to me...their judgments, actions and/ or inactions.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    Get rid someone who can't tie a Running bowline or who wear velcro-closure boots. My daughter is 6. I think by the time shes 7 or 8 she's going to be the paid trainer for knot-and-ropework-basics for new groundies. She can tie her shoes, and has a little song for how to make sure the girth hitch on the throw bag is secure. This weekend she will probably learn a figure-8 follow-though (re-trace) for rock climbing.
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    I call it taking the stairs. If I have a bunch of trees to climb, and can reach the bottom limbs by 25' (well 30', standing atop the ladder), I just throw a line, set a climb line, and have my groundman move the ladder to the next tree when I'm off it, into branches. Often times, I can just climb off the ladder and start working, not needing to go higher, if its just canopy raising. Less body strain. Saved me climbing hundreds of trees. Like a long pole saw, its great with the right trees, and terrible and dangerous for the wrong trees. Sometimes setting a line is a PITA for various reasons. I can stand the ladder up steeply, and put my lanyard around ladder and trunk, so I'm secured, and can set a climbing line to get to pruning. Tree killing, spurs! TIE IN with ladders.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Sancho FTW!! Learned about fixing my electric trailer brakes and all, then find out that anymore, you just buy the whole assembly for the price of shoes and a magnet. Two wires to snip and reconnect. Well, my solder fix held up long enough to determine the hydraulic brake pump for my chip truck Lucas Girling brakes is shot. I didn't test it when parking, before disassembly. $250 for basically a power steering pump. But, like the chipper that just needed an minorly expensive part, $185, to keep it going, overall it is dependable, easy to fix, and does as asked, if a bit slower than a newer more powerful model. Figured out changing the bearing on my stump grinder should be easy enough. Got them delivered yesterday. Big run of deferred maintenance and repair...my employee has been out sick all week. Last weekend he was across the state visiting his dad, who has stage III colon cancer, and forgot his medicine for ulcerative colitis, and got a flare-up upon return, ER visit, and has had a virus crop up, too. Mini is ready to go 24/7.
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    Jerry, why two books in one auction?
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    Jerry, I'd take your 35 degrees to either of mine or Reg's latitude, hovering around the 48th Parellel. Days get short.
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    Good Show! Windy and chilly by the water, for sure. Funny how a climber can be freezing while groundworkers are sweating, sometimes. Were the wires more complicated/ hassle to have disconnected due to rigging already required for other considerations?
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    Been cool and dry. Leaves changing still, and falling. Lots of native yellow leaves. Not the diversity of the east. Ornamentals bring in more color. Used to go to Looking Glass Mountain in NC over Halloween for a climbing trip. Beautiful fall colors.
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    The autographed poster would be Something!
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    keeper cords and a hook for the right place hang them, might help. I say its hard to loose a lot of things clipped together. Its easy to lose loose things.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Stig, Thank You. Brain fart. Too much going on. Black Walnut, susceptible to 1000 Cankers disease, confirmed in Washington State. I got called about storm damage. Should be interesting to see it up close. I'm doing some 1000 Cankers reading.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Develop your niche, and work it!
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Bid an enormous (edit)black walnut (thanks for catching that, Stig) that just keeps growing and growing fast. Three, 3'+ trunks. The central most leader broke and lodged. Needs reduction. Seeing breaks and irregularities. Super sprawling. Access is poor. My favorite work tree. Some climbing, some 50' tow-behind lift work (good first use of the dedicated hitch-plate for the mini, rather than the BMG hitch, as the lift about doubles the mini's weight. A bucket truck would never make it, at least without 4x4 and impact. Perfect use of a spider-lift. Raining down walnuts while bidding. I didn't have a helmet, so I stood under big trunks, or out of the dripline. Hope to continue working on this tree. A bigger bid than the past (more work). May prop and brace a mimosa, too, hopefully. Never propped a tree, properly, before.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Not holding my breath. New ones are expensive. Machine shop said cleaning the brazing could take a ton of time. $250 plus shipping time to buy a new one.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Been kinda chilling out this week a bit. Went to the climbing gym on Sunday. Sore Monday. Employee had yesterday off for some family court stuff (yay). Burned some dirty brush piles at my house, put up some personal firewood for the winter. Sorted out the shop a bit more. More of the same tomorrow. See if my neighbor's idea of soldering the failed brazing on my repaired hydraulic pump works. Its low pressure. The brazing repair failed after 8 years or something. So long ago, I can't remember when or who did it. Going camping and rock climbing with Dahlia and mutual friends, dad and kid, plus other families, on the east/ dry side of the state near the Columbia River.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Chipper carnage in Gear Forum
    A DOT BB anvil came loose. blew through the housing. Landed in the driving lane, I hear. Torque and retire bolts, I guess.
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    I don't have the set-up worked out, the punchline is autoerotic stanglization. But seriously, I had this same in mind when Willie had a bad, leaning dead tree at a campground, near a bridge. Has its niche. Use it time to time.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Tough row to hoe!
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