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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I've got a deodora to cable/ brace and prune, upcoming. About the size of mine.
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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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    21 Hours Ago
    Good Stuff guys!
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Drill tested and climbed a very hollow-butt, but narrow=topped cherry over two sheds. Very vertical loading. I could see the tree changing its attitude depending on which side I stood. Popped a top, popped about 4 millable logs, and the butt log from the ground without hurting anything. Then chunked down some maple trunks, ready for ground felling with preset pull ropes. Moved equipment out. Solid 8 hour day, solo, no faffing about. Nonstop motion. Six miles down the road from me. Besides the cherry, I'm taking deodora cedar logs for milling. Really stockpiling.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Dry in Spokane. It's meant to be getting revitalized. A different world than Western Washington.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Swing by, Spokane is 5 hours drive, or a quick commuter flight.
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    2 Days Ago
    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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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Average low 40f, average high 60f, teens and 90s every year, side of Seasonal Affective Disorder (not me).
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The rain on my skylight and roof is soooo motivation to go climb trees. I can barely contain myself. Deodora cedar, millable logs. "Ogre" accessible..."Ogre" approved. A dream to have it running fast again, after some valves and o- rings.
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    Glad to hear the YouTube survived! I'm afraid I might break it sometimes.
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    I acclimate back to the heat or cold, generally. If I've got the a/c going, I'll drive with the windows down for the last couple minutes. Same for heat.
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    I've worked at the AT-RISK Youth for years...Did I mention ADD/ ADHD anywhere here? Maybe I have some experience with this? Years of professional experience teaching these kids to survive in rugged wilderness conditions from 100*, down to 7*, living outside 30-60 days, continuously, in crazy conditions, all over? A lot of those kids were tough and learned responsibility, and to follow rules and instructions. NOT BOOT CAMP. I don't think they fit the bill for professional quality in the PNW. Thanks for the idea, Brett. For what it's worth, I've trained large numbers of newbs to be good sawyers at the conservation corps, over years, for a while being the lead trainer. 100 people in the field in the summer. Not all were sawyers. A lot of those guys were way more skilled after 2-3 months, than all the "production crew guys" I've hired at their beginning with me. I pretty much have to tell everyone what binds are called, most terminology, how to maintain there saws, how to use bucking wedges, etc, etc. The conservation corps members were felling dead trees with wedges on day 3, forward, bucking, limbing, piling, in rugged, remote settings, in harsh conditions. As to trying to run a one-crew show like a big show, this isn't one of those states where you get to abuse workers by not providing for them if there is an accident, like those 4+ employees companies needing WC, whereas (and I don't say 'whereas' to typical groundworkers, some of them) 3 or less, there is no WC? WTF? Injured employee, biz closes, new biz opens. EZPZ. Loss of some equipment, and walk away from an enormous medial bill. Don't worry, the tax payers or hospital will pick that up. There are a lot of employee protections in place. I live in the Capital. The Department of Labor and Industries (included the WC dept) is minutes from my jobsites. WC employees go out with telephoto cameras to build cases. No chaps or no helmet are couple-thousand dollar fines. No ear pro or eye pro, I think they give me money...oh, wait, no, I get fined again. So at what point should I worry about worker safety, efficiency, productivity, avoiding the typical dumb-shit (death, injury, damage, lost equipment, having to go back to fix stuff/ finish tasks)? Oh, and, yes, true story, I am LEGALLY REQUIRED to do a lot of this stuff. I have to have an Accident Prevention Program. http://www.lni.wa.gov/safety/Rules/Chapter/800/helpfultools/APPCoreRuleGuide.pdf And of course, no injury is a good injury. I'm looking into places where people have had to pay money and time for their training, not got sent there by the court system. Did I mention the VERY CLEAR, researched correlation between unsuccessful students, juvenile delinquency, and learning disabilities. At-risk basically means they have a bad start. I could get ex-cons and tax breaks. NO FUCKING WAY! https://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/low-risk-offenders-have-eyes-on-the-trees-future-arborists-in-the-making/ Low-risk, that is mostly drug-crimes, I think (drug abusers who haven't been convicted of higher crimes, usually have committed them). The one guy I had for a year had worked at Cedar Creek. "Clean". Brain issues. Safety issues. I get applicants that did dangerous jobs thinning in the forest. Do you think that train prisoners that well. A lot of slash cuts with MS 250s. One guy, the guy who almost killed himself, (literally, I was able to stop him just in time because he wasn't registering what was happening from his independent decision making, 100% different than instructed), seemed like he was institutionalized. When you get called 'sir' all the time from someone barely younger than you, and he wasn't in the military, that he mentioned, and was 35 years old. Anyhow, I've got to go to work. I consider all your comments.
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    6 Days Ago
    We were in the dry sauna!
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    Once, in stop-and-go bumper to bumper interstate traffic, three guys 6'3, 6'1, and me the little guy at 5'11', window washing supplies, etc inside, 20', 32', and Aframe on the roof, of a HONDA CRX hatchback (yes, two seater), we were cooking. We were creeping along with no AC, full chicago summer sun, so being a little wacky and slap happy after a long day of solid work, we decided to see how hot we could make it. Closed the windows and put on the heater for a minute or three until someone gave in. 80's and somewhat humid never felt so refreshing! Wonder what the temp was inside!:|:
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    6 Days Ago
    Think of someone in a rainy environment wanting to go work in the dark in the winter morning, while its raining, to work in the rain until dark, and come home in the dark, just when the rain stops for a few hours. I get tons of applicants asking how much they can get to work in the rain. A main perk of the job up here. Ah, No.:lol: I had ONE employee who could have used more rain. He was a decently-insulated Irish-heritage fella, who I turned into beginner treeworker and climber, who after 10 years has recently gone to nursing...not a career path in trees, without being the boss, best I can tell. I've always liked being outside, and epic extremes make it more interesting, sometimes. That being said--- Rain, often, Sucks! Can't have big trees, mosses, lichens, fungi, etc, without it. Not knocking Tyler one bit, you saw pics I posted, but he did say that the little birch he climbed, slick after a flurry of snow was very difficult and weird, and it was 30's or maybe 40*, so cold by TX working standard, overall. I think it's normal. Imagine dragging brush in the cold PNWet, Stacking ropes in the PNWet. It is Way easier to stay warm in the 20's or even teens, than 33* and raining...I've lived out in the cold, too. Like I said before, most guys won't regularly work in the rain. Some guys will finish a tree or a job. Here it just is how it is. Don't work in the rain and starve. If they aren't already here, they are not likely to come to the rain. I didn't come for the rain or to become a climbing arborist in big trees. I was aiming to stay in conservation work. Few thorny trees, no poisonous snakes, and 100'ers are medium-ish for firs, good sized for maples, so not too shabby, overall. If I wasn't tied here, I'm not so sure I'd stay here. The climate is not leading to healthy, healthy lifestyles. Go to Boulder and everyone is fit, active, healthy, and largely attractive. Here, there are artists, musicians, breweries, summer festivals all over, and long, rainy winters (typically, this year has been dry, and we are in for soooo many dead trees, not that I need any more calls), nearby Shelton is the meth capital of the NW, I think, and heroin is rampant. I could have either in 25 minutes, I'd bet money, and town is 15 minutes of driving time out of the 25.
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    6 Days Ago
    I don't do my best to post without errors. Trying to do better. Wish reading and writing wasn't confined to a little bit of the TH screen. If you're only after one-liners, it doesn't matter. If you want to discuss something, you about need to use Word and 'cut and paste' to the Reply box. I haven't found the time for either, but maybe should.
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    Funny, first line in this articles says Sean is just an asshole who treats his employees like shit and children, and everyone's brain works the same, Very little individual difference. Crazy. https://www.additudemag.com/add-adhd-at-work-expert-strategies/ Strangely, you will see the last word in the link is "strategies", preceded by "Add and ADHD at work". Nuts.
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    Thanks Frans. Where do you find good employees who are safe, responsible, etc? Can you get any to more to Olympia. I hear all the time so many real tree professionals don't want to work in the rain. Do you? Its only 6-8 months of the year. 4-6 months of beautiful weather. We work full time, year round, doing about everything treecare and removal-related. I can hire guys that will drag, drag, drag on removals, all day, but I have a machine for that, multiple actually. Does a way, way better job than them, and cheaper. A large number of young people come to Olympia because of The Evergreen State College. I think that the non-graded/ written evaluation system (yes, a college with no objective grading system, even for math) attracts a certain subset. They stay because its a cool place with lots of art, music, poetry, tattoos, piercings, festivals. When Texas Tyler was here. He couldn't believe how long it took for a sandwich to be made at a local place. Restaurant service here is terrible. He couldn't find a cup of coffee, because the baristas led him to believe they didn't have 'coffee'. He could get a 'pour-over' which is where you have someone pour hot, hot water over ground coffee beans, sorta like a Mister Coffee for one, but unnecessarily involving a complicated, expensive process. Is that oblivious customer service? So Frans, how do you deal with employee performance issues, such as not following clear instructions because they forgot, messing with things they have never been trained to do, or asked to do. "my fault" and "my bad" doesn't give someone an eye back. One-eye Bob lives half a mile from me. Career logger. Just took once to lose an eye. I'm glad I had my PPE on when I got blasted by the chipper, which was just fine, for hours of chipping, until someone with no authority to make important decisions decided to make important decisions, and without any reason to mess with the machine. I'm looking for strategies to deal with these fuck-ups. How do you deal with things like this, whether is ADD, being not the sharpest tool in the shed, being tired from making decision that lead to not sleeping (like moving your nutjob girlfriend into the shared house, with only a twin bed, and inconsiderate, childish Evergreen College roommates)? That situation was probably my fault, right, him coming in frazzled and unslept, unprepared. If i simply fire him, I'm back to raking, setting up pull-over with a machine and log-tied-midline, solo driver for the company. I can't drive two trucks to the worksite. If I simply fire guys, I have to start from scratch, and lose money in the meantime. Strategies seem worth a try. I'm pretty sure that what some people do in the field of Workplace Development. Help people be more successful workers, leading to more successful lives. Should I not address safety issues? People would be a lot happier if I didn't. Sure, keep pitchforking within 2' of his face. Great. I noticed how on the Dept of Labor and Industies website shows my WC claims were 'less than average', while a lot of other guys I know around town are 'more than average'. I think it's because the owner hurts the guys. The owner is ultimately responsible for the safety and injuries to their employees. I notice a lot of people in general are short-cutters, grunts especially. They just want to go, go, go, the Rockstar and nicotene says so. I'm certainly not perfect, so I ask for strategies. Any good strategies. Safe, skilled, productive ('more than average'). Mind-reader? NO.
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    seems very hygienic.
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    Why do I read radiator repair threads? For the good tips! Sacrificial anodes are only known to me in very limited applications. One more, now. My chipper radiator could probably use upgrading before summer heat.
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    He'd have had his helmet, glasses, and gloves on, if he was.
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    And so what strategies/ tools/ methods will help someone incapable of remembering a number of things in a row because of how their brain is wired. A lot of times people don't know what every tree tool is called. If I need to send someone way up the hill to the truck, and need them to get, first time, 1. the black and green throw cube...driver's shelf in canopy 2. Pole hook with extension, passenger side shelf, up top 3. Loppers, passenger side, on the bed of the truck with the long-handled tools. I thought at some point in the past, they developed some kinda system for storing information outside of one's head. Pretty sure successful people use it all the time. I've never heard of a successful person who doesn't store some of the stuff in their head outside their head. Laborers will not be rocket scientists. I can either blame laborers for their shortcomings, or help them develop skills for this. P.S., I know a fair bit more than average about these types of conditions. I've seen teenagers, like 13, 14 years old, survive and thrive in the wilderness (under guidance) coming from the city. I'm not talking survival stuff, but month-long backpacking trips ordered by the court. My nephew has ADD/ ADHD and a whole host of other shit. My brother and wife expect that he should function with normal guidance when he is brain-damaged from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Cocaine, from his birth mother being an addict. He can either find, with or without help, strategies to deal with things, or be f&cking failure in life. I've thought of bringing him out, before I understood what was really going on, and how limited his capacity is. A funny thing, when the notebook comes out, the stuff on the list gets done, AND we both have a written list of accomplishments. I know what is/ ISN'T done. I have a list to work off of. I write lists all day. Am I forgetting things left, right, and center. NO, of course not, I'm using my, well not my, tools. I usually have 20-30 things written on my lists. Seems like that helps get things done. Perhaps another strategy is more forced breaks. I may need to sit down with him/ them (even though I'm not tired, since I work as efficiently as possibly, almost all the time, and my fitness is great,why would I waste my effort). My guys are instructed to take breaks any time. None are lazy, so I don't have to worry about the effort level, just the application of it. "Eat before you get hungry, drink before you get thirsty, take a break before you're tired". I ask that they check in about it. "Is this a good time for a quick break?" I might say "Can it wait 3 minutes to rig this piece, then I"ll go do other stuff (reset my ropes, presling a buncha speedline slings, etc)". OR usually "Take as long as you want to take care of yourself. Eat, Drink, make a call during a planned break. I'll be ready with a plan when you're ready to hit it. No Pressure. The more I set up for efficiency, the less work for all of us." My strategy starts with a simple overview of the whole work site and project "prune, remove, cones on the sprinkler heads for visibility, cones under the powerlines there, Septic system is here---no machines, Remove that tree, Canopy raise. chip onsite. 16" rounds. Our emergency exit plan is to have the truck pointed out, unobstructed, keys in the ignition." Then, before each new task, especially with changing gears from one task to another, where I say, "Let's change gears, now that area is in the shade, and we are getting in the sun." What, when, where, why, how. (strategy, work things to your advantage, don't work in the sun from 12-4, if you can avoid it in the summer.) We go over the basics, "I'll set a rigging point there, over the dropzone where we parked upon arrival. We will lower right to the tray. One guy is going to be primarily the rope-man. One guy is going to be primarily the saw-man. Decide (or I delegate) and make a plan." Before each rig, I explain my cut, what they should expect and what they should do. "This is birch, so it will peel-cut over. When there is slack, pull it in. Then when you're ready, I'll cut it free with very little loading. You two communicate to lay it right into the tray/ dropzone." I expect something like. "Peel it over. Keep pulling in the slack. You'll cut it free. We'll land it right here, (Like a Boss!)" I'd sold the removal job across the street without a price, practically, for a root-diseased hemlock, after the neighbor was taking pictures and impressed with our communication (and super low impact in the anal-gardener's house). I relay these anecdotes to the crew, "the neighbor was so impressed by how we worked as a team and communicated, and protected everything, when there was little place to work. She said she could hear the countdowns to landing. She wants US to do her work. How stupid is it for the guy to lower a limb into a crotch or all the way to the ground when it need to stay clear of the ground to be swung away? Frequently, I self-lower, to make it simple, easy, safe, efficient. I can't tell, looking down a rope, through a branch to tell how much more to lower it into their reach, but off the ground. Everyone I hire can count backward. Nobody that works for me has ever done really low-impact work from what I can tell. Mostly it's crash and bash. Get-er-dun! Rockstar and cigarettes (self-mediation with stimulants much? cannabis, as self-medication for ADD much? All I can go off is the stories guys tell. Like Reg has said, so many guys lead customers to think that zero-impact/ low-impact is not possibly. I just itemize it with a surcharge ($200 additional to avoid damaging the rhododendron butted against the birch). Of course, when you're swimming an ooze of stimulants, it's hard to stop and listen to a plan, and retain it. My employee said that I did make a good observation that he was way too jacked up in the morning to listen. Seems like things are always hardest in the morning. Seems like a lot of guys would rather do thing the way they thing or are used to. He actually texted me last night at 10pm (he knows I'm usually up to 11 or 12). This is the guy who proudly shows me his waterproof notebook (ziplock), notebook, and pen at work, because, wait for it, writing stuff down keep you from having your head full, and worrying if you have remembered everything (stressful!!!). I stop him during work sometimes to tell him to write down something, as it happens I help him otherwise, personally. We are friends as well as boss/ employee. His kids love to see me. Parenting tips, like a note in his daughter's lunch, letting her know mom and dad are thinking of her and love her (they've had rough waters, as some of you know). Written notes around there home to the kids and each other. Encouraging messages about getting things together. Making progress. Being able to pull through this crap they are in. I must just be an asshole boss.
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