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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    My old F450 didn't turn back to center on its own. Steering felt tight. Grease, they forgot about grease, and oil changes, and adding oil when low and black.
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    Birch dismantle at a jam packed gardeners house, manicured style. You know the rest.
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    Do you have a replacement, Cory? What is your stop-gap, until he comes to his senses, I mean? Have you considered relocating her? I mean up your way, not in the mafia way. Staffing is tough.
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    I'm in to win.
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    Kyle, what do you call the guy on the bottom rung who is the grunt to start? He has an 'in' within the Union, who is going to mentor him, trying to get him on his crew. Spoon feeding him as much as possibly informationally, as well as telling him to get strong. He's been off treework for a couple months to a degree, and being Dad/Mom for a while, totally out of tree work for 2 months. Something amazing, another positive thing for a guy needing positive things, his father was stage 3 or 4 colon cancer, and after his last round of chemo, his father was 'done', in the sense of the big Done With Chemo, Lived a Long Life...his follow-up is cancer-free, after expectations of a quick death sentence.
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    Starting a routine bigger birch with a bunch of decay and damage, two main stems with a lot of phototropic growth reaching over the street. Rigged down, in front of the chipper feed tray, and zip-lined out into the open street, as there are 15' rhododendrons and japanese maples, and ..., on the Do Not Smash List everywhere beneath the main lead. The smaller leader has manicured lawn on the one side, so two pieces of plywood for the branch butts to hit, and the bulk of the branches, did it. Was busy orchestrating it, and didn't have time for pics. Tomorrow. My one groundman is done on Friday, going off to Wildland Firefighting. He's onward and upward, and welcome back after the fire season, if he wants. My former employee, who has been out with family medical stuff, is making a move, got a connection into the carpenter's union, and will be testing about a month out. I told him he's welcome to come practice all the stuff for his apprentice test, at my shop. Measuring, cutting, banging nails, moving stacks of (5)-2x's, Hauling up buckets of nails. He's needing a good 'out' from treework into a career path. Not sure he's climber material, and groundmen don't usually last into their 60s. He said that so much of the stuff that I beat the bible about safety and productivity at my show, are the things that he will be tested on for his spot.
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    Are you climbing still, Cory? Will you go back, or do more in the absence of the ninja?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread milling thread in Chainsaws!
    You made it? What kind?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    We had free dumping, but Rockstar cans and Marlboro boxes ruined it. Dum tree guys.
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    I usually swear by Arborwear Tech II pants, but could go with something cooler, and cheaper.
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    That prevents that set of keys from being used to move the truck. The driver of every vehicle should be responsible for confirming (one way or another) that the trailer is ready to be towed, and the whole rig is clear to move.
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    I make a point not to, and tell people not to stand, in ropes, electrical cords, hoses, keyboards, electric drills or other tooll, particularly ropes, as nothing else supports my life, or things over my life. If I have to tell them not to stand on a drill, I wouldn't have them around.
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    My hourly Crane operator is always in a hurry. Sometimes, there is an afternoon job elsewhere.
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    Easier to mess anything up than do it right.
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    Good stuff. Makes me miss the desert. I used to live down that way a lot.
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    Top left, other side, possibly all the way around...
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    A soil probe can be useful, at times, maybe.
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    Welcome back!
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    DAY-UM! What kinda work?
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    5' is monster. Didn't know they made it down that far south. Cool. There is one here, 3', 3', and 4' triple leader action. Like other bigger trees, they don't look so big until your touching them, especially if they are alone. This Oly madrone is in a field, visible from I-5, if you know where to look. The owner considered removing it before it became protected. As a lone madrone, it looks good, as there isn't the same disease vectoring as along a shoreline. A weird place for a big madrone.
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    Good thing...you're ALWAYS hearing about those fallen climbers from crossloading a biner...oh, wait a minute... I like a heavy steel biner for advancing purposes, and I can't really think I'll damage the steel spine. Gate maybe a bit, but so far, so good.
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    Thanks. That's what I needed to know. Are slick-pins sold separately, on case of loss/ becoming sticky from pitch or grit? I think I'm going to grab one.
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    I've become a maple crotch horder.
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    I've heard of getting excavators for madrona stump removal. Do you know about the value, Stig? They grow big here. I'm learning more and more about the special wood available here. I saw a $$ Bigleaf maple on a property, dead and dying, soooo burly!
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    Ryan, I hear what you're saying. Typically, yes...I consider that everytime. Today, its raining, which is a switch, as its been a dry winter. I'm by the woodstove, catching up. Maybe a blessing in disguise. I can use a 'day off'. The migraine guy is very upstanding, I'd say. Healthy guy. Not a boozer/ problem-user. Just engaged (no bun in oven) to a successful, live-together, long-term GF. Not the fastest groundman (new to residential), but always safe, diligent, hardworking, and ready to learn anything I'll teach him. If the ankle-guy can't think of an ankle as a liability that will possibly put him out of work for more than a day, and choose something less concerning, like a badly-knotted muscle (can be better tomorrow)...well... He just started. Has 2.5 years at Bartlett, and about the same at a small place in Portland. Migraine-guy is going far in life. Ankle-guy, used to being on a "production crew". 'Typical tree-guy' possibly. 20's, 2 y.o. kid to feed, with baby-mama. GF/ GF's kid at home. I don't hold my breathe. I give them chances to see if they can adapt. Meanwhile, if he drags and rakes instead of me, ok. If he can cut safely, or learn to cut safely and effectively, cool. If he can drive safely, great. Clean driving record and criminal background check. I don't hold my breathe. Says he has some climbing experience. If he's trustworthy on the ground, and can climb, or learn to climb safely great. I'll ease him into it. in a I don't hold my breathe. I think he could work out, but can tell there are some limitations. How didn't he find a job after our largest snow-storm in some time? He is doing some of the child-care/ school-drop/ pickup for GF's 9yo. His truck threw a rod in whatever he drove, so they have one vehicle for the family-unit (nice, clean, straight, paid-off, 4 door, probably half-ton truck). Grandparents are going to get integrated into/ could take over the grandkid-school thing. Time will tell.
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    My regular climb-lines are not spliced. How does this work with a knot, and what works best? I'm used to a scaffold on a biner, but this causes too much cinching, if I can't slip off the end of the keylock biner's nose. Seems like the rope needs to squeeze the Quickie a bit to keep orientation. A secured Bowline would not seem to work.
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    I've got the go-ahead to protect a Rhodie for $200 extra, right at the base of a triple-leader birch removal. I'm going to lag-screw some 2x4's, and screw on some scrap plywood. Was going to start it today, but one groundman has a migraine, and the other rolled his ankle this morning. Might just crane it out, instead, especially with an extra $200 that can go toward the crane bill that will probably be $500-700. Sometimes hoisting is better than roping-down, around armoring. Depends on his crane availability.
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    Something cool about madrona/ Arbutus is that they are evergreen, with leaves lasting about 14 months. Unfortunately, this increases foliar fungal issues. Wood is beautiful, but twists, cups, and cracks like mad.
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