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    17 Hours Ago
    PM me some details?
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    Sorry to not be more clear -- that was 15 years ago and I don't have an actual pic of it on file, so I found one that was similar. X-ray said no break, just mega ligament damage.
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    Snow melt has contributing to flooding around here. Rivers are swollen around here, particularly the Missouri River, which we crossed over into Missouri today. The fields around it are a flood plain and they were flooded, up to the tires on the irrigation sprinklers in the field. It hadn't breached the levy around the field, but it was pretty impressive. I-29 is closed from St. Joseph, Missouri up to Council Bluffs, Iowa due to flooding. Volunteers have been sand bagging along river towns, and things have crested. But now we're predicted to have more rain over the weekend, so we'll see how things go. Not as bad as the '93 floods so far.
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I don't know if anything wouldn't have left ruts in this loamy lake-area soil that was still mucky from water run off of the rains last week. But the chipper tends to make the worst ruts, since switching tires to 4000lb. thinner ones than the stock factory ones (hard to find replacements for those). They cut like a knife, leaving sharp, crisp ruts.
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    Ouch. Did a bunch of stump grinding Monday and could tell in my hands that the operating of the levers was very hard on the hands. Maybe very noticeable after being away in Florida for 10 days and then coming back to it. But I've had bouts where my hands would spasm and go into a clench -- like a charley horse of the hands. I think I tend to grip the chip truck steering wheel too hard as well, but I'm making a conscious effort to relax the hands while driving. But it's automatic to grip like crazy driving through Kansas City in-town traffic. Have to be ready for a split second defensive maneuver. I have some measure of instant relief doing the Wanderlei Silva hand roll: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pLh_O4RyuB8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    Still about a month out and lots of estimates out. Bucket truck is working out great, use it on most jobs nowadays, unless it's a tree way out back. We won't forget our climbing skills, though!
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Worked for a friend's mother today at a friendly day rate, by a private lake in an exclusive neighborhood. Rolled with the bucket truck & chip truck today. I did a canopy raising on a white oak, then removed six small hackberries along the property line along with briars and other saplings. We took out two silver maples (clear drops) and a medium hackberry. First full day of spring, and I was sweating a good bit even at 60˚F -- salt stains on the t-shirt. She bought us gourmet pizza and energy tea for lunch -- yum! Fixed a few shorter ruts and again picked up the plywood highway leading to the back yard. AlturnaMats coming soon. Our $50 deal on sheets of OSB & random plywood is quickly getting chewed up after 2-3 jobs.
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    1 Day Ago
    Not my own photo -- just representative of the injury (black/purple, double size foot). I didn't have the bacon look, that's for sure.
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    Same with my ankle ligament injury. Would've been better if I would've broken it, but 8 weeks of physical therapy and not letting it atrophy and continuously working it since have kept the range of motion open and helped bring improvement where it felt as though it would never fully heal. But there is scar tissue and soreness develops flexing on terrain and by end of day. I'll never run any distance again, but at least I'm daily functional.
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    I have a Fresnel lens from an old school big screen TV. It can enlarge things HUGELY like that (and more). Or on the more devious end, you can reverse it and focus sunlight to the point of frying an egg, boiling water, or melting metal! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jrje73EyKag" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    That's because you don't have Murphy's skid steer to pull it where you want it to go! :boogie:
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Now that we have a bucket truck, have to put a crane on our bucket list. The grapple truck has gotten us by for "crane work" but at some point we'll have to get a proper one. Funny though, we haven't hired a crane in over 2 years here. At least now we've worked for a crane company owner on their custom home lot, so we have a good contact if we do need to hire one in.
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread Chipper question... in Chainsaws!
    Our Vermeer spec'd gap is 3.2mm / 1/8". If hers sounded huge, how's that sound!
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Yesterday was just one job, trimming a pin oak in the front yard, a sycamore in the backyard. Rolled out with the bucket truck & chipper truck. Stacked out a plywood highway to prevent yard damage to the customer's side yard & neighbor's lawn leading up to the back yard. Took down a section of fence to nose in with the bucket. Went fine, no issues. On the way home I stopped by a large wholesale plant nursery and picked up 15 truck tires that we won on a PurpleWave auction. All brand new, about 1/2 with rims. After unstacking them all, rolling them all into the chip truck and restacking them, I am sore! It'll be nice to slip on some new shoes onto to the chip truck -- Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone. Better than the cheap Chinese rears we have on now with no good terrain tread!
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread Bird Watching! in The Rec Room
    Glad you stopped by for a visit, Roger -- don't be a stranger! Found my post-dusk pic of an owl from a Columbus, GA visit:
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    2 Days Ago
    It was back on p. 5 of this thread: https://www.masterblasterhome.com/showthread.php?21101-On-saw-sharpening-vs-off-saw-sharpening-do-you-do-both&p=924997&viewfull=1#post924997
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    2 Days Ago
    Surely "flat" is a relative term. Even 1-2" (2.5-5cm) would be sufficient to begin an undercut with a bore cut. $1200 for wheel chocks and beech propping, not a bad investment, I'd say!
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    Thanks so much! For posterity, here's the link: https://starttraffic.com/alturnamat-ground-protection-mat
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    I was more concerned for the older women's skin health and propensity toward skin cancer with that leathern look. Aussies tend to be more sensible about sun exposure than Floridians, with ladies wearing sun hats and longer sleeves to protect themselves.
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    2 Days Ago
    It was at the bar after he got his cut of the job payment. I was more wondering about him backchaining the backcut and the one-handing.
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    Our new Oregon chain grinder is a HUGE improvement over the Chicago Electric model. Chains are noticeably more even and sharper, cut way smoother like butter. Probably a good bit of that is the dedicated raker wheel that came with it, so the rakers are all perfectly flat and evenly ground. We now have spools of chain for all of our saw types, so are spinning all our own chains (apart from the 880 loops, which will be more rarely used -- once a month or so). Still using the same Harbor Freight toolbox organizer, keeps everything straight and clearly labeled. No in-field sharpening in a loooong time now, so less crew downtime at critical moments.
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