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    1 Hour Ago
    Easy, the lower 2 limbs I only had to climb 10 ft, and had 2 tag lines on each. Put the notch in facing away from the fence, and the brush monkeys pulled just right getting them out, Then Pulled the rest of it over into the yard w/the Maasdam. Sloppy mess once on the ground, but better than dealing w/in the air.
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    2 Hours Ago
    Upper 40's and on and off rain here in the Armpit of America. Got the takedown job in today just as it started coming down. Hoping for some more cool, crisp weather ahead.
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    2 Hours Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    So, was able to get in the maple & apple takedowns with the new brush monkeys this weekend. Mostly good, as they showed up on time, listened and seemed to pick up instructions/comments from me in the tree, didn't complain and showed eagerness to work. I had them studying for about 10 days beforehand a bunch of TreeMuggs knot videos, the good groundman sheet and a few other vids/links to rigging scenarios. Both will be available when I bag the current employer, so I'll be able to hit the ground running with a fairly well trained staff, Chipper should be here Wednesday, so that day is approaching fairly quickly...
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    2 Hours Ago
    Took out this maple over the driveway and deteriorating apple yesterday and today:
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    18 Hours Ago
    Definitely my 12yr old MS290; best saw they ever made (still runs on most jobs today and the brush monkeys can't believe how well it cuts).
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    18 Hours Ago
    Nice, Brett! :thumbup:
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    1 Day Ago
    Impressive, Fiona. Keep on keepin' on! :thumbup:
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    1 Day Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread Animated GIF Thread 2019 in MBTV
    +1 :thumbup:
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    1 Day Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Was supposed to be training/breaking in my 2 new brush monkeys today, but #1 called in sick, so was left w/part time #2 only. Walked him threw a few basic knots, chainsaw 101, outfitted him w/his chaps and helmet and put him to the test. I rigged and lowered out a 30ft, ~600lb limb from a 90'ft ash tree that has to go from my property, and he got POW and maneuver/cut duty around the neighbor's fence 10t away from the stem. He did pretty good (only pinched the saw bar once de-limbing it), and seems enthusiastic about the future prospects I have lined up (he was shaking his head for about 20 mins after the limb was done; he couldn't believe how much control he got w/the POW on such a big piece). Hopefully his friend (who was sick #1) works out as good tomorrow. Will post pics from that job here and on the work pics thread..
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    1 Day Ago
    Wife is stuck working, so I wrassled up some dark meat fried chicken, roasted asparagus and cilantro-lime rice for me and the rugrats. Am finishing off w/a dessert helping of Haagen-Dazs Java Chip ice cream. Mmmmmmmm!!! :D
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    3 Days Ago
    Brett, you are correct, as I just tried to reply to one of the posts to see what happened, and it's still cut off. Calling MB, triage needed in the Tree House!....
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    3 Days Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread Official Guns Thread in The Rec Room
    Just trying to see what happens when I add post to this thread, as per Brett's observation.
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    3 Days Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread Climbing 101 in Climbing Forum
    I you are talking about the Stein Mini-Reach Retriever, I too at first thought it wouldn't be long enough, but like you, used it to fill out a small order to get the free shipping. I've used it at least 2 dozen times I can think of, and it has saved me countless episodes of frustration when something was just a few inches to a foot or so out of reach. It fits nice on the saddle and has never gotten hung up in all my trips to the canopy. Just my $0.02.
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    4 Days Ago
    They don't seem to migrate as far. As it's potential for species damage is potentially much greater (depending on the tree type), so it is definitely a concern. The following website gives more info on it (they started most likely out of the Philadelphia ports, and have not migrated as far or as fast as EAB, as seen by the maps and timelines): https://spottedlanternfly.com/ When I was at my relative's sizing up the job, these nasty little things were everywhere, but not flying much. You would go to touch/smack them and they would jump more like crickets; wierdest thing I've seen in a winged insect.
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    4 Days Ago
    While I normally wouldn't turn down work offers, it's a bit far out and the Lanternfly concerns will have me pass on Yardley (and I have enough on my plate as is to get done b4 the snow starts to fall). The only reason I'm doing the one near you is because it's family. See PM, and we can talk soon.
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    4 Days Ago
    Agree with Sean on the ratchet straps. I've used my XL porty to negative block down some 800+ pounders out of a big oak here using Nystron 3/4" (and one slightly nervous rope monkey). Once the first one came down without a hitch, skid mark worries receded and we handled the rest like semi-pros.... :D
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    4 Days Ago
    I'll definitely reach out for the local dump site info, and lunch will be on the agenda as well. There's no rush on this, so I'll probably wait until after the first frost to avoid any potential hitchhikers coming back to NJ with me. If you're going to the Expo in Pittsburgh next month, we can meet up there to discuss, as I'll most likely be doing it after that. Thanks. - Brian
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    5 Days Ago
    Thanks for the offer, Dan, but I prefer to climb while I still can. ;)
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    6 Days Ago
    He's just outside the Tredyffrin section in Wayne. Nice area with lots of big trees, but many in need of pruning/reduction, if not outright removal. Thanks for the permit info; the job itself will be interesting enough.
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    6 Days Ago
    Bob, As I posted in the "How's it going today" thread: Cory, as Steve indicates, no BS. To further it, when I took my Fire Fighter training, numerous instructors mentioned that California forest/wildfire fighting was the worst/most dangerous in the world due to the the government agencies and laws out there making forest management the biggest cluster f'd mess known to man. Steve, hope all turns out for the best or you and the rest of the Cali Treehousers. - Brian
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    6 Days Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Maintenance weekend. Started out Saturday picking up the new dump trailer (14 footer; can load up to 10.500lbs and dump no problem)... Then spent 3 hours breaking in the new MS362 on a pile of wood. Ran about 5 tanks full, so it's all good to go on the next job. Spent today working on some odds and ends on the truck, then cut the grass, fixed the flush handle on one of the toilets and finished up mounting the hitch receiver and ball/pintel combo hitch on the pickup. Productive weekend ending in a few good Marzens and porters. Mmmmmmm.... :drink:
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    1 Week Ago
    Saturday night out w/the family. We did our favorite Malaysian place (Penang); Roti Canai for all (SE Asian, style pancake with a curry chicken & potato dipping sauce) for appetizer (my silly daughter had 3 for her whole meal). Wifey had vegetable/tofu in curry sauce, junior had Beef Rendang, and I went for a new one: Hokkien Char Mee: thick yellow noodles cooked in a heavily flavored soy sauce with pork, shrimp squid and vegetables. Asked for it nuclear (I'm a spicy guy) and it was a home run. Downed it w/a nice German Schwarzbier. Aaaahhhhh....
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    1 Week Ago
    I've got a job coming up for a family member to remove 2 sizable/sloppy silver maples. His entire neighborhood is infested with Spotted Lantern flies. He's in a town about 15 miles west of Philly. The question I have on this is for guys in this area (Murphy, Page, any others): Are your local govts/dump sites requiring any kind of notification/permits/other procedure related to informing about the pest being in contact w/the trees? I already know I'll have to wash my truck/trailer/chipper after hauling all this before heading back to the armpit of America (aka: NJ). Thanx in advance. - Brian
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    1 Week Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread TCIA Pittsburgh in Announcements!!!
    I'll be there Thursday - Saturday afternoon.
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    1 Week Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Cory, as Steve indicates, no BS. To further it, when I took my Fire Fighter training, numerous instructors mentioned that California forest/wildfire fighting was the worst/most dangerous in the world due to the the government agencies and laws out there making forest management the biggest cluster f'd mess known to man. Steve, hope all turns out for the best or you and the rest of the Cali Treehousers. - Brian
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    1 Week Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    It appears Felipe has officially kicked off his own tree company! Best of luck to you! Parabens! ;) :rockhard::drink:
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    1 Week Ago
    Made Jambalaya, roasted asparagus and cucumber salad for wife and kids. It was business dinner at the firehouse, and volunteer brought fried chicken, biscuits and sausage gravy, cole slaw and garden salad.
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    1 Week Ago
    BeerGeek replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Stay low Stephen; the only smoke you should have to tolerate is that from a stogie or joint (depending on preferences)... ;) Hoping you and the family stay safe.
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    1 Week Ago
    2-4 (Volunteer department) or 10-12 (paid department).... The volunteers will usually say no thanks, part of the duty, and just ask you to make a contribution at the next fundraiser... The paid bunch will sit down, take over your kitchen and dining room, and bitch & complain when you run out of food and suds..... :lol: (As a volunteer in my town, I always take the opportunity to rib my paid counter parts) ;)
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Silly, InfoSec career, libertarian guy who loves the tree industry! Occasionally goes by the name "Brian".
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