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    1 Week Ago
    pigwot replied to a thread September 13 2018 in Announcements!!!
    Did they give you a copy of the biopsy report? You should be able to request a copy if not - that should give info on type of lung ca...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Done! You should be getting the funds momentarily.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    That's fine if it works for you - does that come to you without the fees being deducted by PayPal?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It's over? I actually won something of incredible value?!? Wow!!! I will get it professionally framed (but as a woodworker I'll make the frame myself first!) with the low acid backing, and all that... Butch, PM me your address and I'll get it right out to you. Jer, Thanks for signing the poster! Let me know what the shipping costs are, and I'll get that right out to you, too. No_Bivy, Thanks for your generosity, and making this happen. How was the night in ICU? You are off on quite the adventure; I could write a book on the stories from my ICU days.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    What ropes have you used? I run the Safari more than anything else. Good weight and flows through on the way up, and controls well for me on the way down.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    That's the reason I finally stepped away from full-time nursing - body was having trouble with nights/weekends/switching from days to nights and back/etc. I found the work in Surgical/Trauma ICU to be rewarding, but it is a younger person's gig. Old man needs his sleep...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Cranes and Akimbo... every week I give a friend a day climbing with his crew on 'crane' day Tuesday. As we finished the final tree (a beech we were lifting a damaged piece out of the top center of) two Tuesdays ago the crane operator, who started out as a climber (and contract climbs for the crane company when a small company doesn't have a crane-savvy experienced climber) asked, "Could you leave the rope in the tree, so I can try that Akimbo?" Of course I obliged, and now he has pre-ordered two of them...
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I think GP was just commenting about the presumed endpoint: "We go till it hits $552, of course ", so, if my assumption is correct and it was still at $150, I bid $250. (What, did I sneeze?)
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    10-06-2018
    Great views. I find lava fields to be fascinating. When we bicycled across the country we enjoyed the lava field at the top of the Mackenzie Highway by Three Sisters, Oregon, and Craters of the Moon National Park near Arco, Idaho.
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    10-06-2018
    Mine was ARB: "You've received one of three coupon codes which were randomly distributed to our mailing list. Your 3-digit coupon code - ARB - will get you 12% off anything in the Gear Storage and Rigging categories of our site."
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    10-01-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I have a 70 meter length of Sterling HTP, yellow. I find it not only flattens out but has this odd tendency to get really stiff once under a load using the Akimbo or a Rope Runner. Stowing it back into a rope bag or coiling it is a trip.
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    09-29-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I've heard a lot of positives using KM III with the Akimbo. My Kernmaster Safari is getting pretty beat up. There are a lot of new ropes out there. Wonder what I should try for my next 200 ft line?
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    09-28-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Yes. I find it works fine DdRT. I especially appreciate the midline attachability with crane work. I toss the end of my line through the ring by the crane ball and back to my bridge, lanyard through the hook on top of the straps. Then once straps are set and I have rapelled down and lanyarded in to where I'll cut (especially if it is a long pick) it is a lot easier to shorten my line by opening the Akimbo to reset my line around the trunk than hauling lots of rope through it or through a hitch as on the HitchHiker. And Merle, I have had new rope creep until the Samthane or whatever coating they use wears down some.
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    09-24-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread September 13 2018 in Announcements!!!
    Burnham just voiced what I'd been thinking... you're facing off with the devil, but you're not alone, we got your back Butch.
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    04-17-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Gecko feedback in Climbing Forum
    Lineman's boots for long days (and regular climbing boots for shorter times on the spurs) and my old Aluminum Bashlins with upgraded wrap-around pad uppers are all I have used for 32 years. Regular sharpening, tightening, several times replacing gaffs (always used the tree gaffs, not pole gaffs), straps, and sewing new velcro onto the original leather gaff covers are all the maintenance they've needed, and they have been just fine... please, no one let me try their Geckos...
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    04-08-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Bandit 90 chipper in The Trading Post
    Tried to PM you the number I have but got this: "chris_girard has exceeded their stored private messages quota and cannot accept further messages until they clear some space."
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    04-06-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Bandit 90 chipper in The Trading Post
    It's a good 13 hours to Disney World from here (don't ask how I know...)
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    04-06-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Bandit 90 chipper in The Trading Post
    I am right at the Mason- Dixon line, just three minutes off of I-95, and have spare rooms, if you two need a place to crash for the night, before your return trips. There are two rental places also within five minutes of us, Hertz Truck, and Enterprise if you go SUV... We are pretty much exactly at that right angle turn in NorthWest Delaware: It would be neat to meet you two in person...
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    04-06-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Bandit 90 chipper in The Trading Post
    Drive-aways used to be a great way to travel back in the 1970s. My Aunt in Michigan used to drive one-ways and fly home on a regular basis. People would move across country and need to get their second vehicle out west. Got to drive an early Honda to San Fran from here in Delaware. Those folks were well-off, and paid gas and tolls, AND a one-way ticket back (open date) so I got to explore out there for a couple weeks. Not sure how to find those deals today.
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    03-26-2018
    I am not opposed to cabling, though I hesitated to cable brace certain species, especially Liriodendron tulipfera and Acer sacharrinum as they tended to rot around the invasive metal eye bolts. Recently using the Yale Guardian synthetic cabling system I will 'cable' even those, as a failure precaution, if the affected tree is over a strike zone. Over the past few years I have ended up removing some trees which I had rod and/or cable braced in the 20 to 25 years ago time period. I always explained to my clients that it was an attempt at adding some years to the tree's lifespan, but their tree needed yearly checking, and if there was further decline and/or splitting and movement the tree would need to be removed. I have not (knock on wood) had any claims related to the many cabling and bracing interventions I have done over the years. If the tree was likely to remain a high-likelihood hazard I would refuse to cable/brace it. Only one time do I recall a major failure: a large Linden, due to a microburst situation, where the stress on the tree caused it to cataclysmically fail. The two 1" diameter (48" long and 52" long through-bolts in the main crotch split were bent and exposed, though held the two halves together despite the upper portion of both leaders being shredded. Cable bracing wouldn't have saved the tree either way, as on the same estate there were five other trees either uprooted or destroyed due to the intensity of the storm. A couple years back a client called to say they were selling their house to move into a retirement community. During the writing of their seller's disclosure they got to the point of describing the exterior of the house and were noting how a branch had failed on a Robinia pseudoacacia requiring the replacement of a section of the roof, along with reduction and cable/rod bracing of the mature tree. Rather than pass the risk on to the new owners they asked me to come re-assess the integrity of the tree. Soundings and cores showed a decline in the amount of solid material in the trunk of the tree. We decided to remove the tree, and the interesting thing was that the rod-braced area had done quite well. I took the sections of tree with the bolts and rods home and split them to see the extent of decay and it was surprising how hard it was to extricate them. The Wye oak had a whole lot of cables in it before it finally failed.
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    02-27-2018
    Nice drawings Sean; good info all! I tried to learn to write left-handed in third grade and the nun came over and cracked my knuckles and said, "Young man, I can't even read your chicken scratching when you use the right hand!"
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Father of 5, grandfather of 1, Arborist,Nurse,Woodworker,Handyman,Computer Consultant
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