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  • PCTREE's Avatar
    22 Minutes Ago
    PCTREE replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    Heres another pick off same job, where the ball was originally attached we were only good for 1100#, after we stood it up we were good for 2400. pick weighed in at 1700 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eYb0LMcPGwA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Raj's Avatar
    43 Minutes Ago
    Looks like I'll be in that.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    57 Minutes Ago
    Well, that was underwhelming. The next one in 2024 will be a lot closer to me. I hope I'm still around!
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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I bought 6
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    In the zero zone in Greenville SC. Several family groups came up last night...Approx 30% covered now.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    $7.50??? WOOT!!!
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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Stopped by payroll and they were standing outside and let me look through their glasses. Then I found a good sale while getting a hose repaired... Like the twilight zone around here driving around, everyone looking up to be programed by the sun
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  • sotc's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I don't know what percent we were. It was neat but no big deal. One of my guys took the day off to go to 100%
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Same here... About 40 min.
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  • Raj's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Starting to get dim here. Max will be in an hour.
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  • Maximalist's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Maximalist replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive/#NASA+TV+Public+Channel
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  • Altissimus's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Working on my woodpile , so it'll get a little dim while I'm cutting , filing ,or moving blocks ... Prob drink Beer
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  • BlackSmith's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    A #14 filter lens might be ok, I don't know. I think I'll just watch it on u-tubes.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Thanks Butch! On my hanging, the most memorable time, I was moving (squirming) around pretty much, trying to get a throwbag around a limb 10' or so above me. Also that harness was pinching so much I had to keep squirming around :) Well, they say "low and slow" -- I guess that applies here for a beginner.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Thanks all for the comments. For what it's worth if anyone is interested or cares to comment..... *** One of my fears is getting into a situation where my climb line is loose and "falling" a short distance (e.g. 1 or 2 feet) and suffering serious injury because of it. *** Another fear is "gaffing out" while using spurs --- but I understand this happens to everyone(?) --- Gerald Beranek said (as I recall) that when it happens you have to be ready in an instant to shorten your lanyard to keep yourself from sliding down the tree --- and you only have a second or two to react. *** Another fear is being in the tree and it falling down with me in it --- but I suppose this would be very rare on a living tree and/or a tree that doesn't have any unhealthy warning signs. *** and to Butch's tone, which I appreciate.... of caution for older ages ------ I have a doubt of starting totally from scratch on learning something dangerous at 63 years old. Chainsaws are dangerous (and driving the highways) --- and more so with age, no doubt --- but I started with them when my brain was more "supple", so I have (hopefully) safety and good practice and some reflexes already sort of hard-wired into my brain which will serve me now when older. --- but tree climbing is totally new and to take on something totally new and dangerous at my age is a point I am considering.... because the 2nd nature reflex thinking and motions may not soak into my brain like they need to to be safe. That said, "rec" climbing and "working" climbing appears to be two different things --- so if I can get past the entry cost of the gear, I may move forward with "rec" climbing and see if I can acclimate to it safely ---- also it appears to be really good exercise. Now to finish Mr. Beranek's DVD's and start on the beginning climber's thread on this forum!
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Be aware of Suspension Trauma.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    @Raj -- yeah I'm considering that... at the very least it seems to be pretty good exercise. @woodworkingboy -- Good point. Thanks. --- yeah, I've been eating walnuts (and almonds) for a while now...haha, doesn't seem to magically remove the fat :) --- have been eating Kale too.... also was eating lots of coconut oil for health .... but looks like the joke's on me with that report from a few weeks ago that coconut oil isn't as good as they said it was :) @Grendel -- I think I can see that. Thanks for the encouragement. @FireFighterZero -- Thanks! @Ray -- Thanks for the encouragement! @Willie -- Thanks. @Marc-Antoine -- Thanks a lot for the detailed encouragement. @Mr. Beranek -- Thanks! I've read almost all your book and am about 3/5 through your DVD's ... this must be what an advanced college course would be... and then some. @Butch -- that is my main fear. More easily getting injured with age... and as you have previously mentioned -- longer to recover, even for "minor" injuries. My main "advantage" is that I would not be a "production" tree worker. I could work 100% at my own pace and timetable. For whatever that is worth. I have a few pine trees I really have an eye to climb and take down piece by piece and an Elm near my house that needs to be trimmed (otherwise it will have to be removed -- felled). @JD3000 -- Thanks for the tips. @Benjo75 -- Haha, I admire your dedication to working out, sir. Thanks for the encouragement. @Mick -- When I worked with computers that's the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was fix any computer problem or try to figure out how to hook anything up (especially toward the end of my career) ... and even now -- I just want the thing to work. @Chris E -- Maybe I have a few left :) @Rich -- Thanks for the good words. @Bermy -- haha, Thanks for the words and encouragement! @stig -- Very impressive. I'm going to check out that link. Just with my very limited experience it is fun hanging out up in a tree, and it seems it would be so especially at night (but not that high up for me!) @Sean -- Thanks Sean! Actually I was waiting until I took this class to start seriously looking at that thread. I plan on starting on it soon. @Mearle and Sean -- yeah the low(er) carb thing with plenty of fat seems to be better.... easier to stay on and somewhat "proven" effective.
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  • Mick!'s Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Yes Muggs, putting the scarcity thing into practice is implausible. But (and Squish has had some good thoughts on this in the past) a small improvement in ones quoting can mean a much bigger number at the bottom of the page at the end of the year. So how does one implement reverse psychology? I've experimented with a few things, and in a previous life was a salesman. 1: Say you won't do it, not really your thing, bit too small for you, power lines too close, road too busy etc. you can even start walking back to the van. Don't stop talking though! Just keep yakking, all friendly, maybe point out something nice in their garden, a magnolia in flower or suchlike, "how is yours so good? mine never flowers like that!" after a while (they're relaxed now, you're not selling) back to the tree and say "well I suppose if I was to do it it, it wouldn't be too bad, I could knock it off in a morning, let's say €600 (or whatever) I'll write you out a quote in case" You're actually doing them a favour, how could they be so churlish as to not say yes on the spot? If you try this on a job you really don't want, it'll help your authenticity.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    DMc, I think the most physically demanding part was trying to advance my position, either with the climb line or my lanyard and especially using the throwbag up to the next branch.... this along with hanging in mid-air, like a spider, for up to an hour at a time under a big branch, unable to get anything around the next branch to advance. :) This was very exhausting.
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    Great thread! I actually tried the above several years ago. Most people thought I was crazy. I was just trying to encourage people to haggle more with me, instead of treating my quote as something that was set in stone so that they could call around and try to "beat" my quote. I am focused nowadays on trying to move out of the residential-work side of things. There is just too much competition in my area, everyone has forced the price of tree work down to poverty levels. I hate constantly hunting down new customers. I hate just scraping by. I'm trying to slowly build a roster of commercial and institutional clients with yearly work - golf courses, cemeteries, schools, churches, etc. I wrote up this thing called the integrated tree management plan, which is all based around us doing regular site visits and communicating with our clients about their own trees. Property managers have enough on their plates without having to worry about keeping an eye on all of their trees. Often times they miss issues for a long time that we would pick right up on, and then we don't end up getting called in until it's too late. So I want to flip things around and be more proactive, instead of just sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. It's a big experiment and I haven't actually sold it yet, I'm still working on a pitch and getting some more written material together. I'm not a natural born salesman so I really need to talk myself into knocking on doors and picking up the phone. But that's the plan anyway. Gotta put in the hustle. In regards to the law of attraction, that in itself is a fascinating concept, in a practical way, not a hocus pocus sort of way. I have seen it time after time in my own life. Two of the very first self-help books that I ever read were James Allen's "As A Man Thinketh", and Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich", both of which focus on this concept. Required reading in my opinion. I have read so many business books, but its the mindset stuff that seems to help the most. Fascinating idea about perceived scarcity, that is absolutely true. If there was a practical way to implement that into our regular business I would love to see the effect. But I have no idea how you could actually do that as standard operating procedure. I listened to a great podcast about the guys who invented Airbnb. They said that at the very beginning, everything was fine except for payments. People felt so awkward about handing over money to another person. That is when they tried moving all of the payments over to online, and it fixed the issue entirely. Running all of the payments through a trusted 3rd party made all of the difference. I have thought a lot about that in my own business. Even after doing a huge job for someone, it can still seem awkward at the end, when it comes time for money to exchange hands. I have accepted credit cards for years through my website but hardly anyone ever uses that option. Most people pay with cheques. I have had many people mention how weird it is for them to write me a cheque, they always say something like "you know, I haven't written a cheque in a couple years, I just don't use them anymore these days". And it's true, I don't really use cheques for anything in my own life either. What's the point of saying all that? Not sure. Just something that has been on my mind. Anyway, hope I'm not derailing here, I could ramble on for hours about this stuff. Peace.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    I don't think so!
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  • woodworkingboy's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Wild nature scenes caught on camera. The moments of attack! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qu731ehBL5E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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