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    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Why is that, Chris?
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    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Really? Have you used a properly functioning knee and foot ascender combined with a chest harness tending a multicender? No comparison and no going back for me.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    The new climbing techniques and tools.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Laws are such an easy sell being based on the logic of something done right. People being people quickly drift from that to calculating personal gain.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Laws and regulations are self propagating. One is never enough. I am not a fan.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Cory, if you rotate the picture about 5 min in a clockwise direction, symmetry will return. :)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Wow! Awesome! Hey, Jaime, you didn't by chance have any spare parts made up for when things wear out did you?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Yes, post a picture! Three akimbos in one spot=cool.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I'm so glad you got your Akimbo, Burnham. Jaime has done an absolutely amazing job! The weather here has been crap so I really haven't been able to give it a good workout, even so I have noticed a couple of things worth mentioning. The contact patches on the anodized aluminum is a bit rurough and I expect settings and performance will change substantially as it wears off. Also, if you look closely at the bottom aluminum contact area, just above the rope groove, there is an ever-so-slight bulge. What this will do is create additional friction when the Akimbo is tending slack, especially when limb-walking with the tail at an off angle. Not a problem and it will wear in but it could discourage some first time users.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Fall Arrest Harnesses in Gear Forum
    Willie, have you seen this?http://www.tcia.org/TCIA/News/Safety/OSHA_Bans_Body_Belts___Lanyards_in_Buckets.aspx
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    Just for you, Jim.:) "It is important to note that these criticisms of the larger corn system—a behemoth largely created by lobbyists, trade associations, big businesses and the government—are not aimed at farmers. Farmers are the hardest working people in America, and are pillars of their communities. It would be simply wrong to blame them for any of these issues. In this economic and political landscape, they would be crazy not to grow corn; farmers are simply delivering what markets and policies are demanding. What needs to change here is the system, not the farmers."
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    Haha! Did you catch the part where the author made a point in saying that this was not a problem caused by farmers and that you guys are the backbone of America or some such.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    Did you ever wonder why it is we need overseers like the FDA and others to ensure safe food manufacturing? We get lied to a lot. High fructose corn syrup hides under many different names and has been legally designated as only HFCS-90 so other forms such as HFCS-42 and HFCS-55 are technically not it. The gist of the article was not about calories but about a bad system.
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    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    The agricultural juggernaut is not about food. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/time-to-rethink-corn/
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread English Trucker's Hitch in Climbing Forum
    Very cool! Thanks for sharing that. I tie mine with a bowline also and will probably continue to do so. The reason being that it is fast also; but more important to me, is that I don't have to worry about it falling apart if it goes slack in between pulls.
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    01-15-2017
    DMc replied to a thread My New Website in Business Management
    Chris, these are some of Sylvia's suggestions (so far....haha) Some of the indents didn't come through, such as the list of pruning services. WELCOME TO GIRARDTREESERVICE Girard Tree Service, LLC, is a small, family-owned and operated business and, as such, we offer reasonable rates while providing highly professional work. We are licensed in New Hampshire, are fully insured and carry Workman’s Compensation. Although located in the Lakes Region, we offer our services to a broad area of NH. We are committed to bringing you the very best tree care possible. We specialize in many technical island projects, all around the many lakes in our area. (Put this info about your specialization with your service list.) Note: Dashboard photo with the silhouette of the tree is great. On your other photos, include at least one photo demonstrating each service you offer; before and after are always good. I would take out the boxes. Stay positive. Our services include the following : (omit space before the colon : • Free estimates. (I understand where you are going with stating you won't sell unnecessary services, however, suggesting work not critical at the moment, but having long term positive effects is not bad. Let them know your suggestions under food-for-thought category.) Shoreland Documentation for property owners. (Include your specialty re island projects here?) • Pruning all ages and species for: Structural improvement—crown cleaning, thinning, raising and reducing View windows or vista openings (this could be a regional thing, so your call, but vista view sounds redundant to me) Storm damage mitigation • Tree Removals performed by the best means deemed appropriate: falling, dismantling, technical rigging or with crane-assist. • Cable/Bracing: Sometimes trees can be saved rather than removed using simple cabling methods. (I wouldn't add the caveat, but your call.) • Land Clearing: Selective cutting using minimal impact methods. (which are?) • Planting. • Chipping. • 100% Cleanup. (You are very brave to guarantee a 100% cleanup.) All work is performed to the highest industry standards (if you want to mention bad practices to be aware of, do it here, rather than clutter up the clean list of services.) Large or small, we can handle all your tree care needs. We’re friendly, fast and deliver the results. Contact us to schedule a free estimate. Note: Comments in parentheses are mine...not suggestions to go on the site. Sylvia
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    01-12-2017
    DMc replied to a thread My New Website in Business Management
    Nice, Chris! Sylvia could help with some grammar and punctuation on the homepage. If you would like her feedback shoot me a p.m. as she would be happy to help. I would be inclined towards a positive instead of negative approach on the bottom section.
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    01-10-2017
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Just picked up my new Akimbo! Beautiful! Jaime, you have outdone yourself! The improvements over the original prototype are many. It is obvious to me that you never stopped thinking of ways to make this a better tool and you have succeeded. Something else that is obvious to me, as you have said, Jaime, is that this tool will take some bedding in before it will show its true character. New users will need some patience and understand that it will just keep getting better. One area that might need some special attention is the upper spring cam. Mine was sticking a bit so I gave it a shot of silicone. All good now.
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    01-10-2017
    DMc replied to a thread Km III for lanyard? in Gear Forum
    The rope manufacturers keep blurring the lines, so to speak. But KM-lll is still compliant with EN 1891A which means a large part of its performance is based on toothed ascender response. Being very tuff at resisting wear from ascender use does not necessarily make it tuff at normal tree and climbing line use though. Plus kernmantles tend to be the worst ropes for knot tying as we are accustomed to in tree work. I would think that a separate flip line paired with a long lanyard would give you the best performance.
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    01-05-2017
    http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr668.htm It is a large download but like I said it has tons of good information.
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    01-04-2017
    Murphy, have you ever read the rigging research done by the HSE in the UK? It's a few years old now but it has tons of useful information. Lots of real world/tree world testing. This is a page from it.
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    01-01-2017
    I think that this is worth repeating. All aspects involved in a rigging or climbing scenario need to be understood. Adding or subtracting a component based on stand-alone characteristics, may lead to misapplication.
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    12-29-2016
    Yes, especially since all the testing I have seen the half hitch/bowline combo fails at the half hitch.
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    12-27-2016
    DMc replied to a thread The Daisy Chain Hitch in Climbing Forum
    I like it, thanks! I use the daisy chain on my lanyard all the time and a similar hitch for tying the horse to a hitch rail. Just never thought of trying it as a rigging hitch.
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    12-26-2016
    DMc replied to a thread Bulldog Bone in Gear Forum
    Copper is a heat sink and will transfer it to other metals but is not so good at heat release to the air. That is why it is used on the bottom of cooking pots. Aluminum is much better at releasing heat to air and is why it is used on all sorts of cooling fins.
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    12-26-2016
    Hmmm.... Are you sure?
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    12-26-2016
    DMc replied to a thread Bulldog Bone in Gear Forum
    The new part that you have created has a very large contact patch. Making it from a material that can quickly dissipate heat would seem a logical choice.
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    12-25-2016
    DMc replied to a thread Bulldog Bone in Gear Forum
    That looks like an excellent idea and mod, Andreij! I agree with Stig and would think that making it from something like 7075 aluminum would be much better than brass.
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