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    04-18-2017
    When it's downright persnickety to know the height, I'll throw a line over the tree and mark the length, then pull it back out and stretch the line. Works every time, so long as you allow for deflection in the line while over the tree. I use the trig when building stuff.
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    03-30-2017
    I have thrown a throwline over the top of a tree and used it to measure height in a real touchy situation. When blocking down, I often measure the height of the spar so I know exactly when I can quit blocking and just drop on down and flop it.
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    03-27-2017
    Ooorrrrr.....she has poison oak from wrist to elbow from someone forgetting they climbed through it....and said someone forgetting to put his clothes in the washer himself.....:/:
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    03-25-2017
    Whew! Thought somebody was giving them away and I missed out!
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    03-25-2017
    Electrical tape serves well as a makeshift bandaid. Several wraps will hold all day. No one's mentioned a Glock...for times when working in questionable neighborhoods....:/:
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    03-25-2017
    WHAT?!? Paul got a MEK too???
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    03-19-2017
    treesmith replied to a thread Stein Arbor-Trolley in Gear Forum
    Just a variation of what the old-timers called a stone boat, which was a sled pulled behind horses/mules/oxen, for moving rocks out of fields and such. I used to sub for an old guy who had a 3'x4' sheet of steel, prolly 3/16" thick, with a chain welded to it that he pulled behind his 4-wheeler. His guys could roll a 700# chunk onto it, and he could slide it right across the nicest of yards doing no damage.
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    03-19-2017
    I didn't think I ate THAT much for lunch....:cry:
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    03-05-2017
    I picked up this Kel-Tec PMR-30 last week. It's a .22 WMR...30 rounds in the mag. Looks funny, but it's fun to shoot. A "survival pistol" if you will....
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    12-26-2016
    Would it not be as simple to tie a tautline at the end, creating an adjustable version of what you tied? Just a suggestion. If my big whoopie sling isn't long enough, I snatch it off and use a piece of 9'16" Stable Braid that's about 40' long. I tie a long loop bowline on one end to girth over the porty, then make two to four passes around the tree to use up the slack and timber hitch it off. If I want to be able to move the porty, I make several wraps with the rope alone, and attach the porty with a large shackle. On big trees, I often attach the first porty on the end of the rope, and clip a second one to two runs of the rope on the opposite side of the trunk.
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    12-23-2016
    Orrrr.....two loop runners, one girthed to the piece, the other behind the cut, and hooked together. Make the cut, the runners absorb ALL the load, put saw away, unhook, and chunk (or zip) the piece and let the groundie deal with the runner attached to it.
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    12-14-2016
    treesmith replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    :P It just may at that! If you think about it, all the weight of the nugget is forward of the fork plate. My mini forks weigh ~140# I think. My tong hanger weighs about 75#, maybe 80-85# with tongs. I can move the tong attachment back several inches if need be, to get the weight even closer to the machine. The difference in weight of the attachments automatically increases payload by that amount, without allowing for attachment positioning, As Carl pointed out when I suggested building one for the Gehl, its usefulness diminishes as your machine's strength increases. If your machine's max lift is 800#, by swapping to the lighter hanger and configuring the wood closer to the machine, you gain something. If your machine will lift 1500#, you won't see much benefit. Loading the 5' rounds with my 140 two years ago was the first time I'd used tongs with the Gehl. And I loaded wood I couldn't load with the forks, simply by getting it closer to the machine.
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    12-13-2016
    treesmith replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Some may disagree with me, but forks are limited (at least with smaller machines) in how much they can handle of "big" wood, in that they put ALL the weight farther out in front. Carl and I (mostly Carl) built this tong hanger back in 2010 when I got my first mini, to get me by until I could afford a grapple. Even after I got my grapple, when dealing with big wood, I'd put the tong hanger on, and cut the wood just long enough to slip the tongs over it. My 20" tongs will open to 21", so I'd cut the wood 20-21". The tongs fit rather snugly, and so won't slip off. I've moved 4' diameter wood with the tongs, and I KNOW the forks wouldn't have handled it. I used the tongs on the Gehl a few weeks ago to load some wood that was around 4' in diameter. The grapple has a hard time gripping wood that big. I loaded some 5' diameter oak chunks two years ago that the Gehl couldn't handle with the weight out front on the forks. I hooked the tongs right behind the forks, at the pin, and it could pick up 5' chunks cut 24" long.
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    12-07-2016
    I actually run a rehab for saws with this disorder. You can ship it to me, where I will do my best to rehabilitate the miscreant. If I am unable to improve its behavior, I will euthanize it humanely...
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    11-29-2016
    treesmith replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    I heard about the fires this morning. Our power went off around 5:30 last night, and we just got it back about an hour ago. We spent our honeymoon there, as did my parents, my sister and her husband, and both my married daughters. It's a special place to us. I hope they recover quickly. Has anyone heard how it started? I have put out three fires on a neighbor's property over the last 20 years, once from a dead pine bringing down the power line and the fuse didn't blow. It had just ignited when I drove by. A bit tricky stomping out fire around a hot primary burning on the ground. The other two fires I'm certain were set, as both were on the side of the dirt road on clear sunny days.
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    11-17-2016
    treesmith replied to a thread Wood stove heat in Odds and Ends
    I wish I'd had my mason set my flue thimble at 6' instead of 30". Vertical venting with high thimble really puts off the heat. Mine's vented straight back into the wall, so little heat is gained from the pipe.
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    11-15-2016
    I'm not thrilled with the Poly-choke, but they shoot better than they look. I'll round up another barrel for it anyway.
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    11-14-2016
    I picked up a Browning Auto-5 20 gauge while ago. Made in 1968. Beautiful gun. My grandfather had one in 12 gauge that I'm supposed to get soon.
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    11-11-2016
    5'8"....165#. Been holding there for 8 years. I got up to 188 in 2008. Got tired of lugging it around and modified my eating habits. I didn't really believe folks when they said my metabolism would go downhill at around 28-30....but it certainly did.
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