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    5 Days Ago
    The thin cut resistant gloves work well for the straight blades with a continuous cutting edge, not for the serrated blades or even more the long sharp teeth like the Sylky's. They aren't against the punctures at all and the handsaw's teeth act nearly as needles, they just go through it, between the fibers instead of across them. The teeth find the skin before they travel enough through the fibers to be stopped. The deep of the wound can be almost the length of the teeth, even if the fibers aren't ripped by a vigorous strike. I tested them at my beginnings, at the same time I tested the sylky's sharpness :( I didn't find that it worths the cost, either for protection or for wear, compared to cheaper gloves.
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    6 Days Ago
    That's the kind of stuff which I love to look at. Thanks. If you can edit some of the previous posts, the links for the pics don't work in the posts 3 and 55.
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    1 Week Ago
    I needed a torque-wrench in 3/8" to put the new knifes on my chipper, but I had only one in 1/2". So I take my regular 3/8" socket wrench, did a simple math about levers, and pulled the end of the handle with a small electronic scale for luggage, right at 90*. About 17 kg on a 18cm handle for a 31 N.m. A little care is needed to do it (do not slip, the knife's edge isn't far, although it's factory dull), but it worked well. That's funny to look at the progression of the number as you increase the load : the angular displacement doesn't seem to be so obviously correlated to the applied torque.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks to bring back the song in my head !:D Yes, it does. But Codit isn't involved here though. We can't speak really about damage, as the oak wasn't wounded (yet), only disrupted locally in its growth. It was working on it to overcome this annoyance and it seems (first look) that there wasn't any dead area by the girdling. Maybe that could come, maybe not. Actually we come after the battle, as the tree will soon be all dead.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks all of you. Fear of dentist, yes, that's why my mouth is in such a bad shape, following a painful crown laying. But I pushed it to a point way worser than it was at that time. My new (to me) chipper is a toy for most of the treemen here. That's the Rabaud Xylochip 100DA. http://www.rabaud.com/fr/materiels/broyeur-de-branches/broyeurs-de-branches-autotracte-xylochip-100da.html?filiere=forestiere It's tinny enough to pass through most of the garden gates, but should have a solid appetite for its size. It's self propelled and has a feeding roller. I was tired to fight the limbs to be shredded and to drag by hand my even more small previous one.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I like butter and jelly on the bread, but I don't want to taste the plain butter like that, nor I want to get my fingers, lips, beard, bowl, all covered by the said butter. I had a friend at school, a fat guy. Once in the dinning hall, he took an individual butter portion, unfolded it and put it directly in his mouth, contentiously chewing it (open mouth of course). Just seeing him to do that, it almost made me puke. I still recall the feeling about 40 years later.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Not a so good year for me. - My (so-called) buddy, and main customer, let me down before the spring without an explanation, and plays the dead to not pay me about 10 months of work. - A moron hit the back doors of my van, not enough value to repair it, so I had to buy an other one, well over the price paid by the insurance for the previous one. - I lurked since a year and half for an interesting small chipper, (I saw only 2 on the market during this time). I got it at a remote auction from a business crash, very happy, but it turns out that the maintenance wasn't top. Beside some secondary things, the hydraulic system is trashed, brown oil, steel and aluminum chips everywhere; so, a new pump and 2 new translation motors are required, at least, maybe the actuators. - I wounded myself a finger with the ms440 in july, skin and nail graft required. The main cause of the accident was a strangled nerve at my left elbow, leading to the loss of sensitivity and almost all the local muscle's control in my hand. I got that fixed too (I should have done that many months ago), so even more down time, but my hand begins to feel better. - I had to begin some heavy work on my teeth, with deep infections in my jaws from years of lack of care (again). Finally it ends on a good note (I guess), as I'll become a grandfather this spring. I surely wasn't prepared for that, the new worries, getting older and so on... but who care, a new life comes in:)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I bet that the splitting with the maul will be almost impossible, due to the bracing action from the extremely tight rope. There isn't much more elasticity left in the embedded rope to allow opening the split. Plus the convoluted fibers. I'd cut lengthwise with the saw.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    or move the wood shed closer, ideally next to the house !
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    2 Weeks Ago
    And poisons you. Highly toxic vapors.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Climber Weight in Climbing Forum
    I wouldn't climb with the spurs. It's the most demanding for the body. The knees, hips, feet, can see way more than the full body weight due to the angle needed between the trunk and the legs /body's axis. It's even harder if (when) a foot slip out. You should consider the rope climbing techniques. They can rely mostly on arm's strength, helped by your good leg with a foot ascender (they are designed either for the right or the left side). So you can spare a little your wounded knee, but still be able to climb. That represents a lot of work to train your body for this new task. Your muscles first won't agree at all to do that. Start slowly, but often, out of the business activity. Take the time to train you without the commercial stress. Only when you feel ready, approach the production climbing, with a body in a way better shape and a good enough knowledge of techniques. If not, it will wear you badly and maybe kill you.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    On the outlet of the pump, no worries, it's made for that. It just loose some efficiency. But on the inlet of the pump, it could be really bad: the pump works by sucking up the oil, so basically it tends to put the hose in negative pressure, only slightly if there's no restriction, fine. But with a restriction, bend hose, clogged intake, oil too viscous..., the depression increases until almost the void and that's bad news for the pump because the cavitation appears and destroys the internal surfaces of the pump. The mechanism can no longer work properly with a massive internal leak, heavy friction and wear. Bits of steel and aluminum are send in all the system, damaging the other components. Facilitating the oil intake is a big point, it makes the pump's life easier, therefore it lasts longer. Some of hydraulic systems have a secondary pump only for the purpose of feeding properly the main pump.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I always leave my keys in a pocket of my saw pants. Until now I have never forgot the one or the other. Does that count ?:D I know that if I try something else, I'm able to take the keys and leave the wanted thing placed under them.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Here, it isn't so cold by far but very windy and rainy. The front yard where I park my van is a mud mess. I have to do something, we drag dirt everywhere in the house.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Instagram in Odds and Ends
    Yes, they are. Big steps with the holes (+pin or bold) in the central pipe sliding in the footing, and big screw holding the top mount in the central pipe. You can see the funny adjustable nut just on top of the central pipe with its two arms ended by a ball.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    90* side anchor but it has to be at the same level than the hinge. Too low and it gives some slack (or more like not pulling enough to the lay), too hight and it pulls harder, overstering the tree.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Yes briefly, it seems that he doesn't want to put an animal sourced material in there. I don't know his reasons precisely, his own, or the usual patient's reluctance about it. He said me that he used a synthetic compound as a graft to raise a little the bone's surface around one implant. I read that coral's skeleton gives a very good result for the bone grafting. It's extremely porous and easily invaded by the bone's cells. Then they can do their thing, building the new bone and eventually replacing the coral's skeleton. Some time is needed to see how my jaw reacts and stabilizes both the repair and the wrecked area. No doubt I will have some opportunity to discuss with him.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I fear them too, lastly from a painful crown installation many years ago. That's why I waited waaaay too long before to go there again. Very very stupid, as it wrecked badly my mouth : 2 molars destroyed (the ones replaced by the implants), gum recess and multiple deep infection spots in both jaws with bone destruction, which leaded to the removal of 2 more molars, not sure about a third one. One cavity in the bone is so dip that the dentist don't know if he can do something to replace the teeth. I can be crazy stupid time to time. Silly me.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Animated Shorts in MBTV
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5BqM8nU7-b8" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> A little bit silly perhaps, but cute.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Teeth care today.:( The dentist opened my gum, and bored my jaw to insert two titanium implants. :cry:There are some better ways to pass the day.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I warn you very strongly against that. Don't do that. At all. You may not feel it but you are actually stung by hundred or thousand of microscopic venomous harpoons. No joke. A small story: When I was in the scuba diving thing, one member in our club was a scientist in a well known museum and specialist of these strange animals. He was glad to study them because he can touch them with no reaction. That isn't so common, because the critters are really very well armed to hunt and defend themselves and their tiny weapons are extremely well made and efficient. To make short, during a trip on the Mediterranean coast to dive, he brought back one of these animals to show it to us. It was a big fixed species, not like the swimming ones called "jelly fish". It's really beautiful when she deploys her tentacles in the water. To teach us how they are made, he dissected it and presented the different parts of the anatomy. Very interesting. But for him it was THE one to much more time. He ended at the hospital with a big anaphylactic reaction. I can't tell if he did continue his living or not, but that could had very well put an end on it.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    It's funny when we see you in a store, at the airport or the like. We are not used to, it makes it almost unreal:D
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Thinking of it, you should cut the vertical kerfs not vertical but parallel to the trunk's axis. That would reduce the amount of crossing the fiber's path and then the likeliness of a hinge failure. Maybe not enough in this case to avoid the loss, but a little bit could help.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I love your delicateness with the chainsaws. Precision work.=D&gt;
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Each time, I'm amazed by the climbing technique. So easy !;)
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