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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I love your delicateness with the chainsaws. Precision work.=D&gt;
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    Each time, I'm amazed by the climbing technique. So easy !;)
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    Close, same sort of engine, but it was the next generation : Citroen Visa. It didn't seem to have much more power (actually it had, but the car weighted more, so...), but the interior looked amazingly comfy and modern when you came from the 2 cv:/:
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    There aren't so many squirrels here. Actually we don't see them often. I never found a rope shewed, and lastly I had to leave one in place for 2 months, with no problem, just at the edge of a wood. I'm more concerned by the thefts and I use a throw line if the tree is in an open/public space, not on a private property. For the rigging gear, what is aloft stays a loft, I coil the rope out of reach, but I remove what is at ground level, like slings, redirecting block, porty...
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    There aren't so many squirrels here. Actually we don't see them often. I never found a rope shewed, and lastly I had to leave one in place for 2 months, with no problem, just at the edge of a wood. I'm more concerned by the thefts and I use a throw line if the tree is in an open/public space, not on a private property.
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    The engine in my first car was a flat tween with a central carb. The steel air intake were too long and the gas condensed in the cold weather. First I used to put an electric air heater (from the bathroom) under the car to warm up all the engine. It worked but that wasn't really practical. After, I wrapped an heating cord around the both pipes of the intake. In the morning, I just plugged an extension cord to it and some minutes after, it can start. The record was -27*C this winter. I was lucky to park my car just beside my small apartment, so the electricity was handy. If not, I'd vote for a small propane blower (one which doesn't need electricity to work!) and a tarp over the engine compartment, so it warm up the engine and the hydraulics. Don't heat too hard, because the gas tank is in there too.
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    Yes it is, the knees come often enough in a "sensitive" area for adequate positioning. Not with the spurs of course, but on ropes. I can't open the deflector on my ms150 because it's spot welded on the muffler. Instead, I cut a slit on the muffler's bottom angle. Don't judge the ms150 too quick, she's really shy when new. Feed her with some gas, and you will find that after about 10 tanks, she begins to trust more in you and desires to do good job for you:D Yes for the one handed, too easy. But careful, her teeth could be small, they can bite pretty well. Like a kitten. I tested both :cry:
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    About the rubber, in itself, it could be relatively inert for life, but the main concern comes from the added chemicals. Not those involved in the vulcanization, as they are pretty locked in the rubber matrix, but the protectors against oxidation and eventually some various softeners. The last ones don't stay in place as they don't belong to the rubber matrix but are here to weaken it, like the soft PVC. An unprotected rubber would crack and decompose in a few years, by the oxygen wrecking the rubber' molecules. See what you got with the cheap tyres for wheelbarrows and lawnmowers. To avoid that, they add certain antioxidants with two properties : catching the oxygen before the rubber does (but that depletes its own concentration at the surface), and having a great capacity of diffusion in the rubber to replenish the surface's concentration from the internal rubber mass. So you got a constant supply of this shit at the surface to do the protecting job. That's good for the rubber's life but not for the biological life. I don't know if you heard this story before but here it is ( it comes from my Dad who is an organic chemist): The (pro)truckers were often in big trouble with their hands, showing some dermatitis, allergic reaction or skin cancer (I don't recall precisely). It get so important that that was acknowledged as a professional disease. Ok, but they can't tell why the truckers where affected. Until they looked closely to the habits and customs of the said truckers. And they found it. The truckers are very worried about their tyres (usually), it's understandable. So, after a travel, they used to keep a check on the tyre's temperature by putting an hand on them, a quick and easy test... and each time, they got on their skin a small amount of these chemicals. Moreover, the tyres were hot by the travel, so the chemicals penetrated easily in the skin. Day after day, weeks, months, years, the constant irritation messed their hands.
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    Me, it's a mill envy.
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    He's RLfailuer and the previous thread on this was http://masterblasterhome.com/showthread.php?20586-TIP-Failure-results-in-broken-pelvis-and-broken-L5
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    There's wear too, just at the contact point between the spring's hears and the clutch's masses. Both erode with the tiny but countless movements. That gives some slack in the mechanism and allow the clutch to engage a bit time to time. Test the mechanism, it should be held thigh by the springs and normally you don't be able to rock the parts by hand. If they rattle, you won't wait too long before a failure.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Instagram in Odds and Ends
    Small grinder or big, if the chain breaks or jumps, he will lost all his fingers. But more likely, the chain will freeze with the lack of oil and burn the motor.
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    Have a good yank on the starter rope, there's a low limiter on the module and no spark will come out if the rev doesn't go over something like 600 rpm. It isn't easy to attain that while holding the spark plug on the engine block. Not sure about the actual number, but I had a hard time with that when I got my mix064-066 which was barely usable with its messed up ignition.
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    I'm completely with Stig on that. I saw the tirade about God at the beginning of the Tree Climber Companion and I was shocked too. I was in great need of climbing knowledge and I kept reading the book though. But that left me a bitter taste in the mouth: how can you trust the book's contend and build your skill on it if the first thing written by the author is basically " no matter what I wrote after this preface, only the intervention of God will keep you alive" !!! Seriously!!!
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    See that : you yank a 20' lever, over head, often with the arms fully extended, eventually fighting a pinch or the wood coming loose. For that, you stand on a 4" wide area with nothing valuable to catch or step on if you loose your balance. Sure the second step is less dangerous than the last one, just because the device has a better stability itself low loaded. But still, you don't have anything to save you if you have to make an unexpected move. Putting back and low one foot may not suffice to recover your balance (if you can) and you are likely to trip against the bed's sides, then fall (backward) on the ground or on some surrounding thing, plastic, wood or steel. Oh, and then comes down the falling limb which seems to like sliding along the pole in this situation. Bad day... For the sharpness of the blade, even brand new, you can put a lot of time in a cut as Bermy said. If the pole is horizontal, the limb too and you cut perpendicularly in an area where the fibers are straight, then the blade cuts as fast as possible. A 6" limb begins to become a serious one though. If the pole is vertical or worse subvertical, the only pressure on the blade to sink in the wood is from your arms, which is nearly nothing with the 20' lever and the pole's wobble. And that's really nothing if your are at max reach. Add to that a pretty upward limb and you have to cut the fibers with a very acute angle, the teeth aren't designed for that. Lastly, if the access is tricky, the collar and its funny fibers can be the onliest point of the limb to cut in. Then good luck ! It's no more five minutes but more like half of an hour, or more. You want to cry, call Mommy and go home.:dead:
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    Be sure that the throttle's spring has enough strength to pull it back. The small cord can get a lot of drag on the ground or by some shrubs if there's some length.
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    The air flows around the obstacles with pressure waves and swirls. The ears are made to react at the pressure waves, because the sound is that. So, the ears are constantly beaten during the ride, either by the air flow and by the loud motor noise. Didn't you listen how quiet it becomes when you close the car's window? you feel almost in weightlessness. In a car, window opened, the head is about at the place where the air flow comes in the cabin after going round the windshield, and the left ear takes it first. It should be interesting to see if the "left drivers" get the same trouble but on the right side.
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