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    6 Days Ago
    Why would they be bothered to make things properly if it works more or less well like that. Morons.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread Instagram in Odds and Ends
    Beside all the dead organisms, vegetables and animals, a major issue is the loss of the nutriments. Firstly, the most valuable resource, the biochemical substances, is down graded to the mineral level. It's a giant loss for the ecosystem. Secondly, nothing holds this minerals and most are washed by the rain. Third, the soil itself is no more protected by the leafs (dead and alive) nor fixed by the roots, so the rain washes it out and puts it in the rivers. It doesn't look like a moonscape maybe, but the loss is real and substantial. In the rocky areas it's even more dramatic because the soil is very thin at best. The result is that the ecosystem is locally broken up in small weakened patches. It takes many centuries or even millenniums to come back at the previous shape. In our Mediterranean area, the fires take a big toll and come again and again. The multi-burned areas turn to desert, almost only bare rock. And the climate change makes the things worse. It's a tragedy.
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    I don't think so, it was planned. The shotgun didn't done enough and he said he was still raising after some shots. We can't tell with the editing if he went short of rounds or if he went too high for his liking. But I'm sure that he triggered the drop. Look at the aluminum frame when he began to fell. It was initially hooked to the balloons at each corner. Suddenly, there is no more rope, wood, sling or carabiner. All the mess is gone with the balloons. There must have been a quick release system.
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    I can't believe that she works with this clothing. That's a tripping hazard and will catch the chain at the least opportunity. But that's good for the show and the audience : she's on the TV, mind you !!! Poor shape and poor technique, chain completely dull (on an other vid a little longer, she gets only smoke on a 4" limb), she want to help but she doesn't know what she's doing. Homeowner level, and not a good one. I hope really not, but she could very well be hurt.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Teflon is available only snow white, from what I saw. It's very costly if you need some big piece. It's indeed very slippery but way too soft for a hard mechanical contact like the sliding patches in a telescopic boom or a guide for the logs, planks and final products. It looses its shape easily under load and you can indent it with a nail no problem (the finger nail, not the steel one !). Polyethylene is widely used to keep moving the sliding parts and products. There are many grade to match the different industrial needs.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    I can't think going barefoot outside, so, running ???:O It seems that every little bit of wood, and every thorns of the land wait patiently to pin your feet.:angryfire: A bare area to traverse? then it's the small little gravel just a tad bigger or (and) acuter than the others... ouch !:angry5: See this big stone, boulder, pavement, it would be smooth to walk on it... but no, because the previous evil gravel :redhotevil:stayed stuck under your heel and... OUCH!!!!:cuss: That resumes pretty well my rare experiments in bare-footing.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I'm not the one to ask something. Excepted if I'm very very thirsty and I forgot to take my bottles, but it's very rare. I see all the schemes, from the HO staying at home and not showing his nose outside, to the big lunch, even the diner sometimes. The most often, it's a coffee. Beer, wine or alcohols are offered in some cases, but all that's a big no no (after the work, why not). It's pleasant to have a little break and feeling that our job is at least a little appreciated. That doesn't take much time and that's a little plus on the relationship, with the customer and inside the crew. The hard part is when a customer says "don't climb again now, I bring the coffee", and then, it takes sooo long to prepare it. I want to be up there ! But when a town asks for a mandatory silent from 12 to 14 o'clock, it's really good that the customer offers a lunch !
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    I don't think so, they have naturally only a poor germinating ratio. The fire thing with the sequoia is that he stands the fire better than his competitors with his thick and fibrous bark. All the others can be heated /burned to death, but not him. At the very least, the stump survives and growths back again.
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    Nice, but I see a problem to go through the brushy areas : the file's handle will catch all the twigs, wines, brambles and eventually broke the case or the file.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    :lol:
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    Is that the one on the pics? Nice and shiny, it looks completely new to me. Stump grinding is hard for the paint and wears it very quickly at the bottom of the belt cover, the flip guard and the front of the wheel carter. And the grinding wheel of course. These little grinders are hard for the man but can do a lot of work, even the big stumps. It takes just time... a lot of time for the big ones. Keep the teeth sharp.
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    The idea of the falling strike is so ingrained in our mind, that we have a real hard time to visualize the actual phenomenon. I was very surprised when I discovered it. Edit: I just see that's even more complicated because there are many different cases, like where are the positive and negative sides and which one initiate the discharge. Apparently, it could be both the ground or the cloud. It's in french, but the pics speak for themselves. http://www.chasseurs-orages.com/dossier-orage/les_secrets_de_la_foudre.htm
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It's a strange feeling. I use a lot of self-rigging and usually, I cut a bunch of limbs, let them hanging here and piece them on the way down (after I climb back to the anchor points again blocking the remaining logs). All is well as long as I cut and drop the laterals on these limbs. Just after I cut the last limb's top, hanging in the air with a load of logs dangling over head, I feel suddenly that I'm not any more comfortable. Strange because it's the same environment during the first climb on a tall naked tree trunk and I'm not so bothered. Rock climbing is definitely not for me.
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    Nothing can arrest that. It's just an unbelievable power. The onliest purpose of the lightning arrester (!) isn't to stop it but on the contrary to facilitate its "life". That gives it a preferential or/and an easier path in the surrounding structure/environment. The massive amount of energy can flow and drain throw that with few loss (therefore few collateral damages) instead of struggling either to pass through a resistive element (generating an intense heat, shock wave...) or to find an exit in a good one (destroying all the electrical equipments at the end of the supply lines).
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    It's nice to see the logs flying so smoothly, like there isn't any gravity. Top crew !:thumbup: But for the fun side, well... #-o Didn't that cut fight cost you a bar ?
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    That's because your rope is glued in the crotch by the sap :D Grendel, look at it this way : With a basal anchor in Srt, you try to lift the bottom of the tree when you pull yourself up, (actually, all the tree if the tying point is in an other tree). You get a climber and a part of the tree on the false-crotch ! In Ddrt, you lift yourself up with the passive side of the rope while pulling yourself up on the active side. The rope works for you and takes off a part of your weight. You become "magically" lighter, so you don't have to pull so hard on the active side. - With a good pulley at the crotch, the passive side takes almost half of your weight and you pull only a little bit over half of your weight. Easy. - If the rope passes throw a big crotch with a rough bark, it drags a lot and pulls effectively say only a quarter of your weight. You weight apparently the 3/4 of your weight and have to pull 3/4 on the other side of the rope. - Farer, a pinched crotch (or a sappy one;)) won't let go the rope. In this case, the rope does nothing for you and you have to help yourself with your full body load. Look at the different schemes (one number for one rope's leg) : 50+50 ; 25+75 ; 0+100 all of them equate 100 on the tying point. The limb doesn't look more than your weight (without the dynamic factor). In Srt the canopy anchor gives 100 too, and the basal anchor gives 100+100 (or more like 75+100 if there's a lot of drag).
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yes, the sine-wave tends to pull back the rope if it stays barely enough on the limb. By rolling, you send the wave up and more importantly forward its first position, with almost no traction on the rope. Figure how the big waves roll over coming on the beach. You need the weight of the rope to do that. It doesn't work with the throw line, too light and too much air drag. You need a clear path along the rope, up to the limb. A simple twig in the way reduces drastically the efficiency, or can even stop the useful part of the wave.
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    Marc-Antoine replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    The anodizing on the cams is a bit rough and made the release somewhat a little jerky at first. Plus, it's the learning time, so the body needs some delay to control it. When the surface wears out, it becomes smooth and so does the release. Now it's fine (for my slow pace). I had one issue with the opening. No problem to make the Akimbo straight, but the quarters didn't want to rotate to take the double X shape. Turned out that the top knuckle was grippy. A tad of ATF solved that nicely.
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    OP said with a tag line, but it's good to speak about the different solutions, overall if they can be better on one point or an other. The spiderleg is very nice if the rigging point is just above the center of gravity or in the vicinity. It can be dangerous though, if the rigging point is closer or behind the vertical of the cut. This places you precisely in the position to get the butt jumping at you. Not in the face, but in the belly legs ropes, yes. In this case, two different ropes seems better for me, with the butt tie shortly tied. A long rope at the butt gives almost the same result as a spiderleg, way too much move allowed toward you. Actually, the limb's COG tends to come at the vertical of the rigging point. That means that about half of the limb want to pass near/through you in an heart beat like a battering ram.
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    Some species hinge nicely and can give you a nice swing, but others are just like Pop! With some others, you can't tell as it can vary greatly from limb to limb, like the weeping willow. The gravity is the enemy, but it can help you as well to send the limb where you want. If you don't have a rope to pull the limb sideway, the vertical hinge will get you in trouble because you tend to cut too far hopping the limb starts moving by itself. A face aimed with an angle allows the gravity to pull sideway the limb during the hinging. That needs some room under the limb though. If I don't have a rigging rope already set in the top, time to time I clip many slings together (I keep a bunch always on my saddle) and tip tie the limb. I get my swing and piece up there the limb after it settled. I add a butt tie (the shortest as possible) with the same slings if I worry about the butt's drop bellow. Be really careful with the butt's movements. The way you rig the limb (and cut) can makes the butt to jump violently toward you. The butt tie is very helpful against that too.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    If you can take the time as you want, not tightly tied by a bid, it's a good idea to climb it as a training and a learning session. You can find many points to look at closely, climbing, cutting, moving limbs, reactions of the wood, rigging (even if you don't have to)... When I began, I wanted to climb everything in this purpose. Now, I'm more on the energy saving side and if I can work from the ground, I do.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I think that the groundy didn't let it run at all. The rope's length seems just the size of the side reach of the limb. First drop is tensioning the rope, then horizontal swing until the butt jumps off the cut, then "verticalising" the rope while the swing continues around the trunk. I can't see any slippage of the rope (not able to see a 6" though).
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    It should doesn't have to, but it does for me. The worse is when using the chainsaw. Once, topping a dead black locust, I ended hanging by my chainsaw's handle stayed in the cut. I had my lanyard of course, but there was nothing to catch it : smooth straight wood, small diameter, no bark anymore. Add to that the shitiest spurs ever made and not enough skill/training with this stupid gear, then you can figure how was my mood when I finished to wreck the tree. I improved the scheme since, both the gear and the skill, but I can't find myself comfy staying on two or even one small bit of wood's fibbers. An essential tool for me to advance the rope is my 15' telescopic pole. It saves me a giant amount of time, energy and keeps the frustration at a very low level.
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