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    7 Hours Ago
    Okay sports fans,ring side with Al Smith vs hickory tree . It rained again but I did get the 100 year old snatch block fixed .It had a hook that must have came off a 20 ton crane and hand forged shackles .Off came the hook just left the shackle.Now I can lift that heavy rascal . .It's double shackle deal I can use for the head block .With a three part line I might get it this time .Monday probably as my lady friend is coming for the week end and that damned tree is just going to have to wait .;)
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    1 Day Ago
    OMG the continuing saga of the freakin wind blow. I've carved on that thing until I have standing nearly straight up ,fence post style with a tractor holding it off .I might get it when I put a three part line on it .First I have to fix one of my snatch blocks .Once I get the top on the ground it's going to take me a month of Sundays just to clear out the damned brush .
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    3 Days Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread New project in Chainsaws!
    You can do your arm and shoulder a favor if you install an 046 rescue saw handle on those mule kickers .It doesn't flop around like some say if you wind the rope right .I fractured a bone in my hand from a mule kicker 084 with a t handle pull .I could predict the weather for about 6 months over that deal .:(
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    3 Days Ago
    With a passion,and it is muckin fess .At the moment I'm just cutting my way in through the bottom and dragging out a semi full of brush .I'll go hit it for an hour or so then finish mowing my yard when it cools down a bit .
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    3 Days Ago
    You two are too cute!! When did M get braces?
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Here's another thing about most dealers .Nothing derogatory intended but they will quote pretty much to company policy weather a saw needs certain repairs to adhere to factory specifications .Those may or may not fit in every situation but that's how they are trained .Problem is in many cases being the repairs might exceed the value of the saw .
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    3 Days Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread New project in Chainsaws!
    I had to pressure wash the BS out of the tank for my 2100 Husky,then use acetone .Still after all that the rubber hose residue got past the filter and clogged the screen in the carb .About drove me bonkers .
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    4 Days Ago
    It's not that important and I'm really not in a hurry.Fact as I type I'm going to try another approach in just a little bit .Thanks for the offer but I work seven days a week and I have no idea what time ,sometimes I get off . I don't know if it will work or not .Shooting a wire pulling slug out of a slingshot with a 1/2" nut .If I can hit where I want then tying a #18 masons line to that,then a 1/4 nylon ,then the 1" 3 strand bull rope .You never know until you try .
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    5 Days Ago
    Cutting off short pieces from the ground upwards .Usually on a tree that got hung into another one .You have to be careful doing it .<iframe width="854" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eA5a3bIkHj4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    5 Days Ago
    All good info except I don't have the cahoonas to do that way .I did another one,much smaller with a hanging top,not on the ground ,fact I had the pictures on here .It was only half this size . This one has 3 tons of top over my head .If I screw up it might be the end of me .I've got a plan but it rained a frog drowner today,mud yuck .
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    6 Days Ago
    FWIW 3 strand nylon has about 70 percent elongation limit.The strands will be about parallel .Way back when I wore the bell bottom blues we used to splice 17" of white line ahead of our eye splice ,spaced at 10" apart on our 2" nylon mooring lines .When those strands were just about parallel the white line was tight .Made me a tad bit nervous .:O
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    6 Days Ago
    I wouldn't be concerned about the broken fins .I doubt it would over heat and even if it does it's going to take a long time before . You have to remember heat travels from hot to cold .Those fins are right in line from the air blast of the fan on the intake side .They get the first part of the cooling air blast .Vertical cylinder Stihls cool pretty well anyway .
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    No the top is still hung but here isn't much fiber left to it .I think one little tug will get it .I'll attack some of the grounded limbs with the pole saw .They are under tension .If they snap back with a pole saw at least they won't try to take my head off . There's one limb which looks pretty stout .If I can get a snatch block on it I think it will be strong enough to hold the pull . This is a pain in the arse .A hundred footer is no problem because I've layed a lot of them down but the damned things were in one piece not all busted up .:(
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I got the limb jerked loose,damn tree is still stuck though .I used a snatch block and a two part line because all I have is a 26 HP Ferguson TO 20 that was brand new in 1951.Needs all the help it can get . Started to rain,Bud Light time .
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    1 Week Ago
    Yes I think it has to go from the top down not from the grounded limbs .If you look at the second picture that limb is basically held in place from the weight of the fallen top .If I can snatch it out with any luck with more more fiber that's left it will drop . If it doesn't fall I'll either wait until Tom is not so busy or shoot a line up to it .You know I don't do this stuff every day so whatever is the safest that's what I'll do .I'm a rigger,never once said I was a climber or arborist ..Know some.not all .:)
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    1 Week Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Fishing 2017 in The Rec Room
    Ray, you should see the sizes of hog fish snapper over there, huge. The make ours look like preemmies.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I hope to save the trunk,standing up for lumber .They will stand up right for a long while before the roots give way .Which in this case might be a better option as I have no way to mill it other than a chainsaw at the moment .I can't imagine trying to chainsaw mill it .There's probably close to a cord of firewood in that top .
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    1 Week Ago
    The last part of the post didn't come out right .I said or tried to I'll not try to "fence post" the top down .To damned big and too unstable . Pig nut hickory gets a large canopy as opposed to shag bark,those I have fence posted on occasion .Which BTW is not my favorite method to clear a blown top .
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    1 Week Ago
    I had mentioned this on another thread .Big storm front pushing ahead of it either wind shear or gust-nado conditions that can often reach 110 miles per hour .Snapped the top out of this thing like it was a tooth pick .It was around 100 foot with about 40 left standing . I might have to do some fancy rigging or it might just fall if I pull the big limb shown in the picture free with the tractor .If it does fall free I'll be 100 foot away from it when it does .I'm some dumb not plumb dumb .If the tractor won't get I'll put the dozer to it .It will either come or bleed with a crawler on it .No way on Gods green earth am I going to try and "fence post" this one down .Scares me and I'm fearless .
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    1 Week Ago
    vharrison replied to a thread Fishing 2017 in The Rec Room
    Ugh, hate hearing about motor problems, especially a blown one. UGH Have you figured out if it is worth fixing? https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1a2683e I got this in an email this morning, good news! Talked to a friend yesterday at lunch, he caught a few in the last week or two. John may hook up with him and drop a line. On a side, note the strawberry grouper we caught in the bahamas were not worth posting pictures of. Good time and good eats but not picture worthy!
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Did you say FREE CEU's? That is awesome! Tune in even if you don't need them!!
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    We had a big blow last night .There is phenominum often called straight line winds or gust/nados ahead of a weather front that can produce winds of up to 110 MPH for a short period .Sure enough it hit my woods and snapped the top out of a 3 feet at the base 100 foot 200 year old bitter nut hickory .What a fine kettle fish I have now .That pot licker was solid as rock,no rot and 2 feet in diameter 40 feet up where it broke over .Now I have to figure out how to get the top cut off without squashing myself .I'll get some pics in a day or so .As if I don't have a lot to do now this .:(
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I remember gas station give aways, Esso gave away small glasses with lots of flags on them. Looking under the hood AND pumping the gas for the customer. I still don't pump my own gas, well maybe once every 7 years or so.hehehe, very spoiled.
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Nice job .There certainly is a difference in oak trees from those grown in the open to those in say my woods that are over 100 feet tall with the first limb about 45 feet .To add to that I didn't even know red oak grew on the west coast .
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