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    4 Days Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Double Rope SRT Climb in MBTV
    Nice video, Patrick. Any that have followed Kevin's two rope development for use in tree work would probably agree that he has proven that it can be done with efficiency and speed. The use of two ropes is by no means new in tree work and has been used quite often if the situation fits. Times, as you portrayed where one suspension point was deemed inadequate, or where two separate points of suspension made for increased flexibility in work positioning. But Kevin and a few others that are doing this are exploring the potential other uses hiding within the twin systems. We are all different in how we climb and what we need in our systems, so even though I personally am not a fan of using this in anything but its more traditional form, I do think it is well worth consideration for climbers that are so inclined. P.S. Two bridges makes it much less cumbersome.
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    1 Week Ago
    Yeah, easy-peezy.
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    1 Week Ago
    LOL! Lots of red meat in there, Jim. My teeth are bad so I eat mostly ground. The sprouts are mung beans, sprouted for 2 days. The vegetables vary with what is fresh and available. This dish had, besides ground beef, black beans, onions, garlic, jalapeno pepper, tomatoes with chili peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, corn all seasoned with spicy chili powder, topped with extra sharp white cheddar and the mung beans.
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    1 Week Ago
    This is our version of a chili dish.
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    1 Week Ago
    Tarzan replied to a thread Solo Tree Work in Climbing Forum
    Mini skid is invaluable for us solo guys. I bought mine used and have had to learn some mechanics, and have farmed out some more difficult stuff, but I would not be able to do what I do without it. The only downside I still have, is my chipper isn't beastly enough to feed with the dingo, unless the wood is straight with small scaffold limbs, but getting the brush to the chipper, loading logs, raking yards, not to mention all the things I use it for around the house...I love that machine. As far as paperwork...The only thing I do is itemize my receipts for the accountant, and sometimes write out estimates, but usually just take pics, and save my notes in my evernote account. The thing that takes the most out of me, being a brain damaged solo guy, is bidding on jobs, and planning the jobs when I get them. Hiring an employee would not help me with those things, and unless I hired someone full time, to show them every little quirk of operating my equipment, and my techniques, would be more stressful for me, which is why I remain solo. The most important thing I am learning, and getting better at, is to not take on too much. Try to weed out the bad jobs, and take the ones you want. It's tough, but I am getting better. Another thing I have started doing that helps a ton, is letting my phone calls go to voicemail, and calling folks back when I have the time, preferably at my desk so I can take notes, but if I am in the middle of a big job, I call them back on my drive home(I use a bluetooth headset), to let them know I got their call, but can not take notes, so I will call them back when I am done with my big project, and can sit at my desk to take notes. Sometimes I end up with 10-15 folks that I have to call back, but I just can't focus on taking new jobs when I am working. I refer a lot of work to other outfits if the client is not patient. A couple years ago, I was letting my business run me into the ground, but I just do what I can now, and don't worry about all the work I am missing out on, and I find I am enjoying my work a lot more now.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    I was sitting down to dinner and thought of Butch and his dislike for small plates. I use this 12 inch deep dish skillet whenever the opportunity allows. It holds enough to make a meal.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I use them. They do a great job and are fast and easy.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Glad no one got hurt. Helmet-mounted com systems are one of the best safety devices available to us. If it is a job that requires putting on a hard hat, safety is improved tenfold if that helmet is com capable.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Frans in Announcements!!!
    Very nice!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Roperunner 2 in Climbing Forum
    Have you pressed RE for an explanation on the procedural and economical considerations that are at play? If so, do you believe them?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Carbon fiber pole saw in Gear Forum
    As I have gotten older and more careful, it seems all my tools last longer than they used to. Like you, I have some very old fiberglass and wooden poles that have the aluminum button type connectors that are still working fine. Breaking a 400 dollar poll would be seriously cringe worthy.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Carbon fiber pole saw in Gear Forum
    They look appropriate to me. The aluminum furls on most fiberglass poles is just too soft and thin to withstand elongation with field use and abuse. If the sleeved-tubes have a tight fit, the connection should be much stronger than its aluminum counter part. Having a feather weight and stiff pole saw would be so nice.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Yeah, you gotta watch that hot and dehydrated stuff. It must have been your condition because no friction device i have used is faster or easier to adjust. That is not saying that you will be able to find the sweet spot quickly, just that it is easy to make adjustments. Mine runs smooth as can be on 11.7mm Yale Aztec. 11mm is too small in my opinion. Skinny rope goes from great to crap too easily with little noticeable changes.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    That sucks, Rich. What rope were you on?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Ha! Could be one of the longest threads ever!
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    05-17-2017
    DMc replied to a thread Who Vapes? in The Rec Room
    It could be. Developers of hot consumables have a terrible track record and a real skill at bending the truth. To say that vaping is much better for you than smoking is in no way saying it is harmless. Registered food safe products are a joke and should be viewed with skepticism. I hope it works out to be an OK indulgence and not something unforeseen.
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    05-13-2017
    DMc replied to a thread SRT & Cranes in Climbing Forum
    Yes. I use it in the tree for those reasons, but it didn't sound like that is what the op was talking about.
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    05-12-2017
    DMc replied to a thread SRT & Cranes in Climbing Forum
    Hmmm, I use SRT on virtually everything but crane work. I'll be interested in how a climber could possibly be more efficient using SRT in that situation.
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    05-09-2017
    DMc replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    You make some really good points, squisher.
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    05-07-2017
    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Sorry, Jim. Your tree will, IMHO, most likely do better not being cut than it would if someone, especially if that someone is a rancher, were to try and "fix it" by cutting on it. The "let go too long" comment was in regards to balancing branch structure and placement. Trees put on growth in a responsive manner to what they need combined with what they have to work with. It is very easy to structure a young tree as it grows with just a few small cuts. But when a tree, like your malus is left to fend for itself, sometimes anomalies in structure can occur that most arborists would take exception to. It can be hard to not cut something that is technically a potential problem even if the tree has corrected or at least compensated for it long ago.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    05-07-2017
    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Cory, I am guessing by the size and shape of that tree that it has already been let go too long. I love working on trees like that as long as I am allowed to work for the tree's benefit. All too often I will see such trees, "brought into shape", only to become less healthy and sometimes fall apart shortly thereafter.
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    05-07-2017
    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Yes, this would be my advice also.
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    05-02-2017
    DMc replied to a thread alternatives in land use in Odds and Ends
    The PDF that you linked was excellent, Steve! Colin definitely has a handle on how things work. It is nice that he named the specific species and their attributes that have been successful for the land that he works. Global diversity will necessitate that each area will require an understanding of just what will work for them and at what level of production can be reached in a sustainable system.
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    04-26-2017
    DMc replied to a thread Vermeer BC700XL Chipper. in Gear Forum
    I know nothing about the newer BC7 but we have been using the BC6 for the last 16 years. Super simple machine with low parts count. It has never let us down and makes great chips with that 90 deg cutting disk. The small engine just sips gas even though we had the auto feed removed after we first demoed it. It can work hard if you let it. IF, all you need is a small chipper, they work well.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-22-2017
    That will be fun to go through! Really appreciate you posting this up.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-14-2017
    DMc replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    So are you against exposure of all those nasty little shenanigans, Dave? Seems like all the embarrassing documents were true. Posting documents, in their entirety, without a news media spin, seems much less offensive to me.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-14-2017
    A hard hat will work just fine without a chin harness as long as it used on the ground with overhead objects being the only concern. This covers most all other industrial jobs but not ours. Even a ground worker in our trade could be exposed to a side hill tumble. However, it is the climbing arborist that really needs not only a chin harness, but a hard hat that is designed with the understanding a tumble down through a tree with lots of limbs is a possibility. A climber using a hard hat with a wide 360 degree protruding brim, even if it had a chin strap, is a very poor choice compared to what we now have available.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-12-2017
    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    Very true, Levi. It is was the first multisender that I used.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-12-2017
    The key here is that they were not designed as climbing helmets. A logger uses logging tools and an arborist would do well to use arborist rated tools.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-12-2017
    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    Yes! Amazing tools, along with Kevin's, that have changed what is possible on rope.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-11-2017
    Yup, look to your mothers father. Those old forestry lids work great when used for the activity they were designed for.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-10-2017
    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    Patrick, it is not that what you say is untrue, or Cory, that starting off with the basics is a bad idea. It is instead the "machismo" displayed in the paragraph that I quoted. It can be hard enough to learn this trade with all its variables. Making statements that could make a young wannabe hold their tongue for fear they would somehow be less of a climber, is not my way.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-10-2017
    DMc replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    I, personally, have a problem with trainers that use this approach. You are supposed to be teaching. Suppressing a student's curiosity on tool use and implying that a really good climber doesn't need that "new fangled gear" is just as bad as going the other way. I much prefer a balanced approach that explains how things work in detail so the new climber can make an informed decision as to what is appropriate for a given situation.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    04-09-2017
    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    What the hell was God thinking when he made that gigantic peach pit and crammed all those nerves in a tooth?
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