• Brock Mayo's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    "I've spotted 45* downward, when dropping logs off a spar for mill logs/ machine handling. I wanted them as long as possibly, without crushing a shed at the end of the lay. Its more accurate than a groundie's eyeball, or mine, especially from up in a tree." Hey Sean, can you explain this a bit more? Are you using the smart phone clino to measure where the spar will hit when cut from the ground?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Nick! I know very little about splicing, but it seems that the lock stitching requirements are more based on tradition than actual testing. I agree that a nice whiplock is a great finish to a splice, but if I could buy that same splice for half the price without the whipping (and not die using it), I probably would. I think the first rule ANSI should adopt is: "If more than one needle is broken during the lock stitching process, the splice requires no further stitching"
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks guys, yeah I normally make my cut around two firewood rounds high. The homeowner wanted to mill that log, so I cut it low. Will cutting off the corners of the hinge help with root pull, if needing to cut low? I normally preserve the corners at all costs, but wondering what precautions you all take when you have to cut low to the ground?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Just finished page 30 of this post. Took me quite a while, but I learned a lot! There's probably an existing post on the subject, but I was wondering if someone could explain how and why a low stump on certain species will produce root pull or fiber pull off the desired lay? Recently I had a port orford cedar spar stall when the face closed, and then rotated 10 to 20 degrees to one side as it slowly broke the hinge wood. It might have had a hidden knot, but the hinge was pretty darn straight and even. I figured it was just the low stump and maybe the stalled hinge break? Any tricks or things to look for when cutting low to the ground?
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Can you post some of those diagrams/pictures from the original post. They don't seem to show up now days...
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    11-06-2017
    Thanks for the feedback. I had a hunch you were messing with me Brocky, I'm a bit slow sometimes :)
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    11-04-2017
    Not quite the NICCS. My stitching doesn't go very far down the rope, not sure if that is a big deal? Brocky, I'm just asking about the lock stitching (white thread) you might have to squint to see it.
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    10-29-2017
    What do you think of this pattern?
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    10-01-2017
    Thanks Sean. I'm having a hard time picturing what you described. Is it invisible just because it's the same color and follows the rope's strands? I do like to follow the ropes strands instead of just stitching straight down the rope, but didn't know if that was okay to do? Is it important that the stitches go straight through the rope or can they be at 45 degree angles?
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    09-25-2017
    Thanks guys. I cant seem to find Nick's invisible lock stitch. Ran into some old broken links and whatnot. I can see how passing through the rope at 45 degree angles would make it possible to reinsert the needle at the same exit point and never see the stitching... Is that the invisible method or is there more to it? Thanks for the help!
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    09-22-2017
    Thanks Flushcut. I've been seeing quite a few lock stitches that are basically the first half of the samson instructions. Seems like plenty to me, I cant imagine pulling a splice apart even with just two stitches through it. Nobody wants to tell a guy how to make his stitches invisible???
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    09-19-2017
    Hey all, I've read all the old posts I could find on securing a finished splice. I'm wondering what is needed at a minimum? It seems the samson lock stitch that passes through the rope ~12 times is way over kill compared to a whiplock, that only passes through the rope 4 or 5 times? Ignoring any legal concerns of not doing what a manufacturer calls for, what is really needed? Also, I read mention of an invisible lock stitch... Is it fact or fiction? Cheers! Brock
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    09-04-2017
    Hey Burnham, Was the blue water version made out of rope or webbing? Thanks greengreer, that does make sense. Cheers!
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    08-31-2017
    Hey all, I just started making an ultra sling and I was looking for advice. Any cool tweaks? Also, at the tale end it looks like a bury to a back splice? Any numbers on lengths of those? It seems like there should be nicer finish to the ultra sling, I think I read someone did an end to end splice to finish it with a loop? Thanks Brock
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    07-11-2017
    Classic top gear... She has a serious set of ovaries for sure! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnJOC_dDXzM
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    07-09-2017
    Thanks guys! That negative zip line looks pretty close to what I need to do. Looked fairly quick too... Found a good discussion from 2015. Apparently I just needed to spell winch right. I guess it would be good to have a winch and a wench :) Thanks for the videos, quite helpful. Murph I could do the lifting from the campground side of the creek with a truck or skid steer, but the winch would be sweet for the final placements of the timbers. That looked like quite the job by the way... Thanks!
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    07-08-2017
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200452220_200452220?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Winches%20>%20Gas%20Powered%20Winches&utm_campaign=Portable%20Winch&utm_content=14784&gclid=CLjs57Xx-tQCFUSHswodUaMFNg
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    07-08-2017
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200452220_200452220?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Winches%20>%20Gas%20Powered%20Winches&utm_campaign=Portable%20Winch&utm_content=14784&gclid=CLjs57Xx-tQCFUSHswodUaMFNg Has anyone used one of these? I'm looking to move some trail bridge construction materials across a creek. Need a portable efficient lifting device for 1000 to 2000 pounds of lift. Would like to get a grcs or hobbs, but both seem too slow for the amount of rope that needs to be reeled in for every trip across the creek. Thanks for any advice!
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    06-16-2017
    All that matters is that sweet mustache! Nice work Burnham, your name came up quite a bit at our instructor training this week. Cheers!
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    05-02-2017
    Related question, what cutting tricks do folks have to slow down a tree's fall for a soft landing? I'm guessing a Jerry b redwood cut (can't remember the name) combined with an open face and a pull rope to keep the holding wood thick as well as tall? Is there anything that can noticeably slow the tree's fall? BTW, I'm thinking cut it from the ground...
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    03-14-2017
    Brock Mayo replied to a thread Leaners in Climbing Forum
    Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but choking your climb line below your lanyard from the correct direction (right to left, or left to right depending on which side you're on) will hold you securely on a pretty bad side lean. You just have to slide it around the trunk about 90 degrees from where you want to be. The other thing that works for me is to do my snap cuts from the low side of the lean. It's murder as far as comfort but gives much better control of the piece, if that is needed.
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    11-16-2016
    Brock Mayo replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Thanks Pfanner man. Let us all know when you get the system dialed in :) Seems like a great way to break up the monotony of boring removal...
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    11-14-2016
    Brock Mayo replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Great videos August! When and why do you use an unmanned lowering line? It did make for some great shots! Thanks for all the hours of shooting and editing, I've learned a lot from your efforts.
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    08-20-2016
    Reg, Do you ever leave branch stobs to help prevent the log from rolling? I always hate how they add surprises to rope work and limbs falling, but like how they can help stabilize a log when it hits the ground... Awesome work, and great pics!!!
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    08-19-2016
    Those special hexes or pentagons with the center post open pretty nice with a small flathead screwdriver. Just make sure it fits tight between the post and one side. The cool thing about those boxes is they cant really torque the screw very much or the cheap plastic would break. vharrison, you could be an expert at spicing phone lines with a couple 5 minute youtube videos... just as a backup plan :)
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    08-18-2016
    Good info! What did the boxes you couldn't get into look like Butch? Pad lock or something? I've only looked at 4 boxes now, and they were all different setups. None were too secure, though I did feel like an outlaw opening the phone company's side :)
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    08-15-2016
    Hey all, Just wondering if you drop phone lines yourselves, or do you have the phone company or an electrician do it? Just did a job with phone lines and house drops. Seemed hard to coordinate the power company and the phone company on the same days, so I dropped the 2 phone lines myself. Surprisingly easy, which made me wonder if it was SOP? Thanks Brock
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    04-10-2016
    The magic cut has saved me some time since learning about it on the TH a while back (thanks again Sean). I would agree, it's not for every tree, but on a perfectly straight bole, with a forgiving drop zone, it's hard to beat. On a traditional deep face, you still have to bend the fibers of your hinge with very little leverage. For me this equates to a super thin strip of hinge wood or wedging. Neither of which are magical. And waiting for a pull rope to get sent back up a tall tree is the worst. Ok, maybe not the worst...
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  • Brock Mayo's Avatar
    02-28-2015
    Good to hear there are some other ibuki votes. All the silky saws seem to cut like crazy, but the slightly thicker blade on the ibuki has always been good to me. Except when it cuts me!
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