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    2 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    4 Weeks Ago
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    01-15-2015
    I was thinking about this the other day and decided that the stick trick should work from up in the tree looking to a point on the ground. It all comes down to how horizontal you can hold your hand with your eye? That is the part I'm not sure about, you could easily get a huge amount of error, but I think it could put you in the ball park. So... you cut yourself a nice straight piece of limb, measure your distance on the stick like normal, turn it upside down and hold as close to horizontal as possible (might need a level taped to your arm :D) sight down the bottom of your stick. I think a climbing line, flip line, or better yet a split tail or sling made to the right length could also replace the stick because it just needs to hang down from your hand. The only time I can think of that this could be nice is if you are working down a spar by yourself and wanting to get a rough estimate of where the tree will end up, before you commit to descending for the ground cut. Probably not very useful to me because I usually look for that spot in the tree before I ever start the job using the normal stick trick from the ground...
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    01-14-2015
    I don't think it really is a East/West thing, just trying to bring back that rivalry from the 90's rap scene. I've met a lot of people that feel quite strongly about the flat cut having to be made first. Sounds pretty close to what I do most of the time Evan.
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    01-13-2015
    Whoa... a west coaster admitting to making the angled cut first! Thanks Evan.
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    01-13-2015
    Got to love physics when it works for you. Thanks for the other perspective Jed. With either cut, the key seems to be the deep face cut... Checks in the mail Sean :)
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    01-13-2015
    Thanks again guys. Do you have the link to that video from Gord? Tried to find it on TB and failed. I'm excited to try the magic cut. Makes good sense! I'll send you your cut of the money I save Sean!
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    01-09-2015
    Thanks guys. That does sound like magic! Waiting for that pull rope to come back up can be agonizing. On a straight fir around 24 inch diameter how long of a piece would you trust the magic cut with? A leech field could get pretty shitty :)
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    01-09-2015
    Thanks Sean, how big do you go with that cut? I can see how you wouldn't be fighting your hinge wood with that cut, but also looks like it would take just as long as a proper face cut-back cut. I broke a drain line to the sewer a few weeks back that was about 8 inches below ground (also not Hollywood). Easy fix, because it was only 8 inches down, but it got me thinking. I think around here 811 wants some kind of money if they have to leave the street to locate utilities. Not sure how much it costs?
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    01-09-2015
    Hey all, I'm wondering on a vertical coniferous type tree, how big of a snap cut are you comfortable with? I've always limited myself to pieces I could either throw or push off the spar unassisted. The other day I had a no clean up job, and was trying to figure what was faster, snap cuts, or lobbing off big pieces with a standard type notch and pull rope and or wedges? Does anyone trust the snap cut with big pieces, possibly breaking them with a pull rope from the ground? It's always seemed like a bad idea, but the other day it could have saved me some time. On a side note, what is your SOP for locating underground utilities on jobs where you are dropping large pieces of wood? Thanks Brock
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