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    Brian, do you have trees that are notoriously very prone to barberchairing (not trying to start a pissing match)? I don't know, but it seems like Florida's hurricanes don't let trees get overly tall. Large Bigleaf maple and alder (probably our two most numerous leaf trees) are very prone, especially when growing out from over-story trees, and into house clearings. I've seen short, veteran alder approaching 4' diameter, and cut 100' alder at about 2.5' dbh. I was asked by a crap climber to finish a LARGE walnut that split on him when it was chunking down the lead. He had chained it without a binder, just a grab-hook. I don't recall, exactly, but the chain came super tight, splitting several inches open, maybe 3-4, until the chain tightened up. That would have killed him, I think. The homeowner got someone else to finish it. . I've been told by someone with 40+years to face alders off the lean to reduce splitting. He was a big proponent of chaining as needed, too. He's cut big hillsides of leaning alders, and used to be in Old-growth logging at 19yo. He told me they notched one log to fit the bunks. One log load. 330' Older growth doug-fir was his biggest fell.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Agreed. Back up pull trees with wedges.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Instagram in Odds and Ends
    I'll take what Paul just described the HH2 to be, literally bulletproof.
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    17 Hours Ago
    "i" Ahh 5th grade. Haha
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    Patrick, what is the blue and white loop? Clip-in for a tending apparatus? Does it load it crooked? I use a piece of tech cord tied as an eye to eye, one eye on each side of the HH. Just got a chest harness, which might mean the tech cord goes away.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    I start mine as tight as possible. I don't take it off the rope.
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    20 Hours Ago
    Fomes
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    The Petzl Fixe pulley as a tender pulley, sides plates straddling the bridge ring, clipped to the carabiner, Dave/DMc style, is my recent upgrade. The pulley I had wasn't quite right. Have you seen that Muggs?
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    1 Day Ago
    Not annoyed, just straight-forward. :)
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    Link didn't work for me.
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    But think of the accents you could practice.
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    Some day this will all be live group video-chat/ video recordings. Easy to sort things out and show some tangibles examples in our discussions.
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    Go buy some rattle cans. Because it's a work truck doesn't mean it can't be one color (or close), and washed. You don't want to look like Itchy and Scratch, will work for meth tree guys. My chipper is 42 years old, and all white. Get some magnetic signs cheap at Vistaprint. Try to sell firewood to affluent people who Want to burn wood, not have to because it's cheaper. I had a professionally made 4x8 sign on my 1/3 of cord (tossed in, stacking means more labor ) little trailer $65-75, parked at the end of the main road leading to lots of water front houses. I learned quickly not to sell full cords.
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    Stig, sorry for the confusion, that I don't get, still, honestly. I'm a bit sick, and definitely tired. Sometimes working off at small screen. I'm talking about spar-splitting from internal forces on the tree, not about stressors to tree-health, that can endanger the climber. Gord's picture/ explanation of the situation, and others' experiences seem in line with a grown-bent-over trunk with the top removed being possible to split.
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    2 Days Ago
    Found what I was looking for... http://www.treebuzz.com/forum/threads/split-spar-suprise.18061/
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    2 Days Ago
    Is it a much different to have a stem suddenly pulled down with huge force, versus, a huge downward force being suddenly relieved, effectively "unbending" the stem, changing the loading within? Maybe it doesn't make sense, but spars tend to crack and split on other people, too, with good cutting techniques.
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    2 Days Ago
    http://www.treebuzz.com/forum/threads/snap-crackle-pop-big-leaf-maple.18190/
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    2 Days Ago
    We are talking hard-leaning trees, right? Not slightly leaning trees. Have you seen the video of Gord in a Bigleaf Maple, from a long time ago, with the stem-split? I'm trying to find it. Why do you chain below your cuts, not just above?
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    2 Days Ago
    Sell it by the truckload. Is their yard smaller than the trailer??? You're overthinking this trailer thing. Again, if the trailer worries you, get out of hazard tree removal. Driving is the safest, easiest part of the day. Pedals and a wheel. Seat belts, truck built to withstand roll-overs.
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    2 Days Ago
    What does a 6" chipper rent for, minimally?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Electric fly swatters, I presume.
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    Tail
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Usually I think, "ya, another 'pretty tall' dead tree removal bid. Two dead Grand fir. One is significantly taller, and single trunk/ pretty straight. The other one, Doctor Suess and two tops. In a forest of tall trees, it's hard to gauge size. These things hardly taper, 34-36" dbh. My guess is the secondary tops are 12"+, and curly, as best I can tell. Right near the Sound on the uphill side of the road, not waterfront. Luckily, the big one decidedly leans toward the neighbor's huge shop, housing his fancy boat. The other one, toward the 1 neighborhood access road, and primaries. Not many people live down here, so electrical repair is low priority after a storm. The homeowner doesn't want to be "that guy" with dead trees endangering people/ property/ access/ utilities (all wells for water supply, too). Several years of drought and age .
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    2 Days Ago
    Nice find! Seems people love 066s.
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    I like straight forward.
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