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    SeanKroll replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    I see it in 3442, 3443, both. Sometimes my emojis become black diamonds.
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    Weaver
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    haha, I thought when you told him to go from the gut, he just nailed the face, then I saw him come in and look, not holding the saw. He did a good job. A job to grow from. I've never seen a sawyer start so hard in one corner on both felling cuts. I trained lots of newbs, often 'college boys' (and ladies) for forestry/ invasive species work at the conservation corps that I worked for in NV, in addition to residential tree work. Fwiw, especially on a funky shaped stem like he was up against, I find getting a feller to actually mark out his front of hinge, then cut the face, then mark the back of hinge, and cutting the back-cut, separates judgment of where the cut should be, from the act of cutting. People often get too much going on mentally, as beginners. So easy to cut way to deep, or cut off the hinge. Also, when the new feller is using a spotter, having a clearly marked line for the rear of the hinge helps avoid confusion/ error in judgment. When there is a stump-shot, the spotter has to judge where the hinge fibers are, and can confuse (arbitrarily) 1" from the facecut as 1" of hingewood. Instead, the spotter just need to watch the distance to the mark, and focus on accurate communication to the sawyer. I always like to see into the lives of other tree crews. I work so much in a vacuum here, in Olympia. Thanks for the video. I never, ever rest the bottom of running saw on my body. I pretty much don't ever. I don't want it ever in my muscle memory. That position seems to be the biggest contributor to cut pants/ legs.
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    hahaha That wouldn't be the first time.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Instagram in Odds and Ends
    No. A real American game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_lacrosse FWWIW (for whatever wikipedia is worth)
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    Rings
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I've snapped snags off before. Once I broke a pretty big hemlock, like 100' or so, with a throwline. Building up oscillations back and forth. If you don't have explosives, breaking a tree can work in the right settings.
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    I was just reading a little bit about AGM batteries. I read that regular cleaning (commentor mentioned twice annually) any battery terminals increases longevity. Any thoughts?
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    The word-nerd in me thinks "exacerbating". Bet dealing with it was "exasperating".
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    Brian, do you have trees that are notoriously very prone to barberchairing (not trying to start a pissing match)? 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, first limb at 50-60', inside older growth forest. I was asked by a crap climber to finish a LARGE walnut that split on him when it was chunking down a 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. Gord, on the other hand, is not a crap climber/ cutter. 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. I rarely worry about a big split, but do protect appropriately, as needed. Bigleaf maples can be heard/ felt popping and cracking as logs are knocked off. Knowing what causes C-of-D, and most likely species/ scenarios, is a good idea. Seems like a tree that's been hit by another tree, with extra weight on it, will be worse. Gusty winds can effectively worsen the forces. I've mentioned before, I ran across a guy up in the San Juan Islands of NW WA that gets carried from his truck to his mini-x, as his spine and/ or pelvis were crushed by the circle of death. He does firewood and some clearing now. Didn't talk to him. My work partner relayed the story when we saw him out working during out commute to our jobsite.
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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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    "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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    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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    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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    Found what I was looking for... http://www.treebuzz.com/forum/threads/split-spar-suprise.18061/
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    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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