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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    9 Minutes Ago
    I may be looking at it wrong but if the middle ring is a little higher than the outer rings it does decrease the bend. It does take a few more seconds to get the perfect height. Taking into consideration that the middle ring will have more than 1/3 of the load. Which will cause it to be pulled down more than the outer rings. But in a perfect setup, if it is higher it will decrease the bend just like the top of the pulley is higher than the sides. If a pulley had a flat spot on top it would have a decreased bend. Realistically this wouldn't ever matter as I don't usually push my rigging that hard. A ring would be slightly harder on the rope than a pulley. But not near as rough as natural crotch rigging. I've been using a Safebloc for about a year. I rarely use anything else anymore unless it's negative rigging huge blocks. The Safebloc has a tighter bend than I like but it's spread out over 3 or 4 different bends depending on how many holes I use. The only downside so far is it's starting to groove out. I've already had to turn it upside down.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Good article Patrick. I think about things like that a lot. I try my hardest to be as safe as possible at work. I do everything the way it's supposed to be done. Unless it makes the task more dangerous. Which as we all know happens more often than you'd think . I fell timber for years. I've owned my own tree service for even longer. Safety is always on my mind. What's the worst I've been hurt in 25 years? I fell in a well leaving the gym one night. It was an old well not in use. Had one tile above ground someone had backed into it and moved the tile about 8 inches. After leg night and I couldn't hardly walk I slip off in it. Nice piece of rebar sticking out. Rips my leg open up one side and eats all the skin off the other. Had to have stitches. Long story but we are never safe. I climb, race bikes, fly PPGs and all kinds of dumb things. And then that happens. Years ago we worked for a well known timber company. I was supposed to wear hard hat, steel toed saw resistant boots, chaps, ear muffs, safety glasses and a screen, carry a first aid kit with a mirror and a whistle. And about 8 other things. You can't do that in 100 degree weather and survive. Not to mention get anything done. Safety is great. I'm as safety conscious as anyone but things happen. In flying its called risk vs reward. You learn the risk and if it's worth the reward then you do it knowing the dangers. We do that everyday as arborists. Again nice article Patrick.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    https://youtu.be/zPTsNyNsseY Here is some good ideas to help with the bend radius.
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    1 Day Ago
    I've seen a video where a guy uses 3 rings on an adjustable sling and the middle ring is a bit higher than the outside 2 rings. It makes a very nice bend radius. I'll see if I can find it.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    A firm grasp on the obvious is something I may not always possess
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    I would, but I don't know what/where is giant elephant I'm not supposed to look at!? :)
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    6 Days Ago
    Sean/ruel, what was your idea?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Thanks Kyle, yeah I didn't mean to start a "hate" thing or any kind of "gossip" thing. Ha, I guess I was trying to get up to speed on what seemed to be specific and common and public knowledge. Maybe it wasn't a good thing to ask about.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    ...I've caught wind of this here and there. Recently from August Hunicke's latest video where he is catching up on emails. August mentions the deplorable condition where an innovative entrepreneur works hard and invents a new, helpful device for tree work, and somewhere along the way after marketing it, the idea is shamelessly copied/ripped-off by a big company -- maybe with a small modification -- leaving the little-guy inventor with nothing. There must be a lot or egregious of these cases of tree folks getting their ideas stolen.... Since I've read here in The Treehouse and heard other places more than once addressing the subject and anger at it. If a company practiced this sort of thing, I don't think I would want to buy from them (if I had a choice in the matter). Is there a well-known list/examples of inventions/inventors and companies that ripped them off?
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Sometimes it gets a little hectic. I was in 5 groups but had to cut back a little when I got married. Two of the groups have a weekly practice and several shows a month. The other group only does shows. They don't really ever practice. And it shows but they have fun.
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    1 Week Ago
    Congrats Fiddler. Sounds like a heck of a group. I've got blisters on 3 fingers try to get in shape for February. Busy bass month. I'm in 3 different groups full time. Even then I still want to play more. We've only done one show in December. We've got a UCP benefit tomorrow that we play every year at this time. We'll be at SPBGMA first week if February. It's the highlight of my picking year. If anyone is close to Nashville that weekend it's definitely worth checking out. All the jamming you can handle. I'll usually sleep 3 ir 3 hours in 3 days.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Congratulations on the new baby, Kyle. This is really interesting stuff. (got it marked to look at more closely later)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Congratulations on going to be a grandfather, Marc-Antoine. Thanks for all the feedback and help you have given me here.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    In 2017 I did the following: Sold (delivered and stacked) 6.5 loads of firewood @ ~ $110 per load (1 load = ~52 cubic feet = ~ 4'x8'x(18 to 20") -- SOLD OUT! Removed a ~40' x ~25" DBH Silver Maple @ $500 Trimmed (raised; removed lower limbs and small branches) 2 Cedar and 1 Oak @ $160 Other misc. cleanup @ $290 Total Gross Earnings: $1,678.00 Bought 6'x12' utility trailer @ $2710.00 Bought ms461 @ ~$1,100.00 Bought 22' pole saw @ ~$320.00 Bought pole pruner setup @ ~$150.00 Bought other supplies @ ~$1,000.00+ Repair truck @ ~$3,000.00 (already had other and misc. equipment) For 2018 I have a $500 job lined up (from early last year) to remove 2 Bradford Pears (~40' x 12" DBH) I have a $2200 bid to remove 6 Bradford Pears (~40' x 12" DBH) I have a $500 bid to haul off wood from 2 large Oaks after they have been felled. I have a removal for a 40-50' x 30" DBH pine tree at my widowed mother in law's which I plan to do for free unless she (and my wife's sister who handles her finances) *insists* on paying me. * Need to overcome innate laziness. * Plan to cut and split at least 10 loads of firewood to be ready for next season. -- (wonder if I should invest in a gas log splitter) * Plan to get magnetic signs for my truck. * Possibly try to find an existing (safety conscious) tree man (or lady) to work for part time to learn from and earn money. * Decide whether or not to buy climbing gear. * Get shop, truck, and all equipment organized and quickly and efficiently deployable. * Try to learn about tree trimming/pruning -- and get more tree trimming/pruning jobs. * Need to overcome innate laziness. * Continue to learn about trees and arborist stuff. * Decide whether or not to get into stump grinding (i.e. rent one and try it out on my own stumps first) * Need to overcome innate laziness. * I had hoped to be at 180 lbs. by now (down from my more or less steady 220 lbs.) ... discouraging, but the battle continues! -- but I did throw out a couple of half eaten containers of ice cream this morning -- yeah, I hate the waste, but I figured the point I needed to make to myself was worth more. * Need to overcome innate laziness. In a race with my declining age, focus, capacity, strength (as we all are) (and weight and laziness) to get as far in this business as I can to position myself to continue on when my age catches up with me -- all things being equal ----- AND/OR find something else (i.e. "fun" (i.e. "enjoyable" (e.g. not boring))) to do to earn money.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Today I Learned... in Odds and Ends
    So far the grate seems to be working better than the dogs --- more heat into the room *and* less wood to keep the fire flaming. The downside is that the bricks around the fireplace (the bricks facing inside the room between the mouth of the fireplace and the mantle) are not getting hot (thus radiating lots of heat) like they used to with the dogs and the bigger fire. So it seems we are using less wood to get about the same amount of heat. Our fireplace is especially poorly efficient, I think because it is too deep -- 32" from back to front of bricks in front. My parent's fireplace seems very "efficient" for a fireplace -- it will burn you out of the den -- and it is only 20" deep. I have been thinking of making mine shallower by setting fireplace bricks, etc. in back to see if it produces more heat. We really enjoy the ambiance of an open blaze in the fireplace -- but only when it is below 50 deg. (F) outside.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Today I Learned... in Odds and Ends
    If I remember I will try it today if I make some toast in the oven... but it could get messy if with jelly/jam/preserves on the toast.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Today I Learned... in Odds and Ends
    Acknowledged that old-fashioned open fireplaces are the least efficient way to produce heat... ...But in preliminary experiments it appears that a fireplace *grate* (like a metal basket or grate raised off the fireplace floor) causes the burning logs to put out more heat into the room than fireplace *dogs* (a pair of metal stands you set the logs on). Since we have just started using a grate, I will hopefully be able to help confirm or debunk this theory in a few days. my theory is that the grate allows more air under the fire so it burns better... vs. the whole fire winding up on the fireplace floor with no air under it... duh! right?
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah they're hard to keep up with. But I like playing fast so it's one of the better pickings around.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Get to go to Louisiana this weekend to pick and spend time with Little Roy and Lizzie for a couple days. Super banjo picker. Been there several years in a row. His middle sister just passed away so wasn't sure if he was coming in.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Today I Learned... in Odds and Ends
    In regards to your toast story, I just learned this.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Problem with MS461 Idle in Chainsaws!
    :thumbup:
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    3 Weeks Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Problem with MS461 Idle in Chainsaws!
    Thanks Magnus. I guess I think I need a security blanket :) I just ordered the Amicks one that some are recommending. Madsen's had the Stihl EDC(?)-9 ... which I think has a refresh rate of > .5 seconds (and nobody there knew what it was).... so I got the Amicks one ... with the $17+ shipping (ouch).
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Weird contraptions in Odds and Ends
    I saw one of those just tonight. I can't seem to get my mind around the spinners. I don't understand their purpose.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Benjo75 replied to a thread Weird contraptions in Odds and Ends
    https://youtu.be/Z86V_ICUCD4NJ The most useless machine ever.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Benjo75 replied to a thread New Engine for splitter in Gear Forum
    Honda. They'll sit all winter and start on the first or second pull. I had a Honda copy engine on a generator. It was a good engine but plagued me with enough small problems that I finally sold it. Carb problems, cheap wiring that was always vibrating the connections loose. Finally bought a true Honda generator. It's been great. Both me and my Dads splitter has Honda. Works flawlessly. I raced Honda dirt bikes for 25 years. They're the best.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    rfwoody replied to a thread Problem with MS461 Idle in Chainsaws!
    Thanks Brian! Thanks Cut4fun!
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Robert Wood

Mainly wasted teenage and young adult years in vain and foolish and mind, body, and soul damaging pursuits. Was stopped in my course by visceral awareness of God and Judgement and eternity, and that my only hope was in the Gospel, the good news that God sent his own Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to suffer the righteous judgement of a good God against sin and for sinners like me, that Jesus suffered and died, was buried, and then rose from the dead. Jesus did this for sinners like me, from the lowest, filthiest sinner, all the way down to the dregs -- the "good", self-righteous, religious hypocrite -- Jesus is willing and able to save the very worst.

...but I digress...

Got married, had 2 sons, eventually got job in Information Technology (IT), as programmer/developer/database administrator, worked 27 years at this, started getting "old and slow" and figured it was time to get out. After money stopped flowing in as much :) now looking to supplement SS with something I can get some exercise at if possible. Have most always liked the outdoors and have been liking and studying chainsaws and tree felling for last 20 years or so.

In the IT world there is a lot of BS, people playing to politics, acting like they know what they are talking about to impress the boss, etc. But there are some real honest, frank technically competent folks and resources which I highly valued --- Just so, it seems to me in this Treehouse forum. I suppose you can't stay in this inherently dangerous sort of business very long unless you are down to earth at some basic levels... and that is what I really enjoy about these kind of guys and this site.

Just a closing thought or two, please:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
-- John 3:16
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
-- John 8:12

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