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    1 Hour Ago
    That looks like a California state flag: Ask Nick From WI about palms if you want to hear how bad they are. He dislikes them so much that he offered to fly me out to LA, pay me to do a date palm prune and fly me home.
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    1 Day Ago
    pigwot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Sean, Keep up with those exercises! I had my right shoulder 'rebuilt' back in 2013. It was a mess; tendon tears which progressed to the point that two of them tore completely loose. The second one when I was assisting a younger fellow just starting out; I wouldn't let him do the hazardous part of a Silver Maple takedown. I had just gotten the risky portion below the power lines for him to take over and I gaffed out, and instinctively grabbed the rope from my TIP; loud snap and I couldn't lift my arm. Surgery, PT, and building it back up from the atrophy and I have gotten back to about 98%. I don't even think about it unless there's a big pressure drop with the change in weather.
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    2 Days Ago
    pigwot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Spent a good part of the day driving to a hardwood yard near Lancaster, PA to buy a load of red birch for a project. Nice folks, though it was leftover, picked-over, end of a pallet, so-so-quality wood. Got what I needed and the price was adjusted, so no harm, just more time on the jointer/planer/saw... ...and no ticket (though I'll have to watch the mail for a week or so :) )
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    4 Weeks Ago
    This thread got me thinking a few thoughts: Safety vs. risk is an interesting thing. We all take calculated risks, whether we acknowledge that or not. We 'choose' the level of risk we are comfortable with, but we can't really 'choose' to be safe; there is no guarantee of that goal, as it is a moving target. Through shared knowledge and learning, sometimes tempered by a range of other input data (experience, caution, testosterone, bravado, laziness, obsessive compulsions) we each have developed patterns of behavior (a personal 'understanding' of the risks in tree work) that sometimes reduces and sometimes increases the likelihood of our exposure to risk. The majority of us consciously and unconsciously work to minimize risk to the best of our understanding. Safety is a state of mind perhaps, but risk is the world we live in on a daily basis. I worked in trees intensely for a few years, and then again every few years, off and on for 31 years now. My lifetime exposure to risk, and thus, one might assume a seemingly arbitrary 'risk-quotient' is much lower than any of you who have been at it for five (or six) days a week, 50 weeks a year, for years. That is solely due to my having less of a total exposure to the inherent risks. I was off the spars for a few years at a time; less exposure = less risk. I took time off to go to school (well, I worked trees on the side to pay for nursing school), and worked as a nurse in a trauma unit, and as a hospice nurse (look up nosocomial infections - talk about exposure to things that can kill you!). All-in-all I likely have only 15 to 18 years total experience in those 31 years. And, most of the highest-risk, craziest things I've done were before Go-Pro and phone cameras (luckily). What I realize every time I start up a tree, or climb on a motorcycle for that matter, is that I inherently am accepting the risks involved. Certain things to me are basic for my risk-reduction (perhaps I could also phrase it: 'a tendency toward safety'). I will not judge another for their choices; I make mine all the time. I will wear a helmet, as even a seemingly minor pop on the noggin can be life-altering. I have had way too many Closed Head Injury patients to not put on a lid. I can 'see' myself incapacitated, and so I choose to minimize that outcome. And, back in the day we used manila, natural crotched, and our 'Port-a-Wrap' was the trunk of the tree...
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    4 Weeks Ago
    pigwot replied to a thread Husqvarna 390xp in Chainsaws!
    I had the 181, 281, 288 progression; 281 in the shed with new piston, jug, and rings waiting for me to find the time to be resurrected. 2100Xp also currently in the red-shirt category...
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    01-18-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread No mas 372s in Chainsaws!
    I see you're about 45 minutes away; right across the river from the airport... I do a small amount of work; mostly friends, relatives, and neighbors at this point. I enjoy rec climbing with my kids and their friends and some fellow big tree hunters, with tips (and LiDAR) from the ENTS (Eastern Native Tree Society) I do sell work for two friends still in the business; and pitch in as second or third climber when they have large jobs. Let me know if/when you need a second climber, or would like to go do a rec climb. LiDAR image showing several trees close to 168 foot tall (white patches amongst the red). The tallest we found, was about 160 feet and was rotten at the base, so we climbed this 150 footer. New meets old.
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    01-15-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread No mas 372s in Chainsaws!
    Sorry, I may be of Polish descent, but i?m not dumb. I?ve been looking for such a find for a long time. I work part time at a tool consignment shop. This guy has money and always bought two of everything. He also brought in a never-Used Stihl 660 Magnum; 32? baR and most of a 100? box of 72LGX asking $995 for both
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    01-15-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread No mas 372s in Chainsaws!
    It’s on the side, just like my ‘03
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    01-15-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread No mas 372s in Chainsaws!
    Just the old thread I was looking for - I just got a 2009 372xp NOS. Never gassed or oiled. When did the 372 switchover from OE to NE ? Might this be a forgotten wonder? Or too New?
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    09-28-2017
    I am sure I could find a few folks who could use a good F550! They are great trucks. I know that if Carl is selling it: - it was cared for properly - Carl would be up-front and transparent about anything that wasn't 100% - Carl's word is golden in a world where for too many others the concept of 'integrity' is merely lip-service.
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    09-23-2017
    I thought about doing that years ago in our 'training tree' out on the farm. Never did it, but I thought drilling through the trunk at a 45 degree angle and installing a heavy eye bolt would avoid side loading the hardware as much. And don't leave a climb line out in the weather - UV degradation will severely weaken it, and as one friend found out 30 years ago; some squirrels like to chew on things they find set in trees...
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    09-23-2017
    x2 on the Michoacan; for the ones I don't have a Gibbs on ;) I also made up some eye-to-eyes of HRC. The 'fuzziness' of the HRC cords seem to get a better grip on the lanyards.
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    02-27-2017
    pigwot replied to a thread Woodworking in The Rec Room
    A trick a friend showed me years ago: I don't eat at fast food 'restaurants', but I do stop at Burger King once or twice a year and pick up a few of their over-sized plastic straws. They are great to slide along a joint and scoop up squeeze out (especially at a 90 degree joint), as they deform to match the surface and the thin, sharp edge cleans off the glue without spreading it further. They clean up with warm water and last a good while.
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    02-23-2017
    pigwot replied to a thread 372XP Oiler help? in Chainsaws!
    Does sound like a mismatched bar...
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    02-23-2017
    pigwot replied to a thread Motorcycling. in The Rec Room
    I still see my Beemer around town (1974 R90/6, full fairing and touring bags) which I had to sell during tight financial times after divorce from first wife. :( It was my second tourer after a Yamaha 750 (three cylinder shaft drive, partial fairing and bags). Borrowed a friends Honda Interceptor... I had always been a tourist, but that bike was fun on the twisty! Another friend had a Norton Commando (1975, next to last year I think) that was a load of fun to ride, too.
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    02-23-2017
    Sweet deal!! Wish I wasn't on the opposite coast. We'd have a couple very large, nice lathes in there. I have my eye on a WoodMiser that has been under tarps for about five years; doesn't look like they are using it. You have room in a space like that to do some milling... hmmm. Also, standard rollup door 'clickers' can be hacked easily, unless they use a rolling code system: "Garage door systems aren’t much use if they can be opened easily with a *hacked child’s toy. Unfortunately, however, many garage door openers are vulnerable. Garage doors that use an insecure “fixed code” system can be easily opened. Black hat hackers create (*from a simple Mattel toy) a device which can try every possible combination for those garage doors in seconds. Garage doors that don’t use a “fixed code” wireless transmission but instead use a “rolling code” aren’t vulnerable to this attack. If you want to secure your garage, you’ll have to change the opener, which costs between $150 and $250 but should be a relatively easy DIY project."
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    02-22-2017
    pigwot replied to a thread Raided our old saw stash in Chainsaws!
    I have an old 015 ready to be rebuilt...
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    02-22-2017
    pigwot replied to a thread Chainsaw Rebuilder? in Chainsaws!
    Deva, I've had a few that ran (huh, didn't run that is) like that and it was a tiny tear in the diaphragm. Second vote for rebuild that carb. Jay, I have spent my share of time looking for those tiny screens and springs ;)
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    02-17-2017
    Congrats Nick, Karina, and TreeCareLA! ...and I guess that is where the new guest housing will be set up for when you need a few date palms pruned? ;) oh, and do you get to keep that lift in the back left corner for working on your vehicles?
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    01-10-2017
    pigwot replied to a thread The RIP Thread... in Odds and Ends
    Karen and I were snorkeling near the reef off one of the keys in Florida, and she was collecting shells. Found a sparkly little piece of one, decided not to keep it and she 'tossed it aside, right next to me. Her hand had barely left the shell and it reflected sunlight as it started to tumble back to the ocean floor. A 'cuda was there in a flash. Gave me a shock as it stopped about three inches from my mask.
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    01-07-2017
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Thanks Jaime, It's beautiful! There's a bit of snow here, so it'll wait to head up a tree for another day or two...
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    09-20-2016
    pigwot replied to a thread Monkey Beaver Saddle in Gear Forum
    After making the rounds I did get an Onyx. Not sorry I did, as it is very comfortable. I only wish it had better tool attachment capability. Looks like the Monkey Beaver saddle solves that issue well!
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    09-20-2016
    Jerry, It's nice to see living history, and to know it is a shared history and that the different threads of that history weave one into the other. I feel as an East Coast Treeman I will always bow in adulation to the bigger-than-life size of you Western Treemen. I know that my doing mainly residential, mostly predictable, deciduous, East Coast tree work doesn't compare to the strength, intuition, guts, and know-how employed by you 'old-timers' in the West Coast's very rough terrain, in difficult situations, with often less-predictable softwoods. It makes my experience seem more like playing in a sandbox. My helmet is off to all of you in that photo and the thousands of others that have come before and after.
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    04-10-2016
    pigwot replied to a thread Rope in Gear Forum
    We used the truck (running gear and frame) from a hay wagon without a deck on it, that we beefed up to haul logs home back in the late 1970s through early 1990s. Three large oak planks, one along the side of the wagon frame, and two as ramps. Used a wrapped rope (not quite a parbuckle) to get the logs up the ramps and on the hay wagon. The tail end of the rope was left loose; not tied off on the wagon; rather we'd wrap the line around the log three times, with plenty of tail over the log leading away from the wagon and the working/hauling end came off the top of the log and over the wagon to a tractor or truck, or even a come-a-long anchored to a tree. Just like natural crotch lowering, where three wraps effectively lock off and prevent lowering a piece, the log was 'captured' and easily rolled up the ramps. Easy to control, and we could pile two to three courses high and then lash them down with load chains and binders. Wish we'd taken photos back then...
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    04-06-2016
    Nick Araya showed me his bag... it is nicely made so you can manage opening and closing it one-handed. This one is available through: patrollersupply.com
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    04-05-2016
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Jim lives in Southeast PA; I like that term: "East Coast Canuckian"
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    02-29-2016
    Looks like an adjuster from a guy line on an old tent.
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    02-14-2016
    Thanks for looking. I checked Yelp and found a few for her to get estimates.
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    02-14-2016
    I have a sister who lives in Hyde Park (Chicago), and is having some plumbing issues. Anyone know of a decent plumbing outfit in that area? I have two I can turn to here in Delaware, but I don't know any in Illinois. Thanks for any guidance.
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    01-26-2016
    At Fids 'n' Fibers in NH last year the fellow sitting next to macswan had a homemade fid, with a beautiful turned handle. Can't recall his name... http://portal.treebuzz.com/author/mac-swan
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    01-26-2016
    pigwot replied to a thread TSC Bar oil Sale in Chainsaws!
    On my way back from a trip to Michigan I got a couple cases at Menard's in Toledo, Ohio - it was $7/gal., but that is nearly gone; I'm heading to the local TSC today, as it is in stock and $6, - thanks for the heads-up!
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    11-28-2015
    pigwot replied to a thread T-shirt give away! in Announcements!!!
    Awesome! Generous.
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    11-26-2015
    I'm thankful for being a part of this group. Will be at a sister-in-laws with three of our five children, and all of her children. Watching the next generation grow as relationships get going. Days of 30+ together not happening since my parents and just about all of the aunts and uncles are gone now. Have a great day whatever you do today. Be safe.
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    11-25-2015
    pigwot replied to a thread T-shirt give away! in Announcements!!!
    Include me for a large yeller, Willie! That SOTC Hoodie I got from you years ago is quite frayed at the wrists and the printing is fading away I wore it so much.
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    11-24-2015
    pigwot replied to a thread Aborwear Tech Pants in Gear Forum
    I just wish I had bought more of the original Tech Pants. The only holes I have in one pair is due to a boneheaded move on my part - not changing to a cotton pair of jeans before grabbing the welder to fix a hinge on the dump trailer. The other three pair are still going through hell and coming home at the end of the day.
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    11-23-2015
    pigwot replied to a thread Aborwear Tech Pants in Gear Forum
    I still have a few pair of the original Tech Pants. Have had them about eight years now. They are getting pretty grungy, but when new the ionic coating or whatever it was meant they came 'clean' in the usual wash cycle, and bar oil splatter disappeared with a little Citrasolv cleaner (like a capful) in the wash cycle. The new ones are cheap and don't hold up like the originals.
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    11-19-2015
    They'll dig up ground dwelling bees like yellowjackets and eat them at night. I recall posting in the past about dropping a tree while clearing a lot and two black snakes came rolling out of a hollow that was 60 feet up. My groundsman hadn't seen them as he was on the Come-a-Long. Just as he worked his way into the top to untie the pull line they started moving which spooked him and he headed for the truck and wouldn't come out till the brush was cleared. Some peoples' fear of snakes is cripplingly strong. I had a flying squirrel rocket right past my ear as I got to a hollow up a tree I was pruning in Michigan, and I turned to watch his glide - that was when I saw that their tails are triangular in cross-section and are used like an aileron to 'steer'. Worst to date was butt-pushing a large branch on a locust removal so it would fall sideways and knock off a baseball-bat-sized dead stub off the next tree. As I hung my saw back on my saddle to reposition something hit the back of my head, under the rim of my helmet, as seemingly the entire defensive committee of a bee hive which was in a hollow below that stub attacked me. My head was huge for a while... I needed a shot as all my smooth muscle was reacting, and breathing was getting difficult. The doctor quit counting stings after a while and estimated about a hundred or so.
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