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  1. Marc-Antoine

    Rope access guy seeking experience in the trees

    Yes, the third set of skill : the tree biology. So important in both how the tree behaves physically during the cut and how the tree handles the after-cut biologicaly.
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    Stumps Grinding Buying

    I have the small baby::D Tiny, small power, moved by hand, but it isn't afraid by the big stumps (if you aren't), just be patient. A 5' cedrus stump took me 1.5 days (from digging the dirt around it to put the dirt back in place and grindings removed). But I load it in my van, wonderfull in the...
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    The Official Work Pictures Thread

    Noticeable, I don't know. Not by me that's sure. But in a timed cut, that should show. When you are pushing the engine at the extrem to find a few % more of power, every bit in your favor counts. This one seems like an easy gain. More, it could avoid to cancel some of your efforts to improuve...
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    The Official Work Pictures Thread

    Nice. Too bad it doesn't stay as is a long time.
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    Leak Down Gauge Search

    The different engine compartments have nothing as a real airtightness, but only a relative capability of holding the pressure (positive or negative). So you have to put the time in play, because 50% can be very acceptable if the test protocol asks for a long enough duration. You get a slope...
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    How'd it go today?

    Climbing London planes in the rain, fun fun fun.
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    Fireplace fuel

    I'd class Paulownia's wood like willow or poplar. There isn't much wood in the log, but mostly water and air. It can burn when dried, but don't expect to get a nice bed of ambers.
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    Wedge Injury

    Maybe a wavy surface longitudinally would be sturdier, even with only one wedge alone or mixed with standards. That should gives a loose fit when they are mashed up, but still allows a good guidance under load.
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    Ed's tip-o-the day

    Usually, I take a piece of rope instead, but the convenient one was covered with steel dust from the angle grinder, so :big-no: It was the ms201T and I used the stopper supplied by Stihl with the saw. Maybe not too bad. It seems to go into the squish area, so the piston isn't far from the top...
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    Ed's tip-o-the day

    When you have to use the stop piston to unscrew the flywheel's nut, be sure to put back the spark plug at the end.
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    How'd it go today?

    You may be right, I didn't saw much girls under the rain today, neither hot or frozen for that matter.
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    What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?

    I guess that helps to stop the wind and the contact of running water, but there would be still plenty of humidity to transfer the heat. I have to try that though, I have a little room in these gloves, so it may work. That would be so good. I tried in the past the silky-like under gloves intended...
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    How'd it go today?

    2020's jobs ended under the rain. It was raining in my van by the water condensing under the roof ! I opened the back doors to vent a little, but when I took it again yesterday after two weeks of holidays, the wood flooring was all moldy. Disgusting. And the engine was like dead, no one bit of...
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    What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?

    Yesterday, it was cold enough to froze the ground, not deep though. It's a pita for my fingers even in the "warm" gloves. Today, it was hotter, as the wind turned from north to west, but it brought the rain all day long. It seemed to be as cold as yesterday between the wind and the rain. Still a...
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    Bar-Chain combination

    At the other end, it could depends too on the nose radius, as the Stihl's "safety" bars (green dot) have a smaller nose to minimise the kickback potential.
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    Tree felling vids

    I guess that if you are doing a premium job and be proud of it (because it's well earned), the comments calling that a shitty job would get under your skin, even if they are few and made by people who almost certainly never ran a chainsaw, let alone climbed a tree.
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    Tree felling vids

    I saw the spark too. That made me pleased. The Master at work, it's exactly that. The precision of the cuts is amazing. On a side note, how are built your roads? I can't believe that they sustain such impacts with no damage. Landing flat, that's already pushing it far, but why not. But speared...
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    Incorporating different mechanical climbing devices

    About the lack of slack tending, the foot ascender takes care of that most of the time. When I began climbing trees (srt ascent with a chest ascender+hand ascender+foot-loop, drt with hand ascender and knot, never foot locking), I took the slack by hand after each move. That made my arms...
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    Incorporating different mechanical climbing devices

    It may be a great tool, but I won't buy a RRP (or not P). It's too big for my taste and I wouldn't like to have it in front of my face fighting my nose. I prefer a device more compact. The sensitivity is an issue too, as I'm more a slow guy than a squirrel. That's actually the main downside of...
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    Incorporating different mechanical climbing devices

    I use two mechanicals on two climb lines all the time. Actually the zigzag is my secondary, the primary being the Akimbo. But both are interchangeable in their function.
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