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    When using half's/marl's before a cow or bolan, why not just use an O-ring at that junction instead?

    What you are describing is basically a technique I use to break small cord (and even some hefty monofilament) bare handed. Make a bight in the cord, hold it in your palm, run the bitter end through the bight and double back. Pull out the slack then give it a sharp jerk and the cord "cuts itslf"...
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    Throw line

    I also sweat the rope on the pw and get good tension for lighter loads. It can be very effective and much quicker than anything else. For heavier loads use the other suggestions.
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    Ring and ring with x rigging rings

    Great suggestion. Sometimes the obvious isn't. Here's a photo of the medium ring. I've read that the numbers refer to the diameter of the hole and the diameter of the groove. I thought the diameter of the groove meant the maximum diameter of the rope that goes around the ring. If this is true...
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    Ring and ring with x rigging rings

    Interesting. I thought the Notch #2 x rigging ring was designed for 1/2 inch. I know the buried tail needs to be lockstitched, but was wondering what to do at the ring end of the throat to help keep the rope in the groove of the ring if I can't get the eye tight enough. Thanks for the input.
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    Ring and ring with x rigging rings

    I'd like to make a retrievable ring and ring sling using x rigging rings. I've got a large ring and a medium ring which should work OK. I'd like to use 1/2 inch tenex tec. Can this be done with brummel splicing? I know how to do the second eye splice, but can it be done around a rigging ring...
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    Beach action Barbados

    That's my plan for this evening. :sisi:
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    Tree Stuff problem

    They caught it as a mistake, I assume? Credited you for the cost of shipping. That's good. I was hoping it was a computer glitch rather than being devious. Good customer service to credit your card.
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    Tree Stuff problem

    I cancelled the order and bought the same stuff from Gap and got 2 day shipping for free.
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    Tree Stuff problem

    What I was ordering was really small, lightweight stuff. X rigging rings (2) and 20 ft of tenex tec., plus a few other small items. Not large or heavy items.
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    Tree Stuff problem

    Anybody else try to buy from Tree Stuff in the last couple of days and not get free shipping for orders over $100? I'd like to know if it was a common problem or just a fluke. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, so I don't think it was offering 13% off but charging a minimum of 27% for shipping...
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    Stupid cabling idea

    I'm not a pro, but my impression is that high yield fruit trees didn't happen on their own, and don't survive very well without a lot of our help. Kinda like grape vines. I don't know anybody who cultivates Fox/Frost grapes for production. Those have been around forever without our help, but...
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    Brummel and lockstitch

    I made an ultra sling out of technora tec. Do I need to add lockstitching anywhere on it? All pockets are triple brummels. The splice around the x rigging ring is very tight but it hasn't been used yet.
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    Want to buy: ART Snake anchor

    Hi Sam. Snake anchors look pretty slick. Any advantages over an ultra sling with a ring? A little cold for kiting on water these days. Don
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    Rope length for an Ultra Sling

    I want to make a 9 ft Ultra Sling from 5/8" Tenex Tec. How much rope do I need? Can I splice a couple of X Rigging Rings on the "loose ends"? I would use them doubled (side-by-side) to avoid an unbalanced load on just one side of the ultra sling.
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    Ultra sling length for smallish trees?

    I'm just starting to graduate to rigging down pieces of trees. Most of the trees I deal with are dead ash, and most are less than 24" DBH. I just picked up a rigging block and a portawrap. I do most of my tree work by myself. I also picked up a whoopie sling (5/8"), and have some Tenex Tec to...
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    Help Save the SAKA-mini-MAX

    Go get 'em Richard. I gave a bit more.
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    Help Save the SAKA-mini-MAX

    Good luck, Richard. I hate corporate bullies!
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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    I looked into what Brocky said about ownership of a street right of way. For a public entity (City, County, State, or Feds) to have a Right of Way for a road, street, highway, etc., the property ownership can vary by state. In some states the public entity actually owns the right of way, and in...
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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    Hmmm. Interesting. I always thought that the ROW meant the city owned the property. I'll have to look into this. The trees are now down (without incident--pretty simple removals), so it's a done deal. Good to discuss here since I'm sure it's not a unique situation.
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    Call to regulation pros/cons...

    Regarding the trees along the power lines, the power company only removed the branches that would have interfered with the lines if the branches fell--not if the entire tree fell. That's a policy that makes no sense to me when the entire tree is dead. I guess they figure the HO is liable for...