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    Knee ascender without a bungee

    Yes, it's basically just a Petzl Basic with hollow tube webbing, stiffened with coat hanger wire that has its ends rolled over and stuck into the knots. Foot loop is improved with bungee cord, a piece of stiff leather and some change sleeve so it forms a good stirrup that cinches on the shoe...
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    Raccoon Ringworm parasite in the work environment

    https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/baylisascaris/index.html I recently handled a baby raccoon that was found in a hollow tree we felled. I was vaguely aware of this disease but after a lot of reading I think all arborists should be aware of it. Most raccoons are infected and can be shedding...
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    Air pollution from saws and machinery

    I'm just wondering if anyone has looked into this themselves. I spend all day running a chainsaw or operating a diesel Kubota (we do land clearing for power lines) and want to look into this. I know exposure isn't that high, but it's chronic and over a career, and at higher levels than most...
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    3M Peltor WS-CUSH Bluetooth Headset

    Sorry, the military headset I got for the range. It has a weird plug to connect to a radio that is bigger than a 3.5mm you see on headphones. The headset I got for shooting used for under $150 on eBay was a MSA Sordin Supreme Pro, here is the style that might work with work helmets. Probably...
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    3M Peltor WS-CUSH Bluetooth Headset

    I feel like I ran across that, there's made in China versions of all the tectical gear for them. The thing about military headsets is I don't think that they'll interface with our helmets.l directly. Different attachment style. Could be wrong. The way around that is a behind the head style...
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    grinding bamboo roots

    My first thought was solarize the soil with a heavy black plastic barrier, but I bet those growing points will punch through. This could still really stress it out in the summer heat. Solarization cooks everything in the top of the soil, even seeds. You might dig down and assess how deep the...
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    3M Peltor WS-CUSH Bluetooth Headset

    https://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/3m-peltor-ws-cush-wireless-communication-x-series-earmuff-bluetooth-accessory.html This seems promising if the physical button on the muff can activate a walkie-talkie phone app like Zello. A phone is required for it to work at all, but I think Zello can...
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    Chainsaw Vibration and Hand/Arm Health

    Really great to see all the advice and support here, approaching the problem from more angles than I could've ever thought of.
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    Chainsaw Vibration and Hand/Arm Health

    Has anyone had success mitigating fatigue and inflammation in the hands and arms? I'm 32 and mostly fall trees to clear for new power lines. In some cases I'm cutting hundreds of trees a week with a skid steer slamming it all into a chipper as quickly as possible. Inflammation and weakness...
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    Job Finder subforum should require location in title.

    Would save a ton of time for everyone.
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    Moss Cinching Lanyard prototype

    The version of it without the webbing has a tiny hole that no normal biner fits, as I remember. I think only a shackle or quick link would fit. Its also double action and will let go after the second trigger unlike a biner. It has promise though, I like it. I just wonder if it would stand up...
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    Johnny Pro

    So, years later, I'm guessing he has been grounded from social media and climbing for mental health reasons by family? Always hoped he would come back. I'm also really disappointed the twin rope technique video was deleted, i think I remember the gist.
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    New Lyme desease test

    Side note, watch out for fluoroquinolone type antibiotics, they are really dangerous.
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    Need resume advice as a contract worker

    I've been working in this industry for several years now and I'm not sure how to make a resume of it. I guess it's really all been 1099 work or cash. I'm already just going to omit most of the outfits I worked with. But aside from that, I'm trying to figure out how to make a concise resume...
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    Sterling Tech11

    https://sterlingrope.com/store/work/ropes/tech-series/tech11 Anyone have opinions on this line? Can't decide if its worth it. Biggest plus I would see is if a rig line is close quarters with a climb line and the groundies arent the brightest. Maybe it could resist the friction damage for a...

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