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    Would you trust this termination on a lanyard or anywhere else?

    I decided to set up a crude test rig with stuff on hand to put more load on the termination without doing anything else to improve its performance. With the 6:1 pulley system and a scale, I was able to get 720 pounds steady and a bit more momentarily. Here's what it looked like under that...
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    New climber, looking for guidance

    Another self-taught climber here, I've also learned a lot on Treebuzz. I got interested in climbing looking for a way to get upper body exercise, but it's been good for the mind, too. I've made it useful and more interesting by offering to remove dead limbs from yard trees in my neighborhood...
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    Hey guys, curious on your thoughts on some of the new gear we have coming out this year?

    The Flint Locker looks like a spiffy piece of gear, but after looking at it for a minute I decided I could do the same thing with an alpine butterfly and a sturdy carabiner like a Petzl Oxan that would take the potential side loading in stride. An alternative would be to make the bight of the...
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    Aiming with Framing Square

    I put a bucket about fifty feet away where I want the tree to fall, and use this adjustable aimer that clamps to the tree. I sight down both sides to the bucket, make adjustments, and mark the tree the same distance back on each side with the saw or a crayon.
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    Would you trust this termination on a lanyard or anywhere else?

    I was looking for a smaller alternative to a knot that's easier than sewing or hand-splicing a tight eye. It was easy enough to work a large fid through the Voyager rope followed by a carabiner. I was very careful to make the opening between the strands of the cover. I secured it to an...
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    Remember the unusual machine in the youtube video in a previous thread?

    One last bit of info. It looks like the roll of material to the left of the machine is insulation for sheet metal ductwork, and the machine was probably being used to secure the insulation in place with fasteners like these: All this info is thanks to my friends over at Home Shop Machinist...
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    Remember the unusual machine in the youtube video in a previous thread?

    More info has emerged. The rest of the machine is a stud welder for attaching nuts or bolts to metal parts. The combination makes perfect sense. The feeder gets the little parts in the proper orientation so they can be welded in place with no fumbling around. You can see the heavy electrical...
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    Remember the unusual machine in the youtube video in a previous thread?

    I can't remember what thread it was in, but I think I have found out what the machine is. It's vibratory bowl feeder for small parts. It's identifiable by the upward-sloping spiral bowl similar to ones in this video: I have no idea how it fits in with whatever was going on in the video from...
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    Work Photos

    I was afraid this was a situation where the homeowner said.," Oh my!! Did you see what just happened? I want that tree gone!!." Obviously now that wasn't the case. People with local knowledge and experience got involved, made a decision after considering all the factors, and you did an...
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    Work Photos

    I'd worry that the roots from the tree you removed were helping stabilize the ground under the house. It'll take a while for it to be missed, though. Looks like they simply built too close to the shoreline. Any idea how long the house has been there? It takes very little canopy to keep a...
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    zigzag plus with 12.5mm rope

    What kind of adjustments are possible on the Zigzag or the ropes?
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    zigzag plus with 12.5mm rope

    Petzl says their patented eye splice on Control 12.5mm rope will go through the Zigzag, so the plain rope should be fine. They have a video of the procedure on their website. https://www.petzl.com/US/en/Professional/Ropes/CONTROL-12-5-mm
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    Today....

    It's pretty easy to visualize what can happen if you look at the video below along with the description from simplyarbor in this thread: https://www.treebuzz.com/forum/threads/isc-triple-action-snap-heads-up.23750/ "I hope this makes sense... The small first action had somehow (??)...
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    Today....

    And it looks like they're guarded pretty well, too. My father worked at an Army base where they had German Sheppard guard dogs, and he'd bring home the retirees. From toddler through my teens, I almost always had a "police" escort.
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    Is there a Silky folding saw that folds and stays folded?

    I stumbled across this comparison video while searching for the Ultra Accel. It was good for a laugh since he found the blade material and the performance of the Corona is essentially the same as that of the Ultra Accel. I can see the value of the tapered blade thickness and the tougher...
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