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  1. MikoDel

    Healthy looking trees with massive internal hollows

    Today I was hired by the NEW owner of a house I use to own, to fell a hollowed out tree that, when I was living there, was a concern for me as well. "Is this tree sound? Does it have enough healing around its edges to make up for the insect devastation in its center?" I know there is a GIANT...
  2. MikoDel

    Cutting that top 15ft vertical limb... burned 2 of my 9's, more than a decade apart

    This is a good thread. I'm actually kind of frightened I have something to contribute. I'm not a cat. Even they don't have nine lives. Maybe the first scenario I describe doesn't qualify as "burning one". But the second one DEFINITELY does. About ten years ago I was topping (yeah yeah, I...
  3. MikoDel

    Stihl's current saws vs. one gen back - why so much more expensive???

    The larger of my two saws is a (approx.) 15yr old Stihl MS310 w/a 20" bar. That saw don't owe me a damn thing. Most of the time it just sits anyway. I do mostly climbing and pruning. Bigger jobs I do less of. But it's got some hours on it, no doubt. I just had it serviced; it was running...
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    Fixes for tired gear, and the decline of Mfgr quality

    Got myself another 4 x 6" little Weaver throwline bag to replace one I lost. My old one was fine for ten years. The new one, after a month or so, now every time I pull the line out the inside edges of the bag shed nasty, fluffy poly 'silk' that catches and tangles. Then the sewing that holds the...
  5. MikoDel

    Stihl MS200T, handle needed

    Hi folks, wishing you all good health and good spirits. On my 10 yr old (approx) MS200T, the attachment point where the lwr left side (wraparound) handle joins the saw body came apart. (See attachment, where indicated) I've had the handle off before when I had to replace the pull cord, and as...
  6. MikoDel

    Recreational climbing fun: swinging

    Swinging around the base before an ascent helps me to warm up and stretch. It's also got some practical benefts... the more I learn to use my weight to shift position the better I'm able to deal with scenarios aloft where I've fallen off my balance point and end up swinging "out in the middle of...
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    Stihl MS310 stops cutting for "no reason"

    I have a Stihl MS310 with a 20" bar. The bar is newer than the saw, replaced with an Oregon bar around 2011. I swapped in a new bar precisely because I am having this problem. My chains are SHARP, they throw spaghetti and huge chunks at the beginning of the cut. Just the other day I was bucking...
  8. MikoDel

    Tales of the Tail - eye-to-eye prusiks - Careful!

    As a sometime tree worker and avid rec climber, I've had unexpected results with certain types and sizes of I-2-I prusiks. Unexpected literally meaning, HOLY JESUS MY SCHWABISCH WAS HOLDING FAST THE FIRST 30' UP, WHY'S IT SLIPPING NOW?!?!?!?!? Ya know, no big deal when you've been climbing a...
  9. MikoDel

    Exercises to supplement strength

    Exercises and stretches to supplement strength I will be 55 this year. Just thought I'd pass this along - I haven't really been doing anything over the past year or so to supplement the workout I get in trees. I moved out of my house, so no more woodstove, which means no more swinging a maul...
  10. MikoDel

    Cleaning your pulleys with string

    Just a FYI, of course there comes a time when you have to disassemble your gear and really get the gunk out. I have amassed a LOT of those little CMI micro pulleys over the 14-odd years I've been climbing, and when I don't have time to undo the nut, clean the axle shaft, soft-sand the inner...
  11. MikoDel

    Personal setup for recreational / work climbing

    Hello all. Every day we go up in trees, whether it be for work or play, and we exist inside our own little universe of skill, safety, knowledge, strength, pride and gear. We have our personal selections for PPE and its configurations, whether they be store bought or home-made, and clever...
  12. MikoDel

    One way to set a metal carabiner trap

    These steel wire 'biner traps are great, especially if you use a 'biner for your keys. Traps keep whatever is attached where you want, not sliding all around the back, loading the wrong axis, or slipping off entirely when I hook the carabiner to my belt. But the same thing I like about these...
  13. MikoDel

    Poison ivy - making the tree safe for my daughter

    ‎Our new yard has its fair share of the nasty plant, and the tree I'm describing here was one of the worst. I sawed the 4" diameter vine off the tree up to maybe 25, with first a pole saw and later climbing and using my old ARS handsaw. (Of course, wearing an N95 dust mask the whole time.) I'm...

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