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    Hunter S Thompson: On electricity

    The power company took care of things yesterday. The location had been flagged by a supervisor the day before. They said they heard the buzzing before they actually saw the contact point. They weren't sure of the voltage (didn't measure it) but said it could have been as high as 7k. They agreed...
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    Hunter S Thompson: On electricity

    I think the power company folks didn't see the contact. It's pretty hard to see if you're just cruising along looking. I walk that drive regularly, and pay attention to the trees along it, and spotted it. There are also some issues with driveways vs addresses, gravel vs paved, etc. We'll see if...
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    Hunter S Thompson: On electricity

    I put in another call to the power company. Hopefully they'll deal with it soon. Thanks for the replies.
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    Hunter S Thompson: On electricity

    Got a question for you electrical types. I'm in a semi-rural area. The power lines near my house have a single top line, and other lines below that one. Is that top line a higher voltage than the others? Guesses as to what voltage? The reason I ask is that there is a dead ash tree that is hung...
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    Fid for ascent event?

    Arbsession offers one (wire basket fid) from Yale that works for up to 1/2" rope.
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    Fid for ascent event?

    I assume you want to use this to feed the rope through from the end without fiddling with slic pins and have your hitch pre-tied? Maybe post this on the "splice rack".
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    Hurricane Ida cleanup

    That was also my thought. The removals I do as an amateur are done carefully, planned, and done slowly--not at "production" rate. In a disaster cleanup speed would become a factor, and I can imagine how dangerous that would be for "idiots with chainsaws", especially if they're charging for their...
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    Hurricane Ida cleanup

    I'm just an old guy (70) homeowner with a decent amount of experience but not at the professional level. So this is just a curiosity question, not looking for work. The amount of cleanup after a hurricane seems enormous and hard to coordinate. Are there many folks who are in the profession that...
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    Dyneema "Deadeye" for sailing (and tree work?)

    Yes. I think he said that in the video. He was trying to make a smaller diameter loop. I think a 72 diameter bury, where the buries don't cross over each other, would be way easier to do. Would you do a single brummel and then bury the two tails?
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    Quick Block attachment knot

    I thought some facial hair was a requirement for all guys doing tree work (says a guy who's sported some sort of facial hair continuously for the past 50 years). Women are exempt from this requirement, of course.
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    Dyneema "Deadeye" for sailing (and tree work?)

    I crew on a sailboat (and do tree work) and the owner of the sailboat showed me a small continuous loop of dyneema that he paid $75 for. I looked at it and said "I can do that for you". Mouth first before checking things out is never a good plan. I had some 3/16" Amsteel and gave it a try...
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    Strange safety item out of Germany

    Is that a pooper scooper in his right hand?
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    Prussik knot application question.

    Thanks.
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    Petzl control splice

    Hi Sam. I seems to be a polyester/polyester double braid which would make it a standard Class I eye splice. When looking at a video review of it, it looks like the eye does not have the core in it. Can you tell from the one eye that came with it whether the core is in the eye? I also saw that...
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    Prussik knot application question.

    Is there anything wrong with doing a knotted prussik loop this way, where the knot for the loop is used as the crossover part of the prussik?
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    Colorado Tree ID #1

    Looks like some type of cherry. Common Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) has longer clusters of flowers around here (SE Wisconsin), but the photos I've seen of chokecherries growing in New Mexico look identical (to my poorly trained eye) to the photo you posted.
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    This knot must have a name . . .

    That's exactly what I use it for. Super simple to tie and easier to untie than an alpine butterfly knot after heavy loading. The disadvantage is the loop can only be loaded in one direction--the AB can be loaded in both directions.
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    This knot must have a name . . .

    Thanks. I spiked it with a biner because I tried loading the "tail" today before setting the knot, and it started to pull out. I'm not sure that would happen after the knot is well set, but I don't want to find out when I'm the load and I'm 50 feet off the ground. Spiking the knot removes that...
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    This knot must have a name . . .

    The photo shows what I've always called a bowline with a bight, to show that it's different than a bowline on a bight. I tried to find it in Ashley's Book of Knots (ABOK), but haven't found it. I've used it a lot and never had it fail or be difficult to untie. I've never used it with the...
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    help me splice Samson Voyager (for the love of God)

    I'll add another thumbs up for using a wire fid. I find tubular fids for that part of the splice are nearly impossible to use. It's easy to make your own wire fid, and lots of ways to create a handle for it. I never used coat hanger wire. I wasn't sure I could trust the steel. I got a roll of...

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