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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
1,602
Kirtland Ohio
EODMSgt nice score is that ice from the storm moving through or just from the warm up and re freeze? What kind of wood did you score it looks like ash?
 
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EODMSgt

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Dec 11, 2018
184
White Mountain Region, NH
Nice start on your btu inventory, what do you have for wood in that stack, ash,beech and maple?
Exactly right (ash, beech and maple) plus a bit of red oak.
 

EODMSgt

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Dec 11, 2018
184
White Mountain Region, NH
EODMSgt nice score is that ice from the storm moving through or just from the warm up and re freeze? What kind of wood did you score it looks like ash?
The ice is built up from previous storms and snow melt (freeze/thaw cycles). I get a lot of use out of microspikes here.

The wood in the pile is a mix of ash, beech, maple and red oak.
 
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thewoodlands

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Aug 25, 2009
12,800
Foothills of The Adirondacks
NOAA is calling for a quarter inch of ice for this area. I did hand sand the top part of the driveway and put some old ash we had in a garbage can on three different spots on the lower part of the driveway.

If the driveway is really bad tomorrow, I'll put the sander on the tractor. Just a few pictures of some ice buildup, nothing real bad......yet.
 

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Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
2,650
Ottawa, ON
The rain missed us but we had ice pellets all day yesterday. And this morning I woke up to this
 

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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
3,898
Downeast Maine
It's been garbage here since about 1130. Work started out great but once the freezing rain started my day got longer and much wetter. There were also multiple equipment failures... My old Army boots have also given up the ghost after being abused as work boots for the last five years.
 

EODMSgt

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Dec 11, 2018
184
White Mountain Region, NH
Started the new year by going out this morning and scouting for new dead and down from the recent snow/ice storm. Found four decent trees I need to get working on. Love this setup for getting back in the woods. When the snow gets too deep, I tow the sled with the snowmobile.

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RandyBoBandy

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2015
1,060
Whitmore lake, MI
Spent the last two days working on this shed. Once it is full it will have 4 full cord packed in it.
p.s. I didn’t build the shed. It came with the house. I figure I will use it until it falls over then build a nice woodshed. Or several.
 

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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,602
Kirtland Ohio
With the wind and the way the weather has been I have been busy at work. Some storms swept through Monday morning and I worked a few days of 16's putting power back on. Then we had 50 on Thursday, now we are getting snow and some cold temps for a few days before it warms back up into the 50's with more rain. It has been one odd winter so far.
 

kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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With the wind and the way the weather has been I have been busy at work. Some storms swept through Monday morning and I worked a few days of 16's putting power back on. Then we had 50 on Thursday, now we are getting snow and some cold temps for a few days before it warms back up into the 50's with more rain. It has been one odd winter so far.
I was watching the maps, looked like a crush, sent 6 crews out to you to stop our kadi time, I know to little to late, big bosses want there bonus though, gotta do what you gotta do.
 
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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
1,602
Kirtland Ohio
[B]kennyp2339[/B] did you guys work the new year at all or did the storms miss you? You know they do what ever they can to keep the numbers look good. I try not to get to worked any more about working holidays or being held all the time its the job.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
3,898
Downeast Maine
I worked new year's eve clearing snow. I'm 90% sure we will work again this morning, but waiting for the boss to say when.
 

kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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[B]kennyp2339[/B] did you guys work the new year at all or did the storms miss you? You know they do what ever they can to keep the numbers look good. I try not to get to worked any more about working holidays or being held all the time its the job.
No we had a quite new years for once, December was crazy busy, 2 weeks of 16's in the beginning of the month due to a heavy wet snow that took out 40k of people, then a small ice storm in the southern part of our northern zone was another week of 16's, it was nice to be quiet for once, I honestly hope this year is a quiet year, would like to have a semi normal life, but if the last 8 years has taught me anything, I think I'll be seeing more of the dash board on my work truck them my personal vehicle.
 
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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
1,602
Kirtland Ohio
Every year it seems like they want you there more and more for any little wind blow. It seems these last couple of years that when a storm comes through the wind is just a monster. It seems like every time we have some storm it is high wind gusts.
 

kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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Every year it seems like they want you there more and more for any little wind blow.
Yea I have the same sentiments, 2 weeks ago we had a showery Sunday evening, nothing going on at the house, I was just starting a big dinner and the neighbors were going to come over and eat, well the 115kv bus tie went at the sub up the road from me, wiped out all lights in my town and two others, I got a taste of what its like being on the receiving end of an outage, the next 6 hrs sucked, it was humbling so I get why our work is so important.
I think the winds are a little more severe with these storms, but also we have older tree's, around here there literally was no tree's anywhere 100 yrs ago, they were all cut for lumber, or burnt up at the furnaces / lime kilns for mining ops, cleared out for farming, so the grid was essentially built around baby tree's or open fields, what were seeing today it totally a unique problem for this geographical area, plus things have aged big time, you've seen #4cu has either been pickled to death or worn to #6 or #8 from being stretched out so many times and is as brittle as the devils fiddle strings, we're at a point were its not just coasting through changing out cutouts or pins, its real work now but the crew compliments have only gotten smaller, just got to stay safe, take outages when you can, ground everything due to the new loop tie schemes, rubber up everything and wait for a second guy to come, there are no hero's in this line of work, an old timer gave me the best advice a couple years back, "we don't have time for anything, but when it breaks we have all the time in world to fix it right."
 
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Diabel

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Jan 11, 2008
2,650
Ottawa, ON
I am noticing that was well, short severe gusts/bursts of wind that take out random trees. No matter what species (with exception of cedars maybe). Perhaps it is the nature’s way of eliminating the old and weak trees. Natures cycle and we a human species are too young to know.
 

heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,602
Kirtland Ohio
kennyp2339 you are right about a lot of it. Keep it running till it is on the ground. Then fix it right. I always say to test, test, test. Most fatalities I have seen all it would take is one more test, but some one said it was off or mixed circuits or something. If you are going to ground it, work on it, or touch it better test. It only needs to get you once to change your life. Stay safe and keep you and your guys around you sharp all will be good!
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,800
Foothills of The Adirondacks
We put in two smaller loads of better hardwoods today, yellow birch, sugar maple and a few rounds of american hophornbeam.

I'm thinking we'll save what is left of the cherry (over a face cord) for the spring and start burning what we usually do in January and February.

About 1.5 years ago, I split some not so great soft maple and stacked it so since we have almost two face of that, we'll burn that this spring too.
 

RandyBoBandy

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2015
1,060
Whitmore lake, MI
Spent the weekend hauling logs home from my cut spot. 4 dump truck loads, three dump trailer loads and one log trailer load.
 

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