So this happened overnight. The CAT MTL is being repaired by local CAT rental dealer. Pins and bushing on quick attach are being replaced. The QA plate was removed and sent off to re-bore the holes for new bushings.
We are back at the garden bed we created for the 5 new fruit trees planted earlier. Now its time to clean up the border of the sods where the initial sod removal was done with the skid steer.
A local company sells the 20ft and 40ft containers, at a reasonable price delivered. We thought about getting one for a while, just never committed on it. So, since the containers where locally available, the next decision was to determine if delivery was possible to our location. Steep driveway and getting around a pre-existing building are the obstacles. They came for a site visit and said it was possible. A couple days later, they show up with the container. This video is a record of that delivery.
This summer brings about the task of planting some fruit trees in front of the house. Something I’ve been wanting to do since moving here. Last year we planted two apple trees. So this year we set about purchasing nursery trees from Pleasant Valley Nursery in Antigonish.
We chose two pear trees, a D’Anjou and a Harrow Crisp. Pear trees need two different types in order to pollinate. Also, we chose self pollinating trees; a Tehranivee cherry, a Stanley plum and a Venture peach tree.
Here’s a before picture of the proposed planting area taken from the deck above.
Continue reading Planting fruit trees
A great volunteer effort in the community of Loch Katrine yesterday. We assembled with chainsaws and tractors to take down many large trees that were starting to get in the way of power lines. Continue reading Kings United Cemetery Cleanup Day
We brought the truck in for oil change and multi point inspection this spring. We ended up with multi point paint chips on the door handle. Dealer accepts responsibility saying it appears to be from the hoist. So they are willing to take in the truck and get it painted. Which is nice of them and appreciated. A bit of a pain though, to be honest, as they are located an hour’s drive away and they require the truck overnight.
Well I finally gave up on trying to break up the embankment with the skidsteer while waiting for local contractors to show up (over a year waiting). The soil got too compact for me to break into, so I called a company from a nearby town. Blaine MacLane Excavation did a site visit on Saturday and Tuesday morning they showed up. Robert was the operator and he did a excellent job. I easily recommend them again for any work. For them, no job is too small or too big.
I set up my camera for time lapse photography and Continue reading Clearing land behind workshop
Thursday afternoon was a great day to be in the woods. I was continuing my work of thinning the forest between the house and the lake. I had felled a gnarly spruce, the kind full of twisted branches and hardened sap, all from a hard life of growing in the forest.
The tree felled where I wanted it to and I set out to delimb the tree. Careful as I am, the bar kicked bar and the nose caught into the chainsaw safety pants. I never go into the woods without wearing them, and a good thing I was. The chain hooked and tore into the kevlar lining. The lining on its own is designed to hook the teeth of the chain and pretty much bring the rotation to a stop. Which it did, but the force of the kickback had enough momentum to cut through the safety pants, catch the canvas pants I was wearing (pictured above) and cut into it. The result was a short gash on the inside of my left leg, just about 2 inches from the kneecap.
Limped up to the house, called out for some help and proceed to make our way to the hospital. 3 hours later we’re back home and I have 3 stitches to close the wound. Close call.
All chainsaws are loud. There’s a reason they are loud, so that other people in the woods know a logger is there. Having said that, there are many people who have chainsaws but do not work in the woods. These days the chains is just as much a consumer tool as it is a commercial tool. I don’t know why someone has not yet created commercially available mufflers that are modified to exhaust less sound. Or at least an ‘instructable’ on how to make your own. I took my decibel metre and test out how loud my Husqvarva 353 chainsaw is.
Recently I tested out the noise level of the bandsaw in the workshop. The normal running is manageable with no hearing protection. Once the blade starts cutting through material, especially thinner plywood, the high pitch squeal is too loud for me. A test with the metre brought unexpected results. I thought the decibels would be quite high.