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  • #31
    Originally posted by Fasttrack View Post

    10 years seems like hyperbole. But I have a 2" ratchet strap holding down a tarp over one of my granite surface plates that needs calibration. It's been outside on my driveway with minimal shading (only the shadow of the shop as the sun sets) and it's still going strong at about 2.5 years. I pop it off and ratchet it back down every now and then when I need to move things about and it hasn't broken yet.
    Would you trust it to truss a dangerous tree?

    asking for a friend

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    • #32
      Originally posted by CalM View Post

      Would you trust it to truss a dangerous tree?

      asking for a friend
      Depends. How good of a friend is he or she?


      In all seriousness, point taken. In the past few years, I've gotten into mountaineering and ice climbing. On popular routes, it's pretty common to find nylon webbing left behind with a rappel ring on it. Some of the nylon webbing has probably been out there for several years and looks really faded and nasty. I always cut them and thread a new bit of webbing if there's any sign of discoloration. But I'm shocked at the number of climbers who trust their lives to nylon that's been left out in the sun for several seasons. Maybe it will hold... by why in heck would you risk it???

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      • #33
        How about a wide sling or strop as we call them round the beast, then tension a stainless rope round that, just thinking out loud as I’ve never tried bracing a tree myself.
        I do remember an embedded gate hinge being hit by the saw in the timber mill I worked as a kid, big inserted tooth circular saw lost all its teeth, very spectacular, thinking about it could have been leather if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time
        mark

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        • #34
          I fully understand the concern of a cable biting into a tree trunk. Yes, no doubt the tree will grow around and over it. Is that a serious concern about the tree? I'm not sure it is. I have seen many many trees the old timers used as fence post, and nailed barbed wire fencing to them. Some have the old wire as much as almost half way into the diameter, and the tree is still alive and thriving.

          I made a pig pen in my woods of which had a white oak in the middle. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but during the "grow out" time of the pigs, they chewed the bark down pretty good where their shelter was. Made a big scar on the tree. That was over 10 years ago, and the tree has been growing a new bark over that area since, it's almost complete and the tree is as alive today as before.

          I can and will place some protection between the cable and tree. I have every confidence the tree will do just as well as boring a hole through the center and installing a bolt through it.

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          • #35
            I had a beautiful maple (not silver) along side my shop, I loved it but it had to come down as it was pushing the roof and would have taken down the building. Sometimes you have to do what is best and get it over and done. Silver maples however are Gods gift to the tree service companies, I have paid well over $15k over the past twenty five years to get them gone.
            Retired - Journeyman Refrigeration Pipefitter - Master Electrician - Fine Line Automation CNC 4x4 Router

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