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I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:08:18 PM »
Got home from the office this evening with plans to catch up on some milling.   Changed my cloths and walked out to the barn, looked at the mill and broke out in a heavy sweat.     smiley_sweat_drop      It was 95 and 75% humidity.    smiley_sun    Even with my 4 foot barn fan blowing on me I had to quit after only about 100 bf of some 4/4 Magnolia from small logs.    It will have to wait until another day.
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 08:20:58 PM »
Dr. Buck......you sawed more than I did today.  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 08:23:23 PM »
I milled 110 bf of small cherry the other day and went through 2 sets of clothes - one cutting and another when I went back out after cooling off to stack it. I have 3 large maple logs on/at the mill I think I may cut early in the morning then 700 bf or so of hickory to cut on Thursday. Plan to start at 0700 Thursday and hope the finish by 1000 or so. Client wants thick slabs so hopefully will cut fast.

It does not take long to get dehydrated out there. Be careful.
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2015, 08:40:25 PM »
No way in the world to saw anything here it's so hot.

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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2015, 08:48:18 PM »
Its prudent to lay low in this heat, especially for us older fellas. Frank C.
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2015, 09:00:50 PM »
Not only is this old man not sawing, I am trying not to even breath very hard.   smiley_sweat_drop
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2015, 09:10:20 PM »
Cooled down nicely here in drought ridden SW Washington. It was 94 last Saturday.  We didn't hit 80 today.  Still too dry, though.  I sawed up the last of a bunch of western red cedar tops that busted off and hit the ground in the past ten years.  Most were from the year (I can't remember exactly what year that was) when we had hurricane force winds three times in November and December.  The local way of putting it:  "What they call a hurricane somewhere else, we call, 'just another crappy day in paradise'."  Western red cedar tends to lose its tops in those kinds of blows.  Western hemlock usually uproots, but sometimes breaks off down low.  Sitka spruce can lose its tops too, or uproot.  But the Douglas firs just keep standing.  They seem to take it and endure.  This is in these here hills.  Doug firs will tip over down in the flatlands. 

So, for my next stint, I think I change rake angle and go after some wild cherry and and some really fat American chestnut limbs that came down last summer.  I'm in danger of getting caught up on the logs I have on the site.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2015, 09:26:32 PM »
Thanks to those not sawing.  Now I don't feel so bad  :)
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2015, 10:27:20 PM »
I remember Redding, CA, my first time there, when I was ten years old in 1957.  We were going fishing at Shasta and stopped for gas and bait on old US 99, and it was 95 degrees at 11:00 at night.  You got some of the hottest hot there. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2015, 10:55:04 PM »
 :)  I also remember Redding, CA in summer of '60. 112 and blistering hot air even when moving down the highway at 60 mph with the windows down. Will never forget.. couldn't wait to get to the ocean with the idea we'd jump in... but that was about 50 and had no interest when we finally got to the Pacific.
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2015, 11:17:44 PM »
It's been miserable here for weeks! I've seen 102* actual!  It was 98* Sunday. Don't need no stinking index.
What I hate is when I go to "P" and nothing comes out but steam and a little bit of dust!
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2015, 11:19:34 PM »
My wife and I sawed two loads of these walnut up, as well as some customer logs this weekend and I am still feeling it.  The only place I could cool down was in the tractor cab with the ac on high.  We tried starting early, but it didn't make any difference. 
My retail customers really suffered, I had to get my daughter to make an emergency run to the local Quickee Mart to get another case of bottled water.  I hand it out for free, and the customers were guzzling it, which is just fine with me.
 
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2015, 05:50:29 AM »
Miserable here to. Hot,humid and rain rain rain. To wet to log much so been trying to saw a little but when your soaking wet with sweat just filling the mill up with gas you know it's going to be bad.

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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2015, 06:36:40 AM »

What I hate is when I go to "P" and nothing comes out but steam and a little bit of dust!

Just a normal day for me, even taking a ton of Lasix every day. Oh, I'm limited to only 1500 CC's of fluid a day = to about 6 , 8 oz cups, but with the heat, I been cheating some.

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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2015, 07:04:19 AM »
We shut down early yesterday too.

The temp was approaching 90 and the humidity was right at 85%.

If it wasn't for the distance, I would saw from about 7:00-10:00AM and break until around 5:00 and go until dark!
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2015, 07:09:23 AM »
I thankfully put 6"of insulation over the ceiling in the mill.  Have several large fans blowing where needed.  Guys haven't missed a beat this summer.  7 to 3:30.  Was gone all last week to caving convention in Mo.  Very very hot there.  Caves are cool.  Buildings are cool.  Worked all yesterday afternoon at mill marking and moving logs.  Drank lots of water, clothes sticky, but kept going until 7 last night.  Will admit I was in the house for couple hours around dinner doing paper work.
Would not like sawing in the sun at all.  Like most of you, find other things to do.
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2015, 10:59:54 AM »
What's a sawmill?

Yesterday I went kayaking in the lake.  We found a cave that one can paddle into for about a 100' but than there is a sharp bend that the kayak can't get around so you have to back out.  Temperature must have been around 60 degrees.

I betcha few hundred years ago the Indians spent July and August in this cave.  To pass the time they played games on there Indian Phones. ;D

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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2015, 05:16:33 PM »
While it is hot, I set a goal of making cants out of three logs per day.  I quit after the second one this morning.     

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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2015, 05:34:07 PM »
My goal today was to reach no goals.  I succeeded.   8)
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Re: I Tried, But Couldn't Do It.
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2015, 07:30:31 PM »
     Did a job yesterday with the Lucas mill, sawing up a good size red oak.  Started setting up about 7AM.  Finished the job 3 1/2 hours later.  Full sun and no breeze.  I was so beat I went back this morning to pick up the mill.
     Got another one to do tomorrow with the same mill, slabbing 2 logs.  I'm not looking forward to it.  It's just too Dang hot!  But it's the last job I'll do for at least 3 weeks, so I guess I can live with it.
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