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Being a Twice Warmed Woodcutter [Skills and Tools You'll Need to Survive]

Updated: Apr 13

Woodcutting is a family past time for me. I started taking part in it since I can remember. As a youngster, I couldn't swing an ax or run a chainsaw I could sure haul wood and stack with the best of them. As I grew older it became something as a cross between an activity of enjoyment as well as self-inflicted necessity. I did it to save money, make money, keep in shape, be outside and in the outdoors, and to gain a sense of accomplishment. Anymore, while I'm not so sure there is a heck of a lot of monetary benefit to being a woodcutter unless you readily have access to wood that you an harvest, the enjoyment of a real fire place or woodstove cannot be replaced. Modern technology offers more efficient means of heat. Make sure when you are cutting wood you wear safety glasses, wear a hardhat, hearing protection, steel toe boots, and even some kevlar pants. No truckload of wood is worth risking your eyesight, hearing, or suffering an injury over.

DIY STIHL Axe Handle Replacement Tutorial Demonstration

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You'll want to make sure you keep one of your main tools of the trade serviceable. In this case Still warranted this handle with a free lifetime replacement. Guess what? They actually honored it too. So off I went on putting the brand new one on after abusing the heck out of the other one. How to replace the handle on your Stihl splitting maul. This has been probably the best splitting maul I have ever owned. Well worth the money that I spent on it. It's the Cadillac for a well seasoned wood chopper. The place I purchased it from guaranteed a handle replacement for life. They made good on their word of replacement. I walked in and reminded them of their lifetime handle replacement and with no questions asked they handed me a new one. Wow. I was pleasantly surprised. Went home and put the new one on. This video shows the step by step process on how I did it. I'm no expert but I was able to figure it out. Back in business!

DIY Chainsaw Chain Replacement

Keep your Chainsaw Chain Sharp | It's Safer and Quicker

This Harbor Freight Chainsaw Chain Sharpener is not what you may consider a top of the line chainsaw chain sharpener but it gets the job done. It's cheap too for you fellow tight wads.

Wheelbarrow Tire Repair

If you're a woodcutter you're going need a wheelbarrow. I put this one to the test and wore it out. This video shows you how to repair a tire using slime. In this case it's a wheelbarrow tire. Slime works really good for some applications. If you have a large enough hole in a tire with a tube it won't work so hot. In this case, it worked really well on this old wheelbarrow tire. I just followed a few simple steps in fixing this flat tire using slime and those were as follows:

1. Place wheelbarrow on it's side for best accessibility to valve stem.

2. Using the Slime kit provided black colored valve stem remover, remove the the valve pin by twisting it out counterclockwise.

3. Once pin is removed, open slime bottle (remove lid), and install clear tube.

4. Place clear tube from slime bottle over valve stem and squeeze the contents of the slime bottle into the tire.

5. Re-install valve stem pin that was removed in Step 2.

6. Inflate with compressed air and run the wheelbarrow around for a few minutes to allow the slime to distribute inside the tire. Now you're done.

Slime emergency repair kit;

Keep your Woodstove or Fireplace Chimney Clean

Keep you and your family safe by making sure you keep your wood stovepipe or fireplace chimney clean. Above is my video on How to Sweep out Your Chimney-DIY tutorial-Instructional "how to" style video with detailed step by step procedural instructions for maximum effective results in cleaning out your chimney. Performing this once a year (minimum) will prevent creosote build up.The first thing I did was grab a chimney sweeping brush. Each section can be assembled and disassembled easily which allows for you to sweep the entire length of your chimney. I recommend you use some kind of fall protection device (fall gear) before attempting to climb on your roof and sweep out your chimney. My roof has pitch that is friendly to where if I did slip and fall I wouldn't go over the edge. Next I popped the top cap off the stove pipe by slowly working it off. I took that and cleaned it out really well too. Then I inserted the first sections of the chimney sweeping brush down into the bore and worked it back and forth removing any creosote along the way. Started adding lengths of each section and repeated this process until I bottomed out. if you have a horoscope camera it would prove to be extremely helpful in doing the inspection of the inner bore of the stove pipe as you could identify any weak or wearing spots within the bore that you can't see from the top or bottom. Do as much of a visual inspection as you can while you are performing this. Pretty simple job but can be dangerous if you don't take the proper safety precautions. This is a great summertime job to do. This is the logical time to do it as the roof is less likely to be slippery and you are mostly done making fires for a couple months.

Amazon Link to chimney brush kit: Re-Handling an Old Sledge Hammer | Making New

What's the difference between a wood cutter and a lumberjack? The difference between a lumberjack and a woodcutter is that a lumberjack puts his life on the line and fearlessly climbs tall trees and removes the top with a deadly chainsaw. He may even eat his lunch up there. A woodcutter drives through the woods, looks for a dry tree that is laying on the ground, bucks it up with his chainsaw and tosses the rounds in the back of his truck. A lumberjack doesn't necessarily stack wood. A woodcutter takes those bucked up rounds and chops them with an axe while maybe having a couple beers. When a lumberjack is done with his death defying high altitude tree harvesting he drops to the ground, puts his saw in his truck and goes home. A woodcutter may have to get after the rest of what's left. A lumberjack owns spikes and climbing gear and has enormous testicular fortitude. A woodcutter maybe owns Carhart pants, shirt and maybe a Stihl ball cap. In this DIY Vintage Sledge Hammer Restoration I took this old sledge hammer head and turned it into a brand new sledge. It was one motivated by the fact that I had this old sledge hammer head laying on my shed floor for years but also I got some of my grampa's old axe handles he had in his garage after he passed. Was a fun project and brought pleasant thoughts of my gramps and all of the wood he chopped during his lifetime among other things.

Link to new sledgehammer:

Craftsman Electric Chainsaw Unboxing, Assembly and Use | 12.0 AMP | 16 Inch [Best Electric Chainsaw]

Craftsman Electric Chainsaw Unboxing, Assembly and Usage | 12.0 AMP | 16 Inch | NO GAS Required! Picked this hummer up from Lowe's for a decent price. I have been very impressed with the way this cuts. I've cut down now a number of decent size trees with this as well as bucked them all up into usable firewood rounds. I was skeptical at first using this electric chainsaw but after using it, I was very happy with my purchase. I have always traditionally been a Stihl chainsaw fan and even Husky and never dreamed I'd be bragging about how good an electric little chainsaw cuts but this thing gets after it. Great for cutting up tree limbs as well as limbing trees while they are on the ground. Also used this for trimming laurel hardwood (after using hedge trimmers for the leaves).

The following is a paid link and I may receive a very small amount of commissions if purchases are made through it.

CRAFTSMAN Electric Chainsaw, 16-Inch, 12-Amp (CMECS600):

Vevor 2-in-1 Battery Operated Most User Friendly Pole Saw| Quickest Assembly Tutorial Demo

I assemble and put to use this VEVOR 2-in-1 Cordless Pole Saw & Mini Chainsaw. It's a 20V 2Ah Battery Pole Chainsaw, 5" Cutting Capacity 8 ft Reach Pole Saw for Branch Cutting & Tree Trimming (Battery and Blade Cover Included). 2-in-1 Cordless Pole Saw: The easily detachable extended cordless pole saw, combined with a mini chainsaw, makes it your perfect trimming assistant. The mini chainsaw is perfect for wood cutting and low bush trimming. Attach the telescopic pole for an extended reach without a ladder, allowing you to trim high branches efficiently. Enhanced Performance: With a reliable tension lock, you no longer need to worry about loose or detached chains. This reduces chain wear and fatigue, enabling long-lasting use without frequent chain replacements or repairs. The automatic oiling system ensures proper lubrication of the chain during operation. Convenient Operation: With a max extension of up to 8 ft, the pole saw eliminates the need for using ladders to trim high plants effortlessly. Its unique 7-angle adjustment design meets different tasks. Whether pruning branches or shaping shrubs, just simply adjust the saw head angle. Efficient Trimming: Powered by a strong motor, the 20V 2Ah battery pole saw's cutting speed reaches up to 19 ft/s, handling larger branches or wood with ease. The high-capacity battery ensures a long working time. No need to replace the battery frequently or interruptions for recharging, ensuring smooth trimming work. Versatile Trimming Tool: The pole chainsaw is suitable for both home gardening and professional landscaping. It helps you tackle various trimming needs, from precision shaping to large-scale trimming. Whether you need to enhance your backyard aesthetics or maintain public landscapes, the pole saw has you covered!


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