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Climbing and Rigging

This ArborPod™ series offers videos that can help an arborist identify parts of a line; select and use the appropriate knots; and learn about other equipment, resources, and techniques valuable in a variety of climbing and rigging scenarios. Click on the headphones above to subscribe to this series!

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Fiddle Blocks March 28, 2014 Fiddle blocks are a great tool to help control the lowering of a large limb. Scott Prophett demonstrates how to get a 5:1 mechanical advantage using a fiddle block. Play

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Tip-tie & Lift: Part 2 February 28, 2014 Rip Tompkins explains tip-tying limbs in this continuation from Tip-tie & Lift: Part 1 (released 24 January 14). Watch the conclusion of this segment as Tompkins makes the hinge and backcut on a large limb. Play

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Tip-Tie & Lift: Part 1 January 24, 2014 Rip Tompkins explains the value of tip-tying a large limb during a tree removal. Learn about force and how to change the moment arm based on placement of the cuts on this episode of Climbing and Rigging. Play

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Bend Ratio, Rope Angles, and Reaction Forces December 27, 2013 On this episode of Climbing and Rigging, learn how the bend radius of a rope affects the fibers. Ken Palmer explains rope angle and reaction forces in a way that makes them easy to understand. Play

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Redirecting the Load Line Part 2 November 22, 2013 Learn how to redirect and control the load of a limb using a primary block, a redirect block, and fiddle blocks on this Climbing and Rigging episode. Play

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Redirecting the Load Line Part 1 October 25, 2013 Rip Tompkins and Ken Palmer explain the importance of strategically positioning an aerial lift and how to direct a load line so a rigging piece falls in a specific landing zone, on this episode of Climbing and Rigging. Play

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Balancing September 27, 2013 Ken Palmer discusses keeping a limb more static during removal by using this technique called balancing. Watch this episode of Climbing and Rigging to learn how to position a limb with a good balance point. Play

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Role of the Ground Worker August 23, 2013 The ground worker is an essential part to a rigging team. Learn about communication techniques between the climber and ground worker that may help make rigging operations safe and successful on this episode of Climbing and Rigging. Play

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Tip Tie & Drop July 26, 2013 On this episode of Climbing and Rigging, learn when to tip tie a limb and how to use the tip-tie-and-drop technique. Identify the important safety precautions to take when using this technique. Play

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Butt Tie & Drop June 28, 2013 Learn the techniques for using the butt-tie technique during a rigging operation. Find out which knots may help control the descent of a large rigging piece on this episode of Climbing and Rigging. Play

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Port-A-Wrap III May 24, 2013 Learn some tips and techniques on how to use a Port-a-Wrap III when establishing an anchor point for your rigging system on this episode of Climbing and Rigging. Play

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Natural-Crotch Rigging April 26, 2013 Rip Tompkins uses an aerial lift to natural-crotch rig a log of a dead tree. Learn about the appropriate safety tools and equipment you should consider during the natural-crotch rigging process on this episode of Climbing and Rigging. Play

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