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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 5/26/2009

Well, I guess fair's fair.

I'm posting this after an exhausting evening tonight doing some work up on the property since a.) it's basically kinda funny and b.) I'm still winding down from working so hard anyway.

After my (I thought nicely) taunting Colleen over her recent breaking of the chipper I guess it was only fair that it was my turn next. I was up tonight after work trying to reduce one of the larger brush piles into a more manageable pile of wood chips.  I had about 3 hours before it got dark so I skipped dinner in favor of a Fuze (I highly recommend these by the way--and no they don't pay me or anything; I just think they're danged good) and a handful of almonds. I was doing pretty good even though it was chilly (around 45 degrees) with a misting rain (it's been raining for days here--hope this doesn't interfere with the ground breaking!).   The rain in particular isn't an ideal environment for the chipper since it makes the wood wet, and since I was working with pine that automatically mines pine needles--which seem to excel at holding water!  Wet wood and soft needles make the chipper bog down frequently, and so I was wrestling with it throughout the evening. It didn't help that it had been particularly hard to start first thing either (first clue), but I figured this was just due to it being a bit cold and sitting unused for a couple of weeks.

Well after it was beyond the point where I should have stopped for the night (I wanted to finish that pile of wood, dagnammit!) the chipper abuptly died as I was feeling a large branch into the special "branch chute" (second clue).  I figured I'd just bogged it down and that the previous batch of wet branches combined with this branch had been just too much.  I cleared it out, backed it up so it would have a clear discharge path, and fired it up again.  Took a couple of tries (third clue) but I got it running though it seemed a bit rough (fourth clue).  The instant I stuck the branch in it died again, this time for good--no amount of yanking on that start was going to get it going.

Since it was dark and the rain had picked up, I decided I didn't want to try to clean out the jam in the cold/wet/dark and called it a night.  I'll take a look at it tomorrow, or Colleen will since she'll probably beat me up there.

I'm trying to look at the positive side of this whole thing--I got a lot done on what was our largest brush pile and cleared out the area around the trailer (below) so it can be moved out of the way of the construction. Still, having our chipper down yet again is Making. Steve. Unhappy.

Grumble grumble grumble.

Steven in Colorado Springs


The brush pile shortly before I began whittling away at it with the chipper. The shed in the background is something we put up a couple of years ago and will serve as storage for the builder's tools once we get started.
The trailer before it got buried by all that brush.

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