Gotta have a go, when needs must! The saw was given to me years ago when it stopped working at my ma-in-law’s place. Knowing nothing about them, I investigated it’s silence and found a bit missing from the air filter that acts a catch for the cover to connect to.Like your Work Clive.... Pretty Nifty with a chainsaw!
Like the idea of sharpening my own Rich, it’s more a matter of convenience than the cost of a new chain. I’ve got 3 new chains (well 2 now) on the rack in the shed... just in case, but a sharpening tool would be handy just to keep a good edge instead of grinding a chain down to nothing. They get very hot when blunt and that tempers all the teeth. The poor saw had been run dry of chain oil at some stage too, the carrier was all burred up on the friction faces against the chain. Brought them up square with a fine file, nice and smooth again. It started second pull after standing for over a year, even with the old mixture in itGlad it’s serving you well Clive. I invested in a little chain sharpening machine from Lidl a few years back and it makes short work of sharpening the chains properly. It’s hell trying to cut with a blunt chain, worse still one that’s blunt on one side.
You’d be surprised how many nails I have found, I suppose when picking fruit, you have to hang your jacket somewhereIt's convenience too for me Clive. The little tool is a cracker and takes about 10 minutes to put a razor sharp edge back on a chain.
This is the one:-
Don’t forget you can turn the chain bar over to let it wear on the other side. Gotta keep the oil in there otherwise, as you say, the chain loses its temper and goes soft.
My main problem is hitting nails, not something you’ll come across too often on trees but on pallet wood I often catch a nail and that’s a chain screwed. The sharpener comes into its own then.
After some ‘treatment’ we’ve finally got some grass growing around the gate apron, but it still gets a bit soggy there when it rains hard, as of late.Thanks for the credits Clive, and I remember last year? when the gateway entrance to your garden looked like the battlefields of the Somme with the tooing and froing of Cruisers.
That is so sad for such a respected man, but his legacy will live on in the Transfagarasan Highway for which all of Romania should be thankful, as I am for meeting such an impressive man.10 July 2019
I’m only posting this, mainly for the benefit of those of you who have met him, but back in May, my father-in-law - Aurel (my daughter named him Relu for short) - aged 99 this October - had a number of mini strokes, leaving him unable to walk, with both aspects of incontinence, and confirmed advanced dementia.
We took action immediately as a state of emergency, and after a brief spell in hospital for diagnosis purposes, we had no option but the heartbreaking decision to sign him into a care home.
We didn’t have much time to select one, but we found a nice place that also specializes in post trauma therapy, both physical and mental.
Of course he reacted badly from being ‘abandoned in a place full of dying people’ as he put it, although it couldn’t be further from the truth...
Worst still, and aided by his dementia, he dreamt up all sorts of nonsense about me being usurped by the mafia and the only reason we ‘committed’ him to this home was to seize his apartment... whatever... so it’s been a pretty tough time of late, especially for my wife Aura. It all happened so quickly too, in just a few weeks he’s gone from a strapping almost upright 99 year old sharp-minded man to a frail and helpless gibbering (at times) bag-o-bones, there’s no other way to describe him.
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I’m sure many members here have had similar trials or worse, so there’s nothing exceptional by this post.
However, we finally convinced him that he could no longer go home (as he was violently insisting) to live alone as he was before the events, and he’s set about cooperating with the staff at the clinic (who are absolute angels) and having a go at some of the available therapy in their gym. He was dismissive of passing a ball from one wheelchaired old fogey to another wheel-chaired old fogey, what good can that do? You can imagine the attitude of a former Government Minister (Agriculture and Forestry) back in the 40s to 70s, when this gent was responsible for the concept and construction of the Transfagarasan and many other tourist roads in Romania, as well as a present day active supporter of several forestry protection groups.
Anyway, it seems to be paying off to an extent, we received this video by WhatsApp today, his first ‘walk’ in 2 months... he just never gives up...
“Bravo Dl. Ungur” - as the nurse said, yes indeed - well done Mr. Ungur
It is tough Gary, my mum (96) has been in care (in the UK) for the last 4 years. She knows nobody, not even herself, when she could talk and put her mind to thoughts. She has no memory of ever being married (mum & dad celebrated their 50th anniversary the year he died) or us 3 kids, and the nurses think she’s probably mentally back at the age of about 9 or 10. She used to speak of her older brother (who’s 98 and fit as a fiddle) “he’ll he home from school in a moment” but she hasn’t spoken a word in the last 18 months. She’s happy though, she’s never complained all through her life, and when she went into the home, she couldn’t praise it and the staff enough.Clive
My thoughts are with you mate, I've been having the same experience with my Mum for the past year. Its emotionally tuff.