How to reduce the chance of chainsaw kickback

Friday, February 7, 2020

The occurrence of a kickback on a chainsaw can be bloody injurious or even deadly

At the least, you'll get a good scare, at worst you could end up with a chainsaw through your face. 

You think we jest?

 Google kickback injuries to the face and you'll see what we're talking about.

A kickback injury is something you want to wear and is clearly why any person with an iota of sense about personal safety will use some form of safety gear such as gloves or safety chaps when using a chainsaw.

Even if at a minimum, it's a pair of safety classes. 

And personally, we would never use a chainsaw that didn't have a working chain brake which stops the chain from operating in a kickback moment. Those things save lives and limbs!

In New Zealand, it's actually against the law to sell any chainsaw that does not feature a chain brake

There might be a few cheeky hobbits in New Zealand but they sure know a thing or two about product safety.

Causes of kickback

The first is if the chain gets pinched between the material it’s cutting and causes the saw to drive backward into the operator.

The second way is if the tip of the bar comes into contact with something solid (the ground, a log, a branch).

This is the more dangerous form of kickback.

When the tip of the bar hits that solid something at high speed, all the torque from the chain suddenly stopping gets transferred to the body of the chainsaw and the chainsaw wants to flip back at the saw handler, presumably with the throttle still held down.

You begin to see where this is going, literally.

Though putting a chainsaw in the wrong place can cause kickback, the experts at Oregon have put together this list of reasons why kickback can occur either alone or in combination:
Additionally, as the size of the guide bar’s nose increases, so does the potential risk for a kickback.

So what is the science of a kickback?

When you use a chainsaw it creates a 'reaction force'. If you are cutting on the lower half of the saw (closet to the base of the saw), the reaction force is pulled into the body of the saw, or the bumper spikes - this is what you want. When you are cutting with the upper half of the bar, the reaction force tends to act upwards toward the user.

This is a transfer of momentum force.

Hence, if something kicks, the saw is driven back towards the user because the force generated by the engine has to go somewhere.

So how do you avoid a kickback from occurring?

By staying focused on the job at hand. Using a chainsaw can be tiring work and after a hard session, you can find yourself with back muscles you never knew you had.

So concentration is key.

Concentrate on where and how you are placing the top of the saw.

If your arms are getting tired, your back is aching, perhaps it's time to take a break.

Here's some guidance from Work Safe:

Using proper operating techniques will reduce the likelihood of kickback.

  1. Hold the chainsaw firmly with both hands.
  2. Make sure your left thumb is wrapped firmly under the front handle and in the mitt if fitted.
  3. Be aware of the location of the guide bar nose at all times.
  4. Do not let the guide bar nose come in contact with any object. 

Other points to watch are:

  1. Be especially careful when cutting small limbs or light material that may catch in the chain.
  2. Do not over-reach or cut above shoulder height. 
  3. Use extreme caution when re-entering a cut.
  4. Cut only one log at a time.
  5. Correctly maintain your chainsaw. 
  6. Make sure there are no loose-fitting nuts, bolts or screws.
  7. Ensure that safety devices are working.
  8. Make sure the chain is tensioned, sharpened and depth gauges set to the manufacturer's specification.
  9. Use a safety chain (anti-kickback chain) and the correct bar and chain combination.

Here's a really great video tutorial which gives some great times on avoiding kick back. It starts with a hokey demonstration of an accident but the advice given by the presenter is quality stuff:

If you follow good chainsawing practices, in particular being very careful where you place the tip of the chainsaw, you will greatly reduce the chance of a kickback occurring.

The other half of the equation is to ensure that you wear adequate safety gear to protect from serious injury.

Using glyphosate weed killer safely around the home & garden

best weed killer glyphosate

Using glyphosate to kill weeds effectively and safely in your garden

Glyphosate (Glyphosphate) is a herbicide that when applied leaves of plants it will kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. It is one of the most effective weed killers on the market and is perfect for use around the family home and garden.

Perhaps the most famous branded version of glyphosate is Roundup which was made popular by Monsanto.

It's considered a nonselective weed killer so it isn't picky about what plants it will work on so if you accidentally spray it on your lawn like I did last summer (I swear I picked up the prickle poison!) then it will kill your entire lawn. Thus when using glyphosate, you need to be careful about spray drift onto flowers or bushes.

It is arguably the most commonly used herbicide in the world:

Why is glyphosate so effective as a weed killer?

Glyphosate (or glyphosphate) is a clever little chemical when it comes to killing plants. It works by preventing the plant from making certain proteins that are required for growth by cutting off its food supply. When the plant cannot function as it normally would, it slowly begins to die. The roots also die, meaning there is little chance of the plant regenerating.

How to safely use glyphosate

At small quantities, glyphosate is very safe for use around the home but commonsense rules about safe application practices should of course apply. There's no point unfairly exposing yourself to chemicals is there? 

So when using weedkillers like glyphosate you should follow these safety practices:

  • Work in good weather only
  • Wear clothing that covers the whole length of your arms and legs.
  • Use goggles, gloves, and a face mask to limit exposure, especially if you are spraying about shoulder height
  • When mixing the herbicide, you really should use some plastic gloves to protect against spillage.
  • Do not touch plants that have been sprayed with the herbicide
  • After application, safely dispose of your plastic gloves and then wash your hands and face with hot water. Have a hot shower if you can. 

How long does it take for glyphosate to work on plants?

It takes around two weeks to really start to show that it's working but starts working on killing the weed as soon as it enters the plant's system.

You will notice that the plants you have placed it on are slowly starting to go yellow as they die.

The herbicide works best when the air temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and finally, there should be no rainfall for at least two days after application.

If you are watering flowers or the vegetable garden, be mindful of getting water where you may have sprayed.

how long does glyphosate take to kill weeds
Dying lawn grass

How do I apply weed killer like glyphosate?

If you have a large volume of weeds to cull, it's best to use a pump sprayer that has a wand attachment to help you target where you spray and to assist with wide coverage. 

In our personal experience, a sprayer with a shoulder attachment is a really good option because a gallon of mixed concentrate can suddenly start to feel really heavy on the shoulder blade!

If you are doing some spot work, then a hand held spray bottle will help with surgical placement of the weed killer. 

You can also use sprayers that connect to your garden hose which means you do not have to mix up the chemicals. You just connect your hose, spray and then walk away!

When is the best time to use glyphosate?

It works best when the temperature is warm and there is no rain likely. If it rains shortly after spraying, it may not adhere to the plant and be washed off and you'll need to reapply it to the target area.

Who discovered glyphosate?

Glyphosate was first synthesized in 1950 by Swiss chemist Henry Martin but his work was never formally published. It wasn't until the 1960s when it was patented for use as a chemical chelator.

Its use as an effective herbicide was discovered popularized by Monsanto in the 1970s, leading to its popular use around the world for helping with cropping and home maintenance under the Round Up brand.

best weed killer spray

How safe is it to use glyphosate?

This product has been approved for use in many countries around the world under approval from responsible regulatory regimes that have recognized the benefits of its use when considered against potential hazards. 

Though there has been a lot of debate, the general scientific consensus is that glyphosate is unlikely to be carcinogenic to humans or genotoxic which means damaging to genetic material or DNA.

In short, it's largely safe unless you are exposed to large quantities for a lengthy period.
This chemical does, however, kill bees so for any amateur bee keepers out there, we'd recommend you do not use this product near your hives.

And as for most chemicals, do not add this product to waterways such as home fish ponds as it will kill your fish. 

How long does glyphosate last on the ground?

While it may be detected on the ground, glyphosphate is not active for a long period. It degrades relatively quickly by the soil's microorganisms. Because of this, it's unlikely there will be enough glyphosate in the soil to cause plants to die.

So yes, glyphosate can be detected in the soil for quite some time after application, however, it has no practical effect as a herbicide. This means when it is used between cropping seasons, it won't have an effect on the new plantings.

Many tests have been completed which demonstrate that glyphosphate does not transfer to crops that are subsequently planted after its use.

Removing rust rings from kitchen sinks and baths

How to remove rust rings from sinks, tubs and baths

While you can always use rust removal sprays and gels for removing rust rings that can appear out plug drains (often caused by water high in iron) or from say leaving aerosol cans (such as cheap shaving creams) in one place too long, there’s also a few natural home remedies that you can try using ordinary items found in the kitchen and laundry.

The first tip is to use baking soda (which is more properly known as sodium bicarbonate and used in cooking and for making hokey pokey…). This method works particularly well on stainless steel washbasins.

  1. Make a thick paste with the baking soda and water.
  2. Scrub it onto the rust ring or stain.
  3. Carefully add a few drops of vinegar to the paste. It will ‘fizz up’. Let this chemical reaction occur as that is what loosens the rust from bath or benchtop.
  4. When the fizz reaction is over, give it a wipe off with a wet cloth. Fingers crossed you’ve removed the rust.

There’s also a twist on this trick by using salt and lemon juice. If you didn’t know, lemons are citrus fruit and they are described as such because the juice contains citric acid... and you can totally use acid to remove rust!

Place some common table salt over the rust and ensure the rust ring area is wholly covered. Squirt a fair amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice onto the salt. Add enough so that it soaks into the salt.

After about an hour (or even better, do it before bed and then leave till morning), scrub the salted area with a nylon kitchen scrub pad and your bath should be looking free of rust!

There are many simply natural remedies that may a householder has used as well. One part Hydrogen peroxide mixed with 2 parts of cream of tartar apparently works well (we’ve not tried this method).

We should note that if your drain and surrounding area is well rusted, then you may need to use a tried and true product like Barkeepers Friend and get some elbow grease in there too.

There is also plenty of spray-on gels that you can use to. Simple to use, spray them on, give them some time for the active ingredients to eat the rust and then wash away:

What are the best chainsaw safety chaps and trousers to use?

using chaps for logging trees

Why you should consider using safety chaps when using a chainsaw 

In many countries, the forestry or logging industry have extremely high death and injury rates when compared to other workforces.

This makes sense given trees are being felled and a lot can go wrong because of accidents and user failure with dangerous machinery.

Now think back to the good old days when chainsaws began to gain widespread use in the logging industry.

Did those crude saws feature safety innovations such as chain brakes?

They sure didn't and many users were horrifically maimed or killed as a result.

If that was bad enough, think of their safety gear. No chain safe safety chaps were issued by employers 80 years ago. Instead, hungry & honed blades cut through denim work jeans into bone and arteries without a care in the world.

In the present, more safety-conscious age, the modern chainsaw user has a much safer gig when chopping down a tree however they must take precautions and using properly designed safety chaps is a great way to prevent harm to your legs.

It doesn't matter if you are a forestry worker or an experienced weekend warrior, using safety gear should be a standard part of your chainsaw practice.

Let's not waste your time.

If you just want to know which is a great pair of chaps then the Husqvarna protective wrap chaps are quite suitable for most users.

husqvarna safety chaps

These chaps feature:
  • 1000 denier polyester with PVC coating with Tek warp protective layers
  • Can adjust the waist up to size to 42 inches
  • Felling wedge/gear pocket and acetyl Delran buckles
  • Meets ASTM f1897, American National Standards Institute z133.1, and OSHA regulation 1910-266
  • Underwriter Laboratories certified

The real question you might want to ask yourself is do these chaps work?

Here's a picture an Amazon buyer left in his review. He described the situation as that he: "Put a running saw to my left leg while limbing some cedars. Strands stopped the saw and didn't even have a bruise."

chainsaw chaps prevent a leg injury

If that proof is enough pudding for you, check out the price on Amazon

How do safety chaps protect legs from a chainsaw blade?

Let's be upfront and make it clear that safety chaps are not a suit of armor that will save you from every accident.

If you wanted absolute protection from a chainsaw, then you may as well suit up like a Knight. 

However, that's not too practical when chopping wood, so chaps offer the versatility of movement with the knowledge they are designed to reduce the severity of the cut should an accident occur.

What we are saying here is there a trade-off between practicality and safety here.

If the idea is safety, then placing a user in cut-retardant chaps that are too restrictive or that become too hot in itself is unsafe so many internationals safety standards for chaps and personal protective safety wear recognize this. 

When a chainsaw comes into contact with the safety trousers, the outer layer is immediately cut through by the blade but the inner layer of fibers (such as kevlar) are drawn out by the chain and into the machine. It wraps around the saw's drive sprocket. The tough fibers lock the sprocket in place thus halting the chain and hopefully limit damage to the chainsaw operator's leg. 

That said the stronger the chainsaw, the more chance of damage can occur to the user. It also depends on how fast the saw is going, the strength and angle of the saw. 

Here's a great video which demonstrates how chaps work when they catch a saw:

Does it matter what kind of chaps to wear if I am a casual or a professional user?

If you are simply doing a bit of yard work or lopping the occasional branch off a tree, it might not make economic sense in buying the best professional pants there are. 

You may simply decide to use something that will help keep you safe but is perfectly functional for your needs. At a minimum though, the pants should still be designed to meet a suitable product safety standard. 

To that end Husqvarna's chainsaw chaps are ideal. An economical buy, they fit quite comfortably over your work jeans:

safety chaps husqvarna economic

Do these chaps work? Here's a real-life example described by a user:

"First day of sawing, running a bigger saw than I had used in the past, tired and neglectful that it idled down slowly - saw pivoted in my L hand as I reached for a branch with my R hand, and I felt a "bang" on my left thigh and the saw was suddenly quiet. I looked down and had crossed the blade onto my leg - the blade was now stuffed with white strands from the chaps, and I was unscathed. Saved me from my very own trip to the ER and allowed me to cut another day"

If you don't feel like getting your quads cut, then check out the price on Amazon.

Just be wary of buying pants which are designed only to protect from flying debris / keeping your work pants clean. These are not designed in any way to protect your long limbs from a chainsaw bar cutting into your leg. They are only good for keeping the grass off.

What if I really only want budget pants?

There are a few protective pants out there that are handy for those on a budget. Remember, you should only wear pants which are designed specifically for use with a chainsaw and thus should have been fully tested to comply with the relevant safety standards.

For the cost-conscious, the Forester range of apron chaps might be the ideal choice. We hate to use the word 'casual' but for those that only use a chainsaw every so often, then these chaps could be ideal.

They provide good coverage for the front of your legs. The only drawback is they are not designed to protect against the really high powered saws and they certainly won't halt an electric engine from rotating. They are do however meet the STM F1897, OSHA 1910.266 standards and are UL Certified. We suggest if your day job requires chaps, then you go upmarket, such as the Husqvarna 587160704 Technical Apron Wrap Chap.

Buying safety gear gives the user the confidence that it will do what is asked of it t - i.e. reduce the chance of severe leg injury. In terms of aesthetics, Forester describes them as "sleek, durable, lightweight, and comfortable chaps are chainsaw oil- and water-resistant". The chaps also feature a large side pocket and a flip adjustment belt for a perfectly secure fit.

Again, we always ask - do they work?

This chap on Amazon shared his review and experience:

"I needed to drop about 8-10 small trees and just out of habit put these on. That day it was the smartest thing I did because not only did they save my legs from injury once but twice the same day. First time I just cradled the chainsaw on my leg and had not set the brake, the chaps stopped the chain from cutting into my thigh right where I bend. I surely would have bled out before EMS got to me."

Check out this picture of a save by these pants:

forester chainsaw protective pants

The wearer is uninjured which is a great result because that cutting area is pretty damn close to the femoral artery.

Which, you may know is a pretty major one and a severe cut can result in a bleed out.

If you think protecting your femoral artery might be a good idea, then check out the price on Amazon.

Is it true electric chainsaws will cut through even the best chaps?

Yes, this is true as they are not configured the same as gas powered saws. As they have higher torque than gas engines, electric saws will continue to cut the chap fabric and chaps are generally not designed to withstand contact with an electric saw.

Sure, you should still wear chaps when using an electric saw but do not rely on them to reduce the chance of personal injury. 

What length should chainsaw chaps be?

Chaps (which go over trousers and legs) should be long enough to cover the tops of your boots.

To figure out how long your chaps need to be, measure from your waist (just below your belt where the chaps will sit) to the beginning of your foot. This length will provide suitable coverage and protection.

It's important you order and use the right size - a shorter than necessary chap will probably result in a piece of your leg exposed which it Murphy's law kicks into force, your chainsaw will find it. If your chaps are too long, they could be too loose, which may be annoying at best and at worst, could cause you to trip or stumble.

When ordering chaps it's important to understand that the advertised length is the overall length and not the length of a traditional measurement of the inseam.

When you're thinking about buying safety gear, whether it be chaps, gloves or protective eyewear, it's always really good to remember that no one ever died just because they bought quality gear. Actually, we think the adage is no one ever regretted buying quality but you get the point.

I know we keep talking about it, whatever buying decision you make, you really should consider if your safety gear has met the requirements of the most relevant safety standard.

Your femoral artery might just thank you for it.

Did you know you can wear chaps when lawnmowing? Particularly handy if stones and any wood chips are likely to flick up at your legs. Same goes for an activity like hedge trimming.

If you've got this far, well done. Now, head to Amazon and have a look at the best safety chaps they have.

LG Dryer: Best lint filter replacement assembly

Monday, February 3, 2020
There's something really satisfying about removing lint from a clothes drier filter. It's the best feeling for some reason, the feel of the cotton materials on the hands is quite soothing.

What's not soothing is discovering your lint filter is damaged or worn out - and it's time to get a replacement filter.

The biggest tell that you need to replace your filter is if there are marks left on your clothing at the end of the drying cycle.

The good news is that for the LG Electronics range of driers there are plenty of replacement filters to buy.

You can buy official LG branded filter assemblies or choose from a wide selection of aftermarket replacement lint catchers that will do the job just as well as the brand item.

Choosing the best replacement filter for your LG drier is a pretty simple process as generally speaking, it's a one size fits all situation where the LG range across the board utilizes the same filter size and shape.

The LG Electronics ADQ56656401 Dryer Lint Filter is the most popular seller on Amazon as it's made by the original manufacturer so it's up to the design expectations of the designer:

lg drier lint catcher replacement part

We recommend you use the official replacement part because it's so cheap - less than 15 bucks. This means any aftermarket product will only be cheaper by a few bucks.

Given there's little price variance, I'd personally go with the branded part in this context. For use with the following LG Electronics models:

DLG2702V, DLEX3001W, DLGX3002R, DLEX3001P, DLEX2801W, DLE2601W, DLGX3876V, RN1319VS, RV1321AS, RV1319VS, DLG2602R, DLG2602W, RN1319E, RV1310A, RV1310B, 48231010009, 48231010030, DLE2601R, DLE2701V, RV1319E, RN1308AS, DLEX3875V, DLEX3875W, RN1308BS, RN1321VS, RN1308CS, DLGX3876V, RV1308AS, RV1308BS, RV1321VS, RV1308CS, RN1310AS, RN1310BS, RN1310DS, RV1310AS, DLEX2801L, DLEX2801R, RV1310BS, DLEX3001R, DLEX2901V, DLGX2802L, DLGX3002P, RV1310DS, DLGX2902V, DLGX3002W, RN1310A, RN1310B, DLGX2802W, DLEX3360W

If you do not know your model number, you can search for it on a plate that's probably affixed to your unit or it should be noted in the owner's manual (we always recommend you keep these for such reasons and they are great for trouble shooting ideas as well).

Even though parts may look the same, there are often variances in similar parts and it is important to buy parts that fit your specific clothes drier (e.g filters for a Samsung or GE or Fisher and Paykel are not designed for an LG machine.

If you choose to order on Amazon, you can enter your model number to ensure that the lint catcher is compatible with your home unit.

Keychain Multi Tool - Keyport MOCA 10-In-1 Key Tool review

Monday, January 13, 2020
keyport key tool

Keyport MOCA 10-In-1 Key Tool review

I was looking for a Christmas present for my brother and I ended up getting him a Gerber Multi-plier tool but while I was searching for his present, I spied this key chain multi tool, the Keyport MOCA 10-in-1.

I really liked the look of it and it felt useful and it reminded me of one of those credit card tools but I couldn't justify the slightly extra dollar spend during Xmas.

But I kept thinking of it. It just seemed so elegant a tool yet so simple.

So I bought it:
And when it arrived it just so happened my kids were making a castle out of cardboard for the cat and they quickly commandeered it.

And I can tell ya, the cord-cutter / box opener is nice and sharp and the blade cuts through the cardboard really well. It means it will be handy for opening up all your ridgid packages and consumables that are stuck in those overly strong plastic cases

Anyways, the cat didn't appreciate being placed in his castle and gave my son a pretty good scratch so I placed the Keyport on my key ring and went about my business:

best key chain multi tool

Later in the evening, I decided to crack open a homebrew and I used the tool to easily open my beer.

It wasn't as easy as using a larger, standard size opener, but it did the job with no fuss (the lay of physics suggests this item will work better when attached to the Keychain organizer pivot) - which means it's very practical for parties, BBQ, etc when you suddenly find yourself needing to open a few brews.

I guess my personal review is this item clearly has got some fine potential to help out with fiddly jobs like opening packages and beers.

The Keyport is made of a single piece of 420 stainless steel so it won't break or rust or easily bend.

It's very light and at half an ounce weight, it will not make your keyset feel much heavier.

If you're a traveler, you'll be pleased to know the tool is TSA friendly, so American travelers can take this on their person without any issues - which pretty much means you can travel on a plane with the tool anywhere in the world. In that sense, it's pretty neutral, like the Swiss.

Oh, and if you were wondering about what MOCA stands for, it's: Measure / Open / Cut / Anywhere

Here's the full set of features the Keyport MOCA 10-In-1 Key Tool offers:

  • Bottle opener
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Cord cutter
  • Box opener
  • Scoring tool
  • Hex bit driver
  • 1/4” wrench
  • 5/16” wrench
  • 3/8” wrench
  • 2” ruler

The unit also fits into a Keyport pivot key organiser:
Other than myself and I presume, Batman, there's plenty of happy users. Check out these reviews left on Amazon by happy buyers:

"I got one of these for my husband and myself. Since receiving it last week, I've used it many times daily. The box opening blade is just enough blade to open those Amazon boxes, or to break boxes down for recycling. I haven't used the wrench feature yet, but did use the pretty blade and the ruler, both are handy.

I would recommend this as an addition to anyone's keychain."

"This is the best tool for pocket use. I work in a pastry kitchen and while I normally beat the side of the box until the cardboard bends and separates from the tape, sometimes the boxes are super thick and stronger. I wanted a pocket-sized box cutter, which there are plenty on Amazon. However, I came across this tool and thought it was amazing. 

The curved blade is sharp enough to cut through the tape, and some flimsy cardboard and plastic; it also comes with several other tools that may or may not ever come in handy for me. I felt this item was the safest choice for a pocket-sized box cutter. It's thick and durable looking, so I am certain I will have this item for years to come."

So, if those reviews float your boat, check out the price on Amazon. Update: I have had this wonderful tool on my key ring for a few weeks now - it's come in quite handy. I had to pick some flowers and used the cutter very well. A loose pot screw, tightened easily  and whilst at the pub enjoying the songs of Play It Again Sam,  I had the need to shorten a straw the blade worked a treat. I LOVE this tool!
This tool would make quite the cool Christmas or birthday present for the some who has 'everything'and it's fairly cheap at less than 15 dollars!

How to start a flooded chainsaw

Thursday, January 2, 2020
how to start a flooded chainsaw

One of my youngest memories is being with a father in an orchard somewhere cutting firewood.

When we were done, the car, stacked up with firewood wouldn't start. 

We had to wait for what felt like forever for my mum to turn up to take me home while Dad tended to the car. 

And what does that have to do with starting flooded chainsaw engines? 

Nothing, except to say my dad was pretty handy with a chainsaw. He had a green Poulan and as a kid it just seemed the coolest thing in the world. 

Anyways, enough of this chit chat here are some:

Tips on starting a flooded chainsaw

Before we get into it, make sure you have fresh petrol in your engine. 

If you've got an old mixture of oil and gas that's older than a month, it will be harder for your engine to start.

We suggest you drain and add fresh petrol to ensure a good start. 

If you have tried several times unsuccessfully to start your unit, it is most likely flooded, especially so if you can smell gas. 

Flooded means there is excessive fuel pumped into the engine which as displaced the vital ingredient of oxygen for starting. 

Do not prime the engine again as you will add to the problem!

There are two ways you can try to clear the unit of the excess fuel and get it chopping wood.

The first is the easiest and most common method.  Let your chainsaw sit for 15-20 minutes to allow the fuel to evaporate from the engine and then to repeat the starting instructions.

Maybe go make a cup of hop tea while you wait. 

This method will work best with a mildly flooded engine.

The more hands-on method to start a flooded chainsaw:

  • Have the chain break on
  • Turn the choke off
  • Activate the fast idle (by engaging the throttle lock/trigger assembly or pulling the choke out and pushing it back in
  • Turn the on/off switch on
  • Hold the saw firmly on the ground as you do during normal starting, and pull the starter rope sharply until the saw starts. Do not pull the starter rope out to its full length. Employe short, brisk pulls instead.
If the engine does not start in 15 pulls then the spark plug may be 'wet fouled'. If you suspect this has occurred, remove the spark plug and look for moist wet deposits on the electrode. 

While the plug is out, here's a chance to remove any fuel in the engine via the spark plug hole. 

Here's a great video tutorial on starting your saw:

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