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    Paul, how can they deny you treatment for Hep C!!?? Either you have it or you don't, What kind of shenanigans is that?
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    :O
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Ah ok, I thought it was something special to us! Must be the proximity to America... And yeah, the day someone tells me I can't use a specific gender descriptor...they can...well let's just say I might lose my Irish on them.
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    Bermy replied to a thread Best Lift???? in Gear Forum
    FWIW...I've used the Nifty Lift track drive spider, but only the 40' one. The next available size up is another two tonnes heavier, so I can't tow it on the trailer with my ute. If I could, I would use the taller one...but I'd have to get a bigger truck too. The SD64 would be the bee's knees, but again would have to add a trailer and bigger truck...soooo Am going to invest in an electric polesaw to give me a bit more reach. Really IMO get the tallest lift you can efficiently move with the trucks you have. I've looked at a few bucket trucks too, but to get the height and manouverability I need, the truck they are mounted on is way to big to access the sites!
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    3 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    It's a Bermudianism...when you are done with something you say...'that's all she wrote', even if you are guy, and you aren't talking about something you actually wrote... Like you boys fixing your trucks...when the last spanner goes back in the toolbox, you can take a step back, look with satisfaction at the job well done, take a pull on your beer and say 'that's all she wrote!'
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    And that's all she wrote...more ppe stories please!
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    3 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Thanks Bob...worth looking at. Indeed I also have bandaids, large plasters and an Israeli bandage with me in the tree...the large plaster wouldn't stick, there was too much blood, but I slapped it on there anyway and twisted my cuff again. I was hoping up to that point that I could just bandage things and keep on working...nope. Didn't need the Israeli bandage, had slowed bleeding by the time I got down and used a smaller compression bandage from the truck first aid kit.
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    3 Days Ago
    Yes please...unless anyone knows if there is any difference in content for Australia? will pay postage.
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    Bermy replied to a thread Climber Weight in Climbing Forum
    Well said Rhino. As for arthritis...I know it's anecdotal at the moment, but I have been taking TumeriX, cod liver oil, and glucosamine for about three months now, and I have to say the aches and pains in my hands have calmed down. Cutting back on sugar (can't do without it completely, and anyway it's in beer...) and bread as well. I do believe arthritis relief is better served in the long run by diet changes than a reliance on pain killers and OTC anti inflammatory drugs (not that that's what you are doing!).
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Silky saw bites seem to be a matter more of work position and handling that things going unexpectedly wrong... The discussion of 'cut proof' gloves could be in the same category as chainsaw pants/chaps. We know they won't completely stop every kind of chainsaw boo-boo, but on a spectrum of protection it can go from walking away to only needing stitches, when the alternative might have been career threatening if not life threatening. Preaching to the choir here I'm sure. The one time we had a hanger drop out of the tree, it hit my hubby on the head, he was wearing his helmet...I reckon it could have killed him if he wasn't. Ok, we both lost track of it as it was stuck up in among other leafy stuff, so we have to take some responsibility for the incident...but still, every now and then, our careful work practices can fail, and the habit of wearing PPE is the next layer that keeps you from being permanently maimed or death.
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    I was holding my rope out of the way while I cut a dead limb near it...got myself on the follow-through. I know about follow through, I think about it, I picture it during every climb, I tell others to be careful about it...just yesterday though...was one of those times where I misjudged it, badly. I thought about making my own cut-proof cuff out of some Kevlar gloves, just something to fit in the gap between glove and sleeve, I agree the ones I see for sale look way too bulky...I know it's never a substitute for proper positioning and work practice, but, why not hey? I've never cut myself on the legs, but I still wear chainsaw pants... I have had knocks on the head, that's why I wear a helmet I have had sticks go up under my safety glasses and poke me in the eye, but I still wear them And I can still hear well...I wear ear defenders!
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    blood was everywhere, I twisted the cuff of my shirt over it first, jammed the twist against the tree then went for the pouch on my belt, slapped a large dressing on it to slow things down,whizzed down then got a compression dressing on over the lot. I consider long sleeves a form of PPE too
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Medicare :)
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Yeah, thank goodness for the first aid pouch on my belt, and the one in the truck, talking about PPE. Also fortunate to have a country hospital 10 mins up the road. Straight in, stitched up and done in 30 mins...no charge
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    Bermy replied to a thread PPE et al in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Very timely thread...I am chilling on the couch with a big bandage on my forearm. I finally got myself really good with the silky saw. Follow through while cutting a dead branch, and sliced deep on my left forearm. Stitches and all. I have never bled so much! I will now be buying one of those cut proof sleeves, I've gotten away with silky cut's for years, today was the bad one. A gusher up at 60'.
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    1 Week Ago
    2017 ended far better than it started... Down for the count right at the start with the shoulder surgery that was more than it was supposed to have been, off work for almost four months, BUT the TreeHouse fellowship saved the day, we still can't thank you enough :)! Then it ended with a bang, picking up the Council tree work in August, and the large private school in September :) Buying the chipper at the end of 2016 is paying off, several jobs this year have been much easier by having it, knowing we can turn up to a job where the HO wants all the debris gone, before I would have had to figure out where the nearest Tip was and factor in loading and travel...now its just bbbrrrmmm, chomp chomp and done, and have been able to sell just about every load too. On site it is a great advertising tool as well, something about machinery, improves your 'cred'... Only glitch starting 2018 is my knee is playing up again, blown up like a balloon...ice and athletic tape keeps things going.
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    Bermy replied to a thread Today I Learned... in Odds and Ends
    Marc-A, I m always impressed with your grasp of physics...do you have a qualification in it or is it just something you are interested in? I know I've mentioned it before, but since moving to Tasmania and needing to heat our house, and being an arborist, we are amazed at the amount of people who say that burning pine and macrocarpa and basically ANYTHING other than eucalyptus is no good or BAD! We have been cutting elm lately and no-one wants to keep it and look at us like we have two heads when we ask if they want if for firewood... Our firewood pile is always a mishmash of whatever I've been cutting, and between mixing the wood, making sure the fire (old Saxon insert) runs HOT in the morning and when we come back from work, and cleaning our flue pipe whenever we notice the fire not drawing properly...things have been just fine. I've even noticed in the wood stove dealer showroom 'Hardwood Only' stickers on the stoves and inserts. I would have thought that the resin in Eucalypt would be comparable to the resin in pine?? What say you?
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    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    A Twat is an idiot.
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    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    let me just say that I am constantly impressed at how good you guys are at fixing your own stuff, and I WAS thinking that before squish lamented on the apparent lack of appreciation for his efforts!
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    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Yeah that's it...thanks for posting that :)
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    1 Week Ago
    I think we all like a bit of rigging... On the vertical rescue team I have only recently joined, one of the instructors said 'build the system bit by bit', start with single pulleys, then switch to doubles...etc. etc. I thought that was good for a beginner as sometimes as things get a bit complicated, there is the chance of losing the plot somewhere along the way. We went down to Hobart last week to look at the Sydney/Hobart boats...the riggign on some of those really tall masts on the maxi-boats is something to ponder!
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    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Ha, I like that simple 3:1! Is that what you were referring to with the link post?
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    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Traffic Management! We had to do the one day course to be able to implement the Council's traffic management plans for work in their trees...two day course if I want to be able to design them myself. Probably spent $300 on traffic signs too. I made our own frames and stands...when a shop bought stand for one sign is $90!!! ...and they are heavy. It took us almost an hour on Wednesday to collect all the signs and cones, put them out, drive through, check everything was in the right place, fill out the paperwork...and that was just for a job on the next street over. Main road in town and two side roads.
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    Bermy replied to a thread Legal Pot In Cali in Odds and Ends
    BTW...on the news, apparently Trump is going to try and reverse the states' legal pot laws because they violate federal law...roll back 'Obama Era' legacies.
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    Bermy replied to a thread Legal Pot In Cali in Odds and Ends
    Driving under the influence of anything that impairs or distracts you is a recipe for disaster. there is a reason the blood alcohol limit is .05, there is a reason there are stiff fines for using a mobile phone or device while driving, there is a reason why the person pissed off at their partner who runs a red light gets pulled over and gets a ticket, there is a reason why the dopey newly licenced driver who can't negotiate an intersection can have their licence suspended and be sent back to driving school! And why the person who crashes their car when they fall asleep at the wheel gets booked for due care and attention or dangerous driving. FFS, if you get into a vehicle to drive...use your BRAIN, it's multi ton potential killing machine, why anyone would try to rationalize the difference in 'affectedness' for driving under the influence of any mind altering influence is bizarre.
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    Got it, thanks :)
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    Bermy replied to a thread Legal Pot In Cali in Odds and Ends
    Interesting...in Bermuda weed is illegal, ANY amount. If you get busted for it and convicted you automatically go on the US stop list for travel to the States. So now, if someone got hold of legal weed in California, then forgot to ditch it before travelling back to Bermuda, got busted, got a conviction, then would go on the US stop list...for possession of weed they bought in America...could happen!
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