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    2 Days Ago
    I remember my first c!imbing course too, I was in my early 30's, and fit, but I was beat too! Sore and bruised, but like Marc A said the movements are unfamiliar,both for your mind and your body...keep at it, it will get easier. Once you have a better understanding of how to move in the tree, how to use your gear, your body will take up those motions and get used to them. Word to the wise though, the older we get, if you have time away from climbing, when you go back to it, you'll be sore again for a few days till everything catches up again!
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    2 Days Ago
    My saws go inside padlocked to a shelf when we are away, chipper is in a shed at a friends property now, stainless swedged cable to a shackle through the wall, padlocked to the tow handle and chain. I have seen some mini tracking devices advertised on FB, you register it and there is a app you can get to track it if needed, I reckon that's the way to go eventually.
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    5 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Good on you WoodC! That's great to get a full time firefighter spot :) I'm a volunteer and really enjoy it. Ha Brian! you have just successfully reminded me why I don't go to do tree work in Bermuda in August and September!! I know how you feel and I don't miss it. April-June is enough for me now...by July I struggle with the humidity, I used to scoff when I was under 40...now I understand! Frosty morning here yesterday -2c then misty rain for most of the day, cut some firewood and tidied our own front yard for a change.
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    6 Days Ago
    :lol: love your sense of humour, made me laugh despite no evidence of awesome treecutterry :)
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Day two, storm damage emergency response course with the SES, floods and wind damage, sandbagging, roof repairs and tree work, includes work at heights...guess who gets to teach them to tie knots and put their harnesses on the right way around! Never knew there was such an art to sandbagging though
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    1 Week Ago
    Hey there 'feller! Glad to see a post, I was just about to bump this one as you hadn't been on in a long time! Good luck with the job, think twice cut once :)
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    and it needs a new paint job...
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    But the piece of wire that got missed cost us $250 for a new set of blades and fasteners...
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    1 Week Ago
    Hey, thanks for posting and updating us on your situation mate! If the doc's say 2.5 months, add at least another 2! Best to take the time to let things mend really well before putting the kind of loads and strains back on yourself that we do in tree work. Physio, physio, physio...did I say physio? I started at three weeks post op and kept at it for five months solid, then started working so now down to a couple times a week on my own, pilates type stuff and may go back in a month or so for some more general weight conditioning stuff to balance the work moves... Good luck! And Hunnicutt, thanks for that reminder too...dangerous work people.
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Small chipper advice in Gear Forum
    Huh...listening to you guys, sounds like my little 6" Chipstar is a great deal! Single roller with lift and crush, auto feed, variable feed rate for the roller...27hp diesel that ran for 14hrs before needing to top up the tank...
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    I have just switched from beeline 8mm distel to a VT for my lanyard. Tied eyes...distel was getting too tight, so now VT 3 wraps 2 braids...seems to be ok. So many variations to play with...one will work eventually. I used to like icetail for my hitch cord, now for some reason it's too soft and binds up too quickly...maybe I have put on the odd ounce or several ??
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Well done, now do your sums and see if you made any money! Learning curve,now, on to the next one ;)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    We were at traffic management class the other day...long story...in among the paperwork is an official amendment to a particular law or statute of something...the funny thing to us was the guy who signed it, his last name was HOEY (hoo-eee) We thought it was funny, a law being signed by a guy named Hoey (read 'what a load of hoey') but it fell completely splat flat with the Australians!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Poetry in The Rec Room
    Here's one I wrote a couple years ago... So..a little poem I wrote while at the beach in Tas deep in a National Park feeling a wee bit homesick for Bda... I lie on the sand, I close my eyes. The sun bakes my skin. I hear the ocean sound, I smell the salt tang. Where am I, those still vexed Bermoothes, the land of my birth? A tug at my heart, oh where is the chirk of the longtail, The rustle of the palm? And yet, with the song of the sea in my soul, I hear the roar of the wind in the gums, the caw of the kurrajong... I sift the sand through my fingers, I breathe again the tang of the sea, I welcome the caress of the sun and I think, Here, wherever sea and land meet, I am...connected.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Wow, Stephen and Jim, feeling for you both, here's praying for a good break for you guys, at least enough to get your feet back under you instead of scrabbling for air. Wish there was something I could do...
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I found the husky battery saw too heavy for me, especially using out of a cherry picker when you want to one-hand a lot of stuff to cut and throw. As you all know I'm kinda short so standing in the bucket the top rail is almost under my armpits, I stand on the edge a lot for a bit of extra height to be comfortable leaning out with the chainsaw. The husky saw is way too heavy in the butt end (where the battery sits) to use comfortably. My 150t is balanced just right in comparison. Also its longer than the 150t so it takes up more room and in my opinion is less manoeuvrable in tight quarters for pruning On the plus side, it would be nice to be able just to press the throttle and go, instead of having to start and stop the 150 all the time Bob used it on the ground for most of the time we had it and he really liked it, press and go and quiet. Just not for me in a tree...unless perhaps it were a take down.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    I filed a Husky (Oregon?) chain with a Stihl file the other day and it just ate that chain!!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Whats LEO? Looking at the situation report, wow, 16-18* humidity!!!! No wonder it's all burning. Are these fires hot fires? Like, ones that haven't burnt through an area in years, so a massive fuel load that burns real hot, instead of just running through and gone? Lots of fuel reduction burning is going on this winter in Tasmania, they are trying to get ahead of fires for the next few seasons, get fuel loads down in critical areas. Ours is the only state in Australia where fuel reduction burns take place on both private and public lands, co-ordinated by the TFS and the State Fire Commission...basically no discrimination in regards to land ownership, if it gets flagged as an area that needs reduction burning, it gets done.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    ...throwline skills...where do I buy that :lol:
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Sometimes it feels like you're half dead at the end of the day! Here's a picture of the cold tree workers...we got loan of a Husky battery powered saw for the week...
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    What a saga...these campaign fires are something else. We had three here in Tassie two years ago that burned for two months. They start quick but the sure don't end quick. There are some Tassie fire-fighters that have just shipped out to Canada to help there, mostly logistics and stuff, no ground pounders. On one big fire here two years ago they set up tent camps and military style canteens to house all the firies...they shipped over like 20-30 extra tankers from the mainland brigades, there weren't enough spares to manage, 4x4's and heavy tankers, extra helicopters and fixed wing water bombers...it gets pretty intense.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Good luck around all the fires everybody! Even being in a field surrounded by green you can get burnt out... by ember attack. I used to wonder about it seeing a burnt out tree in the middle of a greed paddock...until the first time I saw flying embers...scary. They get lodged in cracks and crevices around windows, doors porches gutters etc...smolder away the POOF, up she goes. Worked eight days in a row this last week and a bit, and proper work too, the council job on the big elms, hired a cherry picker for five days, and have extended it twice! The repaired shoulder held out very well until yesterday afternoon when I could feel the fatigue setting in, taking it easy today (Sunday) then one more day in the CP and then a day off to go with Bob to a traffic management day course...got to have a certificate to set out road signs in Council areas. I actually worked in the rain, and almost snow, never have I worn so many clothes to do tree work! Long johns under saw pants, two thermal shirts, hoodie, hi-viz thermal coat, beanie, neck buff, gloves, wooly socks...I have to say it beats working in the heat though (except the trip to the beach afterwards)
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    I've just spent the last four days using a 12m nifty lift...track mounted. I had to get a National High Risk Work Licence to operate and be able to rent one over 10m Before that in Bermuda I could rent anything, but it came with an operator, so at least I got to ride in one with a skilled operator before I set out to use on one my own. There are two sets of skills, first how to set up the unit (whether truck mounted or trailed or self propelled) how to operate it SMOOTHLY and safely, how to 'fly' it to get to the spot you want to reach and then second, all the tree cutting skills, choice of cuts, how the timber will fall, where it will fall... It's like working in an an aerial three dimensional puzzle with dangerous things that can killed you thrown in...BUT once the skills are acquired, WAY fun, and expands your versatility immensely.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Just catching up on all this...wow...very nervous time for you Stephen!! Sounds like you have prepared your survival plan well thought out though. Shifting winds and spot fires make it all so unpredictable. I can only imagine what impact all those dead pines are having, the fuel load must be off the chart. Thoughts and prayers are with you!!
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    07-13-2017
    Absolutely wouldn't hurt you to study for it while gaining a bit more practical experience. What you learn in the book will be emulated out in what you see and are doing and visa versa. Along with coming here to ask questions! I'd say have a go :)
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    07-13-2017
    I'm sure interested Burnham...conduit saver and the Zrig pulleys and prussiks, just need to get a few outstanding accounts to come in then I can come to the table.
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