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    4 Days Ago
    ^^^^ now that's a great story. People like that are the real deal.
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    4 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Gaffless Palm Climbers in Gear Forum
    Tree Bicycle...and somewhere there's a thread that Willard added to of climbing palms in Mexico...
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    6 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Those DMM swivels are nice for sure, quality piece of kit. I have them on my bridges. I like how the shackles are interchangeable to the different models, Nano and Focus. I like that yellow wirecore...Petzl did you say?
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    6 Days Ago
    That must have been really interesting Bob! My tutor at College had shelves of bits of wood to illustrate almost every part of tree physiology and biomechanical stuff...it's catching and sparked an intense curiosity to know and see what goes on inside trees.
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    1 Week Ago
    Yeah...looks a little, I dunno...dead. Mind you, great for growing a nice flowering vine up it.
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    1 Week Ago
    I love tree forensics! It takes me ages to split wood because I'm always looking at what had been going on inside before it got cut down. I like to save clear examples for talks and demonstrations I do.
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    1 Week Ago
    If nothing else I find it fascinating checking out all the stuff in the background... Gotta love your persistence though mate.
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    1 Week Ago
    Having moved to a country where I now have to file income tax returns (as opposed to just payroll tax)...I don't quite understand the whole 'cash economy' vs declared income. I give you a price, I do the work, even if you don't want an invoice or receipt, I write one up for myself or put 'cash' on my income sheet. I don't have to add GST being below the threshold, so it's of no consequence to me whether the client gives me cash or a cheque...it gets declared either way. Them not having to pay GST gives them an automatic discount anyway. I often get asked, 'can I pay you in cash?', like its a secret code for 'I want a discount' or 'you won't have to declare it'...my price is my price, I don't quite understand the subtle undercurrents of the 'cash economy'.
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    1 Week Ago
    I reckon what is most unsettling is when you don't know (or they don't tell you) that they will be looking for other bids...then you find out that they did and they don't give you an opportunity to offer them a comparison. It's a bit of bait and switch, when they give you the impression that the job is yours, you relax a bit thinking your price and time is ok, then you find out otherwise. I have learned with new people, or one-off jobs, to ask if they have a budget, and if I will be the only person bidding. Even if it makes no impression on my price at least I know what the deal is and if someone else gets it, fair enough. My bids always have a 'scope of work' description so at least they have something to compare when they get the landscaper or the neighbour with a ladder giving them a price.
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    1 Week Ago
    Haha...take yer time Jomo...
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    Gear is good, but knowing how to get by with just the basics is essential to build a solid foundation. That said when I was learning to climb we went from the 'one rope, tie your friction hitch with the tail' to split tail blakes, loop runners for extra foot and hand holds, lanyards with distel hitches and tending pulleys in one day. I have had occasion to need to tie a second system with the tail of my rope when I didn't have a spare friction cord up with me, also have had occasion to just use natural crotch rigging when an extra job came up when we were already on site but didn't bring all the pulleys and stuff. Knowing the new gear, how to use it and having it makes for a good day, but also knowing how to get yourself out of a scrape minimalist is an essential foundation to build upon.
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    1 Week Ago
    Ditto that tourniquet...we tried one on in training...it hurts when you start to ring down on it! And ditto Bivy, stabilize as long as they can breathe properly, otherwise all bets are off, move (while stabilizing if possible) them so they can breathe, then stabilize
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    1 Week Ago
    Whut'd I say??? I thought Marc-Antione's suggestion was the best...all about the cutting blades. I STILL want to see an action video!!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Went on the garden club bus tour...drizzly day, two gardens out to the north west of Tasmania,area called Mole Creek, much higher rainfall than we get at the foot of the western tiers, beautiful established gardens with nice trees, i iignore all the herbaceous stuff...lunch at a lovely county cafe, homemade soups and local sausages,and they even had live music..two violins and a cello. Great day out
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Mate.... Take some pictures without all that clutter in the background! Just holding that thing would wreck my wrist,never mind cut and hold.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I just listened to a clip on the Tasmania Country Hour on the radio, its our daily rural report...guess what they were talking about, no till diverse cover crops going in after the poppy harvest! They were trialling it no irrigation as well, more to see how much money they could save with putting a cover crop on in this way, like no till to save machinery costs, and no irrigation to save water costs. He did mention as well about no till being better for the soil and eventually adding value to the cash crop because of healthier soil. Wow, I wouldn't have had a clue what the significance of this all was if I hadn't have been reading this thread, see Jim you are adding to the increase of knowledge
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Well that's good, getting paid in the end. Did they front up with the money on their own or did the fact you'd had a go at them prompt them to pay up?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    This is fascinating to follow...learning a lot just by reading your conversations!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Ok, I have a retraction to post, the meat our neighbour gave us was Venison! I have eaten wallaby before and it is good, and very lean. Vanilla slice...think of a nice firm vanilla custard, put it on top of puff pastry, dust the top with icing sugar, slice it up into big squares and ENJOY!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Oh boy, that's a great tip!! Thanks for that :)
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I ditto Jim on the tourniquets...the mantra is 'High, Wide, and Tight' so, high up into the armpit or groin, this is where the artery is closest to a bone so it can be compressed against it, have the band at least 2" wide, and make it TIGHT, like painful tight. Write 'T' and the time on the patient's forehead. They have 1 hr. before any knock on effect starts to happen from the tourniquet. It lets the EMT's/doctors know they might have extra things to consider once they arrive for treatment. Israeli bandages on Wesspur are like $8...that's not expensive. Also agree about cervical spine collars. They are fast going out of recommendation. IF a person is capable of self rescue, then they don't need a c spine collar, just bolster their head with towels and if they have to be moved then one person is tasked with holding the head and calling the movements. So many collars are put on incorrectly they actually do little to immobilise the spine, and can make the patient uncomfortable and even panicky. Air goes in and out, blood goes round and round, any deviation from this is bad...rectify it. If someone cannot breathe, or is haemorrhaging badly (catastrophic amputation or arterial bleed, do what you need to do to fix this, even to the point of moving them from a position where one might suspect a spinal injury. If you don't they will die.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Wow, the way this list is going, won't be enough room for saws :lol: How about a laminated card with a list of all the stuff on the truck...and CHECK it maybe once every two months or so, make sure stuff that has been used/gone missing gets replaced. Might help you keep track of stuff too, there are lots of little items in there that could get lost or go walkies, over time that could add up to a fair amount of money in replacing them.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Lot of disking over here...and now its stubble burning season. I'm not a farmer but that's what I see going on. We get the odd call out for stubble burns that get away!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    The wallaby is good,quite flavourful, it was tender even just pan fried, very lean. Indeed 'the pie' is the ubiquitous fast food here, I like the chunkey steak pie at our local bakery, home made, very yummy, bakery is 3 mins walk down the street, and another one same distance in the opposite direction, that one is the 'go to' for vanilla slice...oh the drama!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    We are of camping for the weekend, had a neighbour come over with some fresh wallaby steaks two days ago, we did them up in the in the pan with fried onion, fresh spinach from another neighbour chopped and put on top at the last when the meat was resting, and a pot full of sweet potato, yummy
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread For my apprentice... in Climbing Forum
    Hi Muggs, I liked your saw chain and sharpening articles, the illustrations are nice and clear too. Good job. Now, in the interests of a review, I watched your bore cut video and picked up two things you might just want to have a think about 1. Wrap your left thumb on the top handle...you corrected yourself once then your thumb crept back up to rest on top 2. When you were inspecting the thickness of your hinge once you had done the face and the bore, you passed right across the rear of the leaning trunk in between it and the trunk behind you. I would definitely have gone around the back of the other trunk to get to the other side. You were putting an awful lot of trust in your holding strap, especially with the defect below it and the excessive lean and the fact you'd tapered the hinge. There was a chance that leaning trunk could have gone bye-bye just as you were behind it. A few more seconds to take a wider path around the back would be safer, especially for an educational video. Your face was a bit deeper than I would have done for such a heavy leaner, leaving you with a somewhat skinny holding strap, especially with the hollow, the defect below and the fact you wanted to turn it a bit with a tapered hinge. When instructing being a bit safety paranoid is a good idea. But hey, you are putting in a lot of effort to help the industry, good on you!...and the tree got down safely :)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Max bar for a MS251 in Chainsaws!
    Good idea...:lol:
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Fantastic pictures, good shots to see how you had it all put together. Snow on your helmets...well!!
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Oh...now that's just negligence...I'd kick you out for a week if you did that to me!!!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Glad your daughter is ok Jim :) We are watching 'Cyclone Debbie' unfold on TV, it's hitting hard, Category 4 up in far north Queensland. It continues to amaze me how shops and houses don't tend to put boards over their windows up there...see lots of useless tape. Maybe its just what the TV is capturing, but it does seem that boarding up to the extent I'm used to isn't a done thing?
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, that tree doesn't look too good, certainly not if you want to build a treehouse!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Max bar for a MS251 in Chainsaws!
    Pffftt...25"...short, in ya dreams. But then, I'd probably fall over with anything more than 20 on my saws, maybe need a set of bogey wheels to carry it...
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Oh LOL!! I So do this as well! Especially the looking at trees instead of traffic :lol:
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