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  • Bermy's Avatar
    6 Hours Ago
    well I'm not anywhere near 200lbs ;)
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    I base tied in a Eucalypt the other day, my TIP was a relatively small branch/leader up high with nothing below it for a 'fall back' and my down side was in free air as well, not touching any other branches or leaders, I like to have at least one branch below that would catch if God forbid my tip failed and a bit of 'fishing pole' friction on the down leg...so before going up I got the hubby to really jump on it with me, we made that sucker bend and sway...seemed ok so up I went. Still here.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Yeah...but then what about the job is done, they are happy, but they ignore your "terms 7 days max" on the invoice and take six weeks to pay?
    109 replies | 1937 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    I think Gerry mentioned before that it needs a minimum number for a print run...and before, boxes and boxes sat unsold. But now....
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I was impressed with the organization of the Incident Management on the fire...Lots of comms happening so even though we were off in another sector we could hear what was happening, and check the maps we were issued, so we had a heads up quite a bit before we were told to bug out. Also all the trucks have GPS trackers, that were being monitored at the staging area. IN another life, I would have loved to be a full-time Firey or SES officer.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    13 Hours Ago
    What's LIB? Ditto on the equipment, now I have a chipper we'll bring it along sometimes on a smaller job just for marketing, only have a few branches to clear and they could just go in the back of the ute, but it looks good. Charge an hourly rate, at least get coffee money, then people see it with my telephone number on it. Also cones are good, an inexpensive way to say "I care and am thinking about more than just making a buck'. We've also added a slew of traffic signs (had to for Council work, including traffic management plans) they look good too. Uniforms of some description and a clipboard with a job sheet...plenty of strategies to separate you from the herd.
    109 replies | 1937 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Part of the difficulty I have with pricing is living in the country where most people are practical and pretty self sufficient...they do a lot themselves and if you get called in to look at something (usually involving climbing) they can't quite make the switch from 'do it yourself' pricing to 'I have to hire a professional' pricing. Also, people who move down here from the mainland for a lifestyle change, once they get to know a local 'do it all handyman' or the new friend's handy husband, also can start to balk at professional pricing when a more complicated job comes along. But, then there are those who recognise what they can't do themselves or ask a handyman to do, and just want the job done for a fair price and pay up no worries.
    109 replies | 1937 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Spent Sunday fire fighting, 5500ha fire two hrs. NE from us. They are starting to call in brigades from further out to come in for the day or a couple for relief. Two divisions, six sectors...4wd only, hilly terrain, ironbark and tea tree. dozers putting in tracks. Water point was a little creek we had to draught out of. Were told the worst hazard was falling trees and branches. Our sector got flanked in the afternoon when the fire got away south of us, had to pull out on the fallback road. Safe area was a paddock near a house, they had a big portable collar dam set up, we watched the helicopters come in and dip and fill their buckets...cool! 12 hr shift. Caught up on sleep today.
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    2 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    Looks good, your knot is the same as mine. Tie it more snugly from the start...
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    2 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    HH fan all the way here, someday will upgrade to HH2 just for the more compact size. My self tending improvement is a bent gate biner clipped to your bridge ring and clipped over your rope just where it comes out at the bottom of the HH. Easy on, easy off. However since I switched to Tachyon 11.7 with the beeline, I haven't needed anything extra. It tends very much better than the XTC 13mm I started on. My VT is 4:1 (I think...I mean the legs do cross once at the bottom...)
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    Blocking down a half rotten ash the other day, using the 150 to cut some of it....it stopped oiling. It happened to my other 150 before too. I cleaned it out on the job, power head and bar, but that didn't solve it. Had to use the 200...forgot how heavy that sucker is! Got home, drained the oil tank, half filled it with gas, gave it a shake and poured it out...quite a lot of crud came out, repeat, then filled it with oil again and ran it without the bar. I could see the runny, gassy oil start to bubble through, then run normal, bar and chain back on and all was good. Whew.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I think I might be getting a rep for being pricey...in some folks eyes. But then there is a builder here, he never gives quotes, charges like a wounded bull and has more work than enough!
    109 replies | 1937 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I just did a small job, climb a eucalypt, cut out some dying branches and old stubs, chip the debris, little pile of firewood...2.5 - 3 hrs. $300 (me plus hubby, chipper for like half an hr) just around the corner from our house, people I know. Got a $50 tip on top. Verbal bid....but this time I didn't give it to them on the spot, went home, called back the next day, gave bid and when I could do it. Works much better. I will never (well, never say never) give a verbal on the spot to a new client again. They have to realize you need some time to do your figurations...
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Well I just got an email from the client I just met and did the written estimate for...thanks but they found someone else. I have to admit its a bummer to get that email...I do wonder who got it and if it is a pro crew or the part timers...and what their bid was. Did they get to know how much I bid and underbid me? I would really like to know what their quote was, for comparison. but I'm not going to bug her about it. I reckon once you've quoted, and you don't get it, don't offer to lower it to beat them...starts to look like you've been gouging from the start. Sucks.
    109 replies | 1937 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I completely agree Robert, you have to know the people you are recommending!! Might be time to start to do some research...
    109 replies | 1937 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I had to reset all the parameters on the tachometer to get the auto-feed to work properly.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Yep. 14-16" with the 12" bar...start out at the tip and work in.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    If you aren't allowed to sub contract, then start to get a list together of people/businesses who will do cleanup for you. Then you can give the list to your client. Or maybe a bit more within the confines of your insurance, you call them in but all the billing/payment is done between them and your client? I just put in a written estimate for a day's work, seen the job, met the neighbours (we need access) prune back the neighbour's tree from overhanging my client's roof, remove a small ornamental plum, cut back some shrubs on the boundary and prune a top grafted weeping crab apple. Chip debris and leave anything of any size for firewood. I made the mistake of giving an 'off the cuff' estimate on site and immediately I knew it was too high, but I did say it covered contingencies and if we finished under we'd reflect that in the final invoice. ( Usually I say I will email them an estimate, gives me time to crunch the numbers, didn't this time) The next day the client called and told me she was going to get some more quotes...nice of her to actually call and tell me, I appreciate that. So I said I'd email her a estimate, put mine in writing. I think it's the best way really, because then you can specify what you will be doing and how. You really have no idea what another outfit will do, or even if it is (as I've said before) the bloke down the road with a pickup, a ladder and a chainsaw. It gives you the opportunity to perhaps be compared favourably. She did say she's let me know...often once a job has gone out to more people you never do hear back. So it begs the question, when going to see a job, do you ask up front if they will be getting other quotes? I think it's a fair question, sometimes I don't think clients realize the tenterhooks we can be on waiting to hear if we got the job! Then if they say yes, perhaps ask them then to let you know the outcome once they decide. I have asked once or twice if I was in the ballpark with other quotes and was told yes...so that makes me feel a bit better that at least I'd got the pricing right even if I didn't get the job.
    109 replies | 1937 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    I'm just saying that Stihl chain is better than any other kind of chain.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Is it just me? I get a kick out of hearing my chipper when the auto feed kicks in for a bigger branch. Bbbrrrmmmpp.....brmm....brmm....bbbrrmmmmmmmmp.....and out spouts nothing but nice chippy chips. :lol:
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Oh dear...Jim. (but in the back of my head, I'm saying, that was actually quite clever)
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Stay in touch from time to time Stephen...hope you get things squared away though.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Hubby was sweating a line yesterday...helps to have those sailing skills when it comes to tree rigging time
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    Stay with the Stihl 1/4" picco chain...at least you don't have to pay $40 a loop in the US!! Quality.
    893 replies | 74752 view(s)
  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    SOLVED! Broken wire on the emergency stop button...I'd say that was a good find by the mechanic :) I'm so fortunate to have a diesel mechanic two blocks away...gotta love country.
    86 replies | 2436 view(s)
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