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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    pantheraba replied to a thread The RIP Thread... in Odds and Ends
    Well done, Mario...best regards for all.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    You hear that, Virginia??? Cool story, Rich.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I think my face cut may have been too shallow...as I made the face cut I ran into "space" where I did not expect any...the tree was hollow. There was a goodly amount of head lean so I was a bit skittish already. I thought there would be some hingewood...was not much there. When I sensed/saw something amiss I got the f* out of Dodge...and told my bud with the big Bobcat to pull. That exacerbated the split. It may be that if I had just gunned the back cut I could have beat the split. I didn't have the kind of experience for that thought to even cross my mind when the split started. Something was very amiss from my usual experience of topping a tree. In hindsight I could have put a binder (chain or strap) on the tree...I have done that on the ground but not up in a tree. I'll be curious to hear if anyone binds tops before they cut them.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Here's one where I had the luck of seeing a tear/split start in a leaner. I had a tie-in in the tree behind and was able to abandon the one starting to split. If I had been lanyarded in normally when it split the results would have been catastrophic. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sZ02XShWlNM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> It's like Rich said...learning to recognize the potential danger and not being there for the danger is the best answer. Learning by trial and error in treework is tough...a good mentor is a big deal. Awareness, strength, stamina, analysis go a long ways to help with survival.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Re: Knut...this is where I learned about it: http://www.treebuzz.com/pdf/climbing_hitches.pdf page 5 of the article is where the Knut starts...a good picture on page 6 (Fig. 17 and 18)
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  • Tim_B.'s Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Sorry to hear that, Bermy. At least she had the decency to get back to you with an answer. That seems like it might be a rare thing, nowadays. Maybe she'll still be a good future prospect. Tim
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    2 Days 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.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    We have the same problem with beavers in south GA...destroyers...make holes in dams that eventually lead to collapse...breaches the planned waterway and leads to flooding in areas never wet before.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Very cool, Kevin. Sounds like a very memorable day.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I completely agree Robert, you have to know the people you are recommending!! Might be time to start to do some research...
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Excellent! You are making some good moves these days.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Days 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
    4 Days Ago
    Yep. 14-16" with the 12" bar...start out at the tip and work in.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    4 Days 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.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Should be easy to maneuver and tuck into tight spots...good deal.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Clean-up can be a killer. Bids where you drop the tree, make a mess, get paid and leave are wonderful. "Home-owner cleanup". Sometimes when they realize how much work REALLY goes into cleanup they call you back. We usually end up charging the same or more as the "drop the tree" price. A tree that costs $400 to drop can take $800 to cleanup, e.g. In the tree work takes the most skill and cunning...the groundwork/cleanup is often just hard grunt work. (the groundie running ropes to help the climber look good at the climbing/rigging stuff is an entirely different matter. I love having my son, Alex, on the ground running ropes or helping decide how to make (or NOT make) the next cut. A trained and careful eye on the ground is priceless). Don't sell yourself as primarily a cleanup guy...be the problem solver that gets the tree issue solved...that is the primary concern.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    I have the Caddies...they are excellent. I only have long gaffs...all I have ever used and never any problems with them. I might like short gaffs if I had them but I guess I don't know what I am missing...so I don't miss it. Long gaffs work fine for me.
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    :lol:....women!!!
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Relatively new to climbing, about a year as of March 2014. SRT now using Rope Wrench. Recently purchased Hitch Hiker, will try it out soon, as weather gets warmer. I'm not a pro arb, just in a learning stage now, pruning deadwood for friends and family, mostly with my Silky saw.
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