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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    Thanks everyone!
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    Sean, Kyle, Merle, and All, thanks for the great advice! Yeah, Sean, I just plan on spending a day practicing with the trailer. You are right, Sean. That is a good idea to paint the worn parts of my truck with spray paint.... and I was talking just today about getting a (e.g. magnetic) sign for the truck. Kyle, haha, I don't know if I want to be a big operation like that.... I will just see how it goes after a few paying jobs hopefully --- but I will keep all this in the back of my mind. Merle, that makes a lot of sense! FYI .... on the firewood delivery last Friday... when I called the guy up to verify the delivery, he started asking questions to make sure he understood how much firewood he was getting for $125. .... He said he was used to paying $75 for that much, but would give me $100 for the load (that I had already loaded previous day), since I had to drive 30 minutes to get to him. Since I wanted to get the "cash flow" going and I had already loaded it up I was kind of short with him but said ok. Suspicious guy I am, I figured the guy planned it this way in order to get the firewood cheaper and I was angry and had a chip on my shoulder about the whole thing. My wife had heard the whole thing and gave me the best advice: "Just smile and act professional" My wife's advice kept my mind on track the 30 minutes to the customer's house (mobile home... we lived in one for 9 years). Turned out he seemed like a regular ok guy and we had had a legitimate misunderstanding...he asked if I was sure the price was ok, etc... and had his son-in-law come out and help me unload and stack it. (the guy had a bad back). When he said he would take another load next week (his day off) I said I wasn't sure I'd have to think about it (i.e. for $100). I said to "live" with the wood for a few days and make sure he liked it and I would call him back or he could call me. I think I will try to get $115 from him if he wants another load. But I am learning and refining my communication and sales shpeal, descriptions, etc.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    Other than a truck, I have no big equipment.... but I do have orange traffic cones, which I think adds an air of legitimacy (?) ... and, of course general liability insurance.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I use it mostly from the ground. But occasionally from the bucket. It's good for the bushier trees where the brush can just fall. I also use it and a throwline to do some rigging that's just out of reach. You'd be surprised how much roof clearance you can do just by being on the roof with a pp and good throwline skills.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Yeah, I have done several (from the ground) removal, or cleanup jobs that took a lot of trips. Some on my own street were no big deal and not bad.... but one cleanup job was 45 minutes away and took 5 or 6 trips! ...... live and learn on that one! You sound like the kind of speed I am looking to work at, DMc. Do you process and sell firewood from the trees you remove?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Thanks again for all the great, detailed, practical advice, Sean.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    You must have built a good reputation, Bermy. and obviously that builder doesn't have the reputation of being the lowest price. sounds good... something to shoot for. all things being equal, they say the clean-up is the thing that makes the best/lasting impression on a customer.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    More great info and things to balance out! me too
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Hope you follow up with what happens.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Sounds good. No immediate final bid without clear as possible understanding of what is involved in the job and then get back to them after you've had time to think about it, etc.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Very interesting, Bermy. great info. Thanks!
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    3 Days Ago
    Thanks Kyle
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Amazing how quickly all that mass moves up the stem. Would you please elaborate on this? Thanks ...... "...When I'm chunking a bigleaf maple that was very bent over and weighted down, I cut about a crotch as I chunk..." (cut about (around) a natural crotch in the tree?).
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    On the 18" or up, if it's leaning and your do a good face cut, bore cut, etc. then things should go ok? and if not leaning, if you nip the sides (e.g.) an inch below the hinge... then it should go ok?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks Merle! This is a really good bit of practical instruction! In retrospect, just trying to learn, if you had undercut the limb before the top cut it would have been ok? And in this case, even if the limb hadn't broken, it might not have squeezed your insides enough to damage you, correct?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks a lot, Kyle! There is a pine tree at my mother-in-law's that I am debating to be my initial "take-down" if I move forward with climbing. It has a slight lean, it is about 18-24" at DBH and 40-50' tall. I would never want to violate the double tie-in when cutting rule. "...You are basically violating the two tie in point rule by using a breakaway...", interesting, I think I get it. I also don't want to climb anything that is questionable or "dangerous" But the idea of having an expandable lanyard connected to the saddle bridge seems "safe" .... maybe I'm getting too obsessed with the circle of death.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Do y'all ever have, say, an 8" diameter top? ..... and would you wrap a chain around even something this small? Just trying to learn/understand if there is a danger of this on smaller (e.g. pine) tops. Thanks.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Sobering. Amazing video. The effect on that tree as well as you swinging away at that height and watching it go over. Are smaller tops and diameters less risky than these larger ones? Is it mainly the topping that one must mostly watch out for the barber-chairing or bark splitting vs. chunking down chunks after it has been topped? Would a rigging rope wrapped several times around work as well as a chain?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Sean, would you elaborate on the "rope lanyard without a stopper knot" .... would this allow the lanyard to expand/adjust bigger if the tree was to split?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    This seems to sum up a lot of the posts about cutting the lanyard in an emergency. Being older and slower, while hoping to be 100% aware and reactive --- I want to do whatever extra stuff necessary to be prepared. So is an "expandable" lanyard with both ends attached to the saddle bridge a way to avoid this catastrophe?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Sean, what is (an example of) a breakaway attachment? As I saw someone else call it... like a "fuse"? Isn't there a danger of the breakaway attachment failing when you don't want it too (and one would fall?).
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks Sam, treebilly. Are there any mainstream lanyard adjusters (or would a prussik hitch of some kind work?) ... that would expand with the splitting wood if the whole lanyard loop were attached to your saddle bridge?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    greengreer, that makes sense about expanding into the closed loop instead of into the climber. If I wasn't a total novice, I might go with this.... but I would want to get something more "mainstream" (e.g. from Treestuff). Are there any other lanyard adjuster type devices that would do the same thing? (no offence at all intended to surveyor as I have very high respect for his ability to design and make such a thing!).
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    It is called a BOLA, I designed it as a lanyard adjuster that will release when weighted. Here is a video John made that shows its use better than my poor description. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNNaaQ_L_A8 Thanks surveyor. That is remarkable that you designed/built this device!
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Ha, thanks Kyle... my friend recently retired from his long time job and is just getting into this. So I am glad to work with him :) The other guy is his neighbor who is in the tree business (a smallish operation I think) and after I do the job, I was thinking about contacting him and seeing about working for him as a groundy and/or brush dragger just for the experience. He really did help me out on this and I'm glad to get the job :)
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks CurSedVoyce. Post looks cool. I bookmarked it for when I have more time.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Yes sir.... Basically he told me what the lowest bid was and I said I would do it for that. (I got one tree at one house... he gave the other trees at the other house to another guy... which was a whole lot lower than I had bid them for). Will do. Thanks for the good advice!
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Mainly wasted teenage and young adult years in vain and foolish and mind, body, and soul damaging pursuits. Was stopped in my course by visceral awareness of God and Judgement and eternity, and that my only hope was in the Gospel, the good news that God sent his own Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to suffer the righteous judgement of a good God against sin and for sinners like me, that Jesus suffered and died, was buried, and then rose from the dead. Jesus did this for sinners like me, from the lowest, filthiest sinner, all the way down to the dregs -- the "good", self-righteous, religious hypocrite -- Jesus is willing and able to save the very worst.

...but I digress...

Got married, had 2 sons, eventually got job in Information Technology (IT), as programmer/developer/database administrator, worked 27 years at this, started getting "old and slow" and figured it was time to get out. After money stopped flowing in as much :) now looking to supplement SS with something I can get some exercise at if possible. Have most always liked the outdoors and have been liking and studying chainsaws and tree felling for last 20 years or so.

In the IT world there is a lot of BS, people playing to politics, acting like they know what they are talking about to impress the boss, etc. But there are some real honest, frank technically competent folks and resources which I highly valued --- Just so, it seems to me in this Treehouse forum. I suppose you can't stay in this inherently dangerous sort of business very long unless you are down to earth at some basic levels... and that is what I really enjoy about these kind of guys and this site.

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
-- John 3:16
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
-- John 8:12

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