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Stephen Blair

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About Stephen Blair

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  • Birthday 16/09/1975

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  • Location:
    Carrbridge, Cairngorms
  • Interests
    Mountain biking and walking the dogs
  • Occupation
    Dad, husband and worker
  • City
    Inverness

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  1. Thanks guys. I was at my physio this morning, I took a larch down for her last week at her house! She said today’ no wonder you are in pain with what I do at work ‘ she noticed I lock my left leg at a different height, I do this for work positioning! She said that puts all forces straight to my bad side on my lower back. So I’ll try and teach myself to work with my legs at the same height, I’ll just need to cross my side strop to hold me better and then hopefully my chore will strengthen up! Her neighbour sent me this picture tonight just as he enjoyed watching the process! Shows my work position that she pointed out.
  2. At least I’m not the only suffering 😀 I have tried lying down like a tool in the middle of shop for 20 seconds to see if a mattres is comfy, it’s the pita pesty salesman that wind me up, I tell them the second I’m in, I’ll give YOU a shout if I need them, they can’t stop themselves with their sales shite so I just walk off. Steve I’ll try the ergo flex first. nepia I do a lot less physical work now. I don’t think the cold helps in winter.
  3. I’ve been to osteos and physio s every 2-4 weeks since I was 20, I did 12 weeks on pal lattes with a physio twice a week for 3 months and they stopped taking my money as I just wasn’t loosening up. I’m now every week with a sports masseuse ! had the MRI, had all the bloods, thrown all the pills away that just gave me asthma and made me lethargic and constipated. J I can’t train anymore as I just go into Spasm and I can be seized up for 11 weeks like last time from November to middle of January. Hoping a mattress can help.
  4. Anyone got some good feedback on a life changing mattress for the sore back, non sleepers amongst us. I wake up broken after I finally get to sleep. cheers
  5. It’s nothing knew, it’s what you do when you can’t be arsed going for the correct equipment and it’s a combination of fear, luck and skill! Not something that should be taught! a bit like a hand brake turn in your driving lessons, you find out after playing in an empty field, but try it in your mates driveway without thinking about it and it can all go wrong very quickly!
  6. 2 hours climbing in a blizzard this morning, snow stopped and sun came out as I put the saws in the jeep.
  7. Hasn’t missed a beat, could do with more power to the tracks though, I’ve raised the question with dealer.
  8. Yes for towing the CAT, I bought a smaller machine and van thinking I could do away with 4x4 and Cat, but due to location, snow, driving on forest roads and multiple jobs on the go I need to keep them. If I could get a 4x4 sprinter that tows 3.5 tons I could sell the Isuzu and `Citroen Relay Van.
  9. Little Yanmar has had a busy start to the year, the Steading is built on boulders and rocks, luckily the fields weren’t as bad.
  10. How much to change the Diff?
  11. Very nice! Does it tow 3.5 tons?
  12. just write a story of how you plan to do the job, if there is a point where the job could change that you can foresee due to your experience then write that. People who don’t understand the job want to see something very organised and almost a template. A customer who has experience of a job going wrong will see through that, tell a story that proves it’s not your first rodeo!
  13. Let’s hope it’s not the guys who invented the Zig Zag !😀
  14. I had the scissor boom, great for fixing gutters, not for tree work. Boom gets in the way, everything falls straight bellow after 6m and there’s a no man land you can never get to from around ground to about 4m.

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