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Jake Andrews

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About Jake Andrews

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    Senior Member, User formerly known as lumber jake
  • Birthday 31/10/1988

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  1. Yes it could be but depends on the task. In this instance we were removing large deadwood and so not a lot of debris was falling. We don’t have to have it tied up and can leave it dangling which enables pieces to ricochet off if you get what I mean rather than directly hitting. We get customers ask us about the rescue kit. In my mind, we’ve left a job with a more educated client that might expect others to also have a rescue line, this hopefully leaving a good lasting impression. But on the main, it hopefully means we are quicker to react if needed.
  2. No need to apologise. Just letting you know my perspective of the job as we planned it. We all look at photos of others jobs and think............ why the hell are they doing ‘x’ when they could’ve done ‘z’. There are many ways to skin a cat.
  3. So, here’s what we’ve recently been playing with as a company. We had an aerial rescue day to decide on what protocols we would deploy on site for what scenarios. We decided that we will now place rescue lines into every tree we work on or for short duration tasks unless it is unsafe to do so and so written out of the RA (sound familiar!). This is something we felt needed to happen as it takes far to long for a climber to get his gear on and get up the tree free climbing or spiking. Here’s one of the ways we stow our ropes to distinguish between working ropes and rescue/access rope. In the bag, a system is pre installed on the rope ready to go. Also in the bag is everything we need to climb such as chest harness and foot ascenders. This means that in an emergency, we literally only need to put on a harness and race up the tree. The bag is hand made to order and only £40. At the moment, the system is working for us well and again, I think it’s sets out a decent image to the client.
  4. Thanks for the comments, but you really can’t get a proper feel for the job with a glance at a photo. The client really didn’t want us near the spillway due to the fast flowing water and this was our mitigation measure. Your method would have worked had I just been removing the one limb (lowest arrow) but I had to remove the rest of the tree (other arrow) and the tree behind (red circle). I also had to put the lowering line in an adjacent tree to ensure the debris swing into the bank. For me, yes it’s about looking professional but we’re not afraid of getting the work done quickly and safely. If we can avoid W@H then we will, this method suited our client at the time. My point of the post was to show two rope working on an actual scenario in a tree as the thread is for[emoji106]
  5. Is the still one anchor though @BenR?
  6. Used 2srt on this ash removal yesterday adjacent the A39 in Somerset. One line was tied to the stem via running bowline. The other anchor was a Snake Anchor. also attached to the snake anchor i pre-set a rescue/access line (orange rope) as my groundy only runs on MRT. Worked well as the Snake Anchor is rated for 2 persons loading so will work i this configuration and no rope tangles had which was good.
  7. Do they need someone out for that or is it done from a computer? Did they tell you the minimum distance? This could be a real problem in the future for arbs as 5G is rolled out.
  8. Is there a video on how to use this thing? It looks awesome. Skip to 4:37 for the cambium saver canopy tie method.
  9. We use Aspen and can’t rate it highly enough. No more headaches or dry throat from using a saws everyday. Highly recommend over using 2 stroke.
  10. Really really rate these karabiners. Never had one get a sticky gate.
  11. No problem! I pull the whole line up myself. In reality it may take 30 secs (but feels like 5 mins) but the other end of the bite will just be dangling in your way for no reason. It’s better to tie it up tidy from the off. My method is, if you minimise anything that may pee you off in the tree, your more likely to be in a better head space to work more efficiently and safely.
  12. Yes. But it was approx 6m out from the waters edge so our MS stated we would rig it back in to the bank to avoid our operators entering the water. Also, there was a lot more tree to remove than just this branch which was too high to remove with a pole saw.
  13. For me, it totally depends on the job at hand. For pruning works I much prefer that my line is retrievable from the ground so that I do not need to go back to the top to get it. For this, I may stay on a base anchor for short duration tasks or switch to a canopy anchor such as a cambium saver knot-blocked. That way if I ensure the small ring of the cambium saver is on the right side, I can retrieve it easily. For removals, it’s always a canopy TIP tie for me. Base anchored for access, get the ground or to undo the base, and just an easy bowline round a suitable anchor. The key for easy switch overs is to get the throw line shot as high as you can to minimise the amount of times you have to ascend before getting to that TIP. So, in short, base tie to go as high as poss then Ddrt to final anchor. It’s quicker to ascend Ddrt from this point as you only need to remove the pin of the rope wrench and it’s free. Hope this helps???
  14. I had to remove this ash tree over a reservoir spillway yesterday. The tree was suppressed so no high anchor point. I used a taller Alder from behind (with the lowering bollard on) as an anchor for both ropes and the rigging block. My anchor points chosen were two cambium savers block knotted for srt use. I then traversed over to the ash via the Captain Hook and installed a static redirect for only one line. This then allowed me some triangulation to move around the canopy. Definitely took longer in the set up time but not to bad. Overall was around 3.5 hours from set up to leaving site.
  15. I’d be wary of using the Roll’n’Lock as you can’t pay out slack. I’ve made traverses before where you have to descend a little to make it across or grab branches. That’s why I use my Gri-Gri. Just something to think about.


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