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  1. Treeworker sell wire fids, less than a tenner I think and they're perfect. I doubt you'll manage with a coat hanger.
  2. I’d have a chat with them in the first instance. I’ve never worked over astroturf before, or indeed met anyone with an astroturf lawn, and wouldn’t think that I could make expensive holes in it. They may just not have appreciated how easy it was to damage… Out of curiosity, why the plastic lawn? I’ve heard they’re becoming a thing, which seems odd…
  3. Late to the party, but I’d suggest that given how close to the boundary this tree is, any advice that you can prune it back to said boundary is a pretty poor recommendation . You can technically do so, but within the tolerances of the tree. This looks like I’m doing so you would be causing pretty severe damage. It would also look awful and make virtually no difference to leaves and twigs falling in your property. I don’t imagine you’ll be able to replicate the pollards so forget that notion. Best bet is to learn to love it, it’s an impressive tree after all, or leave… you moved into a house with a massive tree in the neighbours garden, why do you expect them to devalue their property for you?
  4. I guess you need to ask yourself the question ‘does it require management’ first. If the answer is yes then monitoring it isn’t really management, but just delaying any decision making until it falls apart in some way and hopefully nobody gets hurt. The split appears to be present on both sides of the union ie. also in vital and intact wood, so I’d presume is not caused by the decay associated with the major pruning wound. It also appears to be perhaps a few years old, so the tree might be coping with this itself. Removing that stem would create an even bigger pruning wound and make the problem even worse. So definitely not that.
  5. Sorry, but if you didn't want to mature trees that close to your house you shouldn't have bought it. You know there's a TPO there and you obviously know what that entails. To move in and immediately want to reduce them on aesthetic grounds is pretty short sighted. It's weird isn't it, people want to live amongst greenery, so they fell the woods to build houses with big trees around them/plant lots of nice broadleaves around new builds/buy houses surrounded by trees. Then people get annoyed with the trees and want them a bit smaller. Then a bit more. Then they're just not as nice as they used to be and maybe it's better off just removing them. Might as well have just built the houses in a field and given everyone Leylandii hedges like they secretly want.
  6. Can’t speak for the 201 but the 572 and 661 are both solid saws, highly recommend them. You kinda need something smaller for snedding though, 550 or similar. 572 is a unit, I love mine and would pick it up over the 500i every time. I run mine on a 20” bar for fast cutting but you could put a 24” on there easily I’d say and save on the 661 for the time being. I’d go with top handle, 550 & 572 for the time being. When a big job comes along that you NEED a big saw you can stick a little extra in to go towards the 661 then.
  7. You’ll not be seeing me turn up with all my rigging gear and saws for 200 inc. VAT. You’re talking about thousands in kit and 15 years of experience for what, £80 more than the college kids with his cross cutting tickets and no work ethic? Nae chance.
  8. This. If you need a clear out do it now. Give it a lick of paint. If it’s still anything like last year it’s a wild time to sell. We were looking at houses last year and almost everything was going for 30+% over. One house we looked at was on for 130 and sold for 230. It was a shit hole. Good luck.
  9. The delivery times are mental. I ordered in January, deposit paid and all that, and was told June. Checked a few weeks later and was told October. In January. I politely told them they could find one sooner or I'd go elsewhere and surprisingly it actually worked.
  10. Picked mine up in March, I got it on the 0% PCP with a 15% discount from the dealer. It drives and pulls really nice, and it's a very comfy truck. The auto is really nice, if a bit revvy sometimes. I really like it, however it does feel a little half finished sometimes...There's a two pin socket in the arm rest which is a bit odd, the load bed on mine is squint and the gaps around the tailgate are so big that getting anything like a seal with a canopy is proving very challenging. Being my first pickup I think it's crazy thirsty too. I used to average about 37mpg in my transit custom, closer to 50 on long burns down the motorway. currently getting 27-28mpg in the hilux 😬
  11. If you actually want to be a climber then doing your time on the ground will be important and worth it. It isn't great but you could do far worse in my opinion. If the cost of tickets and the poor initial wages (and to be fair relatively poor wages long term) put you off then I'd just not bother.
  12. I'd imagine that a 6-7 year old length of rope would be much stiffer than a brand new piece. Worth speaking to the supplier but I doubt there is anything amiss...
  13. Ah right. In terms of the rope being flat, this is pretty common in new ropes when they come off the reel. Nothing to worry about and it'll sort itself out within a few weeks generally. Double braid ropes are pretty baggy and so if you can pinch it that tight along the entire length I'd say it's likely just down to the loose construction, rather than being core damage. Check the recall notice mentioned but I wouldn't be concerned about that. Regardless however, I doubt you'll have much luck returning a used rope...
  14. Sorry to say but I'd expect any self respecting retailer to tell you to do one.


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