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    Drummer. Music. Reading. Travelling. Food. Watching Films.
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    Works at Betel UK. Supervise a men's recovery Centre. Co-run a tree surgery business. PR work.

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  1. TIMON

    Knife and gun crime London

    I see people on a regular basis who suffer really nasty psychosis and drug induced schizophrenia from smoking hydroponic ‘skunk weed’ cannabis. I can’t see how legalising it is going to have a significant impact on people’s health. Naturally or ‘sunlight’ grown cannabis isn’t as strong so there would always be a market for the stronger stuff. Methadone is ‘legal’ heroin and it is really difficult to detox from compared to heroin and much worse from a health point of view.
  2. TIMON

    Knife and gun crime London

    Because legalising alcohol solved all the problems related to it? If only it were that simple. America’s biggest drug problem right now is pharmaceutical prescription opiates. (i.e legal drugs) Harm minimalisation programmes have very little impact on the wider issues. Knife and gun crime has degenerated from merely being ‘crimes’ to a phenomenon that has totally embedded itself into youth culture. In a society where Hope has been eroded for many young people, joining a gang provides an escape, something to belong to, an income, prestige, etc..etc.. A massive culture change is needed. Heavier sentences and deportation would be a start, but that isn’t going to solve the problem on its own.
  3. TIMON

    Why I started Arbtalk

    Very interesting life journey, Steve. Arbtalk is a rich source of information and a great contribution to the industry. I’ve met some great people on here that have become good friends and I’ve learned loads from spending time on here. Thanks.
  4. TIMON

    Songs I Am Listening To

  5. TIMON

    Life of a climbing rope

    I recently read some in-depth testing results and research done by a well-respected researcher on different ropes and hitch-cord, he found that his 18 month old climbing line (used daily, very dirty and wet) failed at 60% of its MBS, (IIRC) I think there is so much variation in construction materials, type, applications and knots used that it is impossible to give a single definitive answer to this question, but given the above findings it’s probably best to err on the side of caution.
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    Songs I Am Listening To

  7. TIMON

    Chain grinder

    Do you have a link where to buy the spare wheels? Thanks
  8. TIMON

    Chain grinder

    Another for the Lidl one. Really easy to set up and very well built. German made. (Not Chinese)
  9. TIMON

    Songs I Am Listening To

  10. Much to agree with there, although, not everyone has the opportunity or resources to commit to the long term education/training route. Like someone else has said, we have to start somewhere. A fair percentage of homeowners/customers (sadly) aren’t really bothered about what is best for the tree, or if the operative is highly educated/trained. They just want to buy more daylight and less leaves to rake up in autumn. While this is the case, it will always be a race to the bottom. (Edit... Didn’t realise the OP was based in the US)
  11. As others have said. If you have the work booked, try and hire an older, seasoned subby climber. This would be the best way to get a ‘mini apprenticeship’. If your fit and 30, you’ve got plenty of years climbing left providing you look after yourself. I’m not sure what tickets you already have but CS30/31 CS38/39 are essentials and CS41 rigging is ideal. Even if you start with just CS38 (climbing and aerial rescue) to cover the subby, you will still have to do the other tickets to get you working in the tree. Stay safe. [emoji106]
  12. TIMON


    Yes, that’s right.
  13. TIMON


    With rigging equipment yes. Just mark the column ‘PPE one person’ for climbing items. Or ‘PPE two persons’. For rescue kit.
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    Here’s what I use. [emoji106].


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