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  1. I second that. Let some Syc rings sit for a few weeks a while ago expecting an easy split by hand (I am my own log splitter). No chance. Took steel wedges and a sledge to see them off.
  2. Looks like it's not saffron milkcap - no bruising green (if anything, the orange colour of the flesh seems to intensify slightly) and no orangey sap (no sap at all for that matter). Couldn't get any better pics than the original ones unfortunately.
  3. Certainly a possibility having just done a quick search online for that one. Agreed that these don't look like routine examples but as they're emerging through a layer of stone chips and pine needles, perhaps that is having an impact on their form? I need to pop back over the weekend to remove the last of the brash, so I'll see if I can get some better examples / pics. Cheers.
  4. Afternoon all, Was doing a minor crown lift on a pair of Scots Pine this afternoon and spotted a few different fungi within the drip line, possibly on the roots. Two that I've not seen and couldn't spot obviously in the guides are attached. They weren't there a few weeks ago when I went to quote, so they're fairly young, although some have been nibbled at. Sorry the second pair of images isn't great but that was the best of what was left. Any thoughts? Particularly keen to know if there are any likely decay issues. I'm guessing not as they dont appear within the main guides, but you never know. Cheers, Ed
  5. Comparing the photos to images of colletia cruciata, I think that's the one. Thanks for the replies.
  6. Evening All, A friend send me these pics of a tree in another friend's garden. I've no idea. Any thoughts? Cheers, Ed.
  7. Can't fault your grammar, perhaps your spelling though. Sorry...couldn't resist. Anyway, an interesting thread and comments, so thanks.
  8. Paul, Your article seems to suggets a lack of clarity when it comes to analysing accident statistics on the part of the HSE: ' There is no SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) code for accidents specifically in arboriculture, and despite prolonged lobbying from the AA and other sector representatives, the HSE claims it is unable to introduce this because the codes are tied to international standards. This means that while it is relatively easy to keep records of fatal accidents within the sector, it is much harder to maintain reliable data for the details of injuries. However, in 2018, HSE analysed RIDDOR reports for the period April 2017–March 2018 by searching for key words. Although heavily caveated as not being a comprehensive record, the findings were published in an open paper (AFAG 33/02) which was presented at the November 2018 AFAG meeting. According to the analysis, there were 117 recorded RIDDOR-reportable incidents in arboriculture during that period. Of these, 23 were falls from height, of which one was fatal, 6 resulted in fractured vertebrae, 3 multiple fractures, 5 lower limb fractures and fracture to ankle, ribs and wrist.' If the HSE cannot demonstrate that using a single anchor has been the cause of incidents, which from your article would appear to be the case, then how can these stats be used to change working practice? Were climbers at fault themselves; were people even climbing or just falling off wobbly ladders; were they not tied in when moving around the tree etc etc. Ed
  9. Jules, Many thanks for the response - that's useful info. If it were a case of these packages not costing that much then a few niggles would be ok. but at the prices they're asking you would hope things would be more straightforward. I don't have previous autocad experience as you do, so I guess I'd be getting pretty frustrated pretty quickly. I'll have a look at QCAD - not seen that one before. Cheers, Ed.
  10. Jules, An old post I realise, but are you still getting on ok with PT mapper (assume you have the pro?) and do you pay the extra for the support element they offer? I like the look of their packages but have yet to try them other than in their free trial version. It's for 5837 work mainly I would be interested in it for (albeit not exclusively). Cheers, Ed.
  11. I've used this site before for my 372 and 268. Seems to have most saws. https://www.manualslib.com/manual/835150/Husqvarna-362xp.html
  12. Interesting to see that the Proceeds of Crime Act was used as his house had gone up in value apparently as a result of the increased light.
  13. I've shared it on Facebook, Mark. Unlikely it will head up Fife way but you never know, someone might see it and have some info. I've quite a few muckers in Kent. Hope you get it back. Bastards.
  14. Mytting was on about burning large quantities of pine re having to sweep the flues more often. I guess this would be true for any wood with a very high resin content. But in reality, apart from the colder parts of the UK perhaps, I don't reckon on people needing to sweeop their chimneys more than once a year. Maybe twice if you burn a huge amount (of any wood). But people will see what comes out of the flue when it's swept and be able to gauge what is often enough for their burning habits.
  15. Aye but not all the book is about the wood - stoves, saws, stacking etc take up a huge part too. The book loves birch (as do I, it's burning in my stove right now) but also discusses softwood as a fuel source (as kindling, 'kitchen wood' and also as a main fuel). Indeed the dude who builds the big arty ring piles does so ordinarily out of pine or spruce, because that's what he can get (he's in Norway). I suppose all I'm saying is that there is nothing wrong with burning softwood. It works, and in certain circumstances can even be advantageous. But you'll have to load the stove more often and split more wood.

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