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  1. Most garages and repair places I've used tend to put something in their terms and conditions like 'parts remain the property of X until payment received in full'. If this guy doesn't pay then he doesn't own the parts I would say. Issue him with a notice that you are taking him to the small claims court - that also might be enough to elicit payment.
  2. My public liability package has a clause in it that states we're covered for professional indemnity regardless but only for advice given that is not charged for. Chargeable work IE reports we have to have separate PI for. Can't see why garden services would ever need that sort of PI.
  3. For that size you can run a 48" lo pro bar and chain which makes life easier - thinner kerf and smoother , easier cuttinf. Any larger and you'd be on 404 anyway I reckon. You'd need a 3/8 lo pro 7 tooth sprocket from memory. Bear in mind the location of the chain tension screw on a 3120. Makes it a pain to adjust when milling - and you'll need to do a bit of that. That said, if it's only the one log then maybe you can put up with that.
  4. Having gone through the same route about a decade ago, much of what has been said is correct. Regardless of tickets, as a freelance climber you would be expected to cope with and have much of the kit for any job that was booked in for the day. On that basis you are only really a well qualified ground worker. Going employed would potentially be a better route initially as you are 'qualified' more than many, and this would give your employer the satisfaction that you are covered to be working but can be brought up to speed practically over time. Naturally this means lower wages initially but you can step up to try more complex stuff as it comes along, and those opportunities will be regular. If you were out for you'd be getting bottom of the scale to start but that could change quickly as and when you proved yourself capable, quick and safe. That could mean minimum wage for many but at least £120 a day on a freelance basis for me. Decent climbers are £200 but I've had to pay more for worse depending on who's available. Good luck with it all.
  5. It's all combustion be it from an engine or a stove, no?
  6. You need a nice thick Berberis hedge. It's horrible stuff and will deter most folk from pushing through.
  7. Have you been distilling the cooking sherry again?
  8. Hold on - last week you were telling us £220 a day was dog shit wages and you were leaving the industry...
  9. Artists charcoal - willow is the favoured material as the resulting charcoal is soft and good to work with. The wood does need peeling when green, so obviously more labour intensive but can sell for reasonable money is you have an outlet for it.
  10. Er - enough to make a reasonable, and ok only reasonable, living based on what we do. If you can't have a decent take home freelance climbing on 40-48k a year gross then you're getting it wrong .
  11. How is £48k a year minus the tax deductable expenses of a freelance climber a dog shit wage?
  12. Which is crazy. No way should it be that much for a freelance climber. Unless he's including other expenses that come with running own jobs IE yard rent, insurance etc
  13. So assuming you're working the notional 220 days a year that's £39600-48400 a year before tax and expenses. I don't know what your running costs are but that seems a reasonable amount to me for having little entrepreneurial risk as a freelancer


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