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Calamity Wayne

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  1. If you have emails confirming they accepted the quote and a start date I would push them to at least cover your costs. Life is too short for this sort of crap and if you were able to drop on something else then maybe let it go. But I think it's worth calling on them and try and to get the cost of hired in equipment etc. back, at least. This is the sort of thing that leaves you fuming and at least a rant at the customer might make you feel better.
  2. I don't know why you wouldn't want to use an accumulator tank, as it acts as an insulated store for the hot water produced. The idea of any biomass boiler system is to burn the wood hot and fast to produce the maximum heat from the fuel source and then store it in the accumulator until its needed. It's not like a conventionally fuelled boiler where you can draw oil or gas on as the system demands. If you don't have the accumulator it's really a waste of time and you may as well have a conventional oil or gas boiler.
  3. Well looks like that's it lads, parties over! Don't forget to pick up your kit on the way out. Pity they didn't use average joes for the demo rather than the climbing elite.
  4. Assuming this is mainly introduced by the idea of an anchor point failure, would it not make more sense for HSE to do a study into timber strength values and issue guidelines on minimum thickness dependant on species. If the anchor wood integrity is suspect most climbers would already use a system of redirects or secondary anchors if no other method (mewp etc.)was feasable. Whats the point of saying you've got a shitty stick to tie into, so tie into it twice, you'll be fine.
  5. Secure a heavy duty tarp with strong eyelets to the bed of the truck at the tailgate and run it along the bed and up the back wall. Chip onto it. When you want to empty it tie a strong rope to the tarp at the back (cab end) of the truck and tie the other end to a strong anchor point such as a tree behind where you want to tip. When you slowly drive forward the tarp should pull the load off the bed. Or google Loadhandler UK
  6. For most small firms just doing private work it probably won't change anything and climbers will carry on as they are. In practise most climbers don't adhere to these very black and white policies/ best practises all the time - I doubt anybody drags 20m+ of mainline through the top of a row of conifers with a lanyard when they're retopping them, or double ties-in in a small apple tree for example (if you tie in at all?). It will be a ball-ache for companies doing public and higher profile work. Can you imagine repollarding street tree Limes with 2 main line anchor points when you can barely squeeze into the canopy to start cutting. And the rope management on the floor - Hi Karrumba! Two main anchors for rope access dangling 200ft off the side of a building makes sense. Two main anchors 10ft off the ground in a fruit tree is ridiculous! If it was a recommendation for use in suitable circumstances, then ok, but the worry is it sounds like it's going to be an all or nothing policy.
  7. I learnt to climb using both ends of the same rope/ 2 prussiks and used to work powerlines. I turned a job done with the main SSE contractor based on this policy of having to be tied in twice all the time. Funnily enough I still carry a spare prussik especially in large open trees so I can still use the tail end of my climb line occasionally as a second line on long branch walks, when I need that triangulation and its a long way between limbs. Works well. The worst time to have to use that system would be doing powerlines where most trees are smaller, tighter canopies, dense with epicormic from the previous siding/topping. Identifying your seperate lines can be achieved using different coloured ropes and Karabiners, but the friction and general rope mess must be a nightmare in a tight canopy. It would be interesting to know whether the contractors currently working under this policy actually use the 2 rope system or just when they get the heads up they're going to be getting an audit. I imagine its like spiking live/retained trees on the powerlines - it's against policy but in reality common practise.
  8. Hello everyone. This is a subject that's been through the mill a bit and it's to do with earnings from tree work. I was thinking yesterday about the number of days in the year I actually earn money. This came about from a customer who was taken aback by the amount I needed to charge. As it was works been a bit quiet and I charged him £140 to cut down an Apple tree which I knew wasn't enough as soon as I said it, but he was very much from the keen homesteader brigade, and as I say works been quiet - should've been £200. Anyway he thought I'd be there all day. I work on my own for the most part ( this isn't a post about working practices) just doing trees for mainly private domestic, so just me, truck and chipper, with a bit of freelance climbing for a bit of variety. Annual costs around £10000. Given that there are now jobs on the books around £30000+ with all the benefits associated being employed (I'm not getting into pros and cons of tax S/E to PAYE as we all pay it to one degree or another), I think it's not unreasonable to want to come out with £35000 - £40000 to spend on sweets (and tax). So aiming around £50000 before costs. I aim to work an 8hr day (though often nearer 10 loading/ unloading, travel). So if I was stricter with myself I'd work 4 days where I'm earning the money and 1 day dicking about with admin, quoting dropping stuff off, picking stuff up etc. So including weekends I don't earn money for 3 days a week @ 52 weeks that's 156 days. That's 209 earning days p/a. If working like for like with PAYE I also don't have any income for another 28 days holiday and bank holidays. Down to181 days. There's probably 11 days in the year that get written off by bad weather, injury, customers cancelling last minute, people not paying, machinery failure, work going quiet etc etc. So realistically I earn money for 170 days a year. So to earn £50000 equates to £294 a day. This is pretty much where I'm at with my rates ( expensive to some apparently - too cheap to some no doubt, but it works for me here in the sticks)- obviously I tailor it a bit to the job before shooting myself in the foot by blurting out too low a price. Just thought it was an interesting exercise to realise I work less than half a year!
  9. Calamity Wayne


    I think most climbers are aware of the state of their kit. But a Loler inspector should also be going through the kit thoroughly when they're assessing it. Otherwise what's the point in having it Lolered. We could all do our own inspections and leave it at that. Not that I'm altogether against that approach. Personally, legalities aside and looking at it from just a safety point of view, I think being responsible for and inspecting your own personal kit is all that's necessary for the great majority of climbers ( and I'm only talking about personal climbing systems - not lowering kits. cranes etc.). But I've seen people happy to climb on kit I would consider sketchy, so where do you draw the line. That's the point of the proper Loler inspection. Otherwise accept we're all adults capable of making our own judgements and let everyone just get on with it.
  10. Calamity Wayne


    I used to work at a large company where the in-house Loler inspections were done by the same person responsible for ordering the kit. and his background wasn't in arboriculture, so his experience only came from doing the Loler course. He was responsible for dozens of kit. I was in the office talking to him the one day whilst he was inspecting my kit and all he was doing was checking serial numbers matched the records, he never checked the condition. So to me it's not a good idea. If anything did happen all the paperwork was in place, so the company knew they were compliant enough should something happen. Also the degree of wear is subjective and is only a visual check. Someone who is responsible for checking and replacing kit is unlikely to bin things unless its really bad. when does a furred rope become a frayed rope, become a dangerous rope? We've probably all spiked our climb line at some point. Unless the person using the kit also gets to put their say on whether they are happy with the condition as it is signed off, I'd say no. But for a company of any size that's unrealistic. You need to trust you Loler inspector, but also I've used inspectors who condemn kit too easily. It turns out its not a perfect world!
  11. Try Dick Leigh in Clitheroe. Tel: 01254 823578 Fax: 01254 824777 E-mail – sales@dickleigh.co.uk
  12. The Poplar Tree Company near Hereford have been processing Poplar for years, as matchwood and biomass. Their website gives stock costs and the like.


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