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Ever get funny looks about climbing?

old CB

old CB

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Ever see the face of a home owner when you drop a 30 foot stem between lines a foot away on each side and in between two houses?
Sweet, a moment like that.

I'm amazed at people who take no interest in what we do. Last month, I'm up on gaffs topping a pine over and away from the power drop--and the guy's inside watching morning TV. He thought he'd need to have the power co. drop the line, a total pain, and I told him no need for that--I'll climb.

If someone were doing work like that in my yard I'd be curious as hell as to how it's done.
 
benjo75

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We showed up a few weeks ago to do a job that was bid on about 8 weeks before. There was a new room added on to the back of the house and a new Internet cable going under the tree from the other way. I couldn't get my truck to the tree around back because of the new room. So I looked at going in from the front and couldn't get my boom out of the rest due to the wire. They had the nerve to tell me that it was already done when I gave the estimate. No way. They finally admitted that it was just done. The price of that job doubled. They didn't like it but they thought they had to have it done anyway.
 
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Many times.
So many think a bucket truck means some sort of guaranteed skill and less danger.
Bucket trucks seem to kill more than climbing in my area. No statistics. Just what I have seen in recent deaths.

I had one lady I bid expect me to show up in a bucket truck when the tree had zero access. I thought she was going to tell me to leave. I guess she figured bucket trucks could reach 300' from the street to her backyard.

Sorry lady, you aint getting a crane for $1500.

The really irritating thing is when the tough guy says, "I would have climbed it when I was younger,I had the spikes for my boots." Or "I dont want to climb it, I have better things to do."

I prefer the honest ones.
"You won't catch my ass up that high in a tree with a chainsaw or not! You gotta have balls of steel! You guys are fkin nuts!"


Sometimes when I tell customers I have to or am going to climb their tree, I get a dumbfounded look. It's usually followed up by some type of concern. And I know for sure I have lost jobs because of it. Some people want to be home to watch me so they can stop me before I get hurt.

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ChipChomper

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One time I had a lady ask me what I did for a living and I said I climb trees. She said she climbed trees too, and I said, "that's awesome!" Then she was like "no but really, what do you do for a living?" I said "I climb trees." Then she rolled her eyes at me and walked away...
 
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;)

You think anyone wants to watch someone be like everyone else?

Mediocre will always be just that and no one cares for average.
 
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You got me beat by infinity percent right now.
I am a boring guy.
I watch guys like human and buckin billy ray and cant believe how much effort they put in.

They are really interesting personalities and great at what they do.
Someday I hope my little channnel turns into something for sponsorships and patreon purposes but its on in millions.

I am actually trying to clean up my mouth a bit for that reason. It is hard.
Had to edit out 500 cursewords from the last action video I did.
 
EchoRomeoCharlie

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I am a boring guy.
I watch guys like human and buckin billy ray and cant believe how much effort they put in.

They are really interesting personalities and great at what they do.
Someday I hope my little channnel turns into something for sponsorships and patreon purposes but its on in millions.

I am actually trying to clean up my mouth a bit for that reason. It is hard.
Had to edit out 500 cursewords from the last action video I did.
I'm subbed to both of those guys as well as Educated Climber, August Hunicke, Terry Hale(not really a climber, but more science side of tree work), Stihl Born, Travor Ahern...and others I can't think of right now. Some are simply for education(they're not very exciting..but teach well), some for entertainment, and some for a little of both.

Just be who you are and let the cards lay where they fall.
 
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