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    Poor bloke.

    I know what you look like
    Rich.

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    "friends and family rate" necessary part of my life (extends to all my neighbors on this Mt. as well ... Working close to home is good). Yes cheap , but I figure long run with very few exceptions it comes back plus to me somehow. Other jobs , ect. , sometimes their neighbors will pay full rate.

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    That's a difficult situation!
    I volunteer my equipment, but make them pay wages for my helpers. It helps that my sister is an excellent cook, and she ALWAYS rustles up ground help

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggun View Post
    Poor bloke.

    I know what you look like
    Knot Interested.....

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    Depends on the friends, depends on the family.
    Currently working every 2nd Saturday on a friends tree(s) till they are both down. Quite large canyon oaks. Just Rob, me and the HO. He is relatively disabled, so he is limited to what he can do and how much he can afford. He also does a lot for folks that have no one to turn to. Vietnam vet. We trade. He'll come out ahead. Wants to trade me his fishing boat. I don't want a hole in the water to pour money in. So we will be making other arrangements. Again. He'll come out ahead.
    Other friend insists on paying me, but I give him a family discount. Again, a guy that really takes care of some folks that cant do for themselves otherwise.
    Both these guys donate a lot of time to our local youth as well..
    Family, they try to pay. If they succeed, I just spend it back on them
    Everybody is a little different.
    It's like, I really don't like that bro in law. But I love my sister. SO I gave him a consult for free to tell him what my expert opinion was on his ash tree in Colorado being devoured by beetles. His was about the last one standing in the neighborhood. He had it treated for a few years consecutively. My sister hated the tree.
    I showed him some defects and what a threat it would eventually be to the house and how it was crowding out his nicer tree (a bradford pear ) that was quite healthy and vigorous. Not threatening the house. Showed him how to make collar cuts and "thin it" so that maybe the snow "might not" break it.
    Sister was happy. Tree gone. Bro offered me a C note. He was happy I refused. I am happy my sister is happy. My opinion of the dude has not changed, but he feels I like him well enough. That is good to keep my sister happy. Hey.... win win...
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    I usually try and cover cost ( guys, fuel, ect) but not much more than that for family, friends I'll do the same unless they have something to barter against.

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    You're a good man, Stephen.

    So many folks around here on a pretty fixed income own properties and didn't expect all the Ash to drop dead so quickly. Probably 2nd or 3rd most common hardwood in the area. The good news is they can often pay for drop and leave and get someone else to come collect the wood for heating. Some guys will cut the firewood out of 3" branches, I just lack the patience.

    Bad news is folks are letting them go too long to the point that they're too risky to climb. I'll help my friends and family all day long if it can be done safely.

    I guess if there's a bright side it's that it's not called the Emerald Willow Borer... that would suck trying to get rid of that crap. At least Ash wood is desirable.

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    A sawbuck makes easy work out of that smaller stuff, many pieces at a time, upright, and away from dirt. You can find a good pallet-sawbuck video for an idea. Easy for the HO to tell the guy cutting the wood up.
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    I almost never break even working for friends or family... now if my friend is a prime and sets me up fat as hell as a sub.... that's ok. We usually profit on those.

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    I’ve done things for friends and family and I try to cover cost on most. Some realize it and at least give a healthy tip.
    My mother in law on the other hand is a PITA. Bitches if I charge her for fuel cost. Apparently “giving” me her daughter is payment enough. I’d love to swap the bills
    -Rich