Beware the Daws of March.

As is customary for this time of year , i always write a wee reminder that spring is upon us once again and it won’t be long till Mr & Mrs Jack, D Aws will be scouting for a new home. Unfortunately that is most likely to be in a chimney and is one of the worst problem situations a solid fuel user can get.

Customers always seem to imagine a nest will be similar to that of a crows nest that you see in a tree. So they are almost always astonished when they realise it is more akin to a beavers dam and normally a minimum of 1.5 bin bags full of material. If they are interested i tell them my memories of the, “worst nest ever” back when i were just a young lad of about ten or so, let’s say early-mid 1980’s.

This nest was like several stories high and must have been generations returning and building on the old nests before as foundations. The run of the flu in this old building was quite funky too and presented my father and co , no insignificant problem. At some point they had to open up the bricks to make sure it was 100% cleared and in the end after 9 hours they had amassed 13 full bin bags of twigs, squashed coke cans, six inch nails, sheep’s wool, horsehair and other assorted nesting materials.

The moral of the story is , it is better to be safe than sorry…prevention is far better than cure in this case and so very much LESS expensive for you. The other thing is you should know that once you’ve got one , it cannot be removed till August unless you get a special permit. For more in depth information you can read our previous post on birds nests, filed under funnily enough ‘birds nests’

Spring/Summer Season 2019 is here

Typically , the first day back is blizzard conditions but that did not stop me. Another reason to be glad i use power sweeping rods now , far superior to the old systems including the ball and circular brush so not so much climbing as when i was the roof man for my father.

When i think back , for me i started on roofs at only 3 years old and loved climbing anyway so it was great fun and i always liked the danger aspect .. Over the years my father only had one or two good roof guys ..sure he had a lot of good workers over the years but if they could even do the job competently that was enough. It was free climbing , or running as one potential applicant pointed out his reasons for not wanting the job.
We used to do anything up to 50 sweeps in a day so one could not afford to be slow in anything , organisation with a hefty dose of courage & skill was essential.

I’d wager, even i, myself couldn’t do that now , you need to be in practice doing it every day to be able operate at that kind of level. Thing is since i lost my father i seemed to lose my invincibility too , for him i could and would do anything because he was the boss. Now i have responsibility , it limits the risks you can take because no you no show … this means in my spare time & hobbies too.

Looking forward to catching up with my regulars this season, cheers Tom

Seven years have passed

It is now the time of year when my fathers passing draws close, this being the seventh year. I will probably make this my final post on the subject, I will always love and miss him with each passing day, especially when I am out working. Sometimes, it can be hard not to remember things and times gone by.

Indeed the good old days, with no masks, just some old clothes, and a pair of half gutted training shoes, haha. There once was a time before roof ladders too and I remember being very reluctant to use it for the first 5 or so years after my father bought it. Yes, it was useful for the few jobs I felt were too risky but it was cumbersome, weighed heavy and I just didn’t like it.

When I think of just some of the many many acrobatic feats my father and I performed daily through the 70’s 80’s and 90’s I get a big warm glow inside. Just knowing that there are very few who could or would be able to do anything like what we used to do; makes me appreciate the uniqueness of the skillset we had to develop and keep polished just to survive each coming week of the season. The customers too, often we would have lovely old ladies prepare banquet sized feasts for us, amazing. Everything all prepared for us coming with military precision, no chambermaid duties for us.

I also think back to my very first climb onto a roof, which must have been 1974 because I was only THREE years old. This was near the top end of Sutherland drive in new farm loch, Kilmarnock. I actually remember that day pretty well despite it being closer to 50 years ago than I’d care to admit. I remember due to the way idiots were driving up and down the street, my father decided it was safer for me to come up on the roof with him and just sit about 3 or 4 foot up from the gutter’s edge. It really was a very slow slope anyway and I being a natural monkey, had already climbed many much more dangerous things by then.

I had been wearing my bright red welly boots that day and was enjoying the views when “long john silver” a promotion-hungry, gung~ho police ‘person’ arrived on the scene. I remember climbing back down and standing inside the customers garden gate. Also getting angry with him because basically, he was being a dick to my dad.

Anyway, luckily for us the case got dismissed in court by the infamous Sherrif D. Smith who astutely listened to my father’s honest version of events, i.e. I was never in any danger. The court reporters decided to run with the story and so I ended up on the front page of the Kilmarnock standard newspaper. The headline was I am led to believe, “The welly boot kid”

Seven years may have passed but the great memories remain forever. Love and miss you always dad.

New Website Upgrades

New Website Upgrades

So I’ve had some new logo’s made as a wee experiment on Fiverr and had some upgrades including style done to the site now and I think its functionality is a bit better too. Lot’s more changes coming this year in everything hopefully, me, myself and I too 🙂  If you want to get in touch for anything,  comment about the new site or anything else, ask questions etc?  the easiest way will be to use the facebook page, either comments or PM if discretion is required.  I’d like to keep the contact page onsite for work inquiries only.
Bom Bolinath Babaji <3

The importance of decent ladders

The importance of decent ladders


So it had been in the back of my mind for a while now to invest in some decent ladders as the ones left to me by my father were getting on a bit. As with a lot of things these days, it didn’t take me long to find out the price of a decent set of ladders with free delivery wasn’t particularly expensive; after that i couldn’t fail to abide by the logic of getting a new set.

There i sat patiently waiting until finally after 2 days and lots of excuses later, the new shiny ladders finally arrived. Out i went to inspect them and lo and behold , i stopped counting at 6 rungs damaged by significant dents. I know its an out sized item mate but bloody ell you fair been flinging it around in anger ?

I had to laugh at this guy ,  i really did, he who still had the sheer audacity to suggest,” it’s OK mate you can accept them and get your money back so it says so here on my delivery note thingy”.  So i enlighten him that for me to return them to get my money back would cost almost as much as the set of ladders. Moral of the story is always check your deliveries from couriers these days , there’s always lots of stories about them doing this kind of thing these days.

Needless to say after adjusting to ladders that i don’t need to body-pop just to stay upright on was a bit weird to begin with, lol i kept shoogling and …of course it stayed dead still. Ahh i’m so happy with my new ladders , the new stability in my life ..hah, should have gotten some ages back but hey got em now, joy 🙂

Figure 1: LYTE Ladders