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General Discussion / Thread ?
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:46:41 PM »
First I select the bookmark for the forum and it takes me to the on line sales site.  Upholster . Com -  than I type in the forum address and don't see a post that was here last night regarding products for sale  ?   Mike/Inger feed back is something that is positive - am I wrong - you guys asked for opinions -

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 16, 2018, 06:19:00 PM »
The Mojo Bunny Ranch !   Sounds Expensive -

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Work order need suggestions
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:46:36 AM »
I don't think a work order will do the job like a shop foreman would.  How many people do you have working for you ?

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:43:20 AM »
I had to buy a new tool box last week.  Went to HD - there was Milwaukee, Husky, Stanley, and Ridgid brand.  By far the Ridgid brand was far superior than the rest. That's what I purchased and glad I did. 

General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:48:17 PM »
You should cover all the wood of the lower frame - 1/2 in. foam is good.  How much higher can the seat be ?  Maybe it's time to cover the cotton with muslin and see how well you formed the front deck rail.

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:49:25 PM »
Pushing 63 - Many things do change for the better but : a few we could do without

Kneeling at Football games
Presidents who never served
Two parents working
Doctors forgetting their oath
School bullying
Big insurance companies
Big box stores
Big banks
Uncompromising political parties
Many Imported goods
Many taxes
Lack of Respect for this Country + authority
Some lawyers


General Discussion / How Old
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:38:01 AM »
How Old ?  This is good - I'm not against technology at all but it was  a different mind set years ago.  A little before my time but not that much before !

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end.

It may blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.

The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
' television
' penicillin
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Xerox
' contact lenses
' Frisbees and
' the pill

There were no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens

Man had not invented :
' pantyhose
' air conditioners
' dishwashers
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.

Your Grandmother and I got married first,... and then lived together..

Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, "mam". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir".

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege... We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam....

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, ... but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:
' "grass" was mowed,
' "coke" was a cold drink,
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' "chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and
' "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
How old do you think I am?

I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time .

Are you ready ?????

This man would be 70 years old today.   70 years ago was 1947.

GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT... PASS THIS ON TO THE OLD ONES, The younger generation would not understand.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Warranty
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:56:09 PM »
Mojo - Every legal disclaimer has a vulnerability but I agree with what you're say about offering the unbeatable warranty.  There is a company here in our county who did just that and has grown 100 times above everyone else.  His favorite saying is " keep them smiling"   however he runs the business so when there's a call he sends someone.  Unlike me it would add to my work load -  warranty's are not for small guys.

The small guy isn't loosing sleep because his quality of work is questionable.  Like doc say's - stuff isn't coming back for poor craftsmanship. 

Anyway I have a neighbor who gets something delivered and they can surely find a nick or scratch to get off another 10 percent off.  This same neighbor bought a computer and before the three year warranty was up he purposely overheated the board and got a replacement.  Dell + HP can handle it the small guy not so much !
Thank goodness I've had luck staying away from disingenuous customers.  They are usually recognizable to me before getting started.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Warranty
« on: January 05, 2018, 08:57:12 AM »
A general warranty for a term period - how do you separate out abusive wear from a true defect in craftsmanship or fabric.  Most folks will consider a warranty all inclusive. 
We're not Bed Bath, and Beyond or Walmart that can absorb those kinds of claims.  I don't offer anything in writing.
Two weeks ago an account sent me a cushion cover to replace an existing cover where the side boxing was fraying on the middle cushion.  I thought to myself this is very strange how a boxing could fray like that tucked away out of use.  When the designer opened the door two cats ran off.  After the cover was removed the designer asked if I could make a throw cushion out of the old cover.  It had cat hair on it - I declined -

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Trends ??
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:17:46 AM »
Trends ....... for me not great since the desire for antiques (brown furniture) has dwindled in the last 10 years.  Although repairs / restorations are strong with older folks who have period pieces from their parents and want them to be maintained.  A trend for millennials that I haven't been interested in is taking mid century furniture - washing it down, and lacquering it with pastel color enamels.
 Repairs for smalls are strong but the work is tedious and it's difficult to justify the cost.
Vintage furniture values are very low now, and when folks pick up a good old mahogany piece at an estate sale for $ 150.00 they aren't likely to spend $ 750.00 to get it restored.  Customers like to send photos and ask for a quote - they also get 3-4 other quotes via photos before actually asking a service to come look.  Someone will get the job but there's a lot of salesmanship going

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Changes for 2018 ??
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:08:23 AM »
I'd like to see what if any extra funds I have due to the tax changes.  A new vehicle would be nice.
 I want to take on more re-upholstery jobs and less refinishing jobs.
Keep more materials around - foams, cottons, dacron's, etc. 
Goals for me are staying out of debt - every year I have to pay more for business expense while keeping my prices level and competitive
All the best in 2018 Mojo - sounds like a plate full


General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: December 28, 2017, 08:53:27 AM »
I have success putting cotton in between the springs before I cover them with burlap - cuts down on noise


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: foam prices
« on: December 22, 2017, 02:44:04 PM »
Latex foam is very expensive - I've never ordered it for that reason.  I just bought a new gallon of K -Spray glue.  I've gone from only using the rattle cans of K Spray  to the jar sprayer with the compressor.  A world of difference.  Anyway the glue is a little heavy and the thinner for the K Spray is expensive.  Are there cheaper alternatives to thinning the glue.  e.g.  Lacquer Thinner -  Denatured alcohol  ?  - thanks for the advice 

Wishing All Here The Very Best for the Friendship this past year - may all be Healthy - have Success - Faith - and Laughter always -


General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 22, 2017, 02:28:02 PM »
The zig zag springs seem ok to me - but not approaching the quality of coils  - however you see a lot of failure to zig zags  where the end of the spring joins to the clip.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:47:33 AM »
Getting close to occupancy.  You know that you will spend another 5 years developing and changing the working space after you move in.
But it's all good - what a place - the lighting, height, stand alone building, wide openings, maybe the first of a few more buildings/partnership business' to come ?

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