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I don't know.

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General Discussion / Re: extra cotton
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:37:37 PM »
I gave a bunch of old cotton I took out of chairs to a bee keeper. He uses it in his smoker. He said it stays lit, lasts longer, and smokes better than other things he's burned in his smoker. He also likes the smell of the smoke.

gene


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You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.

Try spending a few weeks in an old cabin in Northern Canada in the summer. That can of Raid is on the kitchen table when you are in the kitchen. It is in the bedroom when you are in the bed room. It goes with you down the trail when you need to use the double header, if you are lucky enough to have a double header.

Jeff Foxworthy: You know you are a redneck when your front porch collapses and kills at least 5 dogs. You know you are a redneck when your mom doesn't even take the cigarette out of her mouth to tell the State Trooper to kiss her a$$.

There was a nice picture of a young couple walking down a country road going through the woods for a day hike. He said, "This road is kind of creepy." She said, "Yes. It's going to be scary walking back by myself."

Thanks for the variety of wit and humor.

gene


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General Discussion / Attached back cushions to the wall
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:51:54 AM »
I have a built in banquette that will have 5 back rest cushions attached to the wall. The cushions will be made with a wood substrate. What hardware would you use to attach the cushions? There is a decorative wood lip over the back area so I am not able to slide the cushions downward to install. I will need to push the cushions straight onto the wall.

Thank you,

Gene

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General Discussion / JoAnn Fabrics
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:49:22 AM »
I was in JoAnn Fabrics yesterday. I told the lady cutting my lining that I'm an upholsterer. She wanted my business card because she said she has customers all the time wanting an upholsterer. She said customers come in all the time buying fabric for a DIY project and then come back because they got in over their heads and are looking for someone to finish the project. And she said she has customers who want to buy their fabric but want to find an upholsterer first.

I did not give her my business card. My thinking is that someone sees a new cheap sofa for $500. They think they can save money by reupholstering their sofa themselves. They find out that they do not have the skills to do the reupholstery, or that it is too hard. They then find out that an upholsterer will charge double what they can pay for that new cheap sofa.

If I gave JoAnn's my business card, I believe I would get a steady stream of phone calls and texts asking me for advise and estimates, but not one piece of business.

Do you agree or disagree with my assessment?

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Narrow crown stapler
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:30:57 PM »
Thank you for the info. My memory is good enough to remember that this was talked about before on this forum, but my memory is not good enough to remember what was said.

On some ornate wood carved or antique furniture there are sometimes acute angles that the double welt cord needs to fit into. I always find a gimp tack or the narrow staple. I usually tap in a brad nail with a head on it which is a real pain to do. My fingers are not so nimble any more.

gene

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General Discussion / Narrow crown stapler
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:31:16 PM »
When you use a narrow crown staple to secure the corners of double welt cord, do you use the 18 gage narrow crown staple that Harbor Freight guns use?

https://www.harborfreight.com/18-gauge-2-in-1-air-nailerstapler-63156.html

Or do you use a narrow crown stapler that has staples as thin as the Series 7 staples?

Thanks,

gene

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I don't need to cold call so I don't. But if I needed to cold call to get business, there would not be a better cold calling upholsterer than me. And there would not be an upholsterer who hates cold calling more than me.

(I have a sales and sales management background where I think I was a fairly good salesman.)

I hated cold calling so much that I got very good at it. I had a script. My goal was to get you off the phone as quick as possible after finding out if you used or needed my product or service. If you wanted to talk now, great. If not, I'll call you in a month or two or three or whatever the time frame I was working with, when you might be interested in my product or services at that time. I graded my prospects A, B, C, D, and F. The A's were closest to becoming a customer. I had a filing system and then use a computer program to keep track of all my phone calls. I always called back when I said I would.

I started my career by selling insurance. My instructor told me NOT to sell to my family and friends. He said that if I learned how to cold call, I would always have prospects to turn into customers. If I only hit on my family and friends, I would soon run out of prospects and then not know how to get more prospects.

My goal of cold calling was never to sell anything. It was to gather information about you or your company in regards to my product or service as quickly as possible to show you respect for your time. If I thought you might be a viable prospect I always let you know I would call again in the future.

A successful cold call was one where I qualified you as a prospect and I had a date on my schedule to call you again.

Cold calling B2B still has some viability today but cold calling people at home is not something that works very well. We're just too overwhelmed with advertising and selling of all kinds.

Hey, I'm starting to miss the cold sweats, anxiety attacks, and overwhelming rejection I used to feel when I cold called. Maybe I'll make a few calls tomorrow? :-)

gene

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Curiosity - Making double cording
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:09:49 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW2Hc3mYBtA

This is my go to video on how to make double welt cord.

On thick fabric I will use 5/32" jute welt cord on one side and 6/32" cotton on the other in order to help make both cordings the same thickness, or at least closer to being the same thickness.

I appreciate your comment Doyle, "The work turned out fine, so the time spent was worth spending." It does take time to get things looking awesome.

I was in a home recently where I reupholstered an antique chair years ago with double welt cord. A seam of the double welt cord was right in the front of the chair. It was just a bit thicker than the rest of the welt cord. It looked great, and no one but an upholsterer would notice it, but wow did I notice it!  :-)

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:18:40 PM »
I don't know so I'll take a guess. I'll bet $1.27 that both the inside back and the foot rest pop off by tapping them upward on the bottom of both panels. Unscrew the back and set it flat on a table and have the top of the metal against something so the metal part will not move, and tap the bottom of the black panel. My bet says it will slide up and then be detached.

You can see a space above the footrest that would allow the footrest to move upward about 2 inches or so if you were to tap on the bottom of the footrest.

It would be great if you could take the back, seat, front panel, and foot rest only with you to your shop.

gene



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General Discussion / Re: How did Walt Disney make it?
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:44:07 AM »
Prager University (Dennis Prager), Glen Beck, Glen Beck asking people to give money to Prager University. Even the Pope in not more religious than this.

And please understand I have no problem with people posting anything on this forum. I've certainly posted a lot of non upholstery stuff myself.

We get spam occasionally and some jokes, but it's very rare that someone posts something that is totally unrelated to upholstery.

I just found it interesting that this may be the first religious post I've seen.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: How did Walt Disney make it?
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:02:23 PM »
I think this may be the first religious post on this forum. At least in the last 13 or so years that I've been hanging around. I'm not formally complaining. I'm just making an observation. There's been some personal info shared but I think this is the first full out post on the topic.

gene

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True story. It was on the internet.

A girl got a text from her mom. It said, "Aunt Thelma has died. She will be missed by all of us. LOL Mom."

The girl quickly called her mom and said she was sorry to hear about Aunt Thelma. She then asked her mom what LOL meant. Her mom said "Lot's of love." The girl then told her mom what it really means. Her mom panicked and said she had to go so she could call all the people she sent that text to explain her mistake.

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General Discussion / Re: Using Expanding Foam in Arm Chair
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:47:16 PM »
I might add jute webbing to the arms. Staple it at the front side of the arm and run it back through the chair frame, pull it tight with a web stretcher, and staple at the back. 4 or 5 rows of jute webbing would make a nice surface that follow the contour of the arm. Cover with foam or cotton.

I would not try to reuse that cardboard.

Love to hear what you decide to do along with a pic of the finished chair. 

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:48:46 PM »
Jeopardy:

Me: I'll take "Plants" for $300 Alex.

Alex: It gains elegance and softens to behold the most fluid drape.

Me: Linen!

Alex: I'm sorry Gene, but you are an idiot. Once again you forgot to put your answer in the form of a question.

Me: If it's an ANSWER then how in the H E double hockey sticks can it be a QUESTION?

On my first business trip to Arkansas I saw a field of cotton. I stopped and walked out into the field. This was the first time I saw bolls in person. I was wearing my business suit. A state trouper pulled up behind my car. He asked me what I was doing. I told him I hadn't seen cotton before. He said something like "Be safe. Have a nice day." And he drove off. I'm sure I wasn't the first northerner he saw walking through a cotton field.

Beautiful work on that chair, kodyD.

gene

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