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The Business Of Upholstery / How Much Is Call Reluctance Costing You?
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:18:08 AM »
One of my biggest phobias is making cold telephone calls. This includes following up on leads. I've been that way my whole life. I don't mind sending an email and I can walk up to a perspective client at a party or event and start a conversation but the thought of making a phone call makes me nervous. Fortunately for me Rose can call and start a conversation with just about anybody. 

On this subject is another good read from Manta,


General Discussion / Photobucket Update
« on: May 30, 2018, 04:40:31 PM »
Two weeks ago I received a notice in my email from Photobucket stating they are under new management. They promised to cut a lot of the advertising and be more user friendly.

So today I messed around with it. It took me a while to figure out what I was doing because I hadn't used it in a long time. The ads still pop up but not near as bad as it once was. And I figured out my uploading issue. I revamped my barber chair post and think I have it figured out.

Lets hope Photobucket finally has their act together. They seem to be the only photo storing site that has the thumbnail option. At least the only one that doesn't have ads for sexy ladies from foreign countries looking for a husband. And how come no sexy guys looking for a wife? I digress.

General Discussion / Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: May 29, 2018, 04:57:35 PM »
Need some help on this one. Went to an old customers house today. They want this vintage barber chair recovered.

For the life of me I cannot figure out how to get the back and footrest off.

This is the back. It looks like it should just pop out but it will not budge. The only thing I can figure is maybe the screws that hold the arm to the back also hold the back in place. There are no other screws on the back.  We were only there for an estimate so I didn't want to start taking it apart without knowing what I'm doing.




Same thing with this foot rest. No screws to hold it in place. I did pry on it a little to see if it would pop out but it would not budge.


I spent an hour watching YouTube videos showing the restoration process of these chairs but they all skip the part where they disassemble the upholstery from the metal frame. Frustrating for sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

PS, Photobucket no longer lets me upload pictures.

General Discussion / How did Walt Disney make it?
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:27:14 AM »
I thought this Video of Disney's career was interesting. https://www.prageru.com/videos/walt-disney-american-dreamer

General Discussion / Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:24:57 PM »
Started this (Eastlake?) chair yesterday.

It always erks me when a so called upholsterer gets sloppy with the finished wood. On this arm they completely covered the finished wood for apparently no reason.

I'll upholster it with the wood exposed. This shows the third layer of fabric on this arm.

The outside back was also completely covered from top to bottom and side to side. When I got the cover off I found the remnant of the original back. Even the gimp was still in place and much more wood was exposed. When I saw all those holes I thought, what the heck???

Here is the cool thing and I have never seen this type of tufting before. After taking off two layers of fabric from the inside back I found this original cover.

Another cool thing, the outside buttons were made of solid brass. the inside buttons were covered in the purple fabric. The sad thing is the customer is pinching pennies. So I will be covering over the tufting. Hopefully someday someone will recover it the right way. I'll post the finished pics tomorrow.

General Discussion / Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:56:22 PM »
This is one of those chairs that I wished I knew what I was getting into before I started.

The thing was a disgusting mess when the customer brought it to us. Normally you would take a chair like this to the dump but it was her mothers and she wanted it reupholstered.

Its one of those chairs that as your taking it apart you are finding unidentified gooey stains. Even the construction is very odd. They constructed this elaborate joinery to hold the back legs in place. Notice the big knot hole in the side rail, jeez couldn't they find a better piece of wood.

Unfortunately they failed to add corner blocks and the back rail, the one the springs are attached to failed. The fabric was holding it in place and I didn't notice it was broken when I gave the estimate. Rose called and told her it would be a little more.

In order to fix it I had to remove the springs. I replaced one dowel and added corner blocks. And used plenty of glue.

I'll post a picture of the finished chair tomorrow. Wait until you see the fabric.

General Discussion / The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:09:29 PM »
Do you believe people derive more satisfaction from being an intricate part of the process of having a piece of furniture recovered rather than buying a piece at a furniture store.


General Discussion / Church Job
« on: May 04, 2018, 08:26:44 AM »
It's been awhile. I'm not sure if y'all remember the church job I started Nov 2015. The church was destroyed when they set an over weight steeple on the roof. It crushed the roof and bowed the walls. With the help of some church members we striped the pews. While I was there I could see much work was needed on the building before I could began to cover them. They were sure they would be in by Christmas but I didn't think so.

The contractor kept screwing up and finally they had to fire him. And the church sat unfinished for a while. We drove by a last march and a lot of work was still needed. I honestly thought we would never finish this job.

They called this week and said the church is almost finished. Rose told them we could start in July. :)

General Discussion / Whats for dinner
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:42:15 PM »
So for supper tonight Rose made hamburger patty, sweet potato and asparagus. Just wondering how many spears of asparagus before my pee starts smelling funny.

General Discussion / Aches and Pains
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:15:17 PM »
Something weird happened last week. The bottom rim of my eye got sore. I don't remember getting anything in it. I don't remember scratching it or anything else. When I pulled the rim back it was red and after a while a bruise formed under my eye. It got sore enough that I said something to Rose about it. Admitting my aches and pains to Rose is something I rarely do.

She suggested Goldenseal herb drops and a hot compress for 15 minutes. Twice a day. And two days later the pain was almost gone. So I stopped the treatment. That was a mistake because the pain came back. So I started the treatment again and now I am pain free.

Goldenseal, who would think?

General Discussion / Just Some Fun Stuff
« on: April 04, 2018, 08:58:45 AM »
Two years ago my ex-boss stopped by and asked if I was interested in coming back to work for him. Even though I declined it always feels good to be wanted.

Yesterday Rose's past place of employment (Fl Dept Of Revenue) called and asked if she would be interested in returning. One main reason she left is the state of Florida has a freeze on all pay raises. A person can stay in the same job for 10 years and never get a raise. No mater how proficient you get in that job. She was flattered they called and for a minute I wondered if she would accept. We are very busy and some good things have been happening lately. But I wonder if we were in the middle of one of those bustle back recliner jobs if she would have a different view point. I'm glad she is staying, I hate that (running the business) part of upholstery.

Speaking of recliners, We did this one about 3 weeks ago and Rose told me, that's the last one, we'll never do another. Tuesday a couple stopped by in need of a roomful of furniture recovered. And yes one piece is a recliner. Rose sent an email quote and bid the recliner high. They wrote back and said they were looking for fabric. :o


General Discussion / Happy Easter
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:13:45 AM »
Happy Easter y'all. I'm going to Tallahassee to visit mom for the day. She'll be 86 this year. :)

General Discussion / The answers are running off the page
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:34:01 AM »
I think this has happened before but I cannot remember how to fix it.

The words on the answer page run off the page to the right. Of course there is a scroll bar at the bottom of the page that allows me to read the rest of the answer but that is annoying. How do I change it back so the answer is all in one frame without running off the page?

General Discussion / Mark Zuckerberg has ghosted
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:30:18 PM »
What is the deal with Zekerburg and facebook that took data from 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and misinformation.

Is this kinda creepy?

Could this be the down fall of facebook?

Is this one more reason to get off facebook?

The new FB algorithms make it almost impossible to get information out to my customers. What is the point.

Kim Kamando is feeling queasy about Facebook right now after what transpired between them and Cambridge Analytica.

General Discussion / Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:21:19 PM »
We have a customer who is into natural. She wants us to rebuild the marshal cushion units on her loveseat that are wrapped in cotton. Rose says yes, I say no.

I've never rebuilt a cotton wrapped marshal unit. I cant even imaging how to stuff it without it getting all bunched up.

I took a strong stance and said, this is something I do not want to do. She says she will show me how.

Yes, this is a domestic dispute. Yes we have been through this before. Somebody help me.

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