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General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:57:27 AM »

The Business Of Upholstery / Posts page on Google my Business
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:22:48 PM »
Last Setember I found a new feature on Google my Business called Posts. I guess its like a blog. I take posts that rose has created on our fb business page and repost them onto this Google my Business page. It shows a running total of people who are viewing these posts. And people are looking.


I checked my mail this morning and found this in my inbox from Manta. The first thing I thought was, oh boy I wonder what I'm doing wrong?
The good thing is I do most of these already. It's just common sense. And Rose keeps me on a short leash when were in public.



The only one I disagree with is number 4

"Don’t: Ask for Payment Before the Job is Complete
You wouldn’t pay for a meal at a restaurant before your food even got to your table. The same principle applies when it comes to home services. Many homeowners would like to oversee the job being done and make sure it is up to their standards before any transactions occur. You should want your client to see your work in action before you discuss payment."

About 15 years ago we started asking for half down. And for things like dinning seats that have no value to anyone but the owner we ask for full payment. And if a customer is moving out of town we may ask for full payment. We have had problems with people moving and changing bank accounts. We have found asking for a down payment motivates the customer when Its time to deliver the piece.

When we were having our shop built the contractor split the price into 4 payments. Every time a phase of the project was finished he sent us a bill. And we immediately payed it to keep the ball rolling. We were glad to do it.

The Business Of Upholstery / Medical Insurance.
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:50:52 PM »
I wrote this several days ago when we received our insurance bill. I wrote this from the heart on Word but wasn't sure what I would do with it. Until Steve made a comment on another post. I don't mean this to be political but more about the business of insurance. Something not often talked about on this forum.

Affordable Care Act

Before government’s involvement in health insurance there was never an enrollment period. We could buy or cancel our insurance whenever we pleased.

Before government’s involvement in health insurance the monthly premium for the two of us was $600 a month. We just received our policy from Blue Cross. Our monthly premium is $2300. We were promised our premiums would go down but instead they have gone up 4 times.

Of course we cannot afford $2300/mo. so we have two choices. Do without which is a bad idea. Or apply for subsidies (ACA). So let me get this straight, the Government has rigged ACA so I am forced to take money from someone else to help pay my insurance premiums. My entire life I have never asked the government for money but now I am forced to be on welfare. I’m taking money from strangers, friends and family to help pay for my insurance. This makes me feel bad.

This year Blue Cross raised our premiums. But that’s okay because the government is going to cover it. So every time Blue Cross (a private company) raises their rates the government (tax payers) pays for it? How is this a good idea?

When I was growing up I was told if I ever need assistance from the government I needed to get off it as soon as possible. Makes sense to me. It has something to do with pride. ACA does not give me this option.

Some folks tell me ACA is a good plan and besides nobody has a better idea. Then they tell me what we really need is a single payer system. Single payer gives even more control to the government. Single payer would be a complete government takeover of our medical system.

There are other ideas out there. Among them are Medical Savings Accounts and Medical Co-Ops. These two options would take medical decisions away from the government and put it back into the hands of doctors and patients. I would be able to choose my doctor. I would be able to shop for the best medical deal. It would make buying health insurance easier and more affordable and it would get me off welfare.

General Discussion / Dangerous Job
« on: November 05, 2017, 07:39:12 PM »
Using the foam cutter today. I set it by the edge of the table and turned around to grab some dacron. I somehow managed to step on the electrical cord which caused the foam cutter to fall off the table, blade first. The foam cutter is okay. My calf slowed its downward movement. But what saved it from total destruction is when the blade hit my heal cushioning the impact to the floor. I'll spare the photo. It really looks a lot worse than it is. Hurts like hell. 

General Discussion / Home Theater Job
« on: October 27, 2017, 02:19:52 PM »
This is the built in channel back job I've been working on the last two weeks.  No we did not do the leather recliners. I had no way to transport the set of two to my shop, nor did I want to. So the channels and deck were done on site. We patterned the cushions and built them at the shop. The cushions are stapled to plywood.

Finished, I couldn't get back far enough to get both in the same picture. The following photos will give a better idea of whats going on.



Channels Half Done


General Discussion / Spammers be off.., puff
« on: October 18, 2017, 07:08:23 PM »
Me thinks Kens upgrade allowed much spammers

General Discussion / Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:16:13 AM »
This question was presented on Quora.

"How likely are people to buy upcycled furniture rather than new?"

I thought the answer would be simple but then I realized I'm not exactly sure what upcycled furniture is.

General Discussion / Foam
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:17:26 AM »
This guy gives a pretty good description of different types of seating.

General Discussion / Hurricane Irma
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:24:50 AM »
Marco Island was about to take a direct hit when our power went out. Ft Myers was right up the coast. My sister lives near the coast in Clearwater and she is without power but faired well.

Half of Florida is without power. The St Johns river in Jacksonville is 1 foot above record level and still rising. Parts of Gainesville are flooded. Hogtown creek always floods.

We are doing fine. The power is back on. Lots of wind and 11" of rain last night. Some trees are down in the neighborhood but nothing like the newscasters are trying to show. When the storm hit land it lost speed and reporters were scrambling to find damage. They were showing small trees down and wading around in ankle deep water. One guy's hat kept blowing off as he was trying to convince us he was standing in hurricane force winds.  

There are several Forum friends near the west coast of Florida. Hope you are all doing well.

General Discussion / Friday funny a day late.
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:23:48 PM »
All battened down and sitting here waiting for Irma. Thought a little humor might help.

A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Enzo, has cheated him out of 10 million bucks. His bookkeeper is deaf, that was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Enzo would hear nothing that he might have to testify about in court.

When the Godfather goes to confront Enzo about his missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer who knows sign language. The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the 10 million bucks is that he embezzled from me.”

The lawyer, using sign language, asks Enzo where the money is. Enzo signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."

The lawyer tells the Godfather, "He says he doesn't know what you are talking about."

The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Enzo's temple and says, "Ask him again!"

The lawyer signs to Enzo, "He'll kill you if you don't tell him." Enzo signs back, "OK. You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Bruno's backyard in Woodbridge !"
The Godfather asks the lawyer, "What did he say?"

The lawyer replies, " He says you don't have the balls to pull the trigger.”

General Discussion / 33 years ago, Sept 1st
« on: September 03, 2017, 07:48:47 PM »
I was marred to the love of my life. How she put up with me all these years is a mystery. I was 26. 1984 is the year I became an apprentice upholsterer. It is the year we bought our first house in Taylorsville, NC. We were married in a big rock church. But because we had just moved there we didn't know many people. Only about 25 people attended. Mostly family and a few friends.  We went to Charleston SC for our honeymoon. There was a hurricane off the coast. There is always a hurricane off the coast Labor day weekend.  4 years later we moved there and started our first business. There are rocky times in every marriage but in the end hopefully the good times outweigh the bad. If I had the choice I wouldn't change a thing.

The Business Of Upholstery / Good times we've got em.
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:54:31 AM »
Yesterday we got the go ahead on two new jobs. This books us into December. We haven't been this busy in over ten years. And many more jobs pending customer's fabric. Rose was trying to figure how we are going to get it all finished. So we made the decision to have the contractor hang the drywall in the new shop. That will free up a week and take a load off our minds.

For the folks in Houston, get ready. If its anything like what we went through in Charleston with hurricane Hugo you'll be inundated with work for the next two years. We did many antiques that sat in water for weeks. Also furniture covered in "Pluff" Mud. One poor lady who's Victorian settee needed to be stripped to the frame. Every joint was loose and it needed to be refinished. She broke down and cried when Rose gave her the estimate. There were also tons of futile insurance estimates.

I'm hoping everyone else is doing well also.

General Discussion / Awesom Millennial Neighbor
« on: July 04, 2017, 11:13:51 AM »
I know we all like to make fun of millennial's and their work ethics. But my neighbor helped me do some yard work last weekend and we got to talking.

This guy is 28 years old and has his dentist degree from UF. Now his wife (with psychiatrist degree) is going back to school for a physical therapy degree. Just damn. He told me his degree alone set him back about $350,000 and he's doing everything he can to get it paid down. These two give me some hope for Americas future.

The Business Of Upholstery / Found This Help Wanted Ad.
« on: July 03, 2017, 08:52:14 AM »
I still get notices from Indeed. This looks pretty tempting for an auto and boat upholsterer. This guy knows how to write a good ad that catches your attention.

 Upholstery Technician-Relocation
J&R Upholstery - Florida

    J&R Upholstery is the premier automotive and marine upholstery shop in Central New York. We employ 14 people, 12 have worked here over 10 years which creates a talented team and atmosphere.
    Approaching 50 years in business we are still growing which offers incredible opportunity for growth. Our very clean and organized 9000 square foot facility which has 14' doors and air-conditioning!
    The skill set that we are looking for includes some of these qualities: automotive and marine upholstery. We offer very aggressive pay, employer contribution into your retirement plan and a generous 3 week vacation after 5 years!
    Share with us your experience and qualities - we even offer a relocation compensation!
    Look to take your skills to another level and get rewarded for it at an exciting business that creates job security, we might be just what you're looking for!!
    New fresh beginnings
    Learn from the best in the business
    Work 8:30 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday and enjoy your time off in beautiful Broome County
    Visit our website at www.jrupholstery.com
    We are located at 20 Emma Street, Binghamton NY 13905

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

    Share with us your: 5 years

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