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General Discussion / Re: Sewing vinyl
« on: November 19, 2017, 09:26:07 AM »
I used to sew vinyl with a tight tension. I also used the smallest needle I could with the size thread I was using and then adjust the stitch length to where it was not so tight.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:38:38 PM »
Speaking of medical costs:

One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to Mike, "My elbow hurts like hell. I guess I'd better see a doctor.-

"Listen, you don't have to spend that kind of money," Mike replies."There's a diagnostic computer down at Costco. Just give it a urine sample and the computer will tell you what's wrong, and what to do about it. It takes ten seconds and costs ten dollars. A lot cheaper than a doctor.-

So, Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Costco. He deposits ten dollars and the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and waits. Ten seconds later, the computer ejects a printout:

"You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two weeks. Thank you for shopping at Costco.-

That evening, while thinking how amazing this new technology was, Joe began wondering if the computer could be fooled. He mixed some tap water, a stool sample from his dog, urine samples from his wife and daughter, and a sperm sample from himself for good measure.

Joe hurries back to Costco, eager to check the results. He deposits ten dollars, pours in his concoction, and awaits the results.

The computer prints the following:

1. Your tap water is too hard. Get a water softener. (Aisle 9)
2. Your dog has ringworm. Bathe him with anti-fungal shampoo. (Aisle 7)
3. Your daughter has a cocaine habit. Get her into rehab.
4. Your wife is pregnant. Twins. They aren't yours. Get a lawyer.
5. If you don't stop playing with yourself, your elbow will never get better.

Thank you for shopping at Costco!

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:40:13 PM »
Trust me when I tell you I know how very blessed I am. I retired from a municipal power company and Ingrid and I have full medical and dental insurance for life. I have no idea what insurance costs these days. They just send us our cards every year. We have zero deductibles for everything but prescriptions. That has a $ 12 co-pay. It is a damn good thing because the new chemo drug they just put me on costs $ 11,000 per month. The great thing is that it has produced rock solid remissions for me.

Ingrid had an emergency appendectomy 2 years ago and the total bill was $ 85,000. They charged $ 18 K just for a cat scan. Our total out of pocket was $ 350 for everything. There is something really screwed up with our medical system when the costs are so outrageous like this.

What pisses me off is the insurance company CEO's are pocketing millions every year in bonuses as are the CEO's of hospitals and large health companies.

Obamacare was destined to be a failure because the government was involved. Any program that our government has had a hand in has been a cluster. They have bankrupted Social Security and screwed up all kinds of other programs.

I seriously do not know how people do it these days. The insurance premiums under ACA that I have heard are outrageous when you consider the deductibles are out of sight. I have always felt that our entire medical system should be made up of all non-profit companies. Instead we have mega corporations making mega dollars off peoples misery.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:29:26 PM »
My best friend has a concierge Doctor. He limits his patients to just a few hundred. My buddy pays a couple grand to him a year. From then on this doctor is on personal call to him whenever he needs him 24/7. No receptionists or secretaries, he calls his personal cell phone. If he needs a spet then this Doctor makes all of the arrangements and selects the best.

If he needs to see him he makes an appointment and gets in right away. It is in a private setting and there is no waiting. A lot of the times if he gets sick then he calls his Doc and he will write him a prescription.


General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:02:36 PM »
I have had many a day this year I just closed up the machine shop and went home. I was tired and knew I was an accident waiting to happen. I can think of better things to do when you are tired or out of sorts then screw with a band saw, drill press, grinders, cut off saws, metal shears, etc.


General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:13:53 AM »
Speaking of safety does anyone remember when June ran her fingers under the foot of her machine ? She posted a pic of her finger and the needle stuck in it. That photo left a lasting impression on me and it is why I have a tool pouch hanging on every machine in our shop. To remove the foot in the event it happens to me or someone else.
It does no good to have tools 3 ft away when your hand is mated to your machine.

I have ran my finger against the foot numerous times and causes an instant moment of shear panic. The foot hits your finger and it scares the hell out of you.


General Discussion / Re: cat pee
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:08:53 AM »
This is the one I use and I have had it for years with no issues. We have used it in the home as well after we got over a flu bug or virus. Hotels use it to clean rooms and freshen the smell. Have you ever smelled the outside air after a lightening strike ? That is what this Ozone generator smells like when it is running. Strangely enough, ozone is also used to treat municipal water supplies. It is safer to use versus chlorine.


There are some things you need to be aware of.

1.) Never use it in the same room around people who have asthma or COPD. The smell will dissipate after an hour but keep it away from these people for an hour after it is shut off.

2.) Never use it long term or for long periods of time around electronics. I use it inside coaches to get rid of mold smells and odors but limit the time to 2 hours max because of all the electronics inside a bus.

This is a blurb from the manufacturer:  The air purifier eliminates odors from tobacco smoke, smoke, pet smells, paint fumes, molds, pollens, allergies, chemical gases, dust, food and just about any odor you can think of. It is attractive and powerful and leaves your air smelling clean and fresh. It can be used for home or commercial use. It covers up to 3,800 square feet of space

This powerful Ozone and Ionic Air Cleaner breaks down and destroys odor causing agents and cleans the air with its Ionic cleaning power. If you have an odor this is your solution! Even powerful enough to remove smoke. This high end air purifier has 2 stages of purification, washable Ozone plates.

Breaks down odor causing pollutants and dropping airborne particulate from your breathing space. Recreates the natural balance of +/- ions to significantly reduce air borne particulate. Negative ions created around the clock to keep down dust and particulate. Plate receiver slot-allows insertion and removal of ceramic plates for cleaning.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:55:20 AM »
I cannot speak for the rest of you but I call myself nucking futs for ever getting into this business. :)

Like Ed I call myself a business owner. But in all actuality we are all tradespeople. There is little difference between us being a diesel mechanic, HVAC technician, mason, lineman, etc. We all specialize in a trade.



General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:47:17 PM »

2. Never distract someone who is using a power tool. Always wait until they are done before you get their attention.

Ed, we have this rule at our shop. If I am in the machine shop working or if someone is sewing we stay clear and do not talk to them.


General Discussion / Re: cat pee
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:42:17 PM »
The enzyme stuff does work but I also have used ammonia straight with good luck. I have an ozone generator I use to rid coaches with bad odors. It works real well. Hotels use them. I had a cushion once that smelled horribly and I wrapped it in a bag and then attached it to the ozone generator. It knocked the smell right out of it.

Ingrid and I went to the Netherlands to see her family once and our room was a cat room. My eyes watered so bad the whole time I was there. Funny the owners seem to get accustomed to it and they no longer smell it.

Speaking of odors I served an apprenticeship as a mortician back when I was 18. I ended up marrying the owners daughter and worked part time for him for 14 years. I embalmed over 350 bodies and some of them were in bad shape. I learned a trick back then to keep me from gagging when working on burn victims or decomposed bodies. Vicks. I used to keep a small jar of it in the prep room and would dab some in each nostril. I could have made mud pies out of hog shit and not know it once I applied the vicks to my nose. :)

We had a cat for 18 years and the only time I ever noticed the smell was when I changed the litter box.


General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:18:40 AM »
One of my buddies was at my farm and hauled a load of hogs to a slaughter house for me. He went back to his dairy farm and got back to work on a tractor repair. He was using an angle grinder and laid it down on the bench with the disc still spinning. It flew off the able and hit his arm and cut him right down to the bone. He recovered from surgery and didn't lose his arm thank God.

That accident left a lasting impression on me and to this day whenever I am using a saw, grinder or whatever I am extremely careful about where I sit it down.

On another note I knew a guy who was using an angle grinder and the disc exploded. He had safety glasses on but a piece went right under them and took out his eye. One day during lunch he removed his glass eye to clean it. That too left a lasting impression on me and I always wear safety glasses whenever using these kind of tools.

The worst thing I ever did was laid down my skil saw and accidently cut the cord off it.

Glad your OK Kody.


General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:34:19 AM »

I am very sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is heartbreaking.

I have lost my share and each one left an imprint on my heart. I am a huge animal lover and the one thing I always tell people is that our pets become our family. It is hard for non pet lovers to understand.

I have always felt that the more I know about people, the more I love my dogs.


General Discussion / Re: Home Theater Job
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:30:45 AM »

I have mentioned this. He did just put in an RV site for me. I have threatened to move in so he can look after his old Dad. He keeps mentioning how much more comfortable I would be at his Sister's house. :)

Getting back to the theatre systems out there. They are truly a waste. They get used very little except to watch movies. Watching TV shows on them I do not find fun. Watching concerts and movies is great but how many damn movies and concerts do you watch in a week ? I told my son they were an excess. Maybe it is just me.

I look for him to tear that theatre out someday. He can use that 400 sq ft space for something more useful. My best friend is just finishing building his new home on Lake Lanier in GA. He too put in an RV site for me. He used to live across the street from Ted Turner in a 10,000 sq ft home. After his kids grew up and moved away he wanted to downsize. His idea for downsizing was building this new 6,000 sq ft home complete with a tower/bar that overlooks the lake. He also put in a helicopter pad ( he is a retired airline pilot and one of his sons is an airline pilot ).

These people with money really make me shake my head sometimes.


General Discussion / Re: Home Theater Job
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:35:56 AM »
That is one awesome job. I expected nothing less from you. I have seen a lot of your work over the years and each piece was amazingly done. Congrats.

Those theatres are pretty cool. My Son has a large theatre in his home that seats sixteen people. It is all tiered like a regular theatre. The seats are these huge leather type chairs like in your picture. The screen is massive and the audio system is out of this world. It was already set up when he bought this estate. I fell in love with it when he put the Eagles concert on. : )

The only problem with them is they eat up a lot of square footage. But then if you have a 10,000 sq ft home like in your picture then that space is a drop in the bucket. My sons house has two huge kitchens, one on the first level and the second on the lower level. I would be happy to have just one big kitchen as ours is small.

That home you were working in is awesome. I love those spanish styles. I doubt I could even afford the taxes on it.


General Discussion / Re: Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:33:09 AM »
Invision Power Board is a high end forum software used by many different companies. The NFL, MBA, NBA, Madonna and other recording artists, NASA the list goes on and on. It is an amazing piece of software and very powerful. It is extremely secure.

Just wondered if you had heard of it before Inger. My son is the CEO of Invision and owns the company.



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