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General Discussion / Re: good customers
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:27:11 PM »
Mike it sounds like it was a push - he talked you down but came through with a nice tip. 
I guess it's part to the strategy in dealing with customers.  You keep the customer and somewhat maintain your price.
Now why does the public have to discount tradesman's prices.  I'd like to see him walk into the Dr's office and tell administration how much they should charge for services.

General Discussion / Re: Outdoor cushions
« on: April 20, 2014, 02:44:02 PM »
I see a super bowl commercial - less the hand part of course - trying to dis-remember that before the diner guests arrive

General Discussion / Re: Pfriday Pfunny
« on: April 20, 2014, 02:39:10 PM »
I have an excuse - 2 beers so far !  but was looking for pointers so read it three times - no help

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Senco Parts
« on: April 20, 2014, 10:43:52 AM »
Kody the part that went bad on my gun was the steel slide that pushes the staple.  The weld dislodged from the crown piece to the slide or else I would have had it repaired - the part I needed was no longer made. 
The new guns are real nice - they are lighter and have a slightly longer nose. 

I'm helping cook today - really more of a critic than anything else.  She's not reacting to the bait - smarter than me in every way.  Almost time for a beer - hope I make it to the lamb ! 

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Senco Parts
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:24:11 AM »
I had a duo fast that was over 23 years old.  When it went bad - same thing - no parts available but I think I got my money's worth after 23 years so no complaints.  I set out to find a new gun that used the staples I had in stock.  Check out Numax - I bought 2 new guns from them - prices were very good as well as the service.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Decisions, decisions
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:13:53 AM »
The right decision for the wrong reason - sometimes !

General Discussion / Re: Customer died
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:46:13 PM »
I don't know about the legal issues regarding the bailment but if you can't contact anyone at the house maybe a certified - receipt return letter explaining the circumstances - either to return chair or dispose of it. 


General Discussion / Re: Had a bad day
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:04:14 AM »
Dennis -
Wish you a quick recovery.  Hands are our bread + butter but I know even limited you'll push on.

On a lighter note :  5-6 of us can fly in to help out while you heal - just send the tickets and book the rooms at the Marriott - and we need a car and expenses - but we're there for you buddy  !


General Discussion / Re: Input on Fumes & Needles Too
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:46:59 PM »
I don't cut acrylic but I do work with nasty solvents + dust.  I have a full size fan but it takes the heat from the room so I only run it when spraying.  I added a small bathroom size fan that I can leave on for hours and it manages to pull a small amount of fresh air in without exhausting the heat too quickly and clears the lingering odors. That little fan is a lung saver.
I would  recommend you wear a filtered mask as well when cutting the acrylics in addition to venting to the outside.


General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday To Me !!!
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:57:32 AM »
Wishing you many more - I think ?


General Discussion / Re: Well That Was a Bright Idea....NOT !!
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:45:42 AM »
Metal straps underneath to hold the tops together - maybe even some biscuits if you know someone with a biscuit joiner.  Once the tops are secure you can get a strong tape across the seam like the tape they use around exterior window openings.  It come 4 inches wide and is a very strong adhesive.

However the better solution is one continuous new top surface across all sections but I can't think of a product that will be easy to install and big enough for your needs ?   If you have the ability + budget  - cover the tops with plywood - lay formica down using a seaming router to join the edges. 

Third option = you don't want to hear my last suggestion !


General Discussion / Re: March ends like a LION!
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:49:03 AM »

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Hours
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:52:23 AM »
I never had regular hours but I set a goal every day to accomplish an amount of work that equals a days pay.  I cheat during the day by mixing in personal obligations here and there but when you consider the hours after 5pm - billing, bookkeeping, speaking with customers, ordering materials,  etc. - I guess I work around the same as most here - 10 hours a day.

Working with your hands is a satisfying profession;   I didn't hear your age,  however reading through your composition skills there should be numerous opportunities for you both in the trades and administratively.
Working in the trades means hours upon hours of your life and exposure to dust, and pollutants  - at least for the first 35 years so make sure you know what your getting into. Customers will be difficult so I hope criticism rolls off you easily. Otherwise WELCOME !  - no regrets here but you must have tough skin -


General Discussion / Re: Same ole' junk
« on: March 29, 2014, 01:34:49 PM »
That is easily repairable to new condition with Gorilla Glue, sheet rock screws, + 2 inch mending plates.  I would just tell the customer following restorations that leaning back occasionally is fine now - and the warranty is still in effect .

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