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Messages - Stephen

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General Discussion / Re: Help!! How do I do double welt in two colors?
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:26:38 PM »
  I found that hard to follow myself, and sewing on top of the piping is not the way I would go about it.

Ooops, my mistake, I didn't read the original post closely enough. You are right, this probably wouldn't work in Steve's case. This type of trim is made to have the raw edges under the welt, to be used like regular double welt, gimp, or other top applied trim.


General Discussion / Re: Help!! How do I do double welt in two colors?
« on: November 17, 2010, 01:47:11 PM »
Here, try This: Two Color Double Welt


General Discussion / Re: Did you just do that?
« on: November 16, 2010, 12:08:33 PM »
 Shake his hand and say..  "Mr. !@#$%^&* .. your reputation preceeds you!  Its so nice to meet you." ....... Smile the whole time.     If he gets sassy -- smile bigger..  

Cheryl's reply got me to thinking. Someplace [1 Pet 3:15]  it says to "have a ready answer ..... with gentleness and respect"

One reason that it becomes easy for us to get angry in response to a difficult client is we are unprepared and feel helpless. We don't know what else to do.

  In order to better handle difficult clients it is a good idea to plan out, even write a loose script of what we want to say, and then: practice, practice, practice it over and over again. Practice and rehearse it so much that it becomes a natural and automatic response.

Then when a challenging client comes, our rehearsed response will come naturally. We will then have no reason to be afraid of or to be angry at difficult clients. We'll know what to do.

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Did you just do that?
« on: November 16, 2010, 01:03:00 AM »
Right on Cheryl! Right on!

General Discussion / Re: Did you just do that?
« on: November 15, 2010, 05:44:18 PM »
Not yet being the kind of business person that I hope someday to become,
Hi Gene,
 we become the type of people we want to become someday by DOING the deeds of the person we want to be TODAY. In other words, if you want to become the type of person who can stand your ground, you must STAND your ground NOW. Someday will NEVER come unless you start NOW.

All brave people experience fear. I believe being afraid is a perfectly, appropriate response when one is threatened or confronted by a fearful thing.those who do not know fear are not really brave, for courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined. That's the type of courage I'm talking about; acting bravely when we don't really feel brave.

Aristotle said,"We become brave by doing brave deeds."Brave men and women as well as cowardly men and women are not born that way; they become that way through their acts and deeds.

If she can weasel you out of getting a deposit now, she can just as easily weasel you out of getting payment when the job is finished. The way that you get the gumption to insist on payment when the job is done is to call her up and INSIST on payment NOW. Otherwise DON'T do the job. Insisting on a deposit will give you pride in yourself. Also, realize that being yelled at won't kill you.

I took her project without a deposit and told her that she will need to pay for the project in full before it leaves my shop. It will not leave my shop without payment in full, by the way. I wrote that on my blackboard.

I can tell you this, insisting to be paid when the job is done won't be any easier than insisting on a deposit. I'd call her up and say that you will NOT start the job until you get a deposit. I'd also put the job aside until you receive a deposit.

The MOST important thing is to KEEP CALM. Don't yell or throw a tantrum yourself. Just state matter-of-factly the way things will be, and stick to it.

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Where can I get Elastic Canvas?
« on: October 08, 2010, 09:41:22 AM »
  I'm giving an estimate for some chairs and a loveseat in a college cafeteria back room. They furniture has a kind of (for lack of knowing what else to call it) an elastic canvas that is used to support the loose cushions. I realize that I could use elastic webbing in place of it (which I may have to), but am looking first to see if anyone knows where I can get this product. Anyone know where to get this elastic canvas and what it's real name is? Here is a picture of it in use.

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Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 10, 2010, 01:51:12 AM »
Well, it better be a good one. I paid 12 bucks for it! Seriously though, I think that I need one with adjustable speed, so I can control it better. That's why I was curious about that "Bantam Ripper" (but Stephen did complain that it sometimes wasn't powerful enough).

As has been said here before, not every tool will work in every application. The Bantam is a good tool and works good in ripping off the old covers. The Bantam is especially a preferable choice when you desire more control over the tool, such as if you use an air ripper around finished woodwork (be careful!).  However, the air hammers have more power (and are harder to control). In the places where the Bantam isn't powerful enough, I use the air hammer or a hammer and ripping chisel. I would not give up my bantam in place of an air hammer, I think it's good to have them both. I think that the Bantam does a cleaner and neater job than an air hammer. It's just a matter of using the right tool for the right job.
I just have the original bits for the air hammer, and I think it would work better if I got another type of bit, such as the notched bit on this air hammer:

I know that some of you have talked about notching the bits yourselves. However, I don't have any metal cutting equipment, so that's not an option for me.

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 09, 2010, 10:53:29 AM »
Here is my favorite stripping tool in it's original packaging (Home Depot-$18)
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Is this the tool you are talking about?
Brutus GT Tile Nipper

To use the tool, I'm assuming that you just grab the fabric in the jaws, then just roll the toll sideways on the jaws, which pulls the fabric up, thereby using leverage instead of "muscling" the fabric off?

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 07, 2010, 07:10:25 AM »

Does anyone know if this .....

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..... will work with one of these? .....

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I have the above Air Impact Hammer Kit from Harbor Freight tools, but have just been using the standard straight bit that comes with it, as shown on this page: Using an Air Ripping Chisel

I also have the Bantam Ripper

Although it was expensive, I'm glad that I got the Bantam. It's quieter and gentler than the Air Impact Hammer, which is better in tearing apart many jobs. But, there are times when the Air Impact Hammer works better than the Bantam. The Air Impact Hammer is more powerful, although rougher in operation, than the Bantam. It would work better if I had abetter bit, such as the notched bit.

I don't know if they still have it, but Burch Fabrics used to have this....

Pnuematic Hammer Air Ripping Tool

They also sold the bit separately for $12. I probably should have bought the bit to see if it would work with my Harbor Freight Air Impact Hammer.

Best Wishes

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