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General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Topper Project???
« on: May 27, 2016, 09:12:41 AM »
I quoted him $1,350 for both pieces, which I actually think is pretty reasonable.  But that is knowing what is involved, not as Darren posted, which sadly is probably pretty accurate.  I could just see him scratching his head after he hung up the phone, "Well, now how much work can it be, just a couple of seams here and there, put on a few snaps, sew some zippers in the bimini and you're done."  Rock on dude, give it a shot and then give me a call when it's totally hosed up, the price will have increased substantially then!

Floyd, he didn't say what he is looking for.  I just told him to make sure that he's in the marine section, not the indoor stuff.  I'm not expecting to hear from him.  If he can find someone to do it cheaper, more power to him but as I posted earlier, people are screaming to me about how hard it is to find someone to work on their boats.  I've had people tell me that they traded a boat in because they couldn't find anyone to work on it.  Crazy, no?

Have a great day all!

Virginia

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General Discussion / Weather Conditions in Tornado Alley
« on: May 26, 2016, 02:44:11 PM »
Weather Channel shows torn con 4 or 5 for everyone in Tornado Alley (TX, OK, KS, NE).  I just went out to make sure that the drain pipe extensions are still in place (Joe loves to run around the yard with them ; ( -- dirt bag anyway) and the atmosphere is just eerie.  Very similar to 1980 when Grand Island had 7 tornadoes in one evening.  There have been tornadoes every evening since Monday I believe.  Tx and Ok Mon & Tues and Ks had several last evening.  Bob just said that the watch just barely excludes Grand Island but that he expects that to change.

I was out weeding early this morning and the sky was gorgeous.  Not menancing yet but not real friendly either.  Know sofadoc is in TX (think).  Hope that he and everyone else in the path of these storm systems stays safe.  I told Bob to bring the dogs down whenever he thinks they need to (that's always exciting to have Joe & Missy down here at the same time).  LOL

Virginia

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General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Topper Project???
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:52:56 AM »
im not sure what a "topper measures 12.5' x 6' " on a 16' pontoon.

but to replace the bimini canvas  6'x6'
5 yards od canvas 5 zippers for zippered pockets  $ 480  and ask then to bring the boat to me more as travled requires   if you need to make a full snap on cover?  $ 1075 again bring to me  moew to travel and pattern

OK, so I called the dude this morning.  I actually went $200 less total since it is Nebraska not Florida and I am not Mike's caliber but will still do a darn good job.  You could hear in his voice that he was taken aback by the price and finally said that he didn't think it would be that expensive.  So, I explained that was all fabric, thread, snaps, zippers and Velcro as well as sales tax on all material.  That seemed to settle him a bit.  He said that he'd go on-line to Sunbrella to see what their color selection is like.  May never hear from him again, time will tell.  I do know that people look high and low in our area to find anyone willing to work on marine projects so I'm not sure he's got a lot of options.

Thanks again for your input.

Virginia

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General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Topper Project???
« on: May 25, 2016, 01:48:56 PM »
Check out the video from sailrite.com on pontoon and bimini covers - very helpful.
Good luck!! Lizzieb

Thanks!

I'll check it out!  I also purchased Ken B.'s 5 DVD set.  One is on Auto & Marine Fundamentals.  I'll watch that DVD as well and see what pointers I can pick up from it.

Virginia

140
General Discussion / Quick Construction Update
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:55:44 PM »
I've been pretty quiet on the construction front lately.  Simply because not much to report on.  Thankfully that is about to change.

Our regular plumber moved the washer/dryer and got the washer connections taken care of.  A week or so later, they were back and set the toilet and installed the vanity sink.  I was more than pleased to have a sink/toilet downstairs as that cuts down on the number of up and down trips I make every day and it still seams like a lot of trips.  I heard a lot of fussing from the plumber about the idiot plumber that the idiot contractor hired.  Still very confusing.  Plumber also worked on the Royal Indian Cuisine job and work was fabulous.  Also, he has a master plumber's license for Grand Island.  But as Eric said, that just means he passed a test.

A week or so ago, Bob & I spent the morning at Home Depot ordering the tub and all the necessary stuff (pump, heater) as well as the light fixtures that disappeared, towel bars and everything else I could think of that we needed to purchase.  Heater arrived via USPS today and tub and pump arrived at our local HD last Saturday (or at least that is when we got the call that they were in). 

Electrician will be here on the 1st of June to install lights, hard wire the UGS connection (we are using an extension cord right now), and rough in the heater and pump for the tub.

Contractor Tim is going to come by this week just to go over again everything that needs to be fixed/finished and we should see him within a week or two to get this project finished at long last.  I'm hoping to get everything done before we hit the 6 month mark but at this point, not a big deal if we don't.

I had to laugh when the heater arrived in today's mail as when Bob ordered it, the computer told him that it would ship July 19th.  I'm thinking that they meant May 19th but their algorithm was screwed up.  So, I chuckled with great relief when it arrived in plenty of time.

Virginia

141
General Discussion / Re: A revelation or two
« on: May 23, 2016, 11:27:17 AM »
Yup, I have no problem helping people out when fires, floods, tornadoes, etc destroy their homes.  Pardon me for getting p*ssy when someone who can't/won't work won't take my gently used items because "then aren't new" or getting p*ssed at me because I chose to keep the matt from my hide-a-bed.

I know it is not always people being lazy that don't have jobs but demanding new items with tags just fries me.  Our women's shelter only accepts clothing with price tags still in place.  Irritated me because I had half a dozen tops that I had never worn but price tags were already taken off and they refused to accept them.  I understand that sometimes people find donating a great way to get rid of their stained/torn clothing but it would behoove them to spend 30 seconds looking at an item if the person donating says they haven't worn it.  :Steps down off soap box and gets back to work:

Virginia

142
General Discussion / Re: A revelation or two
« on: May 21, 2016, 02:08:13 PM »
I quit giving things to the "needy" when we lived in KS.  We had a sectional that we were replacing.  Overall A- shape.  There were a few marks where our cats with claws had scratched.  You couldn't see the stuffing just a few threads had been pulled in places.  The guy from Salvation Army or Goodwill came over.  I showed him the furniture and he declined taking it.  Told me that the "needy" wouldn't take it because it had the cat scratches on it.

So, hubby and I took it down to our area of the yard where garbage pick-up was there.  About 3 AM, I heard a vehicle pull up.  I got up and went to the living room window and looked out (no lights).  A pick up truck was parked in front of the furniture and they were loading it as fast as they could.  I was fine with that.

A few years later, we replaced a hide a bed couch with a newer better version.  I decided to keep the mattress and put it on top of the matt in the new hide a bed when we had over night visitors as those matts are not very comfy at all.  We put the old couch out in the same location.  A few hours later, our door bell rang and a lady politely asked me where the matt was for the hide a bed.  She was extremely irate when I nicely explained to her that I was keeping it.  I assured her that she could purchase one.  She still took the couch, was just very huffy that I "dared" to keep the matt.  I had a full belly laugh as soon as I shut the door.  Funniest experience with someone taking my used items ever.

Virginia

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General Discussion / Re: nsfw because of a few dirty words...
« on: May 21, 2016, 02:02:20 PM »
Ours are hands on.  I hope the program succeeds long term.

Virginia

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General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Topper Project???
« on: May 21, 2016, 11:08:35 AM »
OK, point taken and much appreciated.  Will go research on patterning for full snap on covers and bimini.  I've had several calls the last couple of years but turned them down because of all that was going on with MIL's illness, nursing home, passing, etc.  I had a couple of real struggling to keep up years.  I'm pretty much caught up now, despite the knee so am looking forward to doing (and learning) these more technical type projects. 

The tri city area (Grand Island, Kearney and Hastings) does not seem to have many upholsterers that are willing to tackle marine projects.  Myself, I enjoy them so bring them on.

Thanks again!

Virginia

145
General Discussion / Re: nsfw because of a few dirty words...
« on: May 21, 2016, 06:49:36 AM »
Quality education has to be improved.  This is key  - here and globally.   What about developing real trade programs in the schools ? Isn't it better to have students developing trades than to allow many to get left behind who can't keep up academically ? 
 Teaching is extremely rewarding but when graduates are faced with those big salaries on Wall Street vs teaching - who wins out. We need the best and brightest in our schools.   Throw a spiral 60 yards - change your sex - become a racial antagonist or invent a pill to increase libido - plenty of great opportunities out there otherwise

SA

We actually have a program such as you're talking about at our senior high.  Geared towards the academically challenged that won't make it at jr or 4 year colleges.  Works with welding, auto mechanic skills and some others.  I think we had 17 graduate from there last Monday.  They should have meaningful skills to get them in the job market.  I think we've had it less than 5 years so I don't know the long term success rates.

Virginia

146
General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Topper Project???
« on: May 21, 2016, 06:42:24 AM »
Holy Crap Mike! 

Yes, it is a full snap-on cover.  I had a guy helping me to measure (holding the tape) and he always came up and looked at the end of the tape I was holding to see what the measurements were.  My brain just kicked in.  It is 16 x 8 as it is full snap on.  I was measuring end to end and didn't include wrap around fabric to get to the existing snaps.  Also didn't know what the correct terminology was.  Now I know what a bimini was and that I should call the main cover a full snap-on cover. 

When you factor in canvas, snaps, zippers prices aren't as excessive but sounds that way at first.  What canvas do you normally use.  I ordered a Sunbrella catalog a few years ago but I'm not sure if there is a better marine canvas to use or not.  No travel as the boat is at a car dealership less than a mile from our house.  Boat would not fit in our garage and I would probably get a divorce if I tried to put it in there anyway as Mr. Corvette does not sit outside (so says husband).  My HHR is always outside but whatever.  I will also pick up the old canvas on both the cover and bimini.

Thanks again for your input.  Very much appreciated.

Virginia
 

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Mike:

Here are the two pictures I took.

First is of the "mini-topper" -- as you can see, it is the same width as the pontoon:



This is just the side of the pontoon.  I won't say for sure that it is 6' versus 8'.  Would like to go back and remeasure and am kicking myself for not taking a picture of the old topper but knee was really po'd by then as I climbed up inside the thing.  First step was a killer.  May try and go back tomorrow or Monday if schedule works out and look at the old top.  Anyway, here is the other picture:

 

Any pricing advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.  Don't want to bid too high but want to get a price that is fair to me as well.

Thanks!

Virginia

148
General Discussion / Re: painted walls
« on: May 20, 2016, 07:51:19 AM »
My S&S room is painted Champaigne (spelled wrong I know).  It's a very soft, soothing pink.  Not girly girl at all.  Keeps me from throwing tools at the walls when I get po'd.  I wouldn't change it for anything.

Virginia

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General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Topper Project???
« on: May 19, 2016, 08:06:27 PM »
I took a picture of the boat as well as the mini-topper.  Didn't see the old topper but they do have it.  Will get them uploaded and posted tomorrow.  Thanks!

Double-checked my notes and the topper is 6' wide.  It's not a very wide pontoon.  Last one I was on seemed like a freakin' yacht compared to this one.

Virginia

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General Discussion / Pontoon Topper Project???
« on: May 19, 2016, 11:16:58 AM »
I just got back from looking at a 16' pontoon. 

Customer wants the top replaced as well the mini-topper.  Pontoon topper measures 12.5' x 6' and the mini-topper is 6' x 6'.  Topper has three openings and of course is snapped into place.  Mini-topper is zippered into place and it looks like the zippers can be carefully taken off and reused.

My question is pricing.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  My only other experience with pontoon toppers was a few years ago when I altered the topper that didn't fit (had tons of fun getting the owner of the boat store to pay me but they finally did).  This is for a customer so being paid won't be a problem.

Thanks!!!

Virginia

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