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General Discussion / Re: A sail boom boot gone wrong...
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:54:14 PM »
My experience is they get the wind for free and want everything else the same way!

General Discussion / Re: Our Overseas Friends
« on: June 12, 2013, 09:50:12 PM »
I just came back from Spain and we hired a local upholster to help us out on the job. While his English was a bad as my Spanish we did make a bond and shared some storys and stuff. My new friend is a second generation upholster and was taught by his father. He is 4 years younger than I am and is hurting badly business wise. He is getting 180 euros for a chair I get 450 bucks for, the unemployment is around 60 percent in his area. We have around 7 percent at times its 5 but non existent comparably speaking however my business is as bad as his but for different reasons. I hope to be going back in the new year and he will be part of the crew if I am. Spain / Canada its all lousy for a ragtacker these days.

General Discussion / Re: Another Very Long Project Completed!
« on: June 12, 2013, 09:40:23 PM »
Wow good onya thats terrific work

General Discussion / Re: credit cards in the bush ??
« on: June 05, 2013, 10:12:57 PM »
Payfirma has an app for the phones I don`t use it but supposedly works fine.

General Discussion / Re: Coil Springs
« on: May 26, 2013, 08:08:49 PM »
exactly what I was going to say

General Discussion / Re: The Rally Report
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:58:48 PM »
Great read Chris and now I feel kind of energized to get out there and get ahold of some of the RV business in my neck of the woods.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: We Can Talk
« on: April 20, 2013, 06:59:09 PM »
When I worked for a big manufacture back in the 70`s and 80`s I was a framer. I got all the pieces on carts took the amount of sets I wanted of the style we were doing and I would preassemble as much as I could. Not blowing my own horn but I was young and fast, the record for a chair was just under 5 minutes and the sofa record was just under 7 minutes. I worked hard at it though, during coffee breaks I sat on my bench and had a smoke while I grabbed handfulls of screws and turned them all the same way. I built a box big enough to put a block of latex rubber in and filled it with glue so I just had to put the ends of the rails into the latex and poof they were glued.  We had 3 framers supplying 4 springers who supplied 12 upholsterers. I never worked a Friday and most of my pay checks were 28-32 hours the last year I worked there in 81. I made 25000 that year and had the world by the butt my how times have changed. I bought my first new truck in 1976 paid 6995 and the following year traded it in on another new one that was a 4x4 7995.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Wood Issue
« on: April 20, 2013, 06:46:19 PM »
Paul, I use the oven and the plug in knife but the electrical cord gets in the way for me so the oven is my favorite but if i`m in a hurry on a service call i`ll use my palet knife and a normal lighter with soft sticks works like a charm. Heat that baby up and and those soft sticks melt really quick. I also use vaseline around the edge of the burn in to protect the area outside of the repair.

General Discussion / Re: Horsehair in Canada
« on: April 14, 2013, 09:46:09 PM »
We don`t eat horses here we ride them.

General Discussion / Re: Horsehair in Canada
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:55:24 PM »
huh please tell me what thats supposed to mean

General Discussion / Funeral
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:29:42 PM »
...Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and,being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played Amazing Grace, the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothing like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
Apparently I'm still lost....it's a man thing.

General Discussion / Re: Horsehair in Canada
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:53:58 PM »
I use foam never had anyone ask for horse hair. If we do an old chair and replace the padding its always foam that goes back in.

General Discussion / Re: Horsehair in Canada
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:57:06 PM »
Sorry I have no idea at all where you would get it up here.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Memory Foam
« on: April 05, 2013, 08:19:42 PM »
Doyle you would never use 6 inches of memory foam its not feasable. I never put more than 3 inches of memory foam on a  matt and more often than not 2 inches. I usual put it on a nice ultra cell core or a combination of cu and 2 pound but never 6 inches by itself.

General Discussion / Re: Looks like a scam
« on: April 03, 2013, 10:48:33 PM »
Its the great ingrish they use that kills me.

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