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General Discussion / I know it's not Friday!
« on: July 28, 2010, 10:24:25 PM »

I know it's not Friday, but: I am tired, I am relaxed, I have Mr. Carlos Santana playing, 'Europa' at this point in time. Is that not an awesome song!



General Discussion / Re: Fabric Issues
« on: July 28, 2010, 10:10:38 PM »
You are not alone.

Most of my fabric is bought by designers. I started awhile ago checking every bolt of fabric. It takes some time, but I no longer trust that the bolt will not have problems.

In fact, I was going to start a thread asking if anyone has made a table to check bolts of fabric: an easy way to roll them out and re roll.

I have a customer who bought fabric 3 times: she is convinced that they just kept sending her the same bolt 3 times. When she asked for her money back, the wholesaler was unable to give it to her because they had gotten behind on their payments to the factory. She had to go directly to the factory to get her deposit back: 6 months!!!


General Discussion / Re: Bye all x
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:58:14 PM »
Awesome. I hope you have a great time.

My son got back from Europe two weeks ago. He went there for a month of traveling around and visiting friends. He did not get as far south as Spain.


General Discussion / vinyl cut
« on: July 27, 2010, 06:08:29 PM »

What's the best was to seal a cut in a vinyl jet ski seat? The previous owner put a piece of tape over the tear and stapled around the tape.

Is this a 'do it yourself' project or does a pro need to do it to get it done correctly?

Thank you,


General Discussion / Re: air plane seats!!
« on: July 23, 2010, 07:08:59 AM »
Do a search of this forum. There has been a lot of discussion about airplane upholstery. FAA approved everything: fabric, foam, adhesive, etc. Documentation to prove everything and how that documentation needs to be a part of the log book and how it is needed to sell the plane or if there is an FAA inspection.


General Discussion / Re: Slow down pulleys
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:48:30 PM »
I took my speed reducer off my sewing machine last month. I felt like I did when I took the training wheels off my bicycle, last year. (Just kidding about the 'last year' part.)

I sew a lot faster, obviously, and I am able to do everything that I could with the reducer.

I began to teach myself how to sew 6 years ago. The reducer made everything so much easier. I wonder if that that's the best way for anyone to learn on their own?


General Discussion / Re: Tube Bender Available on Ebay
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:44:00 PM »
I have a spectator's question. When you bend a tube for a Bimini with a tube bender, for example, do you need to fill the tube with sand or some other material to keep it from collapsing at the bend?

A neighbor down the walk way from my shop makes trumpets, and he fills the tubes with a lead type material that hardens at a certain temp and then he bends the tube and is able to reuse the material that he put inside the tube.

Just wondering. Thanks.


General Discussion / Re: U-shaped booth repair
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:38:52 PM »
My guess is that it's less than 54" deep.

But then, what do I know? The other day on Jeopardy they wanted to know how many sides a cube has. I said 8. They said the answer was 6. They were wrong! A cube has 4 sides, 1 top, 1 bottom, 1 inside, and 1 outside. That adds up to 8 for me!


General Discussion / Re: Help me stop the spammers!
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:32:22 PM »
How do we know this thread was not started by a spammer, just pretending to be Bobby???

If this is really you Bobby, thank you for your hard work. I read recently that as much as 95% of all emails are spam. Forums are certainly a major target for spammers.

If this is not Bobby, please let me know and I will "notify" the real Bobby.


General Discussion / Re: New Kind Of Scam ?
« on: July 20, 2010, 07:28:50 AM »
You can google and read about the history of Nigeria email scams - it's interesting.

Folks in Nigeria would go to coffee houses that had computers and internet connections. They would spend all day sending out emails like these. Drinking coffee and knowing that they were stealing. The Nigerian government allowed it because it was bringing in money to their economy.

Eventually, international pressure got the government to take some action.

What amazes me is how many people must fall for these scams in order for them to be profitable to the people running the scams.

I'm going to buy your car for 12k, but I trust you so much that I will send you a check for 20k and you cash it and just send me back the extra 8k and I will pick up the car in a week??? Wow! It feels so good to know that some stranger trusts me.


General Discussion / photobucket FYI
« on: July 18, 2010, 12:14:55 PM »
All of a sudden I was unable to upload anything to other web sites, including photobucket.

I just updated firefox and java and there are no more problems.


General Discussion / Kool!
« on: July 18, 2010, 12:13:08 PM »
I'm making one of these for my shop.



General Discussion / Boat cover?
« on: July 18, 2010, 12:07:25 PM »
I have never done a boat cover. This guy wants me to do one for him. I told him he doesn't have a leg to stand on. I said how about we table this idea until the winter when I can have more time to figure out what I need to do.

It's interesting. I was always told that sticking gum on the bottom of a table is rude. For this guy, it could actually save his life.

All he needs to do is buy a sticker and get a life jacket and he will be Coast Guard approved!



General Discussion / Re: Golden corrals new upholstery
« on: July 18, 2010, 08:34:00 AM »

I think it was 2 years ago that Burger King (aka: Burger Barf), came out with a 2,400 calorie sandwich. The news media took the lead on criticizing BK for destroying peoples' lives with such an unhealthy sandwich.

The CEO of BK had a press conference and he said, "We don't sell things that people do not want to buy." If I remember correctly, BK stock went up that same day.

It's not very often that a company tells the news media to stuff it.


General Discussion / It's Friday, again.
« on: July 16, 2010, 08:34:12 AM »
I know. I should be at work but I've got soooo many things to do here at home!

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment:

Get their Parents to tell them a story with a moral at the
end of it.

The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to
tell their stories. There were all the regular types of stuff:
spilled milk and pennies saved. But then the teacher realized,
much to her dismay, that only Skip was left.

"Skip, do you have a story to share?"

Yes ma'am. My daddy told a story about my Aunt Karen . She
was a pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. She had
to bailout over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask
of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.

She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't
break, and then her parachute landed her right in the
middle of 20 Iraqi troops.

She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran
out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade
broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands.

"Good Heavens," said the horrified teacher. "What kind of
moral did your daddy tell you from this horrible story?"

"Stay the hell away from Aunt Karen when she's been drinking."

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