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General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:35:19 AM »
To me, ziggers or coils is not an ďeither/orĒ option.
If the piece was originally designed with ziggers, then it should remain that way.
Same with coils.

Iíve seen a few jobs where all the hand-tied coils springs were ripped out and replaced with a slab of foam.
It may have seemed like a real time-saver to the guy that did it. But foam isnít cheap. When you factor the cost of the foam versus the time to tie the coils, it was probably a wash.

General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:20:43 PM »
Much of the new junk made today has ziggers with wider bends. Usually a lighter gauge, cheaper quality spring. Kinda unusual to hear of a 60's chair with them.

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 19, 2017, 09:28:23 PM »
I thought you guys didn't use synthetic burlap?

This is an existing job that Steve is repairing.

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 19, 2017, 12:13:19 PM »
I have a lot of faith in the k-spray glue to make a patch to the burlap and add a few stitches to be extra safe.
Another cheat method is to cut a strip of plywood and slip it in to the slit that you made in the synthetic burlap, and then staple each side of the slit to the plywood.

General Discussion / Re: Cutting your lip
« on: December 18, 2017, 04:02:08 PM »
What a smart idea. Much easier than marking out with chalk and ruler.

I believe he still marks with chalk first. Then he uses the laser to follow the chalk line.

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:45:57 PM »
I'd try a hole in the synthetic burlap first.

General Discussion / Re: Cutting your lip
« on: December 17, 2017, 01:49:33 PM »
Rich: I use it to follow the lines on my fabric when I'm cutting the fabric. I have gotten addicted to it. It makes seeing the lines so much easier.
It uses 3 button type batteries and I just bought a pack of 8 from Amazon for under 4 bucks with free shipping.
Paul: I bought mine at the Harbor Freight store. https://www.harborfreight.com/laser-marker-93242.html

Gene: I bought one at HF yesterday. It says that it will project a laser line up to 9 feet. Mine only goes about 9 inches. Maybe the batteries that came with it are weak?

General Discussion / Re: What is this stuff?
« on: December 16, 2017, 09:17:30 AM »
Looks like ordinary Kapok to me too. But I never realized that it was so flammable.

It's wonderful for shooting through a Bazooka stuffer.

General Discussion / Re: Leather welt cord
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:24:28 AM »
What kind of foot are you using?

General Discussion / Re: Cutting your lip
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:55:28 AM »
Maybe I have a slow connection. But I can't get Gene's video to play. Just a still shot.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Looking for an upholsterer
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:22:11 AM »

Interesting that your old boss has come crawling back to you. I remember that when you initially left, things were contentious.

My old helper is out of jail and helping me again. A few months in jail has straightened him up (for the time being).
He constantly complains about the $25 a week that he has to pay for pee tests. It doesn't sink in that he saves more than that by NOT buying dope.

General Discussion / Re: Cutting your lip
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:15:05 AM »

That's nice of you to offer. But we might keep you busy if you do it for everyone.

We used to post tons of videos and pics on this forum. Usually linked to a Photobucket thumbnail. But PB has gotten very difficult to use now. Their "free" version is chocked full of ads. They sent me an email wanting $400 for the full version.

The "Picture posting Primer" sticky that HD Flame posted at the top of General Discussion in 2010 has probably outlived it's usefulness.

We tried Google Photos before, but I think a few had trouble with it.
Let me know if this link works:

General Discussion / Re: Just a question: Pirelli or Perelli?
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:43:11 PM »
The brand (of rubber webbing) that is the industry standard is spelled Pirelli.

General Discussion / Re: Burlap
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:24:08 AM »
Scraps of fabric works for the short term. And is fine if it doesn't stretch out in use. It's always been hard for me to tell if a fabric will stretch out in use. I dont want to find out in the field. So I have moved back to 10 oz. burlap.
True. But I've never been too terribly impressed with the long-term performance of Burlap. So I use scraps.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: foam prices
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:20:37 AM »
The best explanation I ever got of why foam goes up even when gas doesn't, was right after Katrina.

The chemical that makes the foam rise during the baking process is a by-product of crude oil. Katrina destroyed one of only two plants in America that produce this chemical. Rather than rebuild, they just doubled the price.

Sometimes crude oil shortages affect the availability of that chemical without causing a shortage at the gas pump.

Even though US Foam has had some frequent price increases recently, their price is still the best I've found. I don't shop around any more. I might find a supplier with lower prices, but it's usually because they haven't restocked yet. As soon as they do, their price will spike. It's like shopping all over town trying to find prices lower than Wal-Mart. You might find a few sales on selected items, 

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