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Messages - MinUph

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General Discussion / Re: Ever Felt The Pressure ??
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:01:26 PM »
  I've always felt that none of my work is perfect. Well not none but close. And the clients love it. I have worked to my standards all my life and never wish to lower them to a clients. I am sure YOUR standards is the reason for the referrals and recommendations from others. Stay with the way you have been it is obviously working. Please yourself and the client will be pleased.

General Discussion / Re: Nail trim !!
« on: May 12, 2011, 07:49:06 PM »
I;m not convinced any mortal man can knock that many tacks in per hour.
 Simply do the math....take an hour and divide it up by however many minutes, then subtract 4 from that, divide the mileage of a hybrid car by a box of a thousand dec. tacks and it doesn't even come close to 125 miles per hour...or wait...how many hours per tack did you say? What I'm trying to say here is I think your math is a little off. Now be honest Paul, do you even drive a hybrid?

A hybrid. I don't even associate with such peoples. I did the math and I was absolutely wrong. 225 per hour or mile (I think), whatever way you want to look at it down there.

You know where you can put that finger :P

General Discussion / Re: Nail trim !!
« on: May 11, 2011, 04:40:04 AM »
The job was 2 portable walls 3 panels each. Nail trim on one side (close nailed) panels are 20" x 96".

General Discussion / Re: Nail trim !!
« on: May 10, 2011, 08:32:40 PM »
Yea I've seen the pneumatics they must be nice. Obviously I don't have one. I wish I had a couple other guys helping on this one but it was just little ol me.
  I'm not by any means trying to solicit nail trim work Chris  ;D

General Discussion / Nail trim !!
« on: May 10, 2011, 05:40:58 PM »
  Just to blow off some pain. In the last day and a half all I have done was hammer in 3000 brass nails. I don't want to see another one for at least a week  :P
  I figured it out I can do 125 an hour. I never had that figure to work with before some something good came out of it besides the project.
  I don't think I have ever installed that many before in my 30 years of tacking things.
  My hands are killing me.

I try to use my diagonal pliers as a hammer with the staple puller all the time to save a step but it never works out. I use a rubber mallet much quieter. I am generally a use the tool for it purpose ONLY kin of a guy but sometimes I slip. Maybe that's why it doesn't work.

General Discussion / Re: Speaking of Furniture :)
« on: May 01, 2011, 08:29:26 PM »
Yes I do.

General Discussion / Re: Speaking of Furniture :)
« on: May 01, 2011, 02:59:01 PM »
When I did this in my last life I always said when I have to cut corners to keep up with the new crap coming out I will close the doors. I did that back in the late 90s. Now that I'm back into it for the last year or so I can't believe the furniture I see come into the shop. It was a rarity to see a piece of plywood in a frame. When we did back then it was Wholly S#$t what are they thinking of?
  We bought out last sectional from a company close to Syracuse where we are from. I have worked on many pieces of theirs through the years an it was top notch stuff. We bought this around 2000. And paid something in the neighborhood of 3000.00 for the two pieces. I was was very disappointed when it was delivered. Nothing like a few years past. But still no real bad. Today I don't think anything is of the quality of say 15-20 years ago. Made in USA doesn't really make it with furniture. China and other off shore countries are hard to compete with.
  As for the younger people. They just don't know quality at all. Same for service but that's another thread. I hear about the great piece of furniture someone got at the Rooms to go place. We have gone there a few times to look for furniture. What a joke. But it is what sells.
  Even watching commercials on TV for the local stores. Patterns don't match, cushions done fit. And that seen on the tube!
  Anyway. You have the right idea Chris. Finding an old piece to recover. Best way of you want quality. I don't think I will ever be able to buy new furniture again. What a shame.

General Discussion / Re: Converting a hide-a-bed
« on: April 30, 2011, 06:03:13 PM »
To be blunt this makes no sense. A sofa bed is made for that a sofa is made totally different. Adding all the framing needed just doesn't make sense.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Supplier for Gel Pads
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:02:44 PM »
I didn't realize Miami Corp had them. Good to know. Already have an account there. Thanks.
  Also will keep you in mind Saddleman.

General Discussion / Re: The Hardest Part of My Job
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:01:04 PM »
Estimating odd ball is always a challenge but it does get easier with time. furniture is easy if that is all you do but if you take in other jobs the learning curve is harder. What I do is think about what I think it will take me in time and add 40% to that. It usually works when I haven't done allot of the work. Sometimes you win sometimes you loose that's the way of the business. Just do the best you can and it will all work out.
  Anytime you get stuck doing something, give me a call and maybe I can help. Be happy to.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Have you ever just simply failed?
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:18:13 PM »
atta girl!  ;D

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Supplier for Gel Pads
« on: April 28, 2011, 04:33:50 PM »
Thanks Chris,
  Good site. I will use them when the need arises.

The Business Of Upholstery / Supplier for Gel Pads
« on: April 27, 2011, 08:03:47 PM »
  Does anyone have a decent supplier for Gel Pads? The kind for bike seats.

General Discussion / Re: tack pulls and tension
« on: April 27, 2011, 04:42:11 PM »
sofadoc is right don't pull the crap out of the fabric. Take the slack out. When you are covering something you need to take the excess to the end of the section. On an arm say. Tack the center then work the fabric to the ends taking out the slack. Then work the fabric from center out. This will leave less pulls. Your hand is the tool to lay the fabric on. If right handed use your left to work the fabric.

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