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Messages - kodydog

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General Discussion / Re: New guy here , old guy in the biz
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:05:18 PM »
Lord knows I learn something new every day Tim. Just when I think I've seen it all, something new comes along. Can't wait to hear your replies.

General Discussion / Re: Newbee???
« on: November 27, 2010, 01:50:03 PM »
Don't feel bad about being called newbie Kody. When i joined ,BC (before crash), that line read "I'm a llama".

 A Llama isn't that a Budhist priest?

Ahh the 70's

General Discussion / Re: I had fun with a scammer today
« on: November 27, 2010, 08:38:40 AM »
I had a guy walked in one day asking for a can of spray glue. I told him $4. He said "but the guy down the street only want $3". I said "will why don't you buy it from him". He said "because he doesn't have any". I said "I could sell it for $3 too if I didn't have any".

I know this topic is a few weeks old but wanted to give my two cents worth. With most employees you've got to figure out what motivates them. With some its money and others might be time off, with this guy it might be a six pack at the end of the week.

 When I used to work in manufacturing they worked us nine hours a day and if we got our work done we'd get half day off Friday. Another company gave us a bonus at the end of each week if we raised our production.

  I once hired a high school kid to pull staples and help PU and Del. After three months he started slacking off. I bought a chalk board, wrote his schedule on it and told him if he got his work done I'd buy him a pizza at the end of the week. It worked. Cheep fix.

 Now this guy may be a hopeless case seeing hes 40 years old and still living with his mother. You talked about whiny teenagers. Have you thought about collage students. Theirs a world of difference. Find one that's paying his own way and not on daddies dime. One of the best employees I ever hired was just out of the Navy and going to collage on the GI bill and he worked for me till he graduated, about 2 years.

General Discussion / Re: Newbee???
« on: November 26, 2010, 04:22:59 PM »
How come I get a feeling all I'm gonna get is a hand full of loose sofa change.

General Discussion / Re: dont open till friday :-)
« on: November 26, 2010, 11:01:58 AM »
Just saw 20 turkeys in my neighbors horse pasture, and one tom strutting his stuff with all his tail feathers up. Guess they made it through another year. Happy black Friday y'all.

General Discussion / Re: I had fun with a scammer today
« on: November 26, 2010, 01:44:25 AM »
Speaking of scams check this out. We've got an upholsterer here that pulls the perfect one. They will give someone an estimate, charge full retail for the fabric and under bid the labor enough to make it look like a really good deal.

 They get full deposit for the fabric and order it. But they never pick up the furniture. A few months later the customer calls them back and wants to know whats going on. They always have an excuse like their upholsterers sick or family emergency or something and then say to just come and pick up your fabric.

 They haven't done anything illegal just a little dishonest. That's when the customer calls us. Their always surprised when we give them a real quote on the labor. This has happened 8 or 9 times in the 10 years I've been in this area. I don't see how they stay in business.

 The last time it happened I went to a lady's house to give an estimate on a sofa and loveseat. She told me she already had another estimate from these people. Not only was their labor quote way low but the fabric quote was 10 yards short. I didn't say anything bad about the other business but just showed her my quote. She was a little surprised but said she thought there was something fishy with them. She's using me. 

General Discussion / Re: Newbee???
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:58:30 PM »
Can't wait Mojo. At least one good thing, when I screw up a post like I think I just did (didn't notice there were two pages when I replied) every one can look and say ah newbie.

General Discussion / Re: Did you just do that?
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:30:45 PM »
You didn't say what the piece is. Is it something shes even going to come back to get. I once did an antique dentist chair for a dental collage student. All the pieces were screw off and on.  No deposit. When it was done he never picked it up.  I showed up on his door step one day with pieces in hand. I got paid. What a pain.   If you haven't started it I'd get the deposit. If you have started it make sure she pays cash.

General Discussion / Re: Thanksgiving Deadlines
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:06:45 PM »
what kind of sewing do tou do Kody furniture cars boats ect?

My expertise is in furniture upholstery. I also do all aspects of sewing and cuting. Its funny you should ask because I just posted on another thread asking if there's a big difference in lets say a full blown recliner with bustle back, gathered pleats and all those moving parts and car interiors. Maybe you can fill me in.

I have no experience in marine canvass (Is it as hard as it looks?) although I'd love to learn.  Thanks for asking. 

General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving Y'all
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:41:32 PM »
Its a good time of the year to be thankful and grateful for all we have.
Happy Thanksgiving. Its a beautiful sunny day in north central Florida.

General Discussion / Newbee???
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:31:55 PM »
 I'm sure this has been addressed before but I've been all over this website trying to figure out what dictates a users position status. I'm considered a "newbie" even though I've been in the business over 20 years.

 I guess it must have something to do with how many postings you create. This seems a little odd because when a true newbie, some one who's picking up a tack hammer for the very first time, is asking for advice they might see newbie and think, will this guy doesn't have much experience.

 If it is the number of postings it seems some "newbies" are going to post a bunch of worthless messages (like this one) :P just to get their position changed.

 Don't get me wrong. I think its a great web site. Just wondering how long will I be a newbie.
 My wife wants to know is a newbie like a wedgie?

Thanks for the good advice. I'm looking for work in the southeast coastal area. I've had some luck in the Jacksonville St. Augustine area going to upholstery businesses and handing out my resume. This gives me a chance to check them out also.

Applying for jobs on the internet doesn't get much response. I think people want to meet you face to face. We do a lot of business with a All American Foam and they gave me some good leads.

I've applied to several aviation companies that were advertising upholsters needed. I have a little experience with cars, boats, and campers but mostly furniture. Is it a big stretch from furniture to airplanes?

General Discussion / Re: What kind of steamer do you use for foam ?
« on: November 25, 2010, 11:15:41 AM »
Vinegar should do the trick

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