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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Looking for an upholsterer
« on: December 14, 2017, 01:37:55 PM »
Things were contentious with the son. The day I left I made sure to tell the father my leaving had nothing to do with him. So when we saw him eating alone at the restaurant we were more then happy to invite him to our table. Rose and I were with some friends of mine who I hadn't seen in over 30 years. Herb, the shop owner is almost 80 years old and as you can imagine is full of some interesting stories. So we all had a good time.

The sad thing is the matriarch of the family who I loved dearly passed away last spring. She was checking the mail at the business. This is something she did many times a day. Sometimes even after she already got the mail. It was cold that day and her hands were in her pocket. She stumbled on one of those concrete parking blocks. She fell and broke her neck. Sadly she died several weeks later. Rose and I went to her funeral. Of course I gave my condolences to both the son and the father.

I can't believe your old helper is back. Life is strange ain't it.

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General Discussion / Re: Cutting your lip
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:14:02 PM »
Genes video worked for me but was constantly streaming. Not unusual for my computer. We're getting ready to upgrade our incoming line. I think it has to do with bandwidth.

Sofas video worked very well with no streaming.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Looking for an upholsterer
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:32:22 PM »
The bad thing is this business seams to draw some really strange folks. I worked with one guy who told me his ex-wife died because someone slipped nitro glycerin into her morphine. It stopped her heart instantly. He told me law enforcement in Oregon was looking for him. He was a real blast to work with.

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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:20:12 PM »
LOL it's a lot easier isn't it. Zig-zags were invented with manufacturing production in mind.

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General Discussion / Re: Just a question: Pirelli or Perelli?
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:17:13 PM »
I'm pretty sure it's the same as the tire company. Now you have me wondering.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Looking for an upholsterer
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:52:15 AM »
Next April will be 4 years since I quit mt last employer. When I left they put a help wanted sign on their business sign. They have been through a slew of upholsterers. The owner's son stopped by my house last year and asked if I wanted to come back. I saw the owner last summer at a restaurant, he sat with Rose and I and ate his meal. They are still looking. I drove by the business Sunday and the help wanted sign is still there. It's hard for me to understand how you can own a business like that and neither the father or son knows how to upholsterer. Who takes up the slack when you're in between upholsterers?

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General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:36:58 AM »
Like Paul said you need to get the back of the front spring pulled down. This will make the tension on the front of the spring tighter and give you a nice tight spring edge. I was taught to use two pieces of spring twin for tying front to back. The first one is to get all those springs the same height and positioned correctly. The back spring all I tie is the front of the spring then tie the tops of middle springs. The front spring all I tie is the back of the spring. Then pull everything tight and nail off. The second piece of string I tie similar to what Paul said.

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General Discussion / Re: Burlap
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:18:02 AM »
I have seen some really thick burlap on high end antiques. I don't know if it was 20 oz but I always wondered where to get it. I use 10 oz to cover springs. If you are concerned it will fail 10 oz generally last longer then the upholstery fabric you will cover the piece in.

Did you get a sample from your supplier and compare it with Joanns? I would be surprised if it was the same. Most of Joanns supplies are less than quality. They may both be called 10 oz but a good supplier will have burlap that is a tighter weave. A customer once gave ma a job she was going to do herself. She went to Joanns and bought all the supplies including burlap and dacron. When I started the job I set all of her supplies off to the side and used my own. Much higher quality.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: foam prices
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:35:41 PM »
Foam prices are a mystery. They tell us it is tied to petroleum prices. But when gas prices go down foam prices stay the same. All I can tell you is to shop around. Currently we get ours from Hickory Springs. They have warehouses throughout the states. I don't know if they have one in Indiana.

Every time we call our sales rep the prices are different. Sometimes drastically different. I think when pricing for small shops like us he just makes up prices. :)

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Billing Customers
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:36:05 PM »
I don't know if people still write checks at the grocery store.

Have you never gotten behind somebody at the grocery store writing a check? This is a come home to Jesus moment.

Last Saturday I pulled into a checkout and could instantly tell a problem was going on. The teller had the supervisor there and they were both trying to figure out how to make the cash register accept the check. The check was not a normal checkbook check it was larger like a payroll check. I don't know how it ended because I quickly found another lane that was empty. When I left the store they were both still there staring in bewilderment trying to figure out what to do.

When Rose worked at the Department of Revenue cash was a big pain in the ass. At the end of the day all the cash had to be counted and verified.

Some tax payers would show up right before closing with $5000 all in small bills. At 5:00 everybody was ready to leave but the collectors couldn't until all the cash was counted. They stood there impatiently while Rose counted the money. Then all of the days receipts had to be sent to Tallahassee and after that it was a mad rush to get to the bank before they closed.

One day her supervisor came into her office and announced we will no longer accept cash. Rose thought this was great but I always thought this was pretty close to unamerican. How do people who (for one reason or another) pay if they do not have a credit card or a checking account?

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General Discussion / Re: Ronco feathers
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:38:37 AM »
SofaDoc told me about Ronco and we have used them 1/2 doz. times. The folks there are very friendly, they have always been able to answer all of our questions and yes their product is quality. Most of all it saves me a lot of figuring and no messy workroom.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Billing Customers
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:36:55 PM »
We have no accounts receivable. We either get paid before or when we deliver. We do not accept credit cards. Our profit margin is to low to make up for the charge and the extra bookkeeping just ain't worth it. I'm sure we have lost some business because of these policies.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Job Management Software
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:30:03 AM »
I am fortunate that my wife does all of the office work. She learned Excel when working for the Department of Revenue and is proficient at it. But she does not use it in our business. You would think Excel would come handy for a busy schedule that is forever changing but she prefers a simple pencil and calendar. She has done it this way for over 30 years and messed up only a few times. Scheduling does take many hours.

You guys who are one man shops I do not know how you get any work done. Between answering the phone, working up estimates, pickups and deliveries, scheduling, ordering supplies and book work how do you find the time to upholster?
 

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General Discussion / Re: Salon chairs
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:47:20 PM »
When bidding commercial jobs price is always most important. Firm foam would be a good idea.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New fancy nail gun
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:17:40 AM »
Cool! Will it do different size nails? It looks like the nail goes up inside the barrel.

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