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« : September 16, 2018, 09:29:45 PM »

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about tools for this or that upholsters can benefit from -

one that I use frequently is my mig welder with oxygen tank.  Easy to understand if one does
auto but other applications are sometimes in furniture.

It sure saves time taking the job to another shop (welding) to have it done.  It does take space to have the equipment on board.  I am probably like most here, do about any type of work - the welder can
speed things up.  Actually, some or a lot of farm equipment has upholstered seats and this is one
dimension where the mig can be quite an asset.

Being in business and taking care of customers to make a living is what it can be about - plus the learning
experience can become added satisfaction, as well as profitable.


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« #1 : September 17, 2018, 10:42:23 AM »

I'm located about 3 blocks from a welder.

I take broken recliner mechanisms to him. He welds them while I wait (usually 5-10 minutes).
Typical charge is $15-$25.

Much easier than scouring the internet for the right mechanism (only to end up getting sent the wrong one anyway). And the welded mech is usually stronger than it was new.

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« #2 : September 17, 2018, 09:33:34 PM »

Sofa Doc you are very fortunate to have an accommodating welder so close to your shop.

The first thing Rose askes when giving an estimate on a recliner is how does the mechanism work. If there are any opening or closing problems she turns the job down.

My welding experience consists of 15 minutes during a construction class I took.

There is only one job I remember that needed welding. A metal frame bar stool with a broken foot rest. I took the job because my neighbor had welding equipment and he was always looking for something to do. He used a technique he called braze. Don't ask me what that means, all I know is it worked. 

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
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