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Messages - lruthb

Spring itself has served it's life of the wire I would suspect. If you didn't shorten the height of the original spring set up. Did you secure each zig zag to each other? My guess is that chair wasn't made to last a lifetime and it has reached it potential. Funny that the repair is what the customer wanted when the chair must not be that costly in the first place.. go figure. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
General Discussion / Re: Flyscreens
August 13, 2013, 12:09:57 am
Like Mike I have used patches used for home use. ( bandade ) One customer had a door made for his garage that he wanted me to fix his camper the same way. It stayed in place by the use of magnets. Unfortunatly it worked so well for him that he never did have the right process done. The magnets used were the flat ones. Then he wanted the whole screen to be covered. Worked well but I didn't like the double thickness, I would of cut the old off myself.
General Discussion / deck water pooling
March 02, 2013, 10:32:38 pm
Hello everybody!

It's that time of year for me when the marine jobs come in. I still have no idea why they all wait till spring, when over the winter would be so much better. Anyway... I am yet to decide how to stop the water from pooling on the sundeck. What do you do? I am wondering if I build up the center and taper down to the sides if that would work. Would it look weird? What about one side, may more on the front or back.? On all of the pontoons I've done it always pools to the front of the pontoon instead of to the back. The front draining of course drips down the seat, by the way the seat is one of the first to go...imagine that! OR do I just redo as it was and quit trying to improve.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas to all
December 24, 2012, 12:41:35 am
Merry Christmas from Osceola, WI.
I'm so thankful for all of you when "those times" come up.
We will be eating, enjoying games and tipping a few while we relax. I can not wait for pajama x-mas eve. Just a family tradition.
I hope everybody enjoys a Happy New Year. See you all then!

General Discussion / Re: banquette cushions
September 07, 2012, 04:48:50 am
If your talking about loose cushions, I use elastic straps with the hook end attached to the elastic coming out of the seam or center of the boxing. The closed end ( to hook to ) is permanatly attached to the wood on the back. You can flip the cushions. I have used this on furniture with slippery fabric works good. 
General Discussion / Re: Morris chair
July 30, 2012, 12:28:37 am
I think the reclining god has found me.


If at first you don't succed try try or become an upholsterer
General Discussion / Morris chair
July 29, 2012, 08:35:17 pm
Does anyone know where I can purchase a new mechanism a Morris, push button to recline. The metal tag says " Notice if any metal parts EVER brake write us for free repairs " Now that's not something you see every day. So since that is ages behind us I'm hoping someone has info for me.
General Discussion / Re: Newbie with a question
July 22, 2012, 05:19:54 pm
I guess it gets down to restoring or reupholstering. That damb horsehair isn't impossible but a bear to work with. Restoring would have you not redoing the wood amd useing  the horsehair. Springs need to be retied if I see the picture right. Tufting the back is a skill some upholsteres aren't that thrilled to perform. Pulling back without tufting would be simpleer but not in line with restoring.That being said if you find the books on each process and have patience to do and redo. You can get the job done. The internet has many books to learn from. I prefer Jack Carr's site. There are many furniture upholsterers to ask questions and some free "how to's." 
General Discussion / Re: Deposites
July 22, 2012, 05:01:16 pm
I also ask for 1/2 down. I have found that I at least have their fabric paid for and a smidgen of labor if they renig. Like others there has been few and far between any customers whom don't pickup. Yes most of my customers pick up and deliver their own pieces. Anyway..I never start without 1/2 down and I never give up with out the balance in full. Customers around here expect the terms.
General Discussion / Re: flooding
June 21, 2012, 05:18:29 pm
Thanks guys your responce it settled my anxiety and brought me down to earth and thinking logically. The house is condemned. All of her belongings are trash like you said. She went over a couple towns in order to wash and hopefully save her cloths. She's lucky her car wasn't there and she is fine. The other lucky thing is the landlord is responsible for finding a place for them to live. All will be well. Thanks again.
General Discussion / flooding
June 20, 2012, 03:11:02 pm
Not upholstery info
My daughter lives in Duluth, MN where it  is called a state of emergency. 100% chance of rain today. She happens to be in Grand Rapids ( across the state ) for a benifit and so many roads are closed she is unable to get home. Duluth has so many sink holes they ask you to stay home. Her room of course has to be in the basement, if she would of had renters ins. that would of helped this poor colledge student. I, never being in a flood, have no ideas of what to expect. What happens now?
I guess there is U-Tube  video of the city.
General Discussion / pressed board backs
June 19, 2012, 05:18:02 am
I got these barstools with the pressed card board barrel backs. The customer just wanted the seats recovered. When manufactured they use 5" x 3" staples to connect the seat to the back. The problem is customers lean back and break one away from the other. I used 2" wood screws in the old wooden seats and it worked well except for a couple. The screws pulled right out of the old wood, now it needed new wood. The next issue was what seemed to be a loose back from the previous issues. Not. Now when they lean back the cardboard is failing/bending above where I reattached the back to the seat. My last attempt to remedy all of this is by using L brackets. I monster glued the brackets to the IB and screwed them thru the cardboard using a large washer with the nut on the backside. Lets hope this is the last time I see any of those stools back in my shop. I want to say it would have been cheaper to just buy new ones but that's not the case.
General Discussion / It's your day!
June 17, 2012, 03:28:59 pm
Happy Fathers Day all you dads.
Get out of the shop today and have a great day.
General Discussion / Re: recliners
June 16, 2012, 03:39:29 am
We made it home! Beautiful Campus. Outdoorsy community. I figured there was a 3/1 girl to boy ratio. My son didn't seem to mind. Anyway.

When I say I used to charge more I mean MORE. My labor on recliners was at or better than my sofa labor. I was always surprised when someone took me up on those estimates.
Alot of the earlier recliners were dangerous to work with. I had a coworker break his arm by being pinched between the inside arm and the seat. Once that mechanism started to go he was the loser.
Having the mechanism handy to be able to open up outside backs or arms isn't what I was getting at. The ones that you were only able to remove by sliding the me chinism this way and that to get at the bolts to remove seat/back. The ones you had to make your own tools to fit in that small space. God help you if you removed the wrong ones first. So now you have it all apart...great..untill you have to line the darn thing back together.
I have found the whole 'modern" recliners to be very easy to do. They separate into small pieces with ease. I am able to upholster all of it at my cutting table, it only reaches my saw horses to be put back together. The attached pillows, gathering, pleats, tuck and roll goes well for me.

I was happy to see all your responses!
General Discussion / recliners
June 14, 2012, 01:00:12 pm
I used to charge extra to redo recliners due to having to take your life in to your own hands. The new recliners have a base (inside and outside arms ) together with a connecting board binding them together. Easy to disassemble and reassemble. I love not having to be a contortionist! This is the second one in a month it makes my day. I'm off to Lacross, Wi for my son's registration for colledge. I look forward to hearing stories from all of you when I return.