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Here are the two pictures I took.

First is of the "mini-topper" -- as you can see, it is the same width as the pontoon:

This is just the side of the pontoon.  I won't say for sure that it is 6' versus 8'.  Would like to go back and remeasure and am kicking myself for not taking a picture of the old topper but knee was really po'd by then as I climbed up inside the thing.  First step was a killer.  May try and go back tomorrow or Monday if schedule works out and look at the old top.  Anyway, here is the other picture:


Any pricing advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.  Don't want to bid too high but want to get a price that is fair to me as well.


General Discussion / Re: painted walls
May 20, 2016, 01:51:19 pm
My S&S room is painted Champaigne (spelled wrong I know).  It's a very soft, soothing pink.  Not girly girl at all.  Keeps me from throwing tools at the walls when I get po'd.  I wouldn't change it for anything.

I took a picture of the boat as well as the mini-topper.  Didn't see the old topper but they do have it.  Will get them uploaded and posted tomorrow.  Thanks!

Double-checked my notes and the topper is 6' wide.  It's not a very wide pontoon.  Last one I was on seemed like a freakin' yacht compared to this one.

General Discussion / Pontoon Topper Project???
May 19, 2016, 05:16:58 pm
I just got back from looking at a 16' pontoon. 

Customer wants the top replaced as well the mini-topper.  Pontoon topper measures 12.5' x 6' and the mini-topper is 6' x 6'.  Topper has three openings and of course is snapped into place.  Mini-topper is zippered into place and it looks like the zippers can be carefully taken off and reused.

My question is pricing.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  My only other experience with pontoon toppers was a few years ago when I altered the topper that didn't fit (had tons of fun getting the owner of the boat store to pay me but they finally did).  This is for a customer so being paid won't be a problem.


Dax came over yesterday to pick up chair number one and drop off the next two and was very pleased.  Need to charge the battery in my camera so that I can take pictures of the "before and after".  The frames were just as clean and shiney as can be and the back was a pretty decent curve -- much better than the originals, at least in my opinion. 

Since I'm bouncing back and forth between other projects (most notably alterations on a wedding dress with a Memorial Day wedding date), it will be mid next week before chairs 4 and 5 are finished.  I wrapped and padded the arm rests and they came out quite nice.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone who gave me advice on my questions!

General Discussion / Re: removing ink from vinyl
May 10, 2016, 04:49:04 pm
May be hopeless.  I've used a combination of things to get sharpee ink off boat vinyl with good results.  I used Dawn dishwashing liquid straight and gently rubbed it in.  Left it in for a while and then gently rubbed it off.  Then went to Dow Scrubbing Bubbles (we work hard so you won't have to .. glug glug glug).  Did the same drill.  That took off most of it.  I continued to alternate several times and finally got it down to a teeny little dot that looked like a tiny fleck of dirt and called it good enough.

Didn't try it but was going to also use a toothpaste rub but felt like Dawn and Scrubbing Bubbles did their job.

I now move all pens, felt tip markers, etc way far away from my vinyl when cutting and sewing.  Makes life much easier.

Glad I was able to help.  I apologize for forgetting about wrapping in plastic.  That definitely helps slide foam in tight spaces as well.

At any rate, I am glad to hear that your customer is happy with your work.  It is hard to know how much to charge.  A few people on the board have told me that I don't charge enough.  I do keep upping my charges though.

As I said before, this chair back is a different from Keith's example.  No welting and just a portion of the chair is done (just the top back corners).  I got both pieces stapled in waiting for a customer.  Went down after lunch to stretch the vinyl.  I didn't pull the vinyl correctly the first try so had to replace one side.  But did both sides correctly after that.  Not real difficult -- getting the vinyl stretched correctly is key.  I'll get the back screwed back into the chair this afternoon and call customer tomorrow after we get done with the M. Day houpla to see if he wants to bring chairs over tomorrow or Monday. 

I just had him bring one over as that gave him 4 for customers to use.  I got all vinyl cut and most of the stitching done.  He'll bring 2 and pick up this one.  Once those two have been upholstered, we'll swap out for the remaining 2 and that keeps his inconvenience down to a minimum.

Only thing I need to do is cut and sew the armrests.  Chairs don't currently have padded armrests so I did a swag on them and they turned out pretty good.  I'll take pictures of this chair before it leaves and one of the 2 chairs that we're working on.

General Discussion / Re: I hate Ashley
May 07, 2016, 03:29:24 pm
Before the furniture store went belly up, we sold a fair amount of Ashley.  Cheap and if you have young kids or the military moves you frequently, many people decided that they would buy the cheap stuff and just replace it when issues arose.  However, we had more complaints and service calls with Ashley than with Kinkaid, Thomasville and our other name brand vendors.  I am a firm believer in "you get what you pay for".  Sometimes you get lucky with more economical brands or whatever but more times than not, it will end up biting you in your backside.

General Discussion / Re: I hate Ashley
May 07, 2016, 12:01:31 am
I'm not an Ashley fan because of working in the furniture store in KS.  They sell "throw away" furniture as opposed to quality stuff.  I thought the fabrics were just flat out ugly.  I always felt like the existence of Ashley's product was one of the final nails driven in the coffin of the furniture store.  Cheap stuff but people feel like it's worth it to replace every few years if you have small children or are in the military moving from place to place and have movers trashing your stuff during the move.

The link was extremely helpful.  Knee gave out before I could finish but I've got the drill, given the difference in project and the video.  Seeing the video just made placement a piece of cake.

Thanks again.

Quote from: byhammerandhand on April 24, 2016, 10:56:12 pm
I have "reused" it, but only when I needed to remove the OB panel, then reattach it.   I found the teeth can get a little crushed down, so before I start putting fabric on, I take my awl and push all the teeth that have gone crooked back out (from the back side).   If you have to remove it to the the inside back or a welt strip off, I'd probably just not fuss with it and install some new strips. Cheap enough if you can find a local supplier.

Roll the film, Dave, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EyaBF1FYz8

Thanks for the link Keith.  This afternoon's project is to get the ply grip portion done and then the chair reaassembled.    I use tack strip at the top of the chair and just about 6 inches around the bend of the chair back.  No welting on this side of the chair -- a tad weird but I'll figure it out.  I've been more than a little slow this week.  Leg wears out quickly I'm discovering.  This too shall pass I hope.

I've also checked into that.  Mine was prohibitively expensive because I've got a fused back and also had a bowel obstruction which can reoccur any time it wants to.  So, I'm not good by the numbers.  I was lucky.  Just as I was about to go in the red, prom season came along and my machine lets you sew without using the pressure foot should you so desire.  So, I sewed up all the prom dresses I could get hold of.  Now I'm near broke again.  Fortunately, my landlord, aka hubby, isn't pressuring me for rent.  Once I get the barber chairs done and a couple of projects that have been on hold since Missy ran into me, I won't be flush with cash but I'll have enough for breathing room.  Plus have several other projects that are just waiting their turn.  I'm hoping to not ever have another 9 week unscheduled hiatus.  It was actually kind of funny as I was planning on taking a week off as soon as I got the two projects done.  9 weeks later, the projects still aren't done.  One should be finished by Monday and the other is a stinker so we'll just see how it goes.

Glad to be back pretty much full force.  My knee does feel like jello after walking around the grocery store with hubby.  I elevated it for an hour and then did some of the stretching reps and be darned if I'm going to wear the brace so now I'm down here roaring to work until supper time.  I did offer Bob a meal out but he had a roast out that needed to be cooked.  I'm sure he will redeem the eat out card at some point this weekend.

General Discussion / Last Ortho Appointment Today
April 29, 2016, 06:04:43 pm
Saw my ortho early this morning.  I was pretty sure it was going to be good news after I saw the x-ray.  Last visit I could see the break, smaller than the first x-ray but still apparent even to my untrained eyes.  Today's x-ray, I could not even tell for certain where the break had been so I was pretty hopeful.

Doc came in and looked at x-ray and told me that it had healed to his satisfaction.  Still have a list of don't do's.  No running, jumping, leaping, carrying heavy objects, etc.  But he said I don't have to wear the brace unless my leg starts bothering me.  Basically wear it when I need it, if I don't need it don't wear it kind of deal.  He's had me adjusting the bend of the knee and then doing leg lifts to help alleviate the muscle atrophy and I've been doing those bad boys until I'm sick of them.  Even if I'm dog tired, last thing before bed I've done reps of them.  So, to see if I need PT, he had me bend as far as I could which is pretty significant.  I had the brace on a 90 degree and was pushing back as hard as I could.  He also checked moving it to the sides (not an exercise I could work on) but I can do that to his satisfaction as well.  He said that he wasn't going to "order" PT but that if I don't like my progress to call him and he'll give me orders for it.

I walked out with my brace in hand.  As we walked out into the parking lot, a teenage boy was struggling with crutches and knee brace.  We stopped to chat and told him that it does get better.  His mom told us that she was so glad we had happened out as they were walking in as he's been really struggling with the lack of mobility and limited activities.  Then she whispered "He's been very crabby."  I bust out laughing and told her that I thought Bob would probably have said the same thing at that point in my recovery.  Then we booked off in the car and ran a couple of errands.  I left the brace in the hatchback of the car as kind of a positive vibe kind of thing that I won't need it.  If I do, I'll whine and send Bob out for it.

Now, back to work.  WHO HOO!

General Discussion / Re: Texas Weather
April 27, 2016, 02:31:10 am
We've been watching the weather channel tonight.  Things are wicked out there.  Stay safe everyone!