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Thu Apr 01, 2004 1:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Magnetic Flexi Rulers

Replies: 6

Views: 1137

I find that an elastic tape measue enables me to make most signs fit most places without much effort, I leave the fitting to someone else however !

Wed Jan 07, 2004 2:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chalkboards and whiteboards - What do you use?

Replies: 14

Views: 2684

Chalkboards and whiteboards - What do you use?

Hi, Can people please tell me which materials they use to provide white boards and blackboards for cafes etc. I tried just writing on reynobond with a dry wipe marker but it doesn't clean off easily at all. I heard that black banner vinyl can be used to make a blackboard or a blackboard element with...

Fri Oct 24, 2003 10:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design vacuum

Replies: 4

Views: 1174

Alan,

That's crackin' Thanks for the inspiration.

Cheers
Ramjam

Thu Oct 23, 2003 6:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Extra Brain Power required

Replies: 3

Views: 898

Why not just get a magnetic board however you would normally then apply a digital print on clear vinyl then encapsulate with Hexis stuff?

Thu Oct 23, 2003 4:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design vacuum

Replies: 4

Views: 1174

Design vacuum

Hi, I'm struggling with this one. The customer is an independent BMW specialist and after going around the houses about what he wants to advertise we now realise that whilst in the past he has tried to play on the BMW front with the 3 slanted stripes on the BMW motorsport log combined with the 3 let...

Wed Oct 22, 2003 5:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner for nightclub singer

Replies: 8

Views: 1611

Thanks for all the input guys. I offered the customer 4 options... 1. Cut vinyl (in-house oracle 451) 2. Cut vinyl with reflective (in-house oracle 451 plus some engineering grade reflective) 3. Digital print 4. Digital print with reflective I explain that whilst striking I couldn't guarantee the re...

Tue Oct 21, 2003 9:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner for nightclub singer

Replies: 8

Views: 1611

Banner for nightclub singer

Hi, I have a job and I don't know best how to go about it... A singer, a lady who wears predominantly black and dark purple clothes wants a sign to hang inside the lighing gantry that she takes to gigs (2.5x0.5m). When the night is over she often suffers from helpful drunks who eagerly help load her...

Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: dry wipe boards

Replies: 15

Views: 3497

Viking Direct can't beat 'em, next day delivery, great prices.

Tue Sep 30, 2003 12:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What were YOU before?

Replies: 37

Views: 5471

Great topic, fascinating replies...here's mine Left school 16, swept factory floors for industrial temping agency, parents not amused. Became apprentice electrician for a year, great fun but not too challenging. All my friends got 'A' Levels and started to plan univeristy so I thought I'd join the n...

Mon Sep 29, 2003 5:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where can I buy Roller applicators?

Replies: 10

Views: 3564

Where can I buy Roller applicators?

We've just had a new signmaker join the firm and she is a dab hand at vinyl application using a rubber roller. Where can I get a roller applicator from, I don't much fancy the Grafityp ones but I can't find any anywhere else. She has hers but the others are getting envious and I don't want a riot! A...

Mon Sep 29, 2003 4:07 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Roland PC60 Colourcam FOR SALE

Replies: 0

Views: 773

Roland PC60 Colourcam FOR SALE

FOR SALE - Roland PC60 Colourcam Number of assorted ribbons included Print stickers, include digital prints in your signs as well as cutting normal vinyl graphics. Classic versatile machine, read the boards for plenty of dicsussions about this machine. ONLY £2,200 Any questions just call 01437 563 937

Mon Sep 29, 2003 3:58 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: can anyone advise who is doing the best deal on the D60?

Replies: 13

Views: 7616

Hi, I've just logged on to put up an advert for my Roland PC60 Colourcamm It's in good nick with plenty of extra ribbons. We I just don't have time to sort out Digital printing, instead I need a fast wide format cutter. Give it some thought, it's a very rugged and versatile machine and can open the ...

Wed Sep 10, 2003 1:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 5211

After talking through the whole thing with roattrim I'm going for the keencut. The rotatrim won't (or isn't rated to) cut much more but it is 50% more expensive. I'm buying a keencut from Rotatrim. There are advantages with the sawmaster but not enough to warrant an extra £500 for me. Thanks for all...

Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 5211

Fantastic, thanks for the advice. Is there a cheaper place than rotatrim themselves to buy a sawmaster? Bob, You must pop in... About half way between Carmarthen and Haverfordwest is a village called Llanddewi Velfrey on the main road. It has an esso fuel station on the left as you travel towards HW...

Tue Sep 09, 2003 4:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 5211

I've narowed it down to the following 2... Keencut Excalibur 3000 RRP £1091 - Cuts foamex card etc with a stanley knife blade and with a change of head can cut thin MDF and reynobond Manual operation can cut upto 1600mm, no dust. This machine wth a third head (included) can score acrylic which can t...

Mon Sep 08, 2003 5:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 5211

Hi, Sorry to wake up an old topic but... I'm about to invest in a business expansion and I'd like to tidy up our substrate cutting in general. For a single machine what would you recommend? (Foamex, Dibond, perhaps aluminium, perhaps acrylic) A Keencust with the cutting wheel or the power saw that A...

Mon Aug 11, 2003 11:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond builders board

Replies: 16

Views: 3941

Costing a job - What do you think?

Gold star to Lorraine, the sharpest knife in the block... My error, I left a £20 sundries box filled in on my spreadsheet. Input substrates £89.91 with 50% markup = £134.87 Decoration £2 per square foot, 8 square feet £16 Logo vectorisation £13.50 Total according to the fomula = £164.37 Inputs Subst...

Fri Aug 08, 2003 7:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond builders board

Replies: 16

Views: 3941

I priced the job as orginally calculated and offered a 15% discount for 3 or more, let's wait and see.

Thanks for the help

Fri Aug 08, 2003 2:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond builders board

Replies: 16

Views: 3941

OK, Please can you guys pass comment on my pricing... 4'x2' panel with 2 channels and 4 Clips including carriage £89.91 (Ashby) 8sq feet of 1 colour decoration Customer collects My fomula goes... Input materials marked up 50% ... £134.87 1 colur decoration £2 sq ft ... £16 1 Logo to be vectorised £1...

Fri Aug 08, 2003 11:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond builders board

Replies: 16

Views: 3941

Dibond builders board

Hi,

I have a customer who is a reasonably large construction company. They want some builders boards 4'x2' to fasten to a couple of 75mm posts planted in concrete.

Is Dibond a suitable material for the sign? can I buy self adhesive rails and brackets? If so where from?

Thu Jun 12, 2003 5:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Business Plan (now a swear word in my house)

Replies: 20

Views: 4462

Where are you Rhys? Perhaps we should get together?

Thu Jun 12, 2003 10:55 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: wheelcover graphics: burt & carthy

Replies: 4

Views: 1311

I show the stiff cover to my customers. They invariably like it and want one. The floppy ones are not so impressive.


Nice simple design by the way, like it!

Thu Jun 12, 2003 10:54 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: wheelcover graphics: burt & carthy

Replies: 4

Views: 1311

I show my stiffy to my customers. They invariably like it and want one. The floppy ones are not so impressive I reckon and much less satisfying for both of us.

Nice simple design by the way, like it!

Tue May 27, 2003 2:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Disability Act - Signage in Braille

Replies: 14

Views: 3044

Steve, I'm surprised by your off-hand response, a bad day I guess? I'm sure that blind people on a train might like to know where the fire extinguisher is, not to use the toilet whilst in the station etc. If you travel on a new Virgin Voyager train you'll see that all of their signs are in Braille a...

Tue May 20, 2003 8:09 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wheelcover graphics: john maplethorpe

Replies: 19

Views: 5547

Jon, After getting rather frustrated, we have now stopped using the circular text tool in favour of the distortions circle. If you guys are using VMP like us then I think you'll find that the kerning gets right stuffed up if you use the circular text tool. The distortions circle works great providin...

Mon May 19, 2003 2:38 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wheelcover graphics: john maplethorpe

Replies: 19

Views: 5547

Paddy, If I understand correctly banner vinyl isn't a material chosen for it's flexibility, but for the type of adhesive used. I recall somewhere on the boards a very good explanation of why use banner vinyl and it's a matter of the high quantity of palsticiser gasses emitted by the vinyl banner mat...

Mon May 19, 2003 1:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wheelcover graphics: john maplethorpe

Replies: 19

Views: 5547

Blo*dy marvelous! We knock out simple 1 colour (normally white on black) covers with some arched text and perhaps a simple clipart. Now I want to do work like that... We buy our covers from Grafityp, they are only £20 for matt finish and £22 I think for gloss. I'd allways go gloss but I bought some ...

Mon May 19, 2003 12:57 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Edge 1

Replies: 7

Views: 2562

We've all got photos of her, why didn't she tell you? You can buy some if you'd like but the really good ones are all already sold!

Mon May 19, 2003 11:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: SIGNS & THE LAW

Replies: 2

Views: 1110

SIGNS & THE LAW

Hi Everybody... When a client asks me to make a big sign to put up here or there on their premises I simply make whatever they order and they put it up but I'm sure it's not as simple as that !!! How big can a sign be before it requires planning permission? Are there some types of site for which pla...

Tue May 13, 2003 3:25 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Master Pro

Replies: 15

Views: 3943

Chalkie,

I have the software and a colourcam but I still haven't had 5 minutes to work it out. As and when you get there, I'd love to be very cheeky and visit you to see it working?

Ramjam

Tue May 06, 2003 10:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 5211

Sorry to be anal, the term is 'common, all garden'. It is a gardening term to describe a plant that is very common. No offense intended, it's just one of those bits of useless info you pick up as you battle through life, great advise by the way. :lol: Is it not possible to get a wall saw that deals ...

Fri May 02, 2003 9:35 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Business Trading Format

Replies: 15

Views: 3005

All the compaines I have run have been Limited, as an IT contractor by trade it's a neccessary step to prove that you are not an employee but a contractor. There are many many grey avenues that you can explore as a Limited Company as well as fundementally having the right to walk away from it all if...

Thu Apr 24, 2003 8:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web Sites

Replies: 12

Views: 2595

For our other business, selling fencing equipment we have a webstore http://www.battling.com as a marketing tool for that business the website is a fantastic tool. If you offer a range of standard products, stocked or not then a webstore is great idea. We bought a pachage called EROL, Electronic Ret...

Tue Apr 22, 2003 1:20 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: ideas please for a glass looking effect on windows?

Replies: 10

Views: 3258

Carrie, There is a window I pass quite regularly which is simply decorated with an irregular coloured glass bead in the middle of each pannel, very striking! It looks as though it is stuck on with silicone but it must be something more than that. The glass stones are commonly available in craft shop...

Thu Apr 17, 2003 2:28 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 or PC600

Replies: 40

Views: 14441

Thanks everyone, I'm glad we got that one straight !

Wed Apr 16, 2003 5:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 or PC600

Replies: 40

Views: 14441

Hi, I was faced with the same dilema not so long ago. Personally I plumped for the PC60. Reading on the boards it appears that some people find the PC60 more reliable than the PC600. As I don't have any work yet for the print side, I was reluctant to go for the expensive option. I figure that the ma...

Wed Apr 16, 2003 1:07 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: can anyone help with advise with fabric vinyl please?

Replies: 14

Views: 3473

Rich,

It depends which fabric vinyl you have, best to ask whoever supplied the vinyl. The stuff I have from Grafityp you cut in reverse then having weeded you apply the design directly to the garment using the backing paper to protect the face of the press.

Ramjam

Mon Apr 14, 2003 5:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Road Signs

Replies: 3

Views: 1057

Simon,

I don't know how to refer back to a topic but I asked a very similar question in a post titled 30mph road signs or something like that. I got lot's of good quality answers and armed with a complete arsenal of answers my customer dried up, typical !

Regards
Ramjam

Mon Apr 07, 2003 10:11 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 30mph Street signs

Replies: 16

Views: 3844

Thanks Lorraine, Thanks Bob, Thanks Steve, Thanks Marty, I found Stocksigns to be alarmingly expensive. I found RBL industries to be very reasonable, As yet I,ve not managed to get in touch with Rennicks. Ashby signs sound good, I had dismissed making the signs myself for fear of difficulties gettin...

Tue Apr 01, 2003 8:38 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Master Pro users

Replies: 8

Views: 2893

Thanks for that Chalkie, I went through a very uncomfortable hour unable to cut yet another last minute job. A point to note is that the 'computer id' has changed, the new one starts the same but you need to give it the newly post 'daylight saving changes' generated one. The customer id remains the ...

Tue Apr 01, 2003 10:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 30mph Street signs

Replies: 16

Views: 3844

30mph Street signs

Hi, I have a customer who threatens to imminently send me a purchase order for 122* 30mph street signs. He wants the whole shooting match, posts, signs, rails and clamps. I'm not too keen on making them, I guess there are sign makers out there better geared up for this type of job than me? Suggestio...

Wed Mar 26, 2003 3:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site Improvements:

Replies: 11

Views: 2707

Rob,

Why can't I view user profiles, I want to and I've been a member for ages, I used to be able to but now I'm not allowed.

THanks in advance
Ramjam

Wed Mar 26, 2003 3:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: UKSB Online Shop NOW OPEN!

Replies: 11

Views: 2460

What's the URL or is it secret? I can't find a link anywhere, perhaps I'm blind. (?)

Either tell me or have me put down, the agony is unbearable (hot) (hot) (hot)

Wed Mar 26, 2003 2:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: UKSB Online Shop NOW OPEN!

Replies: 11

Views: 2460

Where is the shop?

Mon Mar 24, 2003 1:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what flooding technique do you use?

Replies: 9

Views: 2821

Rob, The alluminium was actually signicolour from Amari so it was painted one side, (I'd ordered a sheet for a different job). The was no protective film left on after I prepared it but I think it was a something to do with static electricity. The foamex generates quite some charge as you remove the...

Sun Mar 23, 2003 1:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what flooding technique do you use?

Replies: 9

Views: 2821

Thanks for the tips guys, I did it wet, exactly as FB suggested but sadly it all went wrong! All down to my squeegy technique I'm sure but I got into a mess. I decided to do it dry.... New piece of vinyl, fortunately an error in ordering left me with plenty to spare and then carefully just using my ...

Fri Mar 21, 2003 11:21 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Compressor for sale

Replies: 12

Views: 3220

Peter,

Yes I did

Mike,

I'm sorry to say I don't recall him but that's not to say I don't know him by sight. Unfortunatly his name is not quite as memorable as mine.

Kind regards
Ramjam

Thu Mar 20, 2003 4:48 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Compressor for sale

Replies: 12

Views: 3220

Hi Mike,

Allow me to introduce myself... I am Ramjam Delilah Funkyboogaloo-Smythe, I am that fencer and I make signs, small world isn't !

Kind regards
Ramjam

Thu Mar 20, 2003 10:06 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Compressor for sale

Replies: 12

Views: 3220

Hi Mike,

Please can you tell me the reason for your name "funkyboogaloo"?

Thanks

Wed Mar 19, 2003 2:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what flooding technique do you use?

Replies: 9

Views: 2821

what flooding technique do you use?

Hi, We need to flood a 2000x850mm foamex substrate with a single colour of vinyl. The substate has been ordered complete with panatrim frame and I have 5m of Oracle 751 in 1m width. What technique would you use to make a perfect job of this? I can't afford to cough it up so please spare a couple of ...

Tue Mar 18, 2003 4:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Email: How do you send folks you're beautiful artwork?

Replies: 17

Views: 3812

In vinyl master pro you can create a jpeg and it can even create and attach it directly to an email ready for you to send to your customer.

I like VMP, I've used corel and VMP, I'm too tight to buy Signlab and VMP is certainly the smarter party in our little computer, human relationship.

Tue Mar 18, 2003 2:39 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Cutter wanted

Replies: 7

Views: 1572

Hi John,

I've got a Roland CM24, great machine, cheap too. I've just upgraded to a colourcam and can't justify keeping both. I want 750GBP plus VAT.

Give me a call if you're interested 07977 564 425

Regards
Ramjam

Fri Mar 14, 2003 12:34 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: can anyone offer advise with sublimation please?

Replies: 13

Views: 5365

I have an Epson 950 which is a quality photo inkjet printer, I also have a t-shirt press. What method and suppliers would I best use to be able to print an image on the printer and apply it to the t-shirt? Would I need to use different inks or would Epson inks be fine? When I apply an image using a ...

Thu Mar 13, 2003 3:54 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Vinyl Cutter wanted for new business venture

Replies: 6

Views: 1638

Hi Paddy, I have a second hand Roland CM24 machine, it is an ideal entry machine that will meet all of your needs. In case you don't know Roland are pretty much industry standard, spare parts and support are very readily available. If you would like to give me a call then I can give you some more in...

Sun Mar 09, 2003 2:25 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: used plotter needed

Replies: 5

Views: 1584

Hi Colin, I have a Roland CM24 which I purchased as a used machine from SIGNMASTER for £1495+VAT only a few months ago. The machine works perfectly and I have no complaints, maybe the warranty can be transfered? I will soon take delivery of a print and cut machine and so will let this go. I am open ...

Tue Mar 04, 2003 11:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Attempted Break in

Replies: 15

Views: 3256

I'm sorry I haven't got a template. My plan is to pack up shop until I sort things out. I doubt my plan would work for many others but it doesn't need much in the way of documentation.

Kind regards
Ramjam

Mon Mar 03, 2003 3:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Attempted Break in

Replies: 15

Views: 3256

Business Continuity Planning

Hi Phil, I have in the past been a business continuity planner for large banks in the city so I can be quite confident in the following advise.... TAKE A COUPLE OF HOURS AND WRITE A BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN You need to identify key elements of your operation for example Stock Work in Progress Vinyl ...

Tue Feb 25, 2003 11:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: RADIUS TOOL

Replies: 5

Views: 1621

Thanks for that Adrian, that is exactly the machine I require. It is however not the sort of money I was after. I was hoping to get a machine for less than £200, any more ideas.....anybody???

Any second hand machines? If so please call me 01437 563 937.

Tue Feb 25, 2003 2:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: RADIUS TOOL

Replies: 5

Views: 1621

RADIUS TOOL

Hi,

Anybody out there know where I can get a radius tool/machine/press for sensible money. I want to be able to cleanly and easily nip the corners off aluminium plates 2mm thick.

Thanks in advance
Ramjam

Wed Jan 15, 2003 10:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help, customer wants a 4'x4' 'A' Frame

Replies: 3

Views: 1171

Help, customer wants a 4'x4' 'A' Frame

Hi, I have a customer who wants a 4'x4' 'A' frame. I could get a sheet of Rynobond and fabricate one but if I do that does anybody have any good designs for doing that? Better still is there a supplier who sells 'A' frames this size or a similar size? A swift answer would be greatly appreciated. Tha...

Wed Nov 20, 2002 11:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: injection moulded, im looking for good source?

Replies: 9

Views: 2913

Rob, What you describe sounds like a vacuum forming process is all you need. Vacuum forming is a world cheaper than injection moulding. You could make your own forming tool out of MDF with holes drilled to create the vacuum. My experience of vacuum forming and injection moulding is mainly in the wes...

Thu Oct 24, 2002 5:54 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What is the best software to drive a Gerber Sprint?

Replies: 11

Views: 3340

Thanks for all your help

Thanks for all your help. I sold the Sprint and bought a Roland now I'm compatible with all the most expensive software on the market. I will use corel and the roland software for now. Thanks again for all your effort. I've bought a load of materials and will practice, perhaps I could post some init...

Wed Oct 09, 2002 8:55 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What is the best software to drive a Gerber Sprint?

Replies: 11

Views: 3340

What we really need

Thanks Tom, Rob and Mike, Perhaps it would help if I explain a little more. We are not in sign making as a trade, but rather have a use for the machinery to make stencils for putting lettering and graphics onto the clothing of fencers (fencing with swords not post and rail). The process is reasonabl...

Tue Oct 01, 2002 11:16 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What is the best software to drive a Gerber Sprint?

Replies: 11

Views: 3340

What is the best software to drive a Gerber Sprint?

Hi, I've got a Gerber Sprint with a Gerber Graphics Advantage PC. I have a newer PC and would like to run more sophisticated software but I can't find software that supports the Gerber Sprint. I guess that a few years ago you could get software that still supported this machine, does anybody know of...

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