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Tue Nov 16, 2004 5:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Trainee or Experianced??

Replies: 26

Views: 2356

I feel it must be said tho, that it took us 14-15 canditates to find these 2 That's always a problem when recruiting but this can cut both ways as many employers expect a steady gradual always upward progression which doesn't allow for a breather on the way to the summit! Difficult to justify as a ...

Tue Nov 16, 2004 3:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Trainee or Experianced??

Replies: 26

Views: 2356

We employed 2 fantastic apprentice panel beaters approx 8-9 weeks ago and it`s refreshing to see 2 young lads show such enthusiasm and initiative at 16 years of age. Not 1 day sick or absent between them and they just don`t stop. Allelujah ..........where were you when the OTHER thread was running ...

Tue Nov 16, 2004 2:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Trainee or Experianced??

Replies: 26

Views: 2356

It would be a shame if this topic was left to run without some valid input :lol1: One, just one observation..........then I'm out of here......promise :cool: I read into some of the posts on here, and on another thread who's title I cannot recall :wink: a desire for 'experience'. Wearing a former ha...

Thu Nov 11, 2004 2:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: North/South Divide

Replies: 30

Views: 2582

effective as a snow plough in Africa


They have snow on the top of Kiliminjaro! :wink:

Thu Nov 11, 2004 1:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: North/South Divide

Replies: 30

Views: 2582

I could so easily sit on the fence here, but you wouldn't expect that would you :lol1: I am on some jobs embarassingly expensive and on others unashamedly cheap. However............... You find yourself working long hours for little reward. If Peter can do a Transit in 90 minutes for £150 that doesn...

Thu Aug 19, 2004 10:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fleecing

Replies: 8

Views: 962

You'll have absolutely no problem printing onto fleeces with Flock if you do the following: Support the transfer area from underneath with a piece of folded cloth. Cover the entire surrounding area with some fleece offcuts facing downwards (pile to pile). Use as little pressure as you need to to get...

Mon Aug 02, 2004 12:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Moving Avatars!

Replies: 9

Views: 1070

Quite clearly there's more to this moving avatar thing than suggested. :cry: Please can I have my old one back Rob, thanks!?

On second thoughts, it's Monday morning, to hell with it I'm dog tired anyway!

Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: People that don't pay..

Replies: 30

Views: 3883

Not sure if this is the right place but it seems an appropriate theread!!? Last year I done some work for a UK Sign Boards user. They didn't pay! :( I've tried to track the guy down but without sucees so if anyone knows the wherabouts of: Stuart Horsburgh formerly trading as Abacus signs Unit 6 Twee...

Wed May 12, 2004 11:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Topic in house keeping monthly 1955.

Replies: 34

Views: 3287

Be a little gay and a little more interesting to him. I bow to your greater experience Marcella :wink: I think in this PC world we live in it should read 'Be a little Lesbanian and a little more interesting to him!' That's the trouble with this internet lark..................corrupts us youngsters ...

Sat May 08, 2004 2:07 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: after vehicle been sprayed when can i apply vinyl?

Replies: 13

Views: 3031

This was on the grey plastic rubbing strip down the side, not the paintwork. It's never happened to me before. Customer was ok about it. The van was T Reg, arrived dirty, I took an hour plus to clean it thus improving it's value by £500 :lol: and while he beamed admiringly at the graphics took him s...

Thu May 06, 2004 11:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Vehicle Template - Mercedes Vito

Replies: 7

Views: 2021

I vinyled a Merc Vito today from artwork supplied by a graphic designer. Don't know what CD he was using but the rear quarter panels were way out, on size and shape! I was supposed to fill with blue and overlay white phone numbers but there was no way I could ever cut to fit! :( I favour the Digital...

Thu May 06, 2004 11:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: after vehicle been sprayed when can i apply vinyl?

Replies: 13

Views: 3031

Done a van today, a Merc Vito. The diagonal side graphic went over the grey plastic rubbing strip at the bottom so needed to be cut. On one side the overlaid vinyl that had to be removed came away fine. On the other side the vinyl took the paint off! :-?

Can these rubbing strips be re-painted??

Tue May 04, 2004 1:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shock revelation

Replies: 11

Views: 1269

Probably looking for this: :D

Put your speakers up loud...........

http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/

Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:30 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: A rreal long shot, Cap Press bits?

Replies: 3

Views: 963

Thanks Anjasola,

Just to clarify, did you have the aditional piece made for the Heated upper part, or the bed?

Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:31 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: A rreal long shot, Cap Press bits?

Replies: 3

Views: 963

A rreal long shot, Cap Press bits?

A bit of a long shot this! I have a Hix Baseball Cap Press which apparently has an older style Platen which is too flat for todays typical cap size.

I can buy a new platen at great expense but if anyones has one lying around I'd be pleased to hear from you!

Mon Apr 26, 2004 5:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

As you have said Martin you were £100 cheaper (that is a very large margin).


No they were £100 dearer! :o A subtle difference but relevant none the less. They were overpriced, I could have knocked another £100 off and still have been well in.

Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

you can't compare a ford fiesta to a rolls royce, they both may be cars but thats where the similarity ends


I know what you mean, those Rolls Royces are a bugger to park :lol:

Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

My design entirely. He only wanted his name on the side and a phone number. I flowered it up a bit with some shading and design, pushed the price up from what he had had on his previous vehicle (Plain Navy on white van) done the job and didn't even know he'd had a competitive quote til afterwards.

Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

One final analogy!! :P Last year my neice who was working in a travel agents at the time sorted out a discount for a holiday to Majorca. £1470 reduced from £1580. I was an hour away from booking it, went on the net. Same hotel, same accomodation, booked the flights direct with Brittania and the hote...

Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

Steve, You miss my point. I happily done this van for £225. The other company didn't! I got the business, they didn't! I'm getting the repeat business, they aren't! I don't always look at customers from the point of view of what they can afford, (although it's a natural thing to do) been stung like ...

Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

they could have only earned £200 profit for five or six days work including fitting. But we all know that you cannot sustain this level of pricing and stay afloat don't we? I don't want anybody to get the wrong idea, that I am a 'sell it cheap just to get the business' merchant. I'm not. It's simpl...

Sun Apr 25, 2004 10:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

ooo, ooo, eee, ahhhhh,.........where's me nuts! :lol: Steve , it was Friday and Saturday, I go for a swing on Sundays! :lol: I don't clock watch. Snooker was on TV, I had a beer in my hand and had taken the afternoon off so needed to catch up. May as well weed those vinyls now methinks. On Saturday ...

Sun Apr 25, 2004 10:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

Now dont take what Im about to say here personaly martin Don't worry, I won't and if I do I'll tell me Mum! :( I have been in the trade for over 25 years and worked from home for a long time but refused to cut my prices just because I had lower overheads. Its a value thing!!!. what are we worth!!! ...

Sun Apr 25, 2004 9:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

My overriding thought on this one is that I didn't think I was too cheap until people told me or I picked up what was being achieved by others on these boards! :-? Sure, I had some jobs that I got completely wrong price wise, but put it down to the learning curve I knew I had to go through....

Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

BUT £65 cos it's my mate's company and I'd help him out. And I said I'd fit them too. He is getting it for £30 A VAN!!!!!!!!That works out as £30 - £10 per van Vinyl. approx £3 for app tape. so £17 TO CUT,WEED AND TAPE UP A VAN'S WORTH OF VINYL - no thank you. £17 X 26 vans = £442 for 26 vans of vi...

Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 8949

I'm going to stick a cat amongst the pigeons here! (:) Last night I cut and weeded about 9 metres of vinyl, it took me an hour and a bit to weed and lay up. Cost, lets say £25. At 10 this morning I toodled down to local car dealer less than a quarter of a mile away and applied said graphics to court...

Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: INFLATABLES

Replies: 5

Views: 788

I once spent a couple of days signwriting the windows of a sex aids wholesaler


I bet that gave you a buzz!

Err, blow up sheep............my sister in law has a Border Collie.........is that a good enough excuse? :oops:

Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: INFLATABLES

Replies: 5

Views: 788

Try your local Fancy Dress shop. Not that they'll have a size 12 Ladies Hammer Drill Costume but they often have contact numbers for that sort of thing. If you want an inflatable sheep we've a shop in town that does them (local agricultural college just up the road) with real feel lips but you'll ha...

Thu Apr 22, 2004 12:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: aHH Toilet Humour - real job (honest!)

Replies: 6

Views: 796

I recall a local lad being prosecuted after a night on the beer. He'd found a suitable hedge and his mates put the car headlamps on just as a cop car passed by. I would imagine he was playing to the crowd but when you gotta go, you gotta go (hot) As a delivery driver in a former life I know only too...

Mon Apr 19, 2004 3:05 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Left In The Lurch By XPRES Need Help!

Replies: 12

Views: 2934

The difficuties almost certainly stem from whether you have the correct settings in the Colour Profiles box. If you have the ICM Colour profiles (which are supplied by Xpres I think) then it may follow that these are the ones to use on a 1290 Epson. However when we went through the ICM set up it wou...

Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:14 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Left In The Lurch By XPRES Need Help!

Replies: 12

Views: 2934

Ok, here's what I was told to do. Bare with me, this is from memory! Under Control panel, go into Printers and right click on your Subli printer. Mines an Epson 980 (The settings may be different for the bigger Epson). Click on Colour Management tab, set to Automatic and the Colour Profiles box belo...

Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:09 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Left In The Lurch By XPRES Need Help!

Replies: 12

Views: 2934

NO, you don't need colour correcton software with the Xpres own brand Inks, but you do need to persevere to get to speak to someone who can run through the correct settings for Corel. It took me 4 months of struggling before getting the right settings and in general they are ok but not brilliant. If...

Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: fixing foamex to brick / wood

Replies: 10

Views: 3437

I've only used it on small `12" x 6" signs and to my knowledge they are fine. At least I haven't had a call to put them back up! A liberal sausage of No nails randomly spread on the back, push against the wall, hold tight and roberts your mums brother! No Nails is really Evo Stik in a different form...

Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Know anything about Metal Structures/Scaffolding?

Replies: 3

Views: 898

Thanks kev, the plot thickens on this one! Now I have a major manufacture of a clamp fitting who is going to confirm suitability of ali scaffolding for this project. The suggestion is that an indent drilled into the tube, rather than a complete hole through may be enough to alleviate any threat of s...

Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: fixing foamex to brick / wood

Replies: 10

Views: 3437

Dewi,

The Doro Ultra Bond Tape is reccomended for use on aluminium, steel and powder coated surfaces. Not wood and brickwork. I'd be very wary of using tape on a dusty building!!

You could try 'No nails'........which I've used with great success on small car park signs.

Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:12 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Left In The Lurch By XPRES Need Help!

Replies: 12

Views: 2934

It can be improved and the Tech people at Xpres can talk you through this. You may need some patience though!!? I had the same problem and willl shortly be changing my ink supplier from Xpres to Rotech. Nuff said! If you can let me know what settings you have in Corel 11 I'll run through them with y...

Fri Apr 16, 2004 11:05 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Marketing question

Replies: 10

Views: 2561

One word the council , sorry two words, the local council , oh well you get my meaning! :lol: If ever you design a new chair and want it tested, take it to your local council offices whereby you will find many hundreds of people willing to do little else but sit on their butts all day long. But that...

Thu Apr 15, 2004 1:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Know anything about Metal Structures/Scaffolding?

Replies: 3

Views: 898

Thanks Chunkielad, Scaffolding supplies are the people I had found to supply the fittings and it is they who have said that ali tube would fracture. I've dug a bit of a hole for myself on this one. The use is as a demountable Boxing Ring, the uprights will have rope tensioners on and the ropes will ...

Wed Apr 14, 2004 10:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Know anything about Metal Structures/Scaffolding?

Replies: 3

Views: 898

Know anything about Metal Structures/Scaffolding?

This has nothing to do with signs but i'm desperate for some knowledgeable input on a problem I have!! :cry: I need to build a 'cube' from Scaffolding type poles. (4 x 2metre uprights for the corners and 16' poles, 4 top and 4 bottom to finish it off) Hope that makes sense (?) I have located the cas...

Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Financing myself

Replies: 4

Views: 711

When I started I used my Van for Courier work in between jobs. Couldn't you do the same with the bike?

Wed Apr 07, 2004 6:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Temporary exterior banners

Replies: 1

Views: 891

I use Tekton with Banner Ups from Dorotape for banners that are up over a week, and some for over 6 months. :( All you need do is roll out the length you need fold back the ends about 50mm and secure with some double sided tape. Banner Ups are plastic eyelets doubled up and stuck on with very strong...

Tue Apr 06, 2004 11:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can anyone recommend a van?

Replies: 13

Views: 1337

I've a 2 litre Tin Can masquerading as a turbocharged Citroen Berlingo. Never thought I'd say it but it's a joy to drive, does 55 to the gallon (diesel) at least but is pig useless for transporting anything too big for any distance. I've driven a few Merc Sprinters, the big high top 4 metre bed one'...

Tue Apr 06, 2004 11:39 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Sign : Walsh Butchers

Replies: 13

Views: 2724

Sorry Pete, it was just me being fa, fa, fas.....fasciscious! :cool:
I would have made the words bigger either side, there seems to be space?

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Correx Hinges?

Replies: 3

Views: 1283

Thanks Rebecca, i'll try that. By Correx tape I guess you mean high strength tape?

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:10 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Sign : Walsh Butchers

Replies: 13

Views: 2724

Good looking sign but those Sausages & fresh Ccoked Meats must surely be small cos I can hardly see em! :cool: I'd have made the words a bit bigger, that's all.........

Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Correx Hinges?

Replies: 3

Views: 1283

Correx Hinges?

I have to make some triangular 'A' Board style stand ups and am looking for suggestions as to how best to get nice clean angles using Correx. I've seen some joining strips for putting Correx together but doubt these will be strong enough?? These 'temporary 'A' boards, need to be packed flat for stor...

Wed Mar 17, 2004 2:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sales Prevention Officer

Replies: 28

Views: 2831

Sorry chaps, can't understand it myself! I get the impression that none of you ever shops around for a better price, that you've never called on a business to find that what you wanted can't be done (we're the 'experts', they're the customers) and that the customer should come ready packaged with a ...

Wed Mar 17, 2004 1:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: pop-up banners/displays

Replies: 2

Views: 822

I've sold these to various companies who are having shopping precinct promotions and want something to improve on simply sitting behind a table.

Sat Mar 13, 2004 2:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: competition hold up..

Replies: 36

Views: 3481

Hope all is well with your littlun and she grows to be a luvvable pain in the xxx like my 11 and 13 year olds! :evil:

Can't believe you put a picture of Lulu up and claimed she's your missus though :-?

Thu Mar 11, 2004 2:52 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Dye Sub Mug Question...

Replies: 8

Views: 2764

When I started sublimation printing on Mugs, I left the paper to cool and had to go through this process of 'unsticking' the transfer.

Now, I take it straight off as soon as it's out of the press........no more problems! :D

Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Signs Spotted

Replies: 23

Views: 2944

"...so you can see how by doing very little it's less complex yet at the same time we show how modern you are whilst not offending your older customers 'Where's me rifle.!' :D (:) (:) (:) I think you've missed the point of this sign completely. The side panel montage simulates confusion yet the eye...

Mon Mar 08, 2004 2:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Signs Spotted

Replies: 23

Views: 2944

There's nothing hacks me off more than seeing the work of an overpaid 'design' team coming up with corporate identities that catch people's attention because 'they're so quirky, ok yar!' In my advertising days I really couldn't seperate the creative tossers from the client tossers once they got on t...

Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How not to letter a van!

Replies: 28

Views: 3199

I didn't get this bad in my 'early learning' stage :D

If you like Brush Script type fonts but want an alternative, well balanced and readable style try a font called

'Soubrette' :D

Mon Mar 01, 2004 2:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How HOT?

Replies: 2

Views: 873

How HOT?

I've always used a Hair Drier to gently warm up vinyl after applying it but this weekend bought a new Bosch heat gun/paint stripper! Over the last couple of years despite my best efforts I've wavered between no bubbles at all and bubbles that appear from nowhere (don't ask me how, I really haven't a...

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:09 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Fascia Sign : My Own Shop

Replies: 38

Views: 7735

£75 a day for a Plasterer! I'd lock him in the cupboard and hire him out! I'm paying £210 including materials, probably 2 bags of muck at most to go flatten an artex ceiling! One days work max. That's daaaarn saaarth for yer I suppose! :( I should add that this plasterer is excellent. 3 metre workto...

Thu Feb 19, 2004 11:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Printed banner supplier query?

Replies: 5

Views: 880

All I'll say is Victory, Nelson....one eye.............and no arm to pick up the phone! Yes, used them once, sent artwork to required spec, told couldn't get good repro from it. Sent new artwork, manager was with customer, would call me to confirm artwork ok. Didn't call. They went ahead anyway. Ban...

Thu Feb 19, 2004 11:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Safe Working Practices

Replies: 10

Views: 1131

I have a ladder inherited from the next door neighbour who passed away 10 years ago. The ladder is wooden , only 7' long with treads so worn there's half the timber on each step than was intended. It sits outside gathering moss and has been kept out side for what must be 50 years! I use it for scali...

Mon Feb 16, 2004 11:36 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Printed A-board : Mint Amusements

Replies: 11

Views: 1891

Your post brought something to mind that was pointed out to me a few weeks ago at a school reunion. I was crap at metalwork, woodwork, physics, chemistry and scraped through 'O' level art. Quite what qualifications I have to make signs I don't know!! I have renovated several houses and done my own b...

Mon Feb 16, 2004 12:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Urgent Safety Sign advice needed!

Replies: 4

Views: 1389

An update on this one. I bought some blank Yellow folding mini 'A-Boards' from a safety wear supplier. The sort of thing they put up in supermarkets, McD's etc., when they are cleaning the floor. Made up the Danger Men Working Overhead stickers in vinyl and added the company name so they don't get n...

Sun Feb 15, 2004 2:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

No offence taken Dewi :cool: I worked at YP for a few months, long enough to know that it works well for people and long enough to know that it takes a strange animal to be able to sell it. I absolutely hated it as a job and wasn't cut out to do exactly what you say, which is to hit, hourly, daily, ...

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats best way of matching banner colour to pantones?

Replies: 10

Views: 2496

Thanks, £20 doesn't sound too bad! Like the idea of the tinted spots and the glasses, unfortunately these banners will be rolled out at special events, slung up scaffolding, dragged across walls, all over the place and be seen by crowds of people. I could always try for the glasses franchise at the ...

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

I'd have taken that offer John, on the basis that you signwrote my van free of charge and if it brought me more business I'd pay for it!:D I've been put in that position before..........ooh er missus............and when the customer says he monitors all of his calls, I'd ask for the response pad, th...

Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:31 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats best way of matching banner colour to pantones?

Replies: 10

Views: 2496

I can't digitally print. I've gone in at silly money, sprat to catch a mackerel with 2 banners and a large T-shirt order and haven't left enough margin to go for anything dearer. Also as the banner is predominantly black text, vinyl works out a lot cheaper and I can keep it all in house................

Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:50 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats best way of matching banner colour to pantones?

Replies: 10

Views: 2496

Rob,

I assume you mean screenprint Ink? Where's the best place to buy small quantities and how much, quantity wise, should I ask for??

Also, will it last as well as vinyl, or even better?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 12:42 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats best way of matching banner colour to pantones?

Replies: 10

Views: 2496

whats best way of matching banner colour to pantones?

I have to match a very pale blue off of a website to produce a panel of colour. I've looked through several brochures and proper Banner vinyl doesn't seem to come in the right shade. Anyone know of a supplier or best way to achieve this? Panel to be 600 deep x 1500 wide onto reinforced banner which ...

Sat Feb 14, 2004 12:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

A fair bit for an ex rep to get his teeth into :evil: :D Martin, but how many times have you twisted someones arm, or neglected to mention something to get that end of week sale? That's a leading question Dewi. If you mean have I ever mislead a customer then yes, and NO! What I mean is, if I told yo...

Thu Feb 12, 2004 8:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

Word of warning............. Try and keep it low key. Why? As an ex YP salesman...........part of the sales kit is made of letters of complaint by irritated customers threatening to sue. The best was a full page Insurance company story that went in the local and some national papers. The heading......

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:59 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Modern Apprenticeship

Replies: 6

Views: 902

What courses would any budding Signmaker be taking at College? I know that's an open ended question but I'm also thinking of getting someone on board on a part time basis and as we have the local Uni here in town it 's possible that they have a potential Leonardo (Da Vinci not De Caprio :cool: ) who...

Fri Jan 30, 2004 6:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

I don't mean to be negative about another business like this but the YP really winds me up. They charge say £160 for an advertisement, but convieniently forget to mention the design costs and other related costs. Did you ask? :-? I never had any add on costs because I supplied my own artwork! I ful...

Fri Jan 30, 2004 12:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

Lol...... :lol: many time wasters and half wits out there with nothing better to do with their time than phone up small business with fictitious and half witted enquiries :lol: I'd love to see your customer services training manual Phil. I know what you mean though. Although I've spouted on about YP...

Fri Jan 30, 2004 12:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

Anyone with any experience of advertising on the back of buses? Is it cost effective? Yes.............and NO! I wouldn't touch it. It's above the line advertising that you have to do in a big way to be of any real use. 24 Buses is a lot of buses and I guess a lot of cost? Thomsons Local is a much w...

Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3900

This topic has come up before and always interests me no end as I used to sell Yellow Pages, Local radio, national papers etc., etc., Should you use Yellow Pages. YES 100% absolutely, if it's the only thing you do it WILL bring you business. Now whether it's the sort of business you want is another ...

Thu Jan 29, 2004 5:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is it busy?

Replies: 13

Views: 1511

I've been inundated with the single mug and T-shirt brigade of late but it's been intermingled with some odd yet lucrative specials. Currently quoting for 100 plus pairs of branded Boxing Gloves as a giveaway! Picked up 3 vehicles and some shirts to do next week, weather permitting. 4 smallish signs...

Wed Jan 28, 2004 2:54 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what short term banner should i use?

Replies: 6

Views: 1619

For temporary Banners I use Tekton from Dorotape. Better known as Tyvek it's an indestuctible olefin (!) or plasticy type paper. It's 38" deep and comes in rolls of 50 and 100 yds. Very strong and cheap too! A 4 metre x 965mm deep (12'x3') Banner with fittings for £7.44 :D It will accept any vinyl w...

Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design Ideas

Replies: 10

Views: 1668

Does anyone ever drop a business card in when you see decorators tarting up a shop or ask for the owner and leave him your details? I've done this on a number of occasions, it's the salesman in me I can't seem to shake off :cool:, but I rarely get anything from it but aggravation. I think they think...

Mon Jan 26, 2004 9:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: squeegee rip-off!

Replies: 41

Views: 6023

Dorotape Squeegees are £2.26 each or £21 for 10! :D

In my case that's a lifetime of Squeegees!

Mon Jan 26, 2004 11:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customers & Artwork Charges...

Replies: 24

Views: 3679

Steve can I nick your copyright message or will you charge me £200! :-? I've been meaning to add something like this to my designs but never got round to it. I do the same as Simon and try to produce something that will get the business come hell or high water. I did have a customer ask what the sco...

Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Urgent Safety Sign advice needed!

Replies: 4

Views: 1389

Urgent Safety Sign advice needed!

Had a call last night from a customer who's putting 3 men up the side of a building tomorrow morning and who needs some warning signs to read 'MEN WORKING OVERHEAD'.... Does anyone know the standard format, size colour for this sort of thing? Thinking of small A-boards as a quick siting method? Or w...

Sat Jan 24, 2004 10:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Action to be taken on pavement signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3745

A chippy near me has used it's initiative and built a box about 14" square around the base of the lamp post outside their shop. It has advertising on all 4 sides. I think it's removable and only put out at opening times, and it does seem like an ingenious idea and perhaps a solution to the A-board '...

Sat Jan 24, 2004 3:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plasticised PVC?

Replies: 13

Views: 2258

Thanks all. I'll try the plumbers glue next time which I've used before but it doesn't really answr my question as to what Foamex actually is? i.e. is it Plastic or PVC? Sorry to be so dumb but I wasn't great at Biology at school :-?

Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plasticised PVC?

Replies: 13

Views: 2258

Plasticised PVC?

I've just stuck two pieces of Foamex together using some spray adhesive I bought from the local hardware shop. I hastlily read the details and it said, suitable for wood, metal, plastic and foam to foam (it's main use is for sticking carpets down). Now I see it says 'not suitable for Plasticised PVC...

Sun Jan 18, 2004 9:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Robot Dance

Replies: 8

Views: 1049

Call me an old cynic, but I reckon this is a bit of smart editing from my last birthday party, everyone was canned. Looks too smooth to be nuts and bolts?? :-?

Sun Jan 11, 2004 9:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: T-shirt advice

Replies: 20

Views: 4127

Don't get the wrong idea about Xpres. They are a good company but my experiences have been iritating rather than life threatening! My average order size is between 12-50 mixed pieces and I order transfer materials in as required. I was a little unhappy that my 3 metre order was no longer accepted. Y...

Sat Jan 10, 2004 7:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: T-shirt advice

Replies: 20

Views: 4127

I'd go along with most of what has been said above but will add a few pointers from past experiences good and bad. Jerzees, good stuff across the range but have an irritating habit of changing the spec, particularly during peak season. I was buying Burgundy T's one week which then changed to another...

Sat Jan 10, 2004 1:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Does this mean anything to you?

Replies: 7

Views: 1542

Had this mail from my web hosts tonight. Until now, all messages are scanned and given a score. If the score was above 10, the message is deleted at the mail server. If the score is above 5 it is marked as spam. Now, I have set the rule so that any mail sent to @warriorboxing.com that has a score hi...

Fri Jan 09, 2004 11:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Does this mean anything to you?

Replies: 7

Views: 1542

By e-mail client........do you mean who am I with? I'm with Freeserve. and I've looked at setting up a rule Nigel, but there doesn't seem to be an option to stop mail getting through . I have added the address to my Junk senders list but this hasn't stopped it?? Aaaaaaaaaargh!! Lorraine, I've mailed...

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:35 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Does this mean anything to you?

Replies: 7

Views: 1542

Does this mean anything to you?

Another Virusy type thing I'm afraid! I'm getting the following message about 20 times a day (and increasing). The mail address is that of someone I mailed a week or so back. Any ideas? I've blotted out the [color=orange]mail [/color] address for security reasons. The original message was received a...

Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:00 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Broadband providers ?

Replies: 19

Views: 11713

I've been looking around and will probably go with Tiscali, good price and heard no complaints about them. Unlike BT! :-?

Tue Jan 06, 2004 2:02 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Microsoft XP and IE 6

Replies: 8

Views: 2067

Scuse my ignorance Gordon, but how do I back up my Registry? :-?

Mon Jan 05, 2004 6:11 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Microsoft XP and IE 6

Replies: 8

Views: 2067

Thanks for that Mort, I've looked at the Spybot thing and on one Forum it says it can destroy certain parts of your registry if you don't know what you are doing? I admit that half the time I don't so am a bit concerned about downloading it? Also another quirk I have noticed is that my Fonts file ke...

Mon Jan 05, 2004 3:56 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Microsoft XP and IE 6

Replies: 8

Views: 2067

Gordon, You seem like a whizz with Explorer........can you help with this one? My chosen Homepage is Freeserve but I have some sort of pop up that replaces it with coolsearch.com Despite going into Options and clicking Use Current page etc., for the homepage every other day it pops back to Coolsearc...

Wed Dec 24, 2003 9:30 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: SignGo Price Increase

Replies: 17

Views: 3258

YES, exactly like that!!

Wed Dec 24, 2003 6:33 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: SignGo Price Increase

Replies: 17

Views: 3258

To all,, I have scripted fonts and CD's with plenty of variety on them. I'll try my best to explain what I mean..... Say for example you had the word Signs and the S's joined together underneath to form a Caligraphic marvel! Does that make sense? I know how to draw stuff and weld etc., but these loo...

Wed Dec 24, 2003 9:50 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: SignGo Price Increase

Replies: 17

Views: 3258

i've had a look at the Signgo website (thanks Dewi!) but can't see that it does any more than my existing Corel Draw package? So for me it's better the devil you know! What I would like to find, and I've always assumed this was part of a Signwriting set up, is a Font or set of Fonts with the swishin...

Tue Dec 23, 2003 1:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas To All

Replies: 20

Views: 1764

(angel) (hot) (chat.) Have a *bigsmile* Jolly Joyous (hot) Yuletide y'all................. *rofl* (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (hot) (ho...

Sun Dec 21, 2003 7:40 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: do you think this layout is good enough to show customer?

Replies: 17

Views: 4173

Nice looking design, but I'd be a bit concerned with the images along the bottom edge of the Sprinter. This is where all the road muck ends up on my van, so it could look like they were selling dirty veg! :-?

Sat Dec 20, 2003 11:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Just as I thought......ahh Christmas!

Replies: 7

Views: 1670

Thanks for all your advice everyone. Sone useful things for thought in there :D I'll respond to some of your suggestions when I get a little more time.....................hic...........I've started Xmas early.hic Jill, I have a wife...........but I also have a mother in law who runs a catering compa...

Fri Dec 19, 2003 12:09 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Just as I thought......ahh Christmas!

Replies: 7

Views: 1670

Just as I thought......ahh Christmas!

I'd intended to put a post on here asking for advice along the lines of, 'what steps did you take when going from being a one man band to employing staff?'...........then thought better of it. My feeling was that I'd get plenty of response but none would match my own particular circumstances and I'd...

Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:53 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Sublimation printing 100% cotton

Replies: 3

Views: 1544

Not sure if it's the same thing but there's also a paper that is sprayed with some sort of fixative to make it 'sublimate' into cotton.

Wed Dec 17, 2003 9:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: good or bad?

Replies: 10

Views: 1375

A fine testament to throwing away of the layout book and doing what fits..........and looks best. Nice one!

Wed Dec 17, 2003 11:04 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: On the lookout for new/used equipment

Replies: 7

Views: 1190

I have a friend that could be selling a plotter, 3 months old barely used. Not sure of the make though?

Tue Dec 16, 2003 11:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fancy Dress

Replies: 23

Views: 2356

A boxing mate of mine called his son Lennox Lewis, had the TV and papers round his house quick as a shot. His last child, another boy, and his wife insisted it should have a normal name, so he called him Marco Antonio. ....for 2 weeks until she realised it was another boxers name! Now the boy is cal...

Fri Dec 12, 2003 12:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Enough is Enough!!!

Replies: 18

Views: 2244

Enough is Enough!!!

I think this may have been covered at some length :D here before but how does one stop SPAM mail getting through? Yes, that kind of mail!! My web guy has put some sort of filter on which removes viruses and highlights the Spam before it gets to me which means I can easily remove it but if I have a c...

Fri Dec 12, 2003 12:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: trainee wages????

Replies: 9

Views: 1221

Or do we pay wad fulls of cash and still get the same monkeys? Couldn't agree more. Paying more money doesn't mean your employee will work 'harder'. It might mean they will work 'smarter' and it's down to you to channel that ability into something positive for them and you. Otherwise that smart mon...

Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:47 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what do you think of my christmas card design?

Replies: 13

Views: 3239

Excellent stuff Terry. These Wacom Tablets, how many do you have to take to get this creative? :D Seriously, I've seen these graphics tablets for sale at around £70 but not quite sure what the benefits are? Given the opportunity my kids jump onto my best PC and fiddle around with Corel Draw and Phot...

Wed Dec 10, 2003 4:37 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Cutter stand

Replies: 6

Views: 2185

I occasionally use the roller, it's permanently fixed but I just pull a couple of metres off of the roll and let it run free anyway.

Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Payment: Is this a record?

Replies: 6

Views: 1195

The 'boys' would have been round long before if i'd been waiting that long for my silver John! :evil:

Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:57 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Cutter stand

Replies: 6

Views: 2185

Enzo,

I run a Roland off of a Desktop and having spoken to someone at Roland HQ decided against getting a stand. Basically I was told that for £150 plus, I'd be best off sticking with what I've got!! :-?

Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mug delivery boxes?

Replies: 2

Views: 1053

Mug delivery boxes?

Does anyone know where I can get Polystyrene Mug boxes from? Suitable for mailing out samples. :)

Thanks

Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Transfer material... best supplier....?

Replies: 5

Views: 1071

I use Xpres for some stuff but it's worth getting information from others. Victory for example do some Flock colours that no one else stocks and it's quite a bit thinner. Not to everyones taste but great for putting colour on colour. Dorotape do a nice flock but limited colour range. My biggest comp...

Sun Dec 07, 2003 2:28 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Looking for a new Job

Replies: 30

Views: 6310

I think my main problem has been that I am not and never will be a salesman. Being a Salesman is something you can learn, given time, a lot of it is common sense. Forget about sales techniques and it's so so easy. It is something that is important to any trade but is sadly overlooked when people st...

Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newspaper advertising

Replies: 11

Views: 1335

Blimey, the censor even stop's carpet names!! :-?

A S H A G is a kind of carpet, as in Shagpile!

Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newspaper advertising

Replies: 11

Views: 1335

Just get the best deal you can! Find out how many readers, what age groups, make the salesman work for his money...............! Don't book a page, waste of money unless you've got a weekend sale, go for something smaller and have more than one, even a classified if it's relevant? Feature based adve...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: window tinting

Replies: 4

Views: 665

Try Johnsons Window Films, American Company I believe but set up over here about 18 months ago and are keen to help.

Sorry, don't have a web address but do a search as I know they have a site.

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Not a good advert

Replies: 4

Views: 816

Had a company car with radio station graphics all over it. I'll go as far as to say it was a 50/50 decision as to who was wrong and who was right, which given my generous nature means I was in the right :D Boss took a phonecall from irate 'Richard Head Ponsonby-Smythe' some local dignitary but unfor...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 12:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newspaper advertising

Replies: 11

Views: 1335

You've two things to consider when sending in a press release. First of all the way it it set out, see below for more info........and 2 the timing of your sending it in! Obviously your press releaase should be targeted and relevant. If you've just supplied some vinyl tubes to the local Infants Schoo...

Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newspaper advertising

Replies: 11

Views: 1335

Are you talkingabout a press release type article about your company that costs nothing, or a feature whereby they sell advertising to your suppliers etc., to cover the cost?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:19 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: any advice please on design of new logo and van layout?

Replies: 25

Views: 6062

and hes only 12" yeah and it sure does look like it too and to which I always answer "Ok mate I'll get my niece to cut and fit it she's 12 too!!" Had this one last week.'We need some letters about 1 metre high (20 in total)..' "Will you fit them yourselves (they're 50 miles up the road from me)?" Y...

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:38 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Looking for a new Job

Replies: 30

Views: 6310

Hope it works out for you Lorraine..... I was in and out of work for a couple of years in the early nineties. Bit of a story but I lost a very well paid job in London, so well paid that I was earning well above my supposed ability (Commission based) and with a 2 month old baby, a half built £50,000 ...

Mon Dec 01, 2003 11:14 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Looking for a new Job

Replies: 30

Views: 6310

I thought it was your company Lorraine? :-?

Sat Nov 29, 2003 3:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Doing it for myself

Replies: 18

Views: 2490

I can draw many parallels with what John is saying. That by running two businesses alongside each other can make it taxing. Although many signmakers produce T-shirts etc., alongside their regular business it can double the amount of contact, i.e. with customers and suppliers that you make each day a...

Fri Nov 28, 2003 1:24 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: need advise please on hosts & servers?

Replies: 11

Views: 2783

Rob,

Hope you don't mind but I've passed on this topic link to my web guys. As you know I run a Forum, and a shopping facility off of my site and am as tight as a Scotsmans wallet so they may be suited to your requirements!? :lol:

Wed Nov 26, 2003 2:57 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Sublimation Printing

Replies: 13

Views: 3644

Xpres now do a colour profile for the Epson 1290. I've just been sent it from there Technical Team and it has helped solve similar colour problems. :) However I agree it's trial and error. One thing that you may want to try is to print everything on the Text/Graph setting in properties and I'm sure ...

Wed Nov 26, 2003 2:48 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Window Graphics : Various Etch Work

Replies: 36

Views: 6849

I apply nearly everything I do wet! This thing about the washing up liquid. I have two spray bottles, one with pure water, the other with one single drop of Fairy in it. That's more than enough to allow repositioning and only on the smallest text direct to substrate do you have to wait. Vinyl, on Vi...

Sat Nov 22, 2003 2:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (funny) toons3

Replies: 6

Views: 1058

Don't y'all have badgers over there?

Fri Nov 21, 2003 11:41 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wage rates

Replies: 16

Views: 1890

I completed a job a few weeks back. Done the usual salesmans bit of asking if they'd had competitive quotes and tried to extract some details. After a bit of cat and mouse I was shown a figure of £420 from a local franchise. I felt I could do the job for less and still clear £200 myself. I've since ...

Fri Nov 21, 2003 11:32 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what do you think of my first business card design?

Replies: 37

Views: 7759

I like the first one. It's a business card after all............NOT.......a sign! Don't like the white strip on the end though! If you've a dilemma about having two distinct sides to your business why not get 2 business cards run/printed at the same time. I have 3. One predominantly Signs, one for T...

Sat Nov 15, 2003 1:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Not quite Signs but...

Replies: 4

Views: 749

Thanks chaps. A garage door wouldn't work, nothing to hold the tracks and it would look unsightly in the raised position hanging there in mid-air. I'm toying with the idea of making a sort of timber venetian blind! I don't need cast iron security, more of a screen to stop opportunist passers buy gra...

Fri Nov 14, 2003 10:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Not quite Signs but...

Replies: 4

Views: 749

Not quite Signs but...

I thought some of you may have experience of roller shutters, the garage door, industrial unit type? The sort of thing that may be used for shopfitting also? I need to get some privacy and security at the back of my premises. I have a driveway with an opening of 11' a wall height of 7.6" on one side...

Fri Nov 14, 2003 10:36 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : Hughes Decorators

Replies: 12

Views: 2370

I've had to come back to this one to have another look before commenting and as I'm doing something similar for a customer at the moment. I agree the border around the name doesn't look right and the line alongside the phone number doesn't do a lot either but overall it seems fine to me. Having seen...

Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Xmas Party!

Replies: 22

Views: 2384

Steve, The old Romford Brewery as was is now 'The Brewery' shopping centre and yes it was they who were responsible for John Bull bitter! I helped set up and publish a local Real Ale Newspaper. We needed advertising from day one yet CAMRA wouldn't accept John Bull ads. As part of my 'investigation' ...

Thu Nov 13, 2003 1:26 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics : Ttorria

Replies: 10

Views: 1594

Great legs too............or am I the only one who bothered to look at the Girls website? :o

Wed Nov 12, 2003 9:49 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: whats the best way to add a cuttable outline to text?

Replies: 10

Views: 3271

Paul,

I use a really cheapo package called Signscript supplied with my cutter. Very basic but prety much problem free.

Might be worth seeing if it's still available?

Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Xmas Party!

Replies: 22

Views: 2384

Gray, Romford Market is just 20 minutes from me up the A12. You must have sold vegetables.....at one time it never seemed to have much else!! Doubt you'd recognise the old town now though, new shopping precincts everywhere. Leeroy, If your looking for a cuppa whilst in sunny Essex give me a shout. I...

Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:40 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: whats the best way to add a cuttable outline to text?

Replies: 10

Views: 3271

I use Corel 9 and do exactly the same. i.e. contour , seperate, export but don't get the problem with nodes? Must be a Signlab thing?

You can cut direct from Corel Draw although as yet I haven't set my machine up for it. If it's a Roland they supply drivers that allow this function.

Wed Nov 12, 2003 2:28 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Another Dye Sub Mug one!

Replies: 4

Views: 1561

I'm pretty sure it's out of Ink, even though the PC's print 'manager' didn't show this at first. The nozzle check shows I'm out of black. The print manager says I'm out of colour! the flashing light on the printer says I'm also out of colour. Bee trying to talk to Xpres again. Don't want to buy new ...

Tue Nov 11, 2003 11:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you have done!!

Replies: 18

Views: 1943

What was the spellinng mistake? I used to be in the print, checked a paper through for 4 weeks and one particular front page ad hada mistake in it despite everyone, about 6 people, going over it with a fine tooth comb. It wasn't an oil delivery company saying they had the biggest fleet of Tankers in...

Tue Nov 11, 2003 4:09 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: looking for new scanner which one do you recommend?

Replies: 13

Views: 3205

I've got a brand new PC which has USB, not sure about Firewire though!!?

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:56 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: looking for new scanner which one do you recommend?

Replies: 13

Views: 3205

looking for new scanner which one do you recommend?

I've been happily using an Agfa Snapscan with a mighty 300 x 300 DPI. It's about 6 years old and looks and feels fairly substantial! About £300 worth back then! On looking at newer models they all seem rather flimsy and relatively cheap £70 ish! I'll primarlily use it for puttting Photographs onto M...

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:50 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Another Dye Sub Mug one!

Replies: 4

Views: 1561

beware this does use up ink!


Not in this case it doesn't. :oops: .I've just done a head clean, and the lights are flashing...........I think the cartridge has run out :oops: :oops: :oops:

I guess it's showing as having some ink as It appears I still have plenty of Cyan and magenta??

Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:46 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Another Dye Sub Mug one!

Replies: 4

Views: 1561

Another Dye Sub Mug one!

I run an Epson 980 with Xpres Sublimation Inks. There Technical Department have been very helpful but I still have a problem with colour strength. When Xpres changed there inks from Sawgrass (which used colour correction software) to own brand which doesn't, the results direct from Corel Draw 9 were...

Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you have done!!

Replies: 18

Views: 1943

No, you done what I'd have done. Legally, not that it would ever come to that, I'm sure you wouldn't have a leg to stand on if you'd changed it and she refused to pay. If she'd returned with an apology, eaten a bit of humble pie, curtsied and thrown herself at your feet begging for mercy........then...

Sun Nov 09, 2003 10:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just call me Alan 24-7 ~#'$&%

Replies: 8

Views: 1083

I get a few single T-shirt enquiries on a Saturday morning when I'm often working on odds and ends anyway. Pain in the butt, but comes in damn handy when I realise I haven't had to go to the cashpoint on my way to the pub! Came home tonight, nice E-mailed request for some window filming and some sig...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Speeding

Replies: 18

Views: 2909

At the risk of sounding holier than thou, a mate of mine a former cop and self confessed speed freak had to scrape a couple of people off their windscreens and go and tell their families. It soon changed his outlook on things. It'll never happen to me.........? Sure the cameras are to raise money bu...

Thu Nov 06, 2003 1:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Start Up

Replies: 25

Views: 3738

As for digital printing - I'm convinced that this is a must in the future for any serious signmaker Are you saying you think it is imperative that Signmakers themselves invest in the equipment to do this Phil? It's one thing recognising that that's the way the market is going and another trying to ...

Wed Nov 05, 2003 10:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Start Up

Replies: 25

Views: 3738

I dream of having two sheds! :D

Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Start Up

Replies: 25

Views: 3738

On reflection my start up came about by chance and developed into a psychological cushion, (i'd been made redundant twice before and was unhappy in the jobs I'd had since). But the learning curve, which I'm still on, was less harsh and from day one I knew I could get by without having to sell my sou...

Tue Nov 04, 2003 4:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Start Up

Replies: 25

Views: 3738

I have to disagree with you Rodney! :-? I started Part-Time and am now full time. Yes, I've a way to go to before I make what some would call 'serious' money but I'm living and working .....and happy :D As for a hostile environment and messing it up pricewise for other sign companies?????????? Busin...

Tue Nov 04, 2003 1:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10125

I saw Simple Minds on Friday Night, smaller venue holding a couple of thousand I guess but ol Jim Kerr and the boys can still belt it out and got the place rocking (hot)

£30 tickets, worth every penny...... :D *change*

Mon Nov 03, 2003 8:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Slatboard Signs?

Replies: 1

Views: 761

Slatboard Signs?

I think that's what it's called. I need to match an existing small reception aluminium sign with removable name slats. Size approx 600 x 500mm.
Any idea who does them?

Sat Nov 01, 2003 12:56 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: XP administrator problem?

Replies: 3

Views: 1513

How do I find out if I have it installed?

Wed Oct 29, 2003 11:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: "A" Board Suppliers

Replies: 13

Views: 2326

Nice one Steve, but that's a day's work for me! how much would you sell for?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: URGENT 4hrs

Replies: 22

Views: 2623

John, Trouble with domain names is that you can buy alphasignwriting.com and then alphasignwriting.co.uk, .net.biz.org. this that and the other. Then you can buy alpha-signwriting with the same connotations with the hyphen etc., etc., The list is endless. If your trading name is used by a start up c...

Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Whose Artwork is it?

Replies: 22

Views: 3477

I've never been asked, is my work that bad >:-?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 8:51 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there problems fitting in colder weather?

Replies: 17

Views: 4502

I'd use a hairdryer on the bonnet first for this one Barna! :-?

Thu Oct 23, 2003 12:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there problems fitting in colder weather?

Replies: 17

Views: 4502

I'm a little bemused here? I've done less than a handful of vehicles, all in the outside on mediocre days, never what I'd call hot nor cold. In fact as I recall it the Sign School day wasn't exactly a hot one! My first attempt was on a poorly finished sand lorry/transit under floodlights about this ...

Wed Oct 22, 2003 12:52 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: XP administrator problem?

Replies: 3

Views: 1513

XP administrator problem?

I've recently taken delivery of an all bells and whistles PC running XP Home Edition. Not that it's essential to my business but...as part of the package it comes with Win TV GO, (so I can watch 'Trisha' when I'm in need of a spiritual uplift, a sense of wellbeing, diplomacy and tact :-? ) and work ...

Wed Oct 22, 2003 12:35 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there problems fitting in colder weather?

Replies: 17

Views: 4502

No names :wink: but I seem to recall someone saying to me that if you apply when it is cold you won't get bubbles in your work?

Mon Oct 20, 2003 2:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Links to famous people

Replies: 22

Views: 6076

Johns post just reminded me about another famous person i've come into contact with!

Miriam Stoppard the Mirrors agony Aunt worked in the office along the corridoor but in over a year I saw her only once..does that count? :wink:

Sun Oct 19, 2003 11:39 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushing: modded car

Replies: 7

Views: 4124

Blimey, is Custom Car still going!!? I have loads of old copies somewhere, from the 70's and 80's. A neighbour bought a brand new TR7, Corvette Stingrayed the rear lights, ripped the inners out and re-done them in white leather, took off all the handles and had the whole thing spray painted in scene...

Sun Oct 19, 2003 11:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Time to act has come....

Replies: 14

Views: 2487

Your right Phil, it's a business that lines other people's pockets and in our town there have been break away groups who have set up in opposition, charging only the cost of the breakfast and a nominal paperwork fee. Within these groups there is no pressure to supply referrals and subsequently not a...

Sun Oct 19, 2003 12:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Links to famous people

Replies: 22

Views: 6076

Monsters of Rock, Simple Minds , Style Council, Engelbert, Tom Jones, Barry I'm meeting Simple Minds at the end of this month Henry. Unfortunately their charging me £28.50 for the privelage and they'll be about a thousand others there as well! :D I was really hacked off about the Live Aid ticket th...

Sat Oct 18, 2003 12:50 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Links to famous people

Replies: 22

Views: 6076

My Dad was Quartermaster (driver!) on the first Merchant Navy ship to go into Germany after the War. My Mums Auntie used to make all of Lord Mountbattens Dressing Gowns, by hand. A mate of mine was the drummer in the Nashville Teens who's one major hit was Tobacco Road in the Sixties. One of our lad...

Fri Oct 17, 2003 12:09 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Pop-art style raster graphics from vinyl

Replies: 39

Views: 9268

The dots are supposed to overlap that gives you the darkest part of the image; they would need to be welded of cause before cutting.



Aha, I see now. Thanks Alan......Any answer to this one...

For some reason I can't view the image in wireframe to check that it's welded itself?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 9:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Pop-art style raster graphics from vinyl

Replies: 39

Views: 9268

I've had a go with limited success!

When I zoom in some of the bigger dots overlap each other :-? ?

When pasting into Corel, despite increasing the page size it loads file as 4 pages?

I seem to lose a lot more detail than examples shown so far?

Help! (hot)

Thu Oct 16, 2003 2:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Time to act has come....

Replies: 14

Views: 2487

You could try organisations like BNI which I think stands for Business networking International. They have a website out there somewhere. BNI is a 'Breakfast meeting Club' of about 20-40 members. You meet at 7am once a week, normally in a local hotel or similar, grab a coffee, chinwag for 10 minutes...

Mon Oct 13, 2003 10:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 6683

My wife wants a Peugeot 206, I'm reccomending a Fiat Multipla. The Pop would seem a good compromise if you want to sell it Terry! :lol:

Mon Oct 13, 2003 10:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: help with wording

Replies: 8

Views: 1368

Money up front. Full Personal Service. Anything extra you discuss with the girl!

Mon Oct 13, 2003 11:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: double sided tape!

Replies: 5

Views: 1177

Dorotape on 01858-431642

Fri Oct 10, 2003 1:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can I ask why?

Replies: 16

Views: 3449

Hello Sir, how are you? Fine.. If you could have 2, 4 or 6 Windows replaced completely Free of Charge how many would you have? None..... NONE? No, I have new windows...... How old? 3 months..... Wooden or UPVC? Wooden, I like wood..... You have to paint them Sir? I like painting? You have to paint t...

Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couriers...would this work?

Replies: 34

Views: 5004

This will put the cat amongst the pigeons! (:) (:) (:) I received a delivery today, a ready made sign blank 3m x 1m Foam and Panatrim frame. The driver was courteous, helpful and we chewed the cud for a few minutes about business picking up for christmas, workloads etc., The guy had a Lorry not a Va...

Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can I ask why?

Replies: 16

Views: 3449

On any Sales course I've ever been on, (except one) one is taught to ask: When, where, how, what, who but never WHY as it is considered aggressive. HOWEVER one course I attended gave a very valid reason for asking WHY? The tutor said 'When a child wants to know something he/she will pull at Mummies ...

Wed Oct 08, 2003 3:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couriers...would this work?

Replies: 34

Views: 5004

I always sign as 'Unchecked'. Not sure how much it helps but most carriers accept it as neccessary to cover yourself. As for checking stuff, it's a no-no. If you were to take a Stanley knife to the box and accidentally scored the face of the sign, who's fault would it be. Should the Driver take them...

Sun Oct 05, 2003 11:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couriers...would this work?

Replies: 34

Views: 5004

what about a facility to pick up your parcel from the depot, 'Depot Collect' is an available option but there are two things against it from the Couriers point of view. One, it could in time reduce the number of parcels taken out and thus reduce the drivers commissions and, two, the systems are not...

Sat Oct 04, 2003 12:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couriers...would this work?

Replies: 34

Views: 5004

Last year before Christmas, my first full year self employed when December was looking a bit lean, I sent a flyer out to various local sameday companies offering my services at £150 a day using my Van (Citroen Berlingo..not really big enough) and although an agreed mileage was included I invariably ...

Fri Oct 03, 2003 11:41 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Mousemat blanks

Replies: 6

Views: 2479

I'm led to believe that Listawoods are the biggest of only 2 manufacturers of Mousemats. So if you ordered fom a mousemat company chances are they'd come from Listawoods anyway. I'm going back a couple of years so things may have changed with imports etc., (?)

Fri Oct 03, 2003 12:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: International/ Mail Order

Replies: 4

Views: 1291

I do a fair bit of international mail order via my website at http://www.warriorboxing.com..plug, plug....and agree, always send recorded. Royal mail, do International Recorded (signed for) which is reasonably priced, only £3.50 or something like that. Things to watch for if your going down the cred...

Wed Oct 01, 2003 8:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couriers...would this work?

Replies: 34

Views: 5004

Thanks for the comments.....but I was thinking more of how good they are when delivering to you rather than for you which I suppose comes down to how irritated you are at the time!!

Wed Oct 01, 2003 8:42 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: previewing EPS files

Replies: 5

Views: 1737

I asked the same question the other day and was pointed in the direction of a free download called xnview. Search the last weeks posts and the correct web address will come up. Haven't tried it yet...new PC arrived....:>) sdo haven't had time but sounds like what you........and I... need?

Wed Oct 01, 2003 10:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Virus Warning

Replies: 15

Views: 2255

I've been getting loads of Spam mail for 'Low Prescription Charges' including Viagra!, the usual enlarge a certain part of your anatomy and a host of 'Mucky Mature Mistress in Mud Bath Malarky' ones too!!

Anyone know how I can filter the mail and just keep the good ones.. :wink:

Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: dry wipe boards

Replies: 15

Views: 3222

From Hexis! They have a website currently being updated though.

I think it's www.hexis.co.uk

Wed Oct 01, 2003 1:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couriers...would this work?

Replies: 34

Views: 5004

Couriers...would this work?

I know this has been covered before and I even done my own bit of White Van Man bashing despite having been one myself for a while! BUT...in recent weeks I have had 3 Next Day deliveries in succession arrive a day late.....and all from the same Courier Company. Yesterday (Monday) I had the Depot Man...

Wed Oct 01, 2003 1:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: dry wipe boards

Replies: 15

Views: 3222

I've just taken delivery of 3 metres of Hexis Dry Wipe with the intention of mounting it onto MDF, Foamex or similar. Had a quick try and unlike normal vinyl (which I thought might work :oops: ) it cleans off a treat!

£8.50ish a metre x metre wide.

Sun Sep 28, 2003 11:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: cutting flock and extra flex

Replies: 8

Views: 1673

Go to VIEW and click on Wireframe to see how your design will be cut. Literally what you see is what you get so any crossing lines, overlapping letters will have bits cut off of them. I use a basic cutting package and have to convert to curves before exporting as an EPS. PS: I might take you up on y...

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Tracksuit Supplier needed??

Replies: 2

Views: 955

Thanks Lorraine, I've fired an e-mail off to them so we'll see what happens. I may however have found a manufacturer and it's funny how it works out. The company I have been in touch with, have a sister company, and a third that specialises in small quantity, to order garments including tracksuits. ...

Fri Sep 26, 2003 1:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Tracksuit Supplier needed??

Replies: 2

Views: 955

Tracksuit Supplier needed??

Does anyone know of a good Tracksuit Manufacturer? I know that Ralawise and the like do some but never in the colours I need. A web search brings up several companies who all sell at retail and probably don't manufacture themselves anyway. Looking for Emerald Green and Yellow......... :roll: in kids...

Thu Sep 25, 2003 3:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What were YOU before?

Replies: 37

Views: 4930

My first part time job was as a Trolley pusher for Sainsbury's and helped me to develop...as one old customer said, 'the strongest pelvic thrust in Chelmsford'! Watch em next time your shopping.......... :-? Went full time, done the training, joined another company as Branch Manager of small Superma...

Thu Sep 25, 2003 1:16 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Different Manufacturers of Vinyls what should i use?

Replies: 11

Views: 3958

I've been using Doro Tapes own, which has now been superseded by Aslan and I've found it to be fine. However........ I done a quick fitting job for another sign company who use Hexis by the ton and the graphics they supplied peeled straight off the backing with no cling to the application tape and l...

Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:36 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: is there vandal resistant signs available and do they work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5181

I had some trouble with some Park signage, albeit fairly low cost Banners. They kept getting ripped or torn down altogether. I made up a small foamex sign F.O.C to go alongside saying CCTV in OPERATION and the problem stopped! (:) Whether it would work in your case is difficult to tell but it may be...

Mon Sep 22, 2003 4:58 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Mug costing

Replies: 17

Views: 3824

Linda,

I don't get great quality on Mousemats but I do a lot of 7"x9" Sublimation Plaques. This is a pure guess just thinking back to what I've done recently and I reckon on getting 150-200 prints from a set of cartridges. I'm using a basic Epson Color 980.

Mousemat Price, £8-£10?

Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:06 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Mug costing

Replies: 17

Views: 3824

I'm at £8 for a Mug and will add some additional graphics, all in or at extra cost dependent on time taken. It's a nice idea to be able to cost down to the last print but if you are using an all in one colour cartridge you could run out of one colour before the next dependent on the job. I think tha...

Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:48 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Need help mug printing

Replies: 17

Views: 3896

I don't use Listawood so cannot comment on their profiles but they should give you an edge when matching colours. Funnily enough I'm getting a similar problem with Xpres new ink at the moment! They say you can print straight from Corel. The 'weakness' of the print towards the edges could be: 1, You ...

Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:57 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Mug printing dimensions

Replies: 4

Views: 1476

What you do have to be careful of is no uniform shapes and circles as these will distort so you will need to have a play about and maybe distort it abit before printing so it looks right when printed Are you saying no straight lines top and bottom Lorraine? I used to avoid these in favour of random...

Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner Vinyl-How many of us use it?

Replies: 16

Views: 2315

I use a fair bit of Tekton for cheapie Banners and you can use anything on them as there is no plasticiser migration, the problem that causes traditional vinyl to react with some pvc banners. Having said that Banner Vinyl is so much easier to apply, is much more forgiving should it crease and if pus...

Thu Sep 18, 2003 12:04 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Give us a job...

Replies: 1

Views: 644

Interesting site Booty! :oops:

Are these Transfers or Screen prints?

Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:06 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Viewing EPS Files?

Replies: 18

Views: 4987

Thanks all. A few things to consider there........ Alan, no I've been sent the Roland drivers and been told how to cut direct from Corel but I'm very busy at the moment and can't afford to mess up any existing settings until I get some back up in the form of the awaited PC. I've reached this positio...

Tue Sep 16, 2003 11:38 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Viewing EPS Files?

Replies: 18

Views: 4987

Viewing EPS Files?

As I await delivery of my new sparkly PC the time will come when I need to clean a lot of stuff from my existing one.....so....... Bare with me on this one.......here goes......... ... I use Corel Draw and export for cutting by converting to curves and sending as an EPS to the Script folder. Using S...

Fri Sep 12, 2003 11:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What time is it?

Replies: 2

Views: 790

Go into your profile settings and adjust the time to GMT plus one hour.

Fri Sep 12, 2003 10:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Favourite jobs

Replies: 10

Views: 1894

Mine is selling stuff off of my website, phoning up the manufacturing company to send direct to the customer and checking the bank statement exactly 30 days later in the knowledge that the money is safe and in my account!

It's a hard life sometimes! :D

Fri Sep 12, 2003 10:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Invoicing, how much do you tell them?

Replies: 19

Views: 3324

The only time i ever show labour charges is if its a job i don't want to mess about fitting then i will give a fitting charge seperate at a largely inflated price, hoping the customer will DIY You beat me to it! That's exactly what I do too. Any awkward fitting is very profitable, farmed out or han...

Thu Sep 11, 2003 12:01 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: will a long length of cable effect my plotter?

Replies: 8

Views: 2687

Thanks all....... I have no idea of the difference between Parallel and Serial, but I'm currently using Parallel and in response to an earlier post by me regarding some irritating cutting problems it has been suggested that Serial is best?? I'm going to give Roland a call but any advice welcomed......

Thu Sep 11, 2003 1:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: copyright

Replies: 6

Views: 1166

I looked into this to secure my Boxing Brand logo....Warrior Boxing. It costs pot loads although the exact figure escapes me at the moment I think it was in excess of a thousand pounds. In time it becomes impossible for anyone to use your logo without fear of legal action as they would not have the ...

Wed Sep 10, 2003 11:15 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: will a long length of cable effect my plotter?

Replies: 8

Views: 2687

will a long length of cable effect my plotter?

I'm re-arranging my 'studio' :D and now have enough room to swing two cats by the tail!

Ideally I need to locate my Roland Cutter some way from the PC.

Would a long cable length have any negative effects on the workings of the cutter and does anyone know a supplier of cables 3m plus?

Mon Sep 08, 2003 6:40 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Acrylic Mountain...! Offers....?

Replies: 7

Views: 1410

the pigments can sort of discolour Yep they have on some pieces The guy renting the unit in which it was stored done a bunk leaving rental arrears and subsequently became impossible to contact. It was moved outside and lay there untouched until the first big winds came and it was left to do it's ow...

Mon Sep 08, 2003 4:18 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Acrylic Mountain...! Offers....?

Replies: 7

Views: 1410

Acrylic Mountain...! Offers....?

I have been invited to make an offer on a huge job lot of Perspex in various thicknesses, colours (mainly clear) and sizes. It has been 'stored' outside in rough piles for a couple of years and needs sorting. Average sheet size 8'x4' but plenty a lot bigger and if stacked on top of each other would ...

Mon Sep 08, 2003 10:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (bad) Tradional painted masterpiece?

Replies: 6

Views: 1232

I used to drop a card off if I saw a sign like this but you invariably know that it'll be a cheap job! :roll: So embarassed was I by the Junior Schools efforts to write School Fayre' on an old sheet that I done them a cheapy Tyvek Banner free of charge and am still reaping the benefits now with the ...

Sun Sep 07, 2003 9:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: working hours

Replies: 6

Views: 1147

When I started a couple of years back I was in full time employment and worked evenings and weekends as well as maintaining a tired but full social and family life. The answer for me (I thought) was to go fulltime self employed, a move I made almost a year ago to the day. I started out still taking ...

Sat Sep 06, 2003 1:43 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Sublimination T-shirt supplier?

Replies: 22

Views: 7718

There's a new transfer paper coming out that has a polyester carrier and allows you to print using Subli Inks onto 100% Cotton T's!

Sat Sep 06, 2003 1:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Another Tricky customer

Replies: 9

Views: 1616

I had a similar situation with a stand off sign ('can't they get a crowbar and lever then off'?) and just told the customer, yes they can tear them off the wall, or if theyr'e flush they can pull the vinyl graphics off or even put a brick through your window, but why should they bother when there's ...

Wed Sep 03, 2003 11:17 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Frog Juice

Replies: 14

Views: 8412

I'm getting some fantastic results tonight! I do a lot of street type wear so experimenting with different logo's etc., Cut a standard logo and before weeding gave it a heavy coat of Frog J, took a piece of card and then criss crossed it up and down along the text as a rough wavy ine and it looks ex...

Wed Sep 03, 2003 9:41 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Frog Juice

Replies: 14

Views: 8412

I bought my first can of Frog Juice today and have been trying it out tonight. I think I'll soon be out of it as the fumes are pretty overpowering!! I haven't tried the clear which I presume is what you need to know about but have got some pretty interesting effects with Pond Water Blue and a bit of...

Mon Sep 01, 2003 1:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stunning Acrylic Box...

Replies: 6

Views: 1416

Thanks all.....

Rod, I'm familiar with the concept of Solar Edge but can't find a website or anything on it?? Like the idea with the boot cut out.

Does anyone know of a UK alternative?

Thanks

Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stunning Acrylic Box...

Replies: 6

Views: 1416

Stunning Acrylic Box...

Can anyone help with the manufacture and supply of something suitable to do this?? I have another company selling Boxing Equipment and am having some sample Boxing Boots made up by the same people that make Lennox's, Ali's and Audley's to name just a few. They will be pure Italian Suede or English H...

Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stainless Steel Cross

Replies: 5

Views: 1180

Allo, allo...looks like I might have found a buyer for all that Ali Scaffolding I bought at auction last week!!? :lol:

Ward's of Bristol do a lot of specialist stuff. If no one else can help I'll dig out a number.....

Wed Aug 27, 2003 9:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rock and Roll at The Right Signs

Replies: 10

Views: 1268

Excellent...... :D :D :D I was done like a Kipper some years ago. A late night at the Graphics Department and I was tickled pink having just taken delivery of my new company car, Capri S with Alloys, the lot (told you it was a while ago!). One of the designers made up a huge paper banner to go down ...

Wed Aug 27, 2003 12:12 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: design suggestions please for this gardening sign?

Replies: 14

Views: 3643

Top one for me but I agree the flow of the text is difficult to follow. Why not move 'Gary Clark to the bottom and Text to the top?

Wed Aug 27, 2003 12:06 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: Fashions 4 All

Replies: 16

Views: 8102

It must be a lot cheaper to cut your own though John???

Couple more questions.......How easy are these Saws to master, bearing mind I sat in the corner with a Dunce's Hat on during woodwork at school?

and.......Why Gold leaf on the front and not all Painted, seems like an extravagance to me??

Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:05 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: Fashions 4 All

Replies: 16

Views: 8102

letters were cut out using an electric fret saw,


Electric Fretsaw? Like a Bandsaw?????????

Sat Aug 23, 2003 10:14 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: Fashions 4 All

Replies: 16

Views: 8102

Nice work Steve,..what are the letters cut from and what did you paint the sides with?

Fri Aug 22, 2003 2:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Carriage Costs are EXPENSIVE!!

Replies: 2

Views: 677

Try phoning some of the smaller Courier companies in your own area and in Glasgow itself and see if you can a get a backload price. Most self employed drivers will take accept a greatly reduced rate for a long journey to cover the return Diesel. You may have to wait for a few days for a pick up thou...

Fri Aug 22, 2003 9:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scaffolding Safety

Replies: 17

Views: 3375

There is a theory in the Boxing world that headguards which are now compulsory in amateur bouts make the target area bigger and as such pose a greater risk! I tend to agree with this theory as whenever I wear a hard hat I constantly hit my head on scaffolding, doorways, the back of the van ertc., as...

Thu Aug 21, 2003 11:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scaffolding Safety

Replies: 17

Views: 3375

I've tested it by jumping up and down on it and inspected it thoroughly and if I do have to get more than that done I'm retiring! :-? As mentioned earlier I had a chat with the HSE helpline and had a balanced conversation. Balanced between my wanting some definitive answers on one side and their pil...

Thu Aug 21, 2003 5:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scaffolding Safety

Replies: 17

Views: 3375

Thanks all, great link to the HSE but not very definitive so I gave them a ring. It seems that 'good practice' can pretty much cover what you can and cannot do. i.e...Yes , it would be best to have stabilisers but not needed on a 2metre tower etc., I guess the rule of thumb is do all you can in the ...

Thu Aug 21, 2003 12:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scaffolding Safety

Replies: 17

Views: 3375

Scaffolding Safety

A double whammy one this!! :( I paid a visit to our local Auction House today wherein lay a fascia height (!)Boss Aluminium Scaffold Tower which by all accounts is worth £1200 retail. (I checked it out with the manufacturers!!) Armed with my fistful of Dollars I managed to get it for the princely su...

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Manky Magnetics!

Replies: 11

Views: 1776

I also tell customers to remove them and wash down every week :oops: but thought this was due to the ingress of dirt behind them that would reduce the magnetism. Never for one minute thought about them rusting or welding themselves to the vehicle! No, Mike....I've got to make some new ones, big lump...

Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Manky Magnetics!

Replies: 11

Views: 1776

Manky Magnetics!

Tried to remove my Magnetic signs today. Haven't washed the Van for 5 weeks and it's been standing in baking sun. The signs were welded to the paintwork and have disintegrated around the edges. It took boiling water, White Spirit and G4 Cleaner to clean up! If your van carries magnetic signs...........

Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 4897

The sad thing is nothing stays the same. The "you" that existed 5 or 10 years ago does not exist today. In another 5 years time the "you" that exists now will have also moved on and become something else.

The exceptions to this rule are Joan Collins and Cliff Richard


LOL :D

Sun Aug 17, 2003 8:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 4897

Couldn't agree more Alan.... Did you know? That if you have a roof over your head, a shirt on your back and food on the table that you are better off than 75% of the world's population!! A sad indictment on 'modern' society. Following this train of thought a Chimpanzee with a decent fur coat, living...

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10125

Pink Floyd released a film in the early 70's called 'PF live at Pompeii...' It was quite simply the band playing in the empty coliseum of the ruined city. I'd just left school and went to the afternoon matinee performance at the local flicks which was an old victorian music hall. The audience...... ...

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 4897

Chickens :roll:

Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rewarding your staff members.

Replies: 8

Views: 1365

I could write for hours about the best ways to motivate people but here's a couple of good and bad examples. Job1, small publishing company: On Friday's the boss would often have his lunch in the pub next door and would get the first couple of rounds in whilst at the same time making a small impromp...

Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10125

It's an appropriate weekend for this thread as our sleepy village is hosting the V Festival this weekend. Despite it being walking distance from my front door in 8 years I've never been. I mean what have Coldplay done that's worth £45? Next weekend about 15,000 will fill the park for the Chelmsford ...

Fri Aug 15, 2003 8:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10125

I have Floyd in the car stereo at the moment. Good stuff but it'll never reach the dizzy heights of Rick Wakemans '6 wives of Henry VIII' album!! I've been trying to help promote a local band who've just cut their second Album. Called 'Barefoot' there a mixed bunch of late 20 to 30 somethings, and t...

Wed Aug 13, 2003 3:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Factory sign advice...

Replies: 4

Views: 1288

In some circumstances I'd agree with you Kevin but on this occasion the customer hasn't a clue about the cost of signs and hence no budget has been set. It's up to me to advise the options available. I'm ok with Foamex and panatrim but the size and the sun concerns me...hence my request.... I can wh...

Wed Aug 13, 2003 10:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Factory sign advice...

Replies: 4

Views: 1288

Factory sign advice...

I have a factory sign to quote for. 3500mm x 1300mm deep. Existing sign is in Acrylic(?) with stuck on acrylic letters with a panatrim style frame. The new sign may be the same or just plain vinyl lettering. It's in full sun all day. I've never used Dibond or acrylic for that matter and would apprec...

Wed Aug 13, 2003 1:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Goodbye, well kinda

Replies: 20

Views: 3874

Cheers Phil :cool: I don't mean for this to come across as being flippant (in light of the current closure of your business Marty) but that particular phrase...'Count your blessings not your troubles' comes from a book written in the 30's depression by a guy called Dale Carnegie. His most famous wor...

Tue Aug 12, 2003 6:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Goodbye, well kinda

Replies: 20

Views: 3874

Chin up. It'll work out for the better. £900 a year overheads would do me in, let alone a month!! I have a sign in my workroom, just where I bang my head on the way out and the perfect remedy for those off days. It reads....... 'I had the blues cos I had no shoes........until upon the street I met a...

Sun Aug 10, 2003 11:01 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Sign Maker/Screen Printer Required

Replies: 15

Views: 2189

Nobody, but nobody is irreplaceable and I doubt I'd have given him time to warm his xxx in the chair! Before starting out on my own I sat back and watched the management team bow to a certain employees demands This person had achieved good sales results by picking up the cream of other people's busi...

Sat Aug 09, 2003 11:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond builders board

Replies: 16

Views: 3518

I think I'm right in saying that Ruth and Ramjam are, like me, relative newcomers to the sign game and need to get some work 'out there' to cut their teeth and build a local reputation? Do a couple of cheap jobs mean that you are destined to get a reputation of cheapness for everything? I don't thin...

Fri Aug 08, 2003 5:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: To stand or not to stand.....

Replies: 5

Views: 1489

I have one of those Computer Tables Peter, but I've got my heat press on it!

I'll see how my planned move around leaves me for space, thanks all for the advice.

Thu Aug 07, 2003 11:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: To stand or not to stand.....

Replies: 5

Views: 1489

To stand or not to stand.....

Simple one this..I think? I have a basic Roland plotter and have always run it off the top of a desk never got round to buying a stand for it. :-? So...are they better, a waste of money or an essential piece of kit? I do a lot of short run Flock Transfer stuff not yards and yards at a time.........s...

Thu Aug 07, 2003 11:17 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Sign Maker/Screen Printer Required

Replies: 15

Views: 2189

Don't mean to make you suck eggs but..... Perhaps it was just me but it took me many years as a Manager recruiting staff on what I thought I wanted, first impressions and the assumption that they had read the advertisement before I started to interview people on two levels. One: Against a written li...

Fri Aug 01, 2003 10:42 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with this van layout please?

Replies: 27

Views: 6282

Spot on Gav..........nice work, probably too good for an 'S' Reg!! :-?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:12 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: HEAT TAPE

Replies: 7

Views: 2244

The good thing about it is you get about 5 mile on a roll for tuppence in old money! Sorry, I'll retract that. It seems expensive but a roll will last for ages......... :-?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Stripey Floors

Replies: 5

Views: 1405

Excellent Steve....I'm off to call the Police as I think this is the best lead yet to the xxxxxx who nicked my 80's Velvet jacket!! :D and while we're on this stripey floors thing........I want to do a wall design on similar lines for my new 'Studio' ok yar........so any tips you can get off of your...

Thu Jul 24, 2003 12:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is the best general Application Tape

Replies: 22

Views: 5872

I bought a log of Sovereign Tape from Dorotape recently. Having previously used Conform my initial thoughts were pretty negative but now I'm used to it it's pretty good stuff. If the glued sides should come into contact they can be easily seperated and hence the tape can be re-used.....if your on a ...

Wed Jul 23, 2003 11:56 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: eps file

Replies: 6

Views: 1915

Go into Your Computer, find the Script file and the EPS, copy it and then you can paste it into a new Corel page.

Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:04 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Can't import some .eps files

Replies: 14

Views: 3440

Not sure if this will help but if I want to import an EPS into Corel, I can't, but I can go into the Script file copy it and paste it on a new page!

Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:01 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with this van layout please?

Replies: 27

Views: 6282

Gav,

I'd say it gives the impression that their Tiles fall off and that their Plastering is wonky!

Sorry.............Gotta be cruel to be kind...... :-?

Sun Jul 20, 2003 11:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: when applying wet to windows vinyl still wont stick?

Replies: 5

Views: 1982

I've recently completed a job using over 50 metres of 1m deep etched vinyl to the lower half of the windows in an all glass reception area. For much of it I didn't need application tape and just pulled the backing off (a two man job) and sprayed loads of water with some washing up liquid in to both ...
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