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Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:05 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Possibilites of Sage 50

Replies: 8

Views: 2059

Sage Instant Accounts can definately do the first bit of what you ask, not sure about discounts on qty though. (My laptop is in work so cant check at the minute) A way around this in Sage would be to set up the items in qty ranges, say 1-5sq.m at a certain rate and then 5-10 and 10-15 etc at discoun...

Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:29 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Possibilites of Sage 50

Replies: 8

Views: 2059

I use Sage Instant Accounts. I find it quite easy to use, its not so much learning how to use it, its more getting the knack (Im not sure if that makes sense, but it does to me LOL). You can set up templates etc and it is pretty good for keeping track of pretty much everything. Im pretty sure you ca...

Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: which drill

Replies: 30

Views: 3886

Just to throw my 2 pennies worth in.... I bought one of these:- http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?action=detail&fh_secondid=10487531&fh_view_size=10&fh_start_index=70&fh_sort_order=-1&fh_sort_by=_price_rrp_min&fh_location=//catalog01/en_GB&fh_search=drill&fh_eds=%...

Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:34 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Wifi connection help please

Replies: 7

Views: 2509

Once you have got your connection up and running, just go to Control Panel>Manage Wireless Networks. Then right click on your printer network for properties.
This should bring up a connection tab - there is a box there for auto connect.

Im on Vista, and the above works for mine!!

Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what are peoples thoughts on running a home Business?

Replies: 19

Views: 2818

I suspect planning permission is technically required. Just think, if you turn your garage into another room such as a dining room etc, you 100% need planning permission, but worse case scenario is that they make you apply for permission if theres ever a problem. The other thing is you say you recyc...

Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:03 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Sign cutting software

Replies: 18

Views: 10952

Have you thought of trying signcut? Download the trial at www.sc-x2.com and see if it supports your plotter.

They do a plugin for Corel so you can send striaght to Signcut.

I have a Chinese plotter and this is what I settled for (but I export from Illustrator)

Hope this may help!

Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:32 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Sign mounting for attachment to cone

Replies: 26

Views: 9218

What about the Rap Straps that were on Dragons Den?? Anyone remember them??

www.rapstrap.com

Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large Post Sign

Replies: 3

Views: 616

You can dig the hole with 'Shove Holers' - go to a good builders merchant. They are a double handled shovel which you lift the soil back out with. You can get posts over 6m, but it may be a street lighting column cut down. Wouldnt like to say how many posts you need though, depends on the weight and...

Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: does anyone on the boards have a CSCS Card?

Replies: 15

Views: 1731

Neil,
What card did you get??
I have the basic site skills card, but that last 5 years??

Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: does anyone on the boards have a CSCS Card?

Replies: 15

Views: 1731

Have a look at getting a 'Basic Site Skills Only' card.

Theres a fee for the card and you have to sit a very easy health and safety test, but this will get you onto a building site that needs CSCS cards.

Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:26 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter problem in Vista Home

Replies: 2

Views: 1866

Not to worry, sorted now, found original instructions and worked straight away.

Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:42 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter problem in Vista Home

Replies: 2

Views: 1866

Cutter problem in Vista Home

Hi all, First and foremost, this is a Rabbit HX-800, so Rabbit bashers stay away or I will phone the RSPCA. Ive had the plotter for a few years, running on XP. Sadly the plotter outlasted my laptop and in getting a new laptop I have been lumbered with the awful Vista Home. I cant get the plotter to ...

Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:41 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Embroidery Software

Replies: 9

Views: 2803

Thanks for your post Earl. I may just stick with paying someone else to do the digitising for me by the sounds of it. The single head will be all I need (I think) as this part of the business is not going to make my first million lol. Thanks for the note on the show Graeme, may take a look at that o...

Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:07 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Embroidery Software

Replies: 9

Views: 2803

Thanks Neil. Im adding this on to my current business (totally unrelated) which gives me a lot of spare time, so I may be willing to roll my sleeves up and learn :o . Like you say however, subbing it out is also a good option (Ive seen some people offering digitizing for under a tenner - but I guess...

Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:55 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Embroidery Software

Replies: 9

Views: 2803

Thanks Martin.
Dont get me wrong, I know its not going to be easy, but I think I will get to grips with the software (in the end).
Theres an Expo coming up, so think I will go along to that and see what they all have to offer.

Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:33 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Embroidery Software

Replies: 9

Views: 2803

Embroidery Software

Evening all. Been thinking of buying an Embroidery Machine to do T shirts etc. Could anyone tell me how easy the software for these machines are to use. I have got to grips with a plotter/cutter quite easily. I can see that this software tends to be quite expensive too, so dont want to make the plun...

Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

I cant believe that subject still rolled on for so long, quite amazing realy!!!


mod-edit please do not ignore board rules, you are aware of them already. :police3:

Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

I cant believe this subject rumbles on!!!!!!!

Well, what can I say, I have bought one, it looks ok, but I am struggling to get me head around the USB connection (It aint connecting LOL).

Im sure I will get there, and I will keep you all informed.

Paul, any pointers on the USB issues would be very much appreciated.

Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

Alan, Thanks for your post, it sums up the position very well. And I would hope that you agree, that if you read my posts (including my intentions), then I am sure that I fall into the 'budget' category!! It may or may not be the 'rabbit' as its price is climbing every time one is on ebuy, and as it...

Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

Im sorry to add another note, but I have just read the thread all the way through and just cant see what some people are getting so het up about. I have basically asked an opinion on a product, which may not be the best, but as no one has posted actual experience of this product, how the hell can an...

Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

I cant see why this has all got so heated, only asked a few questions (and genuine questions at that!!)

Why it has descended into this chaos is beyond me.

Have a good weekend everyone

Rhys





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Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:45 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Clarity & Estimate Software, Advice Please?

Replies: 14

Views: 3619

Just wanted to have my two pennies worth on this one! I have lots of experience of all sorts of estimating packages, all of which promise the earth. All of my experience of such packages has been within 'smaller' industries. In my own experience, all of my best estimating programmes have been 'fudge...

Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

Flipping hell, I didnt intend to start a thread that long!! Im going to summarise my position now: 1/ I will be buying a vinyl cutter and it may be the Rabbit one that is sold on ebuy - it doesnt seem to be that big an outlay, and Im sure I will get help on the boards here if I run into 'learning di...

Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

ermm... I didnt say it was a transport business that I have started. Now thats a ridiculously competetive game that I would not get into in a million years. Anyway, we have yet to decide if we will have sign making as a bolt on to our main business, though I feel we probably will. As a side issue, I...

Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

Well Im glad its not just me that gives themselves a headache!!!

Will I be breaking any board rules, by posting anything here? Shouldnt it go into Sub Contract etc...

Rhys

Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

Thanks for the quick replies everyone, I do take on board all of the comments. (In particular, the one regarding the curtains and getting someone in to do them - I think that is too big a job) I wouldnt say that I am pennypinching, I dont want to overspend on something that could be gathering dust i...

Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 98

Views: 56059

Rabbit Vinyl Cutter

Hi All, I have been thinking of going into the sign business for ages, (posted a few comments on here a couple of years ago, and everyone was very helpful - but it all just faded into the backround again!!!) Anyway, Ive started a business (Non Sign making!!), but for this business I have an 18 tonne...

Mon Sep 01, 2003 9:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What do you charge.........?

Replies: 5

Views: 1314

I know a lot about traffic signs, I used to be in street lighting/traffic sign business. Is it a 600mm circle or triangle?? It does make a difference to what I would have normally paid. In any case, I would expect to pay in the region of £27.00 to £35.00 maximum. Be careful what you say that you are...

Thu Aug 21, 2003 10:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scaffolding Safety

Replies: 17

Views: 3497

I will add a bit to this as (I Think) I know about 'general' health and safety rules. I dont know about the rules etc for the scaffolding etc, but you mentioned H&S with regards working from ladders etc. What you should do is do a method statement and more importantly a risk assessment for any j...

Mon Aug 11, 2003 9:56 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Sign Maker/Screen Printer Required

Replies: 15

Views: 2229

Isnt that typical, Im currently out of work (Thats why I havent been on the boards much lately) and Lorraine is looking for staff!!!

I think my traveling expenses would be too much though :cry:

Mon Aug 11, 2003 9:40 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: help please im a mac user and im having trouble with pc?

Replies: 6

Views: 2405

You can also try www.panicware.com

There should be a free program called pop up stopper on there.

I use it and its very good.

Good luck

Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How big is this market?

Replies: 18

Views: 2454

Ah well, I was going to be one of those small start up compaines, but I think Ive changed my mind.

I think I will go and get a McDonalds franchise instead.

- now where did I leave that spare £150,000.00.

Rhys :wink:

Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:12 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Illuminated signs & cable glands advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2538

I also come from an Electrical Engineering Backround. I would say that proper glands should be used (Im not actualy trading as yet) - I would certainly use glands etc and definately follow the guidelines of the 16th edition regulations. I doubt if there is an actual code of practice for shop signs e...

Sat Jul 12, 2003 9:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What a very nice man!!! (Becky)

Replies: 10

Views: 1673

Bloody hell, you have an excellent postal service in Scotland, its open after 12!!!!

Nice try fella :o

Sat Jul 12, 2003 2:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What a very nice man!!! (Becky)

Replies: 10

Views: 1673

More???

Anyone else willing to send mags would be very welcome, I will send cash for the postage (Ask Becky - or his wife anyway) Ive got loads of time on my hands now as Im currently unemployed (so my business plan is very much on hold, but Ive got loads of time to do research and decide my spend etc) Chee...

Fri Jul 11, 2003 11:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What a very nice man!!! (Becky)

Replies: 10

Views: 1673

What a very nice man!!! (Becky)

Iwould like to say thanks to Becky - very trusting. I posted a message a few weeks ago, asking for any trade mags that anyone may be throwing out. Becky sent me a personal message saying he would send me a few if I sent him some stamps. I told becky that I was about to go on hols to spain and left m...

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:58 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me where to get software demos please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2943

can anyone tell me where to get software demos please?

Im looking for sign software demos (try before you buy) Any Ideas where I can get them from?? I live in the land that Broadband forgot, so please dont suggest downloading from the net as it would take forever and would probably time out or get corrupted as I have such a poor connection. All suggesti...

Sat Jun 14, 2003 12:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 20

Views: 4266

Thanks for the tips

I must say thanks to everyone that has read and posted to my topic. its great to see encouragement. I half expected to see a lot of replies trying to put me off as there are undoubtedly a lot of people doing this. Thanks again everyone on this subject. Ruth and Ramjam, Im in the Bridgend area, so no...

Fri Jun 13, 2003 11:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: CONTEST!

Replies: 28

Views: 4765

Logo design is the best idea.

I think the logo design is best, to be honest I would win the beer drinking and burping contest hands down.

I would struggle with the poetry though!!! :-?

Fri Jun 13, 2003 11:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Throwing out any trade mags anyone???

Replies: 1

Views: 700

Throwing out any trade mags anyone???

Some of you will know that Im in the planning stage of entering this business. At the moment Im finding out most of what I need to know costing-wise on the net, but I would realy like to have some trade mags or similar to read 'off line'. At the moment I live in an area that doesnt have broadband, a...

Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 20

Views: 4266

Pass The Paracetamol Please Someone

Thanks for all the pointers, some very encouraging, some not so. I wont be buying a new van thats for sure, I may even just purchase a good second hand estate car (something that would stay of use to me if things were to go pear shaped) and put a roof rack on it for jobs with posts etc. (Could alway...

Tue Jun 10, 2003 10:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 20

Views: 4266

Business Plan (now a swear word in my house)

Ive had a draft business plan done for a month or so (probably longer), but thats as far as Im getting then Im hitting the wall!!! Its going to sound daft, but I dont know in which direction to send my new 'start up'. Money isnt realy the problem (machines etc dont seem too expensive), I just want t...

Thu May 15, 2003 11:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello (Yes Im New)

Replies: 8

Views: 1864

Quick replies (theres obviously nothin on the telly tonight) Rob: I stumbled accross the web site via one of the search engines, and what a relief. Id been looking for something like this for months (virtually every web site in the world will show up in the results if you put the word 'sign' into yo...

Thu May 15, 2003 10:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello (Yes Im New)

Replies: 8

Views: 1864

Hello (Yes Im New)

Just a quick 'Hello' to everyone. Im not in the sign business as yet (Though you wouldnt have thought it if you could see all the catalogues and paperwork I have at home). - But yes, youve guessed it, Im thinking of dumping my dead end job (not in signs), and jumping feet first into signs. I have a ...

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