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Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : DJ Superstore

Replies: 7

Views: 1161

I hate to see black on white, and that is a font that I would never dream of using, but you have made it work. Well done! In my opinion one of the things which sets a good man above his peers is the ability to produce a striking livery which doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I just wish I could do it m...

Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner fixing to brick wall

Replies: 14

Views: 5556

This is a bit late as well, but we would use loops of 6mm square section rubber about 70mm long. These are stronger and longer lasting than ordinary bungees.

We get them from our local camping shop, who sell them for holding down the bottom of tents. :D

Fri Feb 06, 2004 2:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the best way to remove reflective vinyl?

Replies: 12

Views: 2032

Hi Migs.

I've just realised that we are in the same county. I'm just glad he didn't come round here. :D

Seriously, I usually find that when I tell customers how much removal will cost they suddenly decide go for the DIY option. Which is fine by me.

Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: *** SIGN-UK *** 30 March - 1 April 2004

Replies: 26

Views: 2650

Fortunately, I will be away on holiday and will miss it.

Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: pantone references

Replies: 7

Views: 2461

Too late for you Darryl. but I hear that Avery are bringing out a new range of Pantone matched vinyl soon. Maybe at SignUK.

Tue Feb 03, 2004 12:56 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Which method do i use for outlining?

Replies: 15

Views: 4435

Always A - for the reasons given by others. It looks neater, is easier and quicker to fit (slight misalignment is not a problem) and there are no nasty thin bits that might come off when pressure washed. Once or twice, when necessary, I have been known to put two layers of yellow over black to keep ...

Tue Feb 03, 2004 12:48 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the best way to remove reflective vinyl?

Replies: 12

Views: 2032

"I have a customer who is trying to remove an Avery XR1000 reflective livery from a security vehicle".

It could be worse Migs - at least you're not doing it yourself. :D

Fri Jan 30, 2004 5:31 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vehicle Outlines

Replies: 15

Views: 3584

I've tried both. Go with Impact.

Free updates of new vehicles for a year as well. Useful because you can bet that Ford will bring out new Transit the minute you've bought a disc.

Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:13 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Broadband providers ?

Replies: 19

Views: 12071

Out in the sticks I've been using one way satellite broadband, but it has its limitations and I'd prefer always-on landline. Just for a laugh I put my phone number into BT's availability searcher and it came up (surprise surprise) with a "YES". That was a bit of a shock because I thought our exchang...

Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Another wasted morning

Replies: 8

Views: 1597

It's a fact of life I'm afraid Phill. The only thing you can do is to give the client a ring a day or two before to confirm that the appointment is still valid. It won't stop last minute snags though it should help minimise them. I have to admit to being guilty of this sort of thing myself I book my...

Thu Jan 29, 2004 10:20 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: MAC's and Sign's

Replies: 16

Views: 4259

Nik, I think you are asking whether you can have both your pc connected via parallel and your mac connected via serial at the same time. Sorry, but I don't know. It may be that there is some form of input sensing and that one will disable the other. If it would be advantageous to you I'd ring the cu...

Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customers & Artwork Charges...

Replies: 24

Views: 3815

Steve, I didn't miss the point about adding the cost of the design to the total job. In fact my whole point is that that is asking to be undercut. If your price includes design time and your competitors doesn't then he will always be able to eat you on price. Of course he can, he has to spend less t...

Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customers & Artwork Charges...

Replies: 24

Views: 3815

Some thoughts.......

Having charged for your design, why deduct the cost if you get the work?

What do you all do when a prospective client rolls up on your doorstep with artwork prepared by someone else? Turn them away with a stern lecture on copyright and morals?

Sat Jan 24, 2004 8:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plasticised PVC?

Replies: 13

Views: 2368

Nigel,

"The sheet consists of an elastic, closed-cell structure core of expanded polystyrene and strong, white chromopaper liners."

Are you sure that you're thinking of the right stuff? What you have described sounds more like that foam centred card used for mounting photos and the like.

Fri Jan 23, 2004 12:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: anybody rate lg chem vinyl?

Replies: 7

Views: 2149

Like Bob says, the formulation has been changed. That's one good thing about LG, they listen to their customers and react to comments fairly quickly and the new stuff is a vast improvement on the old. However, be aware that there is still a lot of old stock out there and if you are ordering make sur...

Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:01 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: MAC's and Sign's

Replies: 16

Views: 4259

Mike....

I tried FlexiCut. Much too fiddly. It lasted a week before it went back into its box. :(

Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Double sided tape on road signs

Replies: 5

Views: 1394

Thanks lads. VHB it is.

Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:27 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: MAC's and Sign's

Replies: 16

Views: 4259

I'm the opposite nik. I can handle pretty much anything on a Mac but the only PC I own, which was forced on me to be able to get satellite broadband, gives me endless bother. I dare not switch it off in case I can't get it running again. :D Back to Cutline... The beauty of it is that it is simple to...

Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Double sided tape on road signs

Replies: 5

Views: 1394

Double sided tape on road signs

Does anyone have a recommendation for double sided tape to stick the channel onto the back of aluminium road signs.

I would hate for them to come off. :D

Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:35 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: MAC's and Sign's

Replies: 16

Views: 4259

Dan, Rather than use you main Mac you might consider getting another one purely to drive your cutter. It doesn't have to be expensive because cutting is such a simple job that practically any old Mac less than about ten years old will be more than adequate, and available at very low cost. So little ...

Sat Jan 17, 2004 9:12 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What are your sign goals for 2004?

Replies: 18

Views: 1636

1. Reduce the percentage of my turnover that my biggest client is responsible for. Too many eggs etc.
2. Investigate ways of reducing tax!
3. Keep an eye on business opportunities outside of signs.
4. See if I can find anyone who want to buy a good sign business.

Sat Jan 17, 2004 9:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Business names??

Replies: 20

Views: 3284

Gazza...

I can only echo what Rob and others say.

My company name was chosen in a hurry, with little or no thought, and whilst it was acceptable for a time it soon became too parochial. It contains the name of our nearest town when we are looking to do work for national companies.

Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A Problem kinda sort of???

Replies: 6

Views: 1335

Forbie... I wouldn't do it. :D Laying up multiple colours causes headaches whilst fitting because of the air line that gets formed when spatulaing (is that a word?) over where the colours meet. That is to say where it goes from one thickness to two. We get a neater job by laying the colours down on ...

Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Brian....whats the crack ???

Replies: 11

Views: 1629

Good luck Brian.

Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: THREE CHEERS FOR ROBERT......

Replies: 13

Views: 1578

Yes. I'll second that.

Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what way would you do this

Replies: 4

Views: 1183

If it is anywhere near the pitch foamex is too brittle. The first time a ball hits it there will be a crack.

If it is going onto a flat surface I would use dibond. No expansion worries, no cracking worries and, with plenty of fixings, you can sleep at night when the wind is howling.

Sat Dec 27, 2003 2:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you use MDF ?

Replies: 24

Views: 7946

A comment I have read somewhere recently, it may even have been on this board......

"MDF is the new asbestos"

Sat Dec 27, 2003 1:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Copyright

Replies: 20

Views: 1853

No, not on holiday John, I'm still here. Got bored already. Firstly, I am no expert on copyright law and so my comments here are purely what I think applies. My opinion is that if the client pays me for design and layout then the result belongs to him and he can do what he likes with it. Nevertheles...

Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A Big Hi To All!

Replies: 15

Views: 1825

Hi Addie. Welcome.

I'm self taught too. Fifteen years and still learning.

Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Last Orders Please

Replies: 21

Views: 2397

It's a common problem Martin, and I sympathise. When you're busy you worry about how you are going to get it all done, but when you're quiet you worry about where the next job is coming from. Whatever, there's none of the days off that the world thinks that we self employed can take whenever we feel...

Tue Dec 16, 2003 10:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Last Orders Please

Replies: 21

Views: 2397

Finish on the 23rd.
Back on the 5th.

Not much point being here really as both customers and suppliers are all on holiday.

Mon Dec 15, 2003 10:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tax shock for small businesses...

Replies: 7

Views: 1089

That's right. The limited company pays less tax. However, if you take it out and spend it then it becomes income and is taxed accordingly. Basically, whatever your set-up, if you spend it you pay tax on it and there is no escape. On the other hand, if you keep the cash in your limited company you ca...

Mon Dec 15, 2003 5:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tax shock for small businesses...

Replies: 7

Views: 1089

Phill....

Don't forget the other advantages of trading as a limited company.

Unless you are trading as a sole proprietor with no employees (except maybe a wife or partner) it would still be worth it in my opinion.

Mon Dec 15, 2003 5:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tax shock for small businesses...

Replies: 7

Views: 1089

Time to register offshore then.

Any suggestions as to where?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cheers !

Replies: 18

Views: 2250

Welcome Nigel.

Never mind the signs - let's talk wine. :P

I'm a left bank man myself. Margaux, Paulliac, St. Julien etc etc.

Wed Dec 10, 2003 9:48 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats best Vehicle outline or vehicle photo?

Replies: 31

Views: 7952

Thanks for the T5 Brian.

Service doesn't get much better than that.

I've put the camera away again. :D

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:00 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can i use both Illustrator 9 & 10 on pc at the same time

Replies: 11

Views: 3101

Roger, I get all my stuff from Gordon Harwood Computers on next day delivery. And very good they are too. http://www.ghc.com If you buy a computer mag there are probably hundreds of sources, or you could go straight to the horse's mouth, so to speak. The Adobe on-line shop at http://www.adobe.co.uk

Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:51 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats best Vehicle outline or vehicle photo?

Replies: 31

Views: 7952

Ahem........

T5 Transporter Brian???????

Or do I need to dust off the camera???????

:lol:

Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:21 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Time for a Change

Replies: 7

Views: 1150

Jagged.....

PM on its way as soon as I can work out how to send one.

Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Public liability insurance

Replies: 2

Views: 421

a. £5,000,000
b. Don't know how much specifically as it is part of a much larger policy.
c. Norwich Union.

Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:26 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vehicle wrap DPI & vinyl.. opinions please?

Replies: 17

Views: 3869

Robert, The printer we use (same one I wonder?) also recommends Graphityp. I too wasn't particularly happy with this but went along with it. Although we haven't done any wraps with it we have been over some fairly serious curves and I have to say that we haven't had any problems yet. Regardless of t...

Sat Dec 06, 2003 4:40 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats best Vehicle outline or vehicle photo?

Replies: 31

Views: 7952

Timmy, Badges are no problem - if they are in the way we rip them off. We find that our clients are much more interested in promoting their own companies rather than Ford, Renault or whatever. Most badges are stick-on these days although we occasionally get a problem with any holes left behind but c...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 3:08 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats best Vehicle outline or vehicle photo?

Replies: 31

Views: 7952

image.... That's about it, 15 minutes per vehicle. So I'm saving about an hour a day by using drawings. :D Fair enough if it is a new model, or if drawings aren't available for any other reason, then I will use photos, but not otherwise. I have done it only once this year, for a Nissan Micra. Admitt...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 10:23 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats best Vehicle outline or vehicle photo?

Replies: 31

Views: 7952

I always use drawings unless there is absolutely no alternative. 1. I often don't have access to the vehicle. It is 100 miles away and we are working blind. 2. Drawings are quick and easy. I don't have to mess about with finding a van, taking pictures, messing about with light and reflections, strai...

Thu Dec 04, 2003 5:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: parcel tape?

Replies: 9

Views: 943

We suffer the same thing with customers losing our stuff in their stores but we take a different tack.....

As long as we have proof of delivery - who cares? Their problem and not mine.

I just sell them some more.

Thu Dec 04, 2003 5:55 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Looking for a new Job

Replies: 30

Views: 6511

Sorry to hear of your woes Lorraine. If you consider moving to the Midlands........ call me. I'm flexible. I would consider an employee, selling the business outright, or a fellow shareholder/director who wanted to increase their share of the business over a period and allowing me a graceful exit. G...

Mon Nov 24, 2003 4:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Home/Business Insurance

Replies: 15

Views: 2678

Ah well.

No response, or action of any kind, from the FSB.

Just renewed with the Norwich Union.

Grrrrr. (:)

Thu Nov 20, 2003 10:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wage rates

Replies: 16

Views: 2008

Some stuff to think about here. Firstly, having asked for this sort of information it is only proper that I put up my own. Skilled and experienced fitters get £8.50 per hour. Trainees start on £5.00 and get raises as they become more experienced and their value increases. The upper limit depends on ...

Wed Nov 19, 2003 6:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wage rates

Replies: 16

Views: 2008

Wage rates

I am having trouble deciding on what would be a fair wage to pay for an experienced vinyl fitter. I want to pay my people properly but on the other hand our charge out rate must be competitive if we are all to keep our jobs. It's therefore in everybody's interest that I get it right. Of course, many...

Wed Nov 19, 2003 6:19 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can i use both Illustrator 9 & 10 on pc at the same time

Replies: 11

Views: 3101

Quick reply Lorraine 'cos I'm short of time. I know nothing about XP, I use Macs, but I think your problem may be that you are saving files without a preview option selected. I don't know exactly where that preference is located and don't have time to look for it just now, but will try to have a pok...

Fri Nov 07, 2003 7:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Speeding

Replies: 18

Views: 3106

I'm ashamed to say that I treat it as a game because these cameras are not about safety, just tax collection. They want to extort money from me so I make it my life's work to make sure that they don't. I would never dream of speeding past a school, or similar, and I don't go silly, but in the increa...

Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:08 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: screen printing -messy but should be profitable!

Replies: 18

Views: 10277

This thread is a bit of an eye-opener.

We sub out any screen printing we need and I always thought our printer was just the bloke who whacked out sticky labels using stone age technology.

It looks like I'm going to have to revise my opinion and view him in a new light.

Fri Oct 31, 2003 10:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: RAL? Pantone?

Replies: 12

Views: 11063

We sometimes get given a RAL number as a colour reference, especially when our client's parent company is in Germany. RAL is used more for paint, and colour swatches are available from automotive paint suppliers. I blagged mine from our local bodyshop and find it invaluable. One new client told me t...

Fri Oct 31, 2003 10:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: An honor to be among the best

Replies: 6

Views: 1081

It's nice to have you here Stephen.

Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:15 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics : Police car

Replies: 6

Views: 1235

Not that strange bigG.

They will get a lot more money when they come to sell it than they would for a white one.

Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Broadband for us poor yokels

Replies: 7

Views: 1454

I'm out in the sticks and broadband will be old technology by the time BT get it to us, at about the same time as the next Ice Age. Consequently I had one way satellite broadband installed a couple of months ago and whilst it is a lot quicker than my old dial-up it seems to be a bit of a bodge. I'll...

Mon Oct 27, 2003 5:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone know the closest match to Pantone reflex blue?

Replies: 2

Views: 1488

Does it need to be Oracal?

MacTac 9839-26 is supposed to be Reflex Blue. At least by using that, if you get a complaint, you can point them to the Allprint Supplies colour swatch where it is clearly labelled as such.

As a general principle I hate matching blues. Reds are much easier.

Mon Oct 27, 2003 5:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Question on British law

Replies: 9

Views: 1747

But if it is sticking out of your sock could it be construed as "concealed"?

Ain't the law fun?

Mon Oct 27, 2003 2:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: just finished Oracal 851 test results

Replies: 12

Views: 3167

Lorraine, I can't comment on 851 specifically because I've not used it but I wondered if you have got everything right. Sharp blade, pressure, cutter settings etc. Did you weed straight away or leave the cut vinyl over a weekend before weeding? Was the vinyl cold or at a reasonable temperature? If i...

Mon Oct 27, 2003 2:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Post Bumping

Replies: 5

Views: 984

Nicola.....

In places other than this the usual post is "ttt"

It stands for "to the top"

Wed Oct 22, 2003 9:21 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Has anyone ever had a allergic reaction to vinyl?

Replies: 5

Views: 1940

Acrylic adhesive is what you are looking for big G.

Even then, manufacturers are always experimenting with adhesives (I believe Avery have their own glue factory in Switzerland) to try to improve their product.

That means that there could be anything in them.

Wed Oct 22, 2003 9:14 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there problems fitting in colder weather?

Replies: 17

Views: 4722

As coincidence would have it, I learned yesterday afternoon of a company that is having to pay to have ten vans stripped and re-done because they did them in the cold. All that labour and the cost of ten replacement livery kits is an expensive lesson to learn.

Tue Oct 21, 2003 12:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there problems fitting in colder weather?

Replies: 17

Views: 4722

Try not to do it Kev..... We find that even with a thumping great space heater in the workshop we can bring a van in and three hours later it is still cold to the touch. We fitted some infra red heaters to the fitting bay walls so that they play on the side of any vans. The thing with these is that ...

Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:06 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 7035

Ah well Innocent, 5% of £30 million is a whole different sum altogether. :D

Thu Oct 16, 2003 5:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Time to act has come....

Replies: 14

Views: 2608

bigG.... When I started I found cold calling to be the most successful, but it takes time. Nobody is going to change suppliers without good reason as it is too much aggravation for them, they want the easy life, better the devil you know etc etc. I found the best way is not to go in with the hard se...

Wed Oct 15, 2003 10:25 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Car and Motorcycle logos

Replies: 4

Views: 1678

Impact Sign Services. 0845 1300 420

Wed Oct 15, 2003 10:21 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 7035

Henry, you make a good point about it depending on employees and to service large corporates you need them, and once you have them you've got to keep them working profitably. In my situation I am happy to take on hundreds, or even thousands, of vans for the simple reason that I'm not doing them myse...

Wed Oct 15, 2003 5:20 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 7035

Innocent, I share some of your views, although I am most definately profit based rather than turnover. With all due respect to you, I consider turnover to be vanity and profit reality. I too prefer large corporate work for similar reasons, set-up time and paperwork. It may be a function of the way I...

Mon Oct 13, 2003 12:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GRUMPY OLD MEN

Replies: 6

Views: 1259

Got a photo Steve? :D

Mon Oct 13, 2003 8:12 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versa Camm

Replies: 16

Views: 6084

Thanks Rodney. Most informative.

Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can I ask why?

Replies: 16

Views: 3627

To stop faxes.....

Contact the Fax Preference Service. They dropped my fax receipts from three per day to three per year. Brilliant.

Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can I ask why?

Replies: 16

Views: 3627

We have a lot of clients who withhold numbers as well. Don't worry about the charities Lamby. It's all a con. The calls are from agencies who want to put your name in charity diaries, calendars, handbooks and the like. They are selling advertising and from every £100 you pay the charirty will receiv...

Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Home/Business Insurance

Replies: 15

Views: 2678

Hi Martin. We've spoken about this before on a previous thread - we currently have a motor trade policy which covers all that guff. I'm hoping that the FSB's brokers, because that's all they are, will be able to offer a similar policy, but failing that I will happily separate the different elements....

Thu Oct 09, 2003 9:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: scrap vinyl what do you do with yours?

Replies: 21

Views: 4002

Ours goes to a couple of local schools. They can't get enough of it.

Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Home/Business Insurance

Replies: 15

Views: 2678

"If there is enough interest, it's possible an underwriter could be persuaded to do a bulk deal for members of this group." The Federation of Small Businesses have already negotiated a group deal. I don't know if it's worthwhile but I'm waiting for a phone call to arrange an appoinment. I'll report ...

Tue Oct 07, 2003 8:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: do Reflective vinyl & banners work together?

Replies: 10

Views: 2060

I'd have told him the same Lorraine.

But you still have hair. Well, you did when your photo was taken. :D

Sun Oct 05, 2003 3:04 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Alternative ploters

Replies: 21

Views: 6848

Leeroy...

I don't know what OPOS stands for. I was just trying to sound clever. :D

It's something like Optical Postioning blah de blah I think. Talk to an expert for a sensible answer. :D

Sun Oct 05, 2003 2:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

Bob... Yes, I do sleep but not always when I want to. Last night was particularly bad and I got up at 2.30am, probably the same time as you were going to bed! :D If it's any consolation I did go back to bed at 6.00am and got another couple of hours in. Funnily enough, when I'm on holiday I don't hav...

Sun Oct 05, 2003 5:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

Did it arrive Robert, and were you happy with it? I am delighted. One problem we had with the old flood coated stuff was that it would discolour, turning a blotchy greyish colour. The customer complained, ten years ago, that it was fading but I reckon it was more likely oxidisation of the surface of...

Sun Oct 05, 2003 4:01 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Alternative ploters

Replies: 21

Views: 6848

Bob, I take it you want to align the printer output with the cutter so that you can contour cut? I don't know much about it but I think any plotter with OPOS will do the job. Anyway, to avoid any doubt my strategy would be to ask the suppliers and if they say their product can do it get them to brin...

Mon Sep 29, 2003 8:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Funny T-shirt

Replies: 1

Views: 626

A lovely one from earlier in the year, which I couldn't resist....

"First Iraq - Then France"

It went down a treat on holiday in Normandy. :D

Sun Sep 28, 2003 9:15 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice needed please on buying a new computer?

Replies: 7

Views: 2609

Ahem.... :oops:

Do yourself a favour. Apple Powerbook.

Sat Sep 27, 2003 6:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What were YOU before?

Replies: 37

Views: 5454

Well, my history is boring in comparison with some of you. Left school at seventeen for my first job as trainee draughtsman with the York Trailer Company, designing articulated trailers. Second job was as trainee salesman in a local garage and ended up fifteen years later owning and managing it. Thi...

Mon Sep 22, 2003 12:20 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Cut Photos

Replies: 39

Views: 8784

Back to the original question......

Wissen used to do a stand alone programme called Photocutter.

Mon Sep 15, 2003 12:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Favourite jobs

Replies: 10

Views: 2139

Vans in volume is my thing.

Mon Sep 15, 2003 12:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Invoicing, how much do you tell them?

Replies: 19

Views: 3794

Except in very special circumstances they get the total only. Too much detail is just giving them ammunition to haggle over details.

We also use MYOB in exactly the way Gray and Martin are discussing. We have the details for our own information, but the customer doesn't see it.

Wed Sep 03, 2003 11:13 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: what is your favourite browser?

Replies: 7

Views: 2733

Ho hum. I'm not on the list of options again.

I use Safari.

Fri Aug 29, 2003 1:50 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: van wrap: no back doors

Replies: 8

Views: 2719

Nice job. I did something similar years ago. It was before the advent of digital printing and the monochrome image was made up of hundreds of lines of varying thickness, thick where the image was dark and thin where it was light, in a similar way to how a black and white tv picture is made up. It's ...

Thu Aug 28, 2003 12:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Howdy from Florida

Replies: 10

Views: 1763

Hi Chuckie and welcome.

Two questions.....

Whereabouts in Florida?

What is the climate for signmakers like there? Is it reasonably easy to make a living, or is there so much competition that it is a struggle?

Tue Aug 26, 2003 11:08 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vehicle Outlines

Replies: 10

Views: 4046

We scale the Impact drawings and very rarely come unstuck. Part of it is that we always need some space between the end of the text and the edge of the panel so there is a bit of leeway. The main thing is experience. We know where the bad curves and the difficult bits are on most vehicles and can al...

Thu Aug 21, 2003 12:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Company Insurance

Replies: 4

Views: 1198

There was a thread on this subject some time ago but I haven't got time to look for it now. We have a motor trade policy which covers everything. Premises, equipment, employer liability and road risks. Cost £12,000 this year. We have six employees including me. Needless to say, I am interested in al...

Mon Aug 18, 2003 9:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 30

Views: 5359

I'm with Alan. What's for lunch. John, the point is that the theories being put forward to our children in schools, and also to us on the likes of the Discovery channel, are just that, theories, not fact, and no reputable scientist would attempt to pass them off as such. They represent a best guess ...

Sat Aug 16, 2003 10:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: electricians

Replies: 16

Views: 2279

Dynamite...

I know. We call it irony.

:D

Fri Aug 15, 2003 4:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: electricians

Replies: 16

Views: 2279

Huh.

Why didn't you choose mine?

:D

Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: electricians

Replies: 16

Views: 2279

How about

"Come to us for some shocking prices"

:D

Thu Aug 14, 2003 4:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billing for Time

Replies: 16

Views: 2496

Alright Chalkie, I know my mental arithmetic is rubbish. I should have put a calculator around it :D

Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billing for Time

Replies: 16

Views: 2496

£20 per hour for design work isn't anywhere near enough.

That's £400 per week (40 hours). What do you have left to live on after your overheads have come out of that?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:42 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: XP Help needed...

Replies: 9

Views: 2440

I've owned my first ever PC for about a week and a half and started suffering the same problem yesterday. Apparently it is a recognised problem and there is an update on the Microsoft website to cure it. I can't tell you exactly where to look because the engineer talked me through it on the phone bu...

Sat Aug 02, 2003 8:36 am

Forum: Computers

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

Replies: 6

Views: 2474

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

Good morning all. I've just taken delivery of my first ever PC. Not from choice you understand, but because it was the only way I could get satellite broadband. The engineers set it up yesterday and I was hoping never to have to touch it again but whilst it is working fine (so far) there is one irri...

Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:27 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

Cox Plastics delivered my colour matched Avery 800 blue this morning.

Excellent service from all concerned.

:D

Thu Jul 31, 2003 10:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

Couldn't any of you raise the money then? :D A little birdy tells me that Graphic Craft of Bedford bought all Fineline's assets the from the liquidators yesterday. big G... I don't know what you are intending to do now, but if you want your job back a little time spent on the telephone might pay div...

Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with an eps file?

Replies: 3

Views: 896

Gareth,

I've sent it back as an Illustrator 7 file which should open in Corel.

Let me know if you have any problems and we'll try something else.

Regards - John

Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with an eps file?

Replies: 3

Views: 896

I'll give it a go.

Sat Jul 26, 2003 6:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: FREE.. Full length Girl, from Vectorwise.

Replies: 18

Views: 4060

I had to do a freebie banner yesterday for a neice's birthday party later today, so we cut one out at 600mm high and stuck it on one end.

Excellent work.

Sat Jul 26, 2003 6:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: First Purchase Advice

Replies: 13

Views: 2286

I suppose that it depends on your client base. If you have clients needing a lot of sandblast or similar then you probably need a tangential. We prefer drag knife machines as we find them faster, quieter, cheaper and easier to weed. We do keep an old Summa T1010+ in service in case we ever need tang...

Wed Jul 23, 2003 9:12 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: eps file

Replies: 6

Views: 2049

I can't explain how to do it - no experience of Corel 10, but if you post the file I'll see if I can open it and then save to Corel 8 which you should then be able to open in 10.

It's a bit long winded but it might work.

Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:30 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what material can i use for a corner arrangement?

Replies: 7

Views: 2829

Whenever I can get away with it, I use rivets. I know that tape has improved tremendously over the last few years but I do like to see a nice mechanical fixing. When I wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night to hear the wind howling around outside, knowing that there are nice solid fixing...

Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

I haven't spoken to them. Couldn't get an answer on the phone. I wouldn't have thought that they would have had any of my blue in stock as it was printed to order. With regards to the chequered tape they may well have as I suspect that they were making it for this clients current supplier. However, ...

Mon Jul 21, 2003 12:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Notice to all! Please read.

Replies: 12

Views: 2430

Whatever.

But I do think it important to learn that the plural of forum is FORA.

:D :D :D

Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

big G Do I get the impression that you have/had a connection with Fineline? :D The reason I ask, a subject brought up by yourself, is that I have to do a quote for a job which includes a fair bit of chequered tape. Black onto reflective yellow. I have been holding back on it now that the only source...

Mon Jul 14, 2003 4:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How big is this market?

Replies: 18

Views: 2561

Martin... This lad is, for the moment, only doing it as a sideline. He still earns his main income from being an electrician. When, and if, the day comes when he decides that he can make more money from signage, or if he just prefers the work, then he will no doubt go full time. He is getting the wo...

Mon Jul 14, 2003 2:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How big is this market?

Replies: 18

Views: 2561

Martin... Can't totally agree with you there. Our local electrician bought himself a cheap computer and cutter. We have not done an electricians van from that day to this, and many of the other tradesmen like plumbers and carpenters, that he meets on-site have disappeared as well. He doesn't need to...

Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How big is this market?

Replies: 18

Views: 2561

I gave my start-up story on another thread, the franchise one if I remember correctly, so I won't bore you all with it again. The low cost start-ups don't worry me personally as they are not going to take away my big corporate clients overnight, and not ever if they aren't any good, but they will ta...

Mon Jul 14, 2003 12:25 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Computer Setup, storing files etc..

Replies: 31

Views: 7954

We use a LaCie ethernet disc drive as a server and all our computers use the files on it. I got nervous about having multiple copies of files hanging around on other hard drives and CDs as it was inevitable that someone would eventually use a superseded file to cut a job wrongly. Hence the need for ...

Mon Jul 14, 2003 12:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

It is simply vinyl flood coated to a particular colour. Usually we get our tame screen printer to run us off the required quantity and that works fine for a one, or even a few, off. However, a screen printer is limited to printing a length as big as his largest screen, for our man that is sixty inch...

Sat Jul 12, 2003 12:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Forum access.

Replies: 4

Views: 1028

Thanks Robert.

Sat Jul 12, 2003 2:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Forum access.

Replies: 4

Views: 1028

Good morning Robert. Just crawled in from a nights drinking at the Norton Motorcycle Club annual rally so I'm not feeling my best. :cry: It's funny, I can get accesss to every other demo I have tried but failed twice on the "Woody" one. I should always be logged in because I've set it up to do it au...

Fri Jul 11, 2003 3:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Forum access.

Replies: 4

Views: 1028

Forum access.

Hi Robert, Why can't I get into some of the demos and fora? I filled in my profile ages ago, sent a picture (and a very lovely one it is too don't you think?) and paid the UKSG sub last November. Do I need to be doing something else? My immediate problem is that I need a quote for some Edge work now...

Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

That's the very colour Rob. Not a particularly nice blue is it? I'm pleased that they got you to fit them in the end and that you got something out of it following the fiasco with the original batch. One thing about them is that they don't change suppliers easily once they have found someone they ca...

Thu Jul 10, 2003 11:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VAT ENQUIRY

Replies: 13

Views: 2491

Yup.

You'll pay import duty AND VAT on the total.

But you don't pay the American sales tax.

Thu Jul 10, 2003 11:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

I hadn't thought about it yet Richard but I'm going to need vinyl long before any disposal of assets happens. I should say IF it happens because I suspect that an offer for the whole lot will be made to the liquidator by the previous management. The other problem is space. We are full to bursting no...

Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

Excellent service Mr. Lambie. Especially impressive are the mind reading skills as I haven't even mentioned the colour yet! Will these skills extend to keeping our stocks topped up without us needing to re-order? :D Seriously though, the best alternative I have found so far is Cox Plastics who will ...

Thu Jul 10, 2003 2:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

That's as may be Steve, but I need 500 metres now. Not the usual Lambie timescale.

:D

Thu Jul 10, 2003 1:01 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Transfer Papers - HEELLLLPPPPP!!!!

Replies: 7

Views: 2209

Sod the T shirts. I'll join you for lunch though.

Spanish women are better than French, but Rioja? Do me a favour.

Thu Jul 10, 2003 12:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

Replies: 25

Views: 4523

Supplier for rotary printed vinyl

HELP

Anybody know of another supplier of rotary printed custom colour vinyl now that Fineline Converting have got the liquidators in.

We buy it in quantities of 250 or 500 metres and get through between 2 and 3 kilometres of the stuff per year so the loss of the supplier is a big problem for us.

Sun Jul 06, 2003 12:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newby alert!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3185

Hi ZXR-750. Welcome to the board. You'll get plenty of guidance here.

The best advice I can offer you at this time of night is to dump the Kawasaki and get a real bike.

:D

Sat Jul 05, 2003 9:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Nissan Primastar - what is it?

Replies: 7

Views: 1535

Good morning Eddie.

All the Trafics we have had here have been 6 speed. For one particular client we have to remove the 6 speed badges, so I have a box full of them. :D

The Renault logo on the PrimaStar is a bit of a giveaway though. :D

Fri Jul 04, 2003 3:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Nissan Primastar - what is it?

Replies: 7

Views: 1535

I think that would be a good idea Brian. There are too many sites out there with fancy Flash stuff and large images that take forever to download. Especially for us poor old country boys who will never get a broadband connection. A shop window is one thing but, for business use, I just want to get a...

Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Nissan Primastar - what is it?

Replies: 7

Views: 1535

Thanks Brian. Much appreciated.

By the way, you might like to know that I tried to get into your site to see if the information was there but I couldn't get in.

All I got was the page telling me that I needed Flash 5. I have Flash 6 installed. I tried it wih Explorer and Safari.

Fri Jul 04, 2003 11:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Nissan Primastar - what is it?

Replies: 7

Views: 1535

Nissan Primastar - what is it?

Just a re-badged Trafic?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 12:13 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: plotter/cutter problem!

Replies: 6

Views: 2238

Had this once years ago.

We use serial connections, that's all you get on a Mac, and it turned out to be a problem with the data buffer in the cutter. It took a service engineer and some new components to put it right.

I hope that your problem is not so serious.

Tue Jul 01, 2003 12:06 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 7035

Errrrrr......

Astra Estate. Plain white. All that's on it is the Vauxhall badge.

Tue Jun 24, 2003 7:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Jedi Knight

Replies: 5

Views: 1237

Congratulations Phill.

Drinks on you? :D

Mon Jun 23, 2003 11:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: This Post is just Rubbish!

Replies: 15

Views: 3013

The trouble with bin bags is volume. You can't compress the paper very much before the bag splits. We use the 1100 litre wheely bin, from the local council but any waste company will rent you one. Just shop around for the best deal. The beauty of these is that you keep putting rubbish in and when th...

Mon Jun 23, 2003 11:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Clear Acrylic Office Sign

Replies: 13

Views: 2688

Phill,

Get the edges flame polished. Looks much better.

Given the choice I'd letter the back.

Mon Jun 23, 2003 2:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home Shop or Factory

Replies: 31

Views: 7684

Martin...

I was up having a look at Vindolanda fort a couple of weeks ago. The gentleman in charge said that it has been there for two thousand years.

He didn't seem impreesed when I suggested that to get it finished a bit quicker they should get some contractors in.

:(

Sat Jun 21, 2003 12:09 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Are you soft or what???

Replies: 5

Views: 2114

No problem Phill. I might have a plan B. :)

I'll get back to you.

Fri Jun 20, 2003 1:00 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Are you soft or what???

Replies: 5

Views: 2114

Phill,

Any chance of the booklet in a format other than .exe please.

So us non PC users can have a look.


Regards - John

Thu Jun 19, 2003 9:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Does anybody have experience of using the Avery 6904?

Replies: 5

Views: 2333

Hi Scott.

They say to apply serious pressure around the edges of the decals and also on any overlaps. You can find the Product Data Sheet and the Application instructions here

http://europe.averygraphics.com/mainFL. ... ProdID=337

Wed Jun 18, 2003 11:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Does anybody have experience of using the Avery 6904?

Replies: 5

Views: 2333

Rob, We are not thinking of using this as an every day vinyl. It is for a largish contract we are quoting where the customer won't sit still for a calendered. It must be the equal of, or very nearly so, to ControlTac, which is what they are currently using. Now, we hate ControlTac. Although we have ...

Wed Jun 18, 2003 3:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Does anybody have experience of using the Avery 6904?

Replies: 5

Views: 2333

Does anybody have experience of using the Avery 6904?

Does anybody have experience of using the Avery 6904 Easy Apply vinyl?

Is it any good or are there any pitfalls I should be looking out for?

I am considering using it instead of ControlTac 180.

Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 20

Views: 4445

Whatever the business and whatever the capital available the guiding principle must be to keep your overheads to an absolute minimum and consequently maximise your return on capital invested. The object is to keep the money in your pocket, whether for enjoying the good life or for investing further ...

Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:32 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: brendon crawford

Replies: 3

Views: 993

Am I seeing that right Gray? It's just the stripe that goes across the recesses? If so, We wouldn't have used a cast at all but a good quality calendered and fed it into the recesses. There is no need to stretch the vinyl at all and therefore no chance of it popping back out. Even so, something must...

Tue Jun 10, 2003 11:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home Shop or Factory

Replies: 31

Views: 7684

Martin, I understand what you are saying and understand perfectly because I have done the same thing myself whilst starting and trying to grow my business and I can tell many similar tales to your own. I have sat here at 9pm on a Friday night working on a silly little job wondering why the hell I am...

Sun Jun 08, 2003 6:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Keeping Foamex Flat?

Replies: 10

Views: 3014

I would go with 3mm dibond.

Put a stripe around the edge, to give the impression of a frame, and it will look fine at that height.

No expansion and no discolouring after a couple of years exposure to the elements.

Sun Jun 08, 2003 6:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home Shop or Factory

Replies: 31

Views: 7684

Started in a single garage attached to my home. Stuck it out for too long because it was the time of the 1991 recession and I was reluctant to take on unnecessary overheads. Eventually bought the old village garage, whose layout ideally suited my needs. Sold off a bit of the forecourt to my parents ...

Fri Jun 06, 2003 6:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi

Replies: 5

Views: 1291

Close, but no coconut. It's Lima. :D

Welcome to the boards Gee.

Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:56 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: opening files

Replies: 8

Views: 2080

Quark is available for the PC as well Gray.

They do that 'cos some people don't know a good thing when they see it. :D

Tue Jun 03, 2003 4:07 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Graphic Designers

Replies: 22

Views: 4789

Excellent stuff Brian. :D

Neither file opened in Corel 8 either. It looks like 10 is the magic number.

Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:25 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Graphic Designers

Replies: 22

Views: 4789

Texcat,

Well, that impresssed the hell out of me. I know when I'm out of my depth. :D


Brian,

Come on then, tell us how you did it.

Tue Jun 03, 2003 2:03 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Graphic Designers

Replies: 22

Views: 4789

Sorry Stuart,

Although I can see the image in Acrobat it won't even open up in Illustrator, which it should do, much less let me see if the outlines are still there.

I'm afraid that I can now suggest no alternative than to identify the font and start from scratch.

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:51 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Graphic Designers

Replies: 22

Views: 4789

I've tried everything I know with this. Illustrator 10, 8 or 5 will not open it. Neither will Cutline or Artline. The good old stand-by of Graphic Converter won't look at it either. I suspect that it may be something to do with the email encoding. There is another possible way out. The default save ...

Mon Jun 02, 2003 4:06 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: opening files

Replies: 8

Views: 2080

This is a problem to me sometimes Martin. I don't know of any way around it other than to open the files with Quark. Usually, if I ask, the client can get their agency to do a different format. Otherwise I have to get one of my clients to open them for me and save them as Illustrator. Sorry I can't ...

Mon Jun 02, 2003 9:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Joined at last

Replies: 12

Views: 2571

Steve, Yes, we've been doing them for over ten years now, but I have no reason to suppose that we get them all, which is why I asked the question. The vans tend to come a lot very quickly followed by a long quiet period. It could just be their buying schedule, but that sort of pattern often indicate...

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Joined at last

Replies: 12

Views: 2571

Steve,

It wasn't in this area. It was a lift company in Watford.

Did you ever get to do any?


Regards - John

Sun Jun 01, 2003 7:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign shop van - new or used

Replies: 17

Views: 3380

Well, you got the age right, just the wrong side of 50, but no Frank Sinatra in the multi-changer. And, yes, the wife does go to sleep on the back of a bike. Back in April we rented a Gold Wing for a tour of Florida and she was so impressed with that seat that I thought it would be a good idea to ha...

Sat May 31, 2003 8:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Joined at last

Replies: 12

Views: 2571

Aha! A direct competitor at last. I believe we both quoted the same client about a year ago.

Welcome to the board.

Fri May 30, 2003 10:21 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: ambulance

Replies: 10

Views: 2033

Welcome Mark.

Fri May 30, 2003 10:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign shop van - new or used

Replies: 17

Views: 3380

My new company vehicle is being delivered on Monday.


<img src="http://www.hondamotorcycles.com/assets/images/model/model_hero_shot/motorcycles/2003/large/Goldwing_gall_large_16.jpg">


It was difficult choice Phill, but the van just lost out. :D

Fri May 30, 2003 3:17 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: .sit File what software opens it ?

Replies: 8

Views: 3857

Are the .rsrc files all that there is Neil?

Or is there anything else.

Mon May 26, 2003 8:27 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: where can i get usb-serial convertor for mac G4?

Replies: 3

Views: 1988

I can vouch for the Keyspan USB serial adaptor. We use them on the iMacs that run our cutters. They are also useful for connecting any other legacy serial gear your customer might have, such as Palm PDAs, graphics tablets etc etc. Plug and play. No set-up or configuration. Idiot proof. If he hasn't ...

Sun May 25, 2003 1:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign UK Post Mortem

Replies: 31

Views: 6710

Gray... Got it in one. :D There used to be a really good show at the Design Centre in Islington about ten or fifteen years ago. I went there as a complete novice and walked away having ordered absolutely everything I needed to set up in business, from a vast choice of suppliers. At SignUK 2003 there...

Sun May 25, 2003 10:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign UK Post Mortem

Replies: 31

Views: 6710

I was disappointed and wished I hadn't wasted the time.

Sun May 25, 2003 10:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Say hello........Say goodbye

Replies: 14

Views: 2723

Congratulations Lorraine.

Have a goodtime.

Fri May 23, 2003 12:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Drumnadrochit

Replies: 10

Views: 2198

Rab...

Definitely and most certainly - YES

Fri May 23, 2003 9:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Drumnadrochit

Replies: 10

Views: 2198

I spent a day in Drumnadrochit once. It rained.

Seriously, welcome to the board Rab. I'm sure that you will get lots of help.

Fri May 23, 2003 7:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: The search for unbiased information!

Replies: 19

Views: 4466

Jom... I'm afraid I can't help with the print side of things, but with regards to software, rather than look at an industry specific package you could try someting more general like Adobe Illustrator or Corel. I don't know how much Signlab costs but suspect that, purely because of volume, a general ...

Thu May 22, 2003 3:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello to all

Replies: 9

Views: 2013

Welcome Ian. I went to Birmingham yesterday and am convinced that you made the right decision. it was just a hall full of printers dropping their output on the floor. If you are not interested in large format printing there wasn't much else to see. It'll be some years before I bother again. Your tim...

Thu May 22, 2003 8:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello!

Replies: 6

Views: 1298

Welcome Jom.

Thu May 22, 2003 8:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Travelling costs

Replies: 10

Views: 1933

Martin... Don't feel too hard done by. As I stated above there is a big difference between muppet driver and qualified tradesman rates. You are getting the going rate when doing courier work but the thing is to make sure that you also get the going rate when doing your sign work. Actually, your figu...

Tue May 20, 2003 4:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Travelling costs

Replies: 10

Views: 1933

Perhaps I didn't explain clearly enough. Working out the cost of the vehicle is easy enough, either from the AA or from our own records, but the bigger expense is the lad sitting behind the steering wheel. Collecting vehicles with drivers on £4.50 an hour is a lot different to working on-site where ...

Tue May 20, 2003 12:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Travelling costs

Replies: 10

Views: 1933

Travelling costs

I feel the need for a bit more scientific method of working out what to charge for travelling to do jobs on site than the gueswork system I have been using until now.

So, what do you all charge?

Is there a formula?

Tue May 20, 2003 9:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign UK

Replies: 10

Views: 2780

Wednesday for me too.

Got to visit a client in Warwick in the morning, so I expect to get there about lunch-time.

Mon May 19, 2003 4:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you do artworks before OR after taking deposits?

Replies: 31

Views: 6476

Perhaps you might regard this as two jobs. 1. Design. Make it plain that he is going to have to pay for design, one way or another. He can have no objection to this as he would have to pay if he went to a pure design agency and, at this stage, he is not required to place an order for the sign. 2. Ma...

Fri May 16, 2003 8:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the difference between Cast vinyl & Vehicle wrap v

Replies: 5

Views: 2378

I'm no expert Scott, but I think that the concensus is that they are different. Yes, they will both stretch an awful long way, but the difference is that whilst cast has a low memory, wrapping vinyl has even less and is therefore less likely to shrink back. Retaining opacity when stretched is anothe...

Fri May 16, 2003 7:22 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the difference between Cast vinyl & Vehicle wrap v

Replies: 5

Views: 2378

Take a look here Scott.....

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... ap&start=0

hopefully it might answer some of your questions.

Regards - John

Mon May 12, 2003 4:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign Show

Replies: 12

Views: 2514

Gav...

Silly question maybe, but why not fly to Birmigham?

Mon May 12, 2003 12:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Mug Shots Please!

Replies: 263

Views: 50987

Is this a signmakers forum, or one for exchanging hints on bank robbery? It's a job to tell the difference from the photos. :D

Oooops. Just had a look at mine. I withdraw the above comment.

Mon May 12, 2003 9:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Business Trading Format

Replies: 15

Views: 3001

Martin... I have no idea. Stuart... We have insurance up the ying-yang but I have no confidence in the company not finding a way to wriggle out of paying. Did you read the story, in yesterdays Mail on Sunday, about the lady with critical illness cover which would not pay out after she had a problem ...

Sun May 11, 2003 3:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Business Trading Format

Replies: 15

Views: 3001

Just re-reading this thread. On April 30th I used an example of an employee falling off a ladder. On May 1st we had a lot of signs to change and I had decided to subcontract six of them because they were higher than I liked the look of. You've guessed it.... The subbie was working on a fuel station ...

Fri May 09, 2003 9:10 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Plotter Help

Replies: 14

Views: 4322

Advertising. :D Whatever the manufacturers claim - divide by two. About six years ago I got rid of a six month old Graphtec FC2100 610 cutter because it wouldn't go more that three or four metres. I found I couldn't concentrate on another job because I was listenening and waiting for it to wander of...

Fri May 09, 2003 11:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hapatainin!

Replies: 6

Views: 1300

Welcome Damsk. As you have found it's a very valuable site for information, help, tips and tricks. What is sometimes forgotten is that as a sole trader or the head of a small company it can sometimes be difficult to find like-minded people with whom to discuss business issues. I am lucky in that I h...

Thu May 08, 2003 11:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: copyright

Replies: 21

Views: 3375

This isn't a big problem for me, but for those of you for whom it is, wouldn't a better idea be to charge them for the design work upfront? The customer will then own the copyright and is at liberty to do all the shopping around he likes. From your point of view you will have been paid for your desi...

Thu May 08, 2003 10:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: need everyones views on this!

Replies: 15

Views: 3010

Hi Robert. Apple does it. It now comes pre-installed on every new Apple computer and is also available as a free download from http://www.apple.com for older machines. Of course, you need a Mac to run it. :lol: I think that it was a bit of a reaction to the current bloatware from Microsoft and Netsc...

Thu May 08, 2003 11:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: need everyones views on this!

Replies: 15

Views: 3010

Robert,

I have just tried Internet Explorer and the ticker scrolls on that.

However, on Explorer the site does not look anywhere near as good as on Safari. Some of the graphics are missing and the dynamic page sizing doesn't work. It's also a lot slower.

Back to Safari!!!

Thu May 08, 2003 11:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: need everyones views on this!

Replies: 15

Views: 3010

He he he Computer: Mac G4 dual processor. Operating system: OS 10.2.3 Browser: Safari 1.0 Beta 2 (v73) Let's see you sort that out. :D No, that's not fair. I'll give you a clue. I have the preferences set not to accept cookies from anywhere other than those sites to which I navigate. This eliminates...

Thu May 08, 2003 11:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Thanks UKSG

Replies: 7

Views: 1457

Yes, well done Gray.

Phill, I see you're not far behind. :D

Thu May 08, 2003 8:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: need everyones views on this!

Replies: 15

Views: 3010

Do you mean that empty white box underneath "News" ?

Wed May 07, 2003 12:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: rjk construction

Replies: 7

Views: 2222

Exactly right Lorraine. I use the example of our local newspaper. I tell them that for the same price as a medium sized ad in there they can have their van done. Then I point out that my graphics will last for as long as they keep the van whereas the newspaper will be wrapped around somebody's chips...

Tue May 06, 2003 12:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 5202

The Keencut machine comes with two heads. The wheely thingy one for cutting dibond and another that takes standard knife blades for cutting foamex, foam centered card and stuff like that. It can't do acrylic or aluminium. Everybody's requirements are different but my solution for acrylic, as I said ...

Tue May 06, 2003 8:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 5202

Paddy, your sandwich material is dibond, or one of its clones. Its brilliant stuff. Rigid, lightweight, negligible coefficient of expansion and keeps looking good for years. We use it wherever we can. About four years ago I paid £1,000 to Keencut for a wall mounted cutter which uses two little wheel...

Thu May 01, 2003 12:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Panatrim - How Much?

Replies: 9

Views: 1824

We don't do many signs, in fact we actively avoid them, so I'm probably not the best person to give advice but when the occasion arises we get the frames from Kestrel Signs in Birmingham. They are made from a three part extrusion and are a lot stronger and more professional looking than Panatrim. Th...

Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Business Trading Format

Replies: 15

Views: 3001

I'm afraid I have to disagree with you Sparky. I went limited three years ago and the following were all contributory factors:- As the number of employees rose, coincidentaly to six, I was worried about my personal exposure to spurious claims which could result in a tribunal and a large award agains...

Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage:

Replies: 6

Views: 1948

What are they made of? Cardboard?

:P

Sun Apr 27, 2003 10:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Gun???

Replies: 12

Views: 2536

Hair dryers and heat guns are very similar, both giving a power output of about 1500 watts. The difference is that a hair dryer passes a much bigger volume of air resulting in a gentler heat. I used hair dryers satisfactorily for years but when I started employing people, who do not look after kit a...

Thu Apr 24, 2003 9:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web Sites

Replies: 12

Views: 2591

I wouldn't want to argue with an advertising executive of the highest calibre Martin, and I understand your reasoning but..... Whilst the number of companies I would actively seek as clients nationally number maybe a thousand how can advertising to the masses be of any value to me, however tightened...

Thu Apr 24, 2003 12:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web Sites

Replies: 12

Views: 2591

Another case of horses for courses I think. I appreciate all the above comments and I am sure that they work well for the individual businesses concerned, however my own case is perhaps a little different. I am after a very specific type of client and don't want, and don't have the time to deal with...

Mon Apr 14, 2003 4:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Method statements? Help!

Replies: 7

Views: 1898

In my experience it doesn't matter what you put in a method statement. Pages from the telephone book will suffice.

Nobody reads them.

:(

Mon Apr 14, 2003 4:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rally Plates, cheap as chips

Replies: 4

Views: 1196

Good God. Are road rallies still legal? I used to compete on them years ago but thought they had been banned and all competitive motoring events moved on to closed stages and circuits. They were certainly dangerous enough. We have a customer who uses loads of these, but we usually get our tame scree...

Thu Mar 27, 2003 12:56 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: They all have to pay a deposit....

Replies: 8

Views: 1845

Fair point Simon, although the dealer only got the bike in because I wanted it. Normally they wouldn't stock that model although they could probably have disposed of it eventually, although they may haver had to take a loss. My no deposit rule is not infallible and sometimes I have to give one but I...

Wed Mar 26, 2003 6:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: They all have to pay a deposit....

Replies: 8

Views: 1845

Well, I can see both sides of the issue here. becky, in your last example, you were absolutely correct and, in similar circumstances, I would ask myself whether if the client was not prepared to pay up front, if he had any intention of paying at all. Once they have the goods they have no incentive t...

Tue Mar 25, 2003 10:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The Driving Instructor!!!

Replies: 9

Views: 2977

Perhaps its a subliminal message.

You all need driving lessons. :D

Tue Mar 25, 2003 3:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: do you lay in contour or cut around the recesses?

Replies: 3

Views: 1327

Not me Lorraine. None of my customers would sit still for that. :(

Sat Mar 22, 2003 6:45 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Are we in the wrong job....

Replies: 10

Views: 2434

No. I've still got plenty of hair.

Teeth are a different matter though. :(

Wed Mar 19, 2003 6:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: cscs cards update

Replies: 25

Views: 5356

Looks like more work for you guys because there is no way I am getting involved in yet another barrowload of bureaucracy.

Wed Mar 19, 2003 6:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Seen it coming

Replies: 5

Views: 1327

My wife makes curtains for a living.

She says it is amazing how often people order very expensive curtains only to expect her to fit them to fourpenny rails that don't have a hope in hell of carrying the weight.

Wed Mar 19, 2003 6:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Automated Switchboards

Replies: 4

Views: 1109

You've got more patience than me Phill.

I would have said "sod it" and waited for them to call me.

Tue Mar 11, 2003 11:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cox Plastics 0 - Amari Plastics 1

Replies: 18

Views: 5977

Well, you one price guys are going to hate me!

I'll charge an individual customer more for no better than reason than that I don't like their attitude. If I take an active dislike then God help them. :D

My pricing will match my personal agenda and fairness doesn't come into it.

Mon Mar 03, 2003 5:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: ACHIEVING CORRECT SIGN COLOURS

Replies: 11

Views: 3559

steve... You are not wrong. But by the same token I have had customers of a similar size to Marks and Spencer whose reaction was, "I can save HOW much" when offered a very close match. However, that is a rarity. It is usually fatal to ask because, in companies of that size, they all want to cover th...

Mon Mar 03, 2003 10:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: ACHIEVING CORRECT SIGN COLOURS

Replies: 11

Views: 3559

And never forget the good old standby....

The colour is correct sir, it's just that your old stuff has faded because your previous supplier used cheap vinyl.

:D

Sun Mar 02, 2003 1:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: ACHIEVING CORRECT SIGN COLOURS

Replies: 11

Views: 3559

I recently did a batch of vans for a new client and matched a standard vinyl, as nearly as I could, to the Pantone number I was given. Although the match was not exact it was very close and I was pleased with myself for getting so near, especially as it was one of those duck egg colours which I find...

Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Paint Question

Replies: 8

Views: 1854

And if its reflective vinyl, go for two weeks minimum.

Like other here, I have been caught in the past and now make it perfectly clear to the customer that I will accept no responsibility if they go against my advice.

Wed Feb 19, 2003 11:50 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: help please with Oracal 751 Weeding problems ?

Replies: 15

Views: 4215

We have only recently started using Oracal, have been using some 751, and think that we may have struck gold. My staff that cut, weed and tape it like it. The lads that fit it like it. If they're all happy and whinge free then I'm happy. I'm not sure if it is Marcella's problem, but in our experienc...

Wed Feb 19, 2003 8:55 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter questions part 1!

Replies: 3

Views: 1731

Gav, there's more words here, but I'm not sure that the explanation is much clearer. I've done a very simple sketch, which might help, and as soon as I have the necessary privileges in this forum I'll edit this post to include it. In the meantime I'll try to answer any more questions. Because the ed...

Mon Feb 17, 2003 9:40 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter questions part 1!

Replies: 3

Views: 1731

The offset is the distance between the point of the blade and it's centre line, usually expressed in fractions of a mm. This is necessary so that a drag blade turns in its housing to follow changes in direction. It's not necessary on a tangential cutter. I think that the amount of offset should be v...

Mon Feb 17, 2003 1:29 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Connecting laptop to cutter

Replies: 5

Views: 2296

We use a lot of wireless networking for our computers, but I also have never seen a cutter with an interface for it yet.

If wireless cutters ever come along I would suspect that they are more likely to be bluetooth rather than infra red, which is line-of-sight and very slow. Or maybe even 802.11g.

Sun Feb 16, 2003 11:34 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Connecting laptop to cutter

Replies: 5

Views: 2296

Becky,

Try these folks:-

http://www.keyspan.com/

We use their adaptors for connecting our USB Apple computers to parallel cutters. Also Apple mini 8 pin din serial to Palm devices with 15 pin mini D connectors. They work well and we've had no problems.

Fri Feb 14, 2003 10:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fitting job in Falkirk

Replies: 6

Views: 1422

Can't take your eyes off it for a moment can you Martin? :D

Thu Feb 13, 2003 6:42 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Number Plates: Show plates

Replies: 44

Views: 9903

Graphityp UK Ltd
103 Mariner
Tamworth
Staffs
B79 7UL

Tel: 01827 63300

Thu Feb 13, 2003 1:24 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: stickers help

Replies: 3

Views: 2050

Jill,

Try Robert Horne.

We supply a similar thing to one of our clients but we use a matt vinyl and they can write on that with no problems.

Wed Feb 12, 2003 4:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fitting job in Falkirk

Replies: 6

Views: 1422

Robert,

There are four photos on their way now.

I have sent both mails to the uksigngroup@hotmail.com account. Is that where you want them?

Wed Feb 12, 2003 3:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fitting job in Falkirk

Replies: 6

Views: 1422

We supply the graphics. There's some prints and some cut vinyl in a custom colour. Job needs doing ASAP. however, I've told them that next Tuesday is the earliest, which is what it will be if we have to do it ourselves. This is because to include the travel I would have to allow at least three days ...

Wed Feb 12, 2003 1:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fitting job in Falkirk

Replies: 6

Views: 1422

Fitting job in Falkirk

A customer has got seven Transits in Falkirk that need livery applied. Anybody interested?

Tue Feb 11, 2003 10:33 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Help with font please ???

Replies: 16

Views: 3365

Sparky,

My attitude to your earlier question is that if the customer pays you to digitise the lettering then the resulting artwork is his and you are obliged to let him have a copy.

On the other hand, if you don't charge, then it's yours.

Thu Feb 06, 2003 10:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: PVC BANNER

Replies: 9

Views: 2289

FatBob's advice is good. Tar and glue remover is always our first port of call. We do occasionaly find, though, that it doesn't always work very well, which I put down to different types of adhesive on the original vinyl. White spirit and (provided the H&S man isn't looking) petrol can also be u...

Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Official Reg Plate suppliers?

Replies: 18

Views: 3536

martin,

One of my lads bought on old mangle at a car boot sale for £2.00 :D

It works a treat and we can use it to make smooth faced signs much larger than number plates.

Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 17

Views: 3808

We use Adobe Illustrator and send artwork as pdf files. By generating pdfs from within Illustrator it is possible to send these files with editable vector artwork embedded, in fact that is the default, but we always make sure that this option is turned off. That way they can view but not copy. We ha...

Tue Feb 04, 2003 11:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: curtain siders contract

Replies: 4

Views: 1419

Good questions, to which I don't really know the answers. Doing it the way I suggested above, then from our point of view it is purely a matter of time and therefore an hourly rate would be appropriate, so it will all boil down to complexity of design and how long it is going to take us. I realise t...

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:37 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Why is sign software SO exspensive?

Replies: 36

Views: 8552

My set-up seems to be the other way round to everyone elses. Because of the nature of our business we don't do that much artwork and design but once it is done we want to cut it many times over a long period of time. Therefore we do our artwork on one computer, save it to a server and then open and ...

Mon Feb 03, 2003 10:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: curtain siders contract

Replies: 4

Views: 1419

Jill,

If you like we will happily cut the vinyl for you on a 1220 machine. To keep as much of the job, and therefore the profit, in your hands you could supply the material and weed and tape it. we could just cut it for you.

Sun Feb 02, 2003 9:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS

Replies: 7

Views: 2123

Excellent advice Phill. Some years ago I came to the same conclusion as yourself and since we have had two plotters one of the main reasons for a contract, continuity of business, has gone. Only the insurance element is left. Also, the sums have changed. My original plotter was an Aristo AG50 which ...

Sat Feb 01, 2003 7:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: any recomendations for Sign Shop Insurance in the UK

Replies: 23

Views: 4969

Bob, I think that you have been misinformed. You don't need to trade in motors to qualify for a motor traders policy. Indeed, our local village garage doesn't buy or sell cars, they just repair them. The only difference between our requirements and theirs is that the engineering section is deleted f...

Sat Feb 01, 2003 6:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fascia sign in glass?

Replies: 6

Views: 1885

Thinking about it, this method is extremely common. Every car number plate is made like that.

Fri Jan 31, 2003 9:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fascia sign in glass?

Replies: 6

Views: 1885

I did one for K Shoes some years ago on clear acrylic. Their logo and text was in normal cut vinyl on the front of the panel. The back was covered in blackout material with the same logo and lettering cut out of it. When illuminated it gave a very nice halo to the graphics, and also a 3D effect, due...

Fri Jan 31, 2003 4:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: any recomendations for Sign Shop Insurance in the UK

Replies: 23

Views: 4969

dicko... The insurance certificate says CGU AND Norwich Union on it. (They keep changing their name ands I am not sure what the current incarnation is.) Our broker is;- Country Mutual (part of the NFU) Stuart House, Elizabeth Street, Corby, Northants. Tel: 01536 408800 Fax: 01536 402004 Our contact ...

Thu Jan 30, 2003 12:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Job turnaround

Replies: 12

Views: 2619

I understand entirely Martin and have suffered the same dilemma. Being better than anyone else is not good enough on its own, you need to be able to convince the client. I can see their problem too. They want something doing and have three or four of us signmakers around to look at the job. We all s...

Wed Jan 29, 2003 1:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Job turnaround

Replies: 12

Views: 2619

Martin, Don't run away with the idea that we are a large national company. We are proof that you don't need to be a large firm in big, flash premises to acquire some good clients. Our large customers never visit us and have no idea how large or small we are, the modernity of our premises or the shor...

Tue Jan 28, 2003 4:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Job turnaround

Replies: 12

Views: 2619

martin... We are almost all vehicle work too and will only make a sign when we absolutely have to, for instance, for an existing customer who we don't want going anywhere else. Even then we will get a sub-contractor to erect it for us nine times out of ten. The reasoning is:- We are lucky in having ...

Tue Jan 28, 2003 2:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing work - and the damned cheap sign merchants!!!!

Replies: 16

Views: 4060

PERFECT TIMING for this thread. I've just had one walk in. Amongst the usual stuff he wants the following on the side of his trailer which, he assures me, is a chinese proverb:- "Remember, the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a cheap price is forgotten." He then goes on...

Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing work - and the damned cheap sign merchants!!!!

Replies: 16

Views: 4060

Definately the right tactic. Years ago a friend of mine, an agricultural engineer as it happens, told me he had stopped doing cheap jobs. His reasoning was that if he did a crap job the customer immediately forgot that it was cheap but that every morning when he stepped out of his farmhouse he saw t...

Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: has anyone tried the new avery squeegie yet?

Replies: 15

Views: 4046

We use both 3M Gold and the new Avery ones. Some of my boys prefer one and some the other.

I think personal preference plays a big part in this question.

Mon Jan 20, 2003 6:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser Levels?

Replies: 25

Views: 4841

Multiple post edited out.

Mon Jan 20, 2003 6:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser Levels?

Replies: 25

Views: 4841

Multiple post edited out.

Mon Jan 20, 2003 6:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser Levels?

Replies: 25

Views: 4841

Multiple post edited out.

Sorry Robert, but it looks like during the recent site problem my data was going up the line but nothing was coming down. :D

Mon Jan 20, 2003 6:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser Levels?

Replies: 25

Views: 4841

FB... I agree that using the ground is out of the question. I am also sure that your method of lining your laser up with a major body swage will work, although each job would need to be assesed to see if the effort of setting up was worth the time. As an example, we did four Astras on Friday but as ...

Sat Jan 18, 2003 12:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser Levels?

Replies: 25

Views: 4841

Bob, The difference is that with a laser level you will get a line that is level with the ground and therefore looks straight to oncoming cars. With the string you get the shortest distance between the two points and not a straight line. The strings a bit like transatlantic planes going via Scotland...

Fri Jan 17, 2003 12:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser Levels?

Replies: 25

Views: 4841

martin, Yes, it is the curve of the bonnet that makes the text smile or frown. We too curve the text to counteract this but it is always a matter of trial and error with consequent waste of time and materials. I reckon that with a laser level we can just set it up and mark the bonnet in what we know...

Thu Jan 16, 2003 10:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser Levels?

Replies: 25

Views: 4841

I'm going to get one. I'm not worried about the sides of vans, even difficult ones like Astra and Vito. The body lines are there and there is nothing I can do about it and I have to work around them. My problem is bonnets. I've lost count of the number of times I have fitted a line of text and then ...

Sun Jan 12, 2003 11:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: do you want to access the file swapping forum?

Replies: 21

Views: 4202

I can't get in Robert. :(

Sat Jan 11, 2003 12:57 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: purchasing new plotter?

Replies: 13

Views: 5480

We have run a Summa T1010+ for six years with no problems at all. We also have a Roland, I think PC50, which has also not caused any trouble. The Summa is better built and more robust than the Roland. Also the Summa software better suits the way we work. Tried a Graphtec about eight years ago but go...
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