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  1. 3 points
    Vickie; I am an electrician, having transitioned from the sign industry. In California, I believe I am deemed "essential". The problem is that Capital budgets as well as Reactionary budgets have seized shut everywhere making the work disappear. I work directly for major companies in the oil industry as well as many national food chains and I can tell you the work is stopped for the time being. I did not mention those in the venues listed but I can assure you they are household names. Now, some could go belly up sucking contractors as well as everyday folks with them. All we can do now is to contain and defeat this Pandemic and reopen our frozen economy. Hopefully the other nations of the world can do the same. With our great scientists, the resilient American people and most importantly, the mercy of the Good Lord above, we will get through this. Everybody on this site please stay safe and remain strong. God Bless all........................
  2. 3 points
    D O N O T W O R K F O R .......... KFM 24 7 LTD Keystone Facility Maintenance 15949 Fredrick Rd Woodbine MD 21797 301 854-6776 KFM247.COM FEB 29TH SATURDAY AT 415 PM KFM Calls me to do a Emergency Call for a Banner falling off of a Victorias Secret. Its an Emergency and they need it right away. ( I pass this Banner everyday , 2 times a day for the past 3 weeks. It has been falling since then ) I tell them a price and I will be there in 1 hr. I want a Credit Card number for the amount. We all Agree and they will send me a PO immediately for the agreed amount . I go to the site and remove the banner. Simple job, In and out in 15 minutes. Total time from call to back in the garage is 55 minutes. Nice and easy I come in Monday and there is a PO for $ 175. for the work. WTF ? The Credit Card doesn't go thru either. I call them immediately and no answer. I call them for the next 4 days, 4 -5 times a day. Nothing. Now its my turn. I call the Victoria Secret store and I talk to the store manager. They will handle it and get back to me. 20 Minutes later KFM calls me and wants to " Take care of the Misunderstanding " They said that " You were on site for 15 minutes and that the price was way over their allowed limit. I informed them that I did not care about their limits or anything they have to say. That I already had placed a Lien and Victoria Corp was involved. SO they paid me immediately. Remember......" they said it was a misunderstanding " Today, 10 days later KFM called me to say..........I"m the Manager here at KFM and that there was a misunderstanding and I want to pay up and clear the Lien. These " Scumbags" dont know that they already paid me 4 days before. THEY ARE 100% LOSERS This Re Enforces my Hatred of " Facility Maintenance Companies " who work out of a desk or tent. Always get the End User information and make a good relationship with the store manager when working. It pays off to be in control.
  3. 2 points
    -= BEWARE OF "MIRACLE CURES" AND "NATURAL & ORGANIC FOODS" AND OR TREATMENTS THAT BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT COVID-19!! =- Because its rubbish! No matter who swears by these as being useful in "curing" or resisting infection by "boosting" your immune system from covid-19 its rubbish, because if they were the least bit useful, the CDC and the World Health Organization would have already endorsed them. So far they have not! The body's immune system is not like your car battery, so when it is too low to crank the engine you can boost (or jump) the battery with another battery to start the car. It doesn't work that way. Antibodies are a blood protein (not a car battery) produced by white blood cells in response to and counteracting a specific "antigen", which is an unique molecule of the pathogen on the outer shell of a virus for example. Think of the antigen as a lock and the antibody as the key. Only the right key can unlock the antigen, simple right? How antibodies are produced is when the white blood cells in the blood recognizes a pathogen that's not supposed to be present, such as bacteria, and viruses. Antibodies combine chemically to the virus thus preventing it from infecting a healthy cell. The white blood cells then absorbs the virus, breaking it down where it is then filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and ends up into the toilet! Vaccines are made by deactivating (or "killing) a virus, but leaving its antigens intact. When these dead viruses are injected into the body, the white blood cells recognizes the pathogen and produces antibodies, to fight a dead virus. This is why sometimes after a vaccine you might get a slight fever. This means the body has recognized the virus even though it can't do anything and triggers a fever in response. Later if you are exposed to that virus that the body already made antibodies for (because of the vaccine) you won't get sick, because the virus is taken around back, and has the shit beaten out of them before they can do any harm. Viruses however mutate and in doing so they change the antigen slightly so you need a new key to unlock it. This happens with the common cold and flu (H1N1 variants) that we get seasonally. That's why every year there is a new flu shot because the old antibodies won't work on the new flu. THAT is how it works! SIMPLE! So whenever you see these things claiming to "boost your immune system" to fight covid-19, bacterial and or viral infections look for the CDC or WHO endorsement and if its not there, then don't buy it because its Snake Oil! Cheers, and be smart everyone!!
  4. 2 points
    So sorry you are having to close for so long. Hopefully when you are able to open back up things will be booming again! We have had the best 3 years of our business and then this had to happen. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
  5. 2 points
    We do a lot of work for casinos and large construction managers. We ALWAYS have to sign some kind of waiver BEFORE payment (usually a matter of a day or 2 before) BUT they all say "upon payment" IF it doesn't say something like that do not sign unless you #1 know the payer very well and totally trust them to pay you or #2 don't care if you get paid or not. If it's a national sign company don't sign it until you see the $
  6. 1 point
    If I'm reading you right, for the Black faces on a white background I would go with white returns. Make it two-tone
  7. 1 point
    I have to laugh at UL Right now. I just received that long boring..."our company is doing this to ensure yadda yadda..." on the Virus. With links to click on to ensure you're using "UL approved Medical supplies" Can they not be anymore retarded than they already are during these times, people are having to 3D print their face masks right now
  8. 1 point
    Me too, but when I see somebody (that doesn't even live here) talking about things they don't know about it irks me to no end. They get their "news" from CNN and believe it's gospel. President Trump is listening to the folks he should be listening to. The people on his task force that are doing an amazing job!
  9. 1 point
    Hello, Sorry, there's a lot of WOO here. For example: Dr. Al Sears, M.D. currently owns and operates a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging clinic in Royal Palm Beach, Florida - so he's totally neutral? No he's pushing his own business is what he's doing. Gregg Branden is another one. Bridging Science, Spirituality & the Real World? The "Spirituality" is the kicker here! Does he get into "healing sounds"...beating of tom toms, waving of feathers like so many others in his particular field? Rense? Whoa! C'mon! With all due respect there are too many people who believe everything is corrupt, such as The World Health Organization that happens to counter their particular fringe view on any topic. People capitilize on this and make money, a lot of money from wooism. Jim Bakker and his miracle silver solution virus killer is one. Missouri is the first state to file a lawsuit against Bakker for selling his coronavirus "treatment," but others have also been warning him to stop, because its "snake oil". When Jimmy couldn't sell Jesus (the Lord needs your money for me to spend) anymore he made a lateral move. Anyway, I'm late for my Wet Yoga class - I hear that heals everything. Believe what you want to believe personally, but please don't spread it around to people who are afraid right now, President Trump is doing that job. Cheers And be safe, yes?
  10. 1 point
    As Americans we all should pull together with love and compassion in this transition time and find as much truth as possible. A lot of us are normally very busy working and have a family to raise so we don't have the time to do a lot of reading and research. I believe when we are not divided we are stronger and can help each other expose the corruption that has infiltrated many organizations and governments so we may lead better healthy lives of freedom. We can make better choices for food and health so we live long pain free lives. So in the spirit of freedom and awareness below is some information we found that is out there that maybe the poster above was not aware of that the CDC and WHO are both corrupt organizations. Remember don't be LIE ve anyone and do your own research as there is a war on for your mind. I will post at the bottom some links to Doctors MDs and Scientists who pull info from peer review studies that it is possible to enhance your immune system. Plus the Doctors have first hand results from their patients that better health is achieved by eating healthy foods, taking supplements and certain herbs and mushrooms. Belief is not the same as Knowing. Take back your personal power. Politics and Corruption at the World Health Organization (WHO) - Global Research Politics and Corruption at the World Health Organization (WHO) - Global Research Mega Corruption Scandal At The WHO Coronavirus: How WHO corruption helped it spread CDC Scientist Whisteblowers Confirm Corruption Within the CDC CDC: Corruption, Deceit and Cover-Up • Children's Health Defense CDC Corruption: A Betrayal Of Public Trust - HoneyColony CDC News | CDC News Truth and Fiction Coronavirus - Gregg Braden Dr. Al Sears on Super Immunity https://marketing.alsearsmd.com/acton/rif/28028/s-0b4c-2003/-/l-002e:1c75/l-002e/showPreparedMessage?utm_term=Click here&utm_campaign=Super immunity starts in your gut&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On Software-_-email-_-Super immunity starts in your gut-_-Click here&sid=TV2:MFOzuFnOx Dr. Al Sears MD on Superfood https://marketing.alsearsmd.com/acton/rif/28028/s-0b48-2003/-/l-002e:1c75/l-002e/showPreparedMessage?utm_term=Click here&utm_campaign=Will this superfood save humanity&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On Software-_-email-_-Will this superfood save humanity-_-Click here&sid=TV2:pVisvl34h There are many more Doctors, Scientist and Researchers who will confirm that healthy food, supplements, herbs, trace minerals and mushrooms will enhance your Immune System. Just do some research and read some reports in medical journals. We are being tested now in many ways during this transition period and one of those ways is to increase our awareness and discernment. Be strong and take back your power from those who seek to control your mind.
  11. 1 point
    Eric; To be honest, I am not sure who or what contractors are "Essential" at this time other than those working for companies deemed "Essential". Since I work for food chains and oil companies and they are deemed "Essential", that apparently sets my status. I would guess if you work for oil, banking, food or stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart or the like, you would be considered "Essential". Bottom line, who knows but I know I still perform what small level of work is being given out and I have not been arrested for being on the street in my service truck. Hopefully this tragic Virus will be dealt with rapidly and we all can get back to normal. My main concern is for the people of our country and the world. I don't want to see any more devastation or death. This is a time for all of us to come together as one and as Senator Lindsey Graham said "Kick its Ass" referring to Covid-19. Stay safe & strong...........
  12. 1 point
    Thanks, we are hoping for this to be over soon, we had a big pipeline that abruptly got put on hold.
  13. 1 point
    Some time back the city of Philadelphia decided that just using caution tape was no longer acceptable for keeping the public out of your work zone. I had to agree because of the number of times people would just deliberately lift up the tape, show you a particular finger and walk under it. After painstaking research and untold nickles in R&D costs, our team came up with the following system. It's really high tech (well...), quite portable (if a bit heavy) and certainly keeps them out from under your lifting zone. I give you the Bucketenator 5000!!! (pat pending) Simply set your Bucketenator 5000 in place (multiple units will be needed) and staple orange construction netting to it, and voila instant barrier. Please note the aerodynamic styling, integrated carrying device and recyclable support post. The Bucketenator 5000 was the hit of the 2019 Philadelphia Junk Yard Exhibition, earning the coveted Broken Manhole Cover award. Pending OSAH certification, there will be available to you for the low low price of $699.99 each with Free Shipping, allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. I'm sharing this initial IPO (Immature product obviously) exclusively with the members of The Sign Syndicate. You, yes you, can the the first sign shop in your area to protect the public with this innovative system. Available in a variety of colors to fit any decor or job site. Void where prohibited by law.
  14. 1 point
    Our phone is literally not ringing AT ALL other than the PMs checking on the jobs we already had. We are so far behind because of all of the rain that the guys work daily on the back log of stuff on the days it isn't pouring buckets outside. I have never seen so much rain in all of my put togethers - Now the coronavirus to add to it. I am praying that thing moves out of here with as little damage as possible and our lives can get back to "normal". Hope all of you are well and remain that way!! We shall survive this!! How long that takes is left up to us. We have to all do our part and do as we have been asked so it doesn't continue to spread. Stay safe everybody!
  15. 1 point
    Just trying to lighten the mood a bit. I saw this truck in a local H.D. parking lot a few weeks back. While I do admit that the design sticks in your head, IDK if it really gives great advertising value. Plus I suspect that the "artist" might have been a bit on the high side when this was done.
  16. 1 point
    I do too think this is an engineered virus, meant to bring this country to it's knees. And for a very specific reason that I won't get into on here because I will lose my S**t. I am not afraid of the virus. I am afraid for what's it doing to our lives as free (for now anyway) Americans
  17. 1 point
    Our Accubend went down. The 1st time since it was new. Due to the Current Corona Virus Restrictions and Scare. Our scheduled Service was cancelled Accubend Service called us up and scheduled a Video Conference to repair our machine We scheduled the time and with the Accubend Service Tech and our tech, we were ready 2 Hrs of trouble shooting and the repair was made. No Parts needed, No travel time and NO CHARGE ! Accubend has again proven that they are the best. They have proven that they stand behind their machines and do " What Ever Is Needed " to get the job done ! Thanks for keeping the only " RED ACCUBEND MACHINE " up and running !
  18. 1 point
    We have had a many books in our Industry over the years. Some good Engineering to Gallery Books. What we have been lacking are some good "Technical" Sign Design Books Sign Design Books.com is by far one of the most unique books in our Industry. They have been more in the underground but I've known about them for sometime. No book by any means is perfect, BUT...as a Business Owners stand point, this book series I would make every employee read. From the installer, fabricator and sales force. Once someone is hired, these books are handed to them. It's a very well rounded book series that is updated regularity.... I would go so far as to say it's manual of "why" for our industry. I would like SDB to write test material to go along with this series for mere employment reasons. The other Books which I don't have hard copies of are How to Draw Attachment Details and their NEWEST How to Write Sign Specifications No matter what your position is in our Grand Trade / Industry, the more well rounded and knowledgeable you are, the more valuable you are. The same goes for our employees. We have a lot of installers, fabricators, and sales that DON'T understand what the other departments are doing and "WHY". WHY Sign Design is SO much different than Graphic Design. This series will break away the bad habits of the Graphic Designer and bring them closer to Sign Design. These Books build strong bridges between departments,. For your beginner Sign Designer staff, this book is an even BIGGER plus for them to start reading before company training even starts, they'll have a big head start that may make training even that much easier Go Visit them http://signbusinessbooks.com/ Tell'em "Large Marge Sent Ya"
  19. 1 point
    I am on board with everything you have stated. sometimes what is obvious to some, is oblivious to most... We are UL shop and what a crock! what a hassle! what are we supposed to do about this only part that doesn't have a "recognized" e number that has worked for us the previous 30 years but - it don't have an e #.... 😫
  20. 1 point
    If you are needing cabinets that you finish in house I would suggest Signcomp. If you are looking for a finished cabinet UFB can do it for you. We have a couple customers out your way and deliver often. On top of that I bet we can build one of out UFB VIP s/f cabinets complete with blank face lit with UL and painted any Mathews color almost for the price of yo just buying the components. I dont want to get to spammy so I will stop here.
  21. 1 point
    Eric Good Day! I think we all play a part in getting the truth out but you had the idea, determination and perseverance to see it through. So kudos and bravo to you. So to commemorate the Sign Syndicate Community Effort to Stay on top of the truth here is an idea you might add as one of your product offerings.... or some other meme in the same direction. See attached photo. It might catch on...
  22. 1 point
    Immediately send out a "notice of intent to lien"...this will stop their payment process and have them come to you to stop your lien. At which point you tell them that you intend to file the lien asap unless payment in full is made to you. As one attorney told me as he is taking $5,000 out of my pocket..."it's just business...nothing personal...just business..." Don't be afraid to protect your own interests.
  23. 1 point
    Never give a lien waiver - you can do a conditional waiver that says you won't lien a job as long as you get paid, then an unconditional waiver when you are paid. Tell companies who insist on unconditional waivers before payment that it's extortion and completely unethical.
  24. 0 points
    I just got a "unsubscribe" from our newsletters and reason stated "Going out of Business". This comes from a pretty large longtime Sign Company here in California
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