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  1. 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.
    3 points
  2. 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 $
    3 points
  3. TERMS This is a removal and has NO Value to anyone Once the Signs are down, No one cares if you get paid and there is No One to go after . Removals......Paid in full prior to work or start of work Especially if you are working for someone else who is waiting to get paid
    3 points
  4. Sign Suppliers selling to anyone for that extra dollar. I know it well. I can not blame anyone for trying to make more money or extra money on the side. We all have done it. When a supplier goes into business selling to the trades, that is his profession and that is what he is building his business on If the Supplier wants to sell to the public and or manufacture themselves and sell directly. Let them. You can do the same. Buy Direct. Buy someplace else. Knock them out of the picture. Make them hurt. I did it several times with a supplier. I stopped ordering from them.
    2 points
  5. I have always demanded deposits and Balances under my terms for many years No one works for free, Not the Nationals, Not the Maintenance Companies and Not me. If they want to pay in 30 or 45 days, perfect with me. Tell them to send you the payment on their Credit Card. THEY can then pay their Credit Card Company in 30 0r 45 days or whenever Everyones happy I have NO Collections open
    2 points
  6. Erik; You are way too tough to let this COVID keep you down. If you can monitor sign people, like those on this board, this virus ain't got nothing on you. Take care of yourself, Josey Wales......... Tell K Girl thanks for being on the front lines fighting for us all with the rest of those doing the same. I, like you, am at a standstill and don't anticipate not being in this state for a while. But our collective health is the most important thing in this time of crisis. We will get back to economics as normal because that is what we Americans do. We fight a
    2 points
  7. 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.
    2 points
  8. Hello Everyone, I'm upgrading our site so a few things will act weird or not function at all, please be patient as I work on these over the next few days
    1 point
  9. Been running a cheap 99.00 dollar Sams club inverter in my bucket truck for 15 years or more and it does everything I need. It is a 1500 watt. It runs grinders,band saws, heat gun,miter saw and everything I need. Just remember to turn it off at night. Also test fire signs after install if power is not available.
    1 point
  10. If all you need is solid power, I prefer the Sensata Dimensions 3000 watt Pur Sine Inverter. Many used units out there from utility trucks. Have it professionally installed and all you have to do is maintain a marine deep cycle battery. We have 2 units and you can do everything you need to do. Except run a welder, but then you maybe able to that we just have never researched or tried to. https://www.magnum-dimensions.com/product-inverter/3000w-12vdc-pure-sine-inverter-charger-0
    1 point
  11. We have 3 Honda Generators for over 6 years and they still work flawless. ( I don't think we ever did any tune ups or repairs on any of them ) When you need it, it starts and works. That's the extra value. Saving a few hundred might cost you thousands We also switched from " Miller Welder Generators to Lincoln Brands " So far, so good I'm interested in how the Generac and Yamaha works, anyone ?................
    1 point
  12. agreed, get the warranty. But having said that we have the honda and its not too shabby
    1 point
  13. Go to harbor freight and get a predator. That way when it gets dropped out of the truck you will not cry as hard! LOL
    1 point
  14. I am using VM Fusion ware software and run a virtual PC version of Flexisign pro. works great.
    1 point
  15. Ralph, We have all of our new equipment up and running now, so we are no longer using this machine. I will take $2,500.00 for it if you pay for the shipping. Feel free to email me directly at jims@signsplusnw.com with any questions. Thanks, Jim
    1 point
  16. Electronic Transformer used inside the sign cabinet shorted and caught fire. Glass melts at 1,000 degrees and the neon glass in the sign is melted into a new shape. Think of the damages if this was inside the building, thru the wall, or just an interior neon sign on a wall. The electrical breaker never tripped, So we will blame it on the electrician
    1 point
  17. Cool plotter Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  18. welcome to the new millennium erik!
    1 point
  19. I recently bought a graphtec plotter as well though I bought the CE 6000-120. My first plotter was a Gerber 4B, which was delivered by Fred Flintstone, which I eventually hooked up to a computer. It was so nice to be able to have more than six fonts! And retirement? What's that? I'm sixty and figure I have about another 35-40 years before I can afford to think about retirement.
    1 point
  20. Hi this is TJ with SignComp Brian - Sorry to hear of the puckering with your flex face replacement. Our Customer Service is available from 8am to 5pm EST at 877-784-0405 and we are here to assist if you need it. We sell a few flex face systems globally and I can assure you the plastic clips are the most popular as they allow precision tensioning that a wedgeclamp can not and with regards to size they are used on more supergraphics than any other system. Full bleed will always be more a bit more difficult than a framed application as a frame or a cover can hi
    1 point
  21. Just a thought. One aspect or movement our largest Sign Association (international Sign Association) can champion for the industry since they have at least tried to do it in other areas when it comes to "De-Regulation". I wasn't a fan in some areas of their De-Regulation movement where they have tried to please their large membership of franchise sign shops like Fast Signs who are mainly Non-Licensed Sign Shops to get into Sub Contracting Licensed sign shops in certain states like Texas. (Don't get me wrong...some "Fast Sign" shops were in the trade prior and just con
    1 point
  22. We have been a wholesaler for over 20 years now and we only sell signs wholesale to the trade period. For example we used to buy and resell gemini products. They started sellinning channel letters and we dropped them. Same when france tried to sell cabinets. I have only done machine work for the sneeze guard stuff for other sign shops and am pissed that some of our suppliers sell them. I would be just as pissed if we did printing. The plastic distributors are selling everything they have, no need to cut into my and or my customers work. I also know that they have increased pricing because o
    1 point
  23. It's no shot at me, no worries. I'm semi -retired on sign production. I only have a handful of clients that refuse to go elsewhere. Also, it's only in my local market. Our Electric Sign Supply sales don't amount to much here locally because our market is all based on lowest price NOT quality....it's a shame really The upside to the few items I distribute is that I know what I'm talking about unlike the distributor/sign supply rep most talk too on product information or questions. I give customers and sign shops my first hand knowledge on use and testing a
    1 point
  24. So far our shop is unharmed and we are still trying to hold it together and keep doing what we do. That said how is everyone else doing? Less that 10 miles away 4 police were shot. 1 POS looter was killed after a police chase and gun battle. A black man who was a employee of a pawn shop was killed at work by looters. Between excessive regulation and taxes, Covid shutdowns and now this. Now more that ever I feel that I am fighting forces out of my control. Despite what is going on we have just had a great month and I am so proud of our employees and customers as well as our customers which
    1 point
  25. HA Don't live in Maryland. Our STUPID governor is saying he is most likely not going to allow the state to open up until January 2021. We are allowed to be open but there is no work to speak of. This has gone too far. Americans need to rise up - and fast.................
    1 point
  26. U P S means................ Under Pylon Sign Same Day, Next Day Any Day Service That's real drive thru service.
    1 point
  27. I second that Snoochie! Erik, please tell K Girl that we are so proud of her and thank her for giving so selflessly even when it puts her own family at risk. That cannot be easy!
    1 point
  28. If I'm reading you right, for the Black faces on a white background I would go with white returns. Make it two-tone
    1 point
  29. 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 tru
    1 point
  30. Thanks, we are hoping for this to be over soon, we had a big pipeline that abruptly got put on hold.
    1 point
  31. 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 Bu
    1 point
  32. 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 d
    1 point
  33. 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.
    1 point
  34. I am a self-employed Architectural & Electrical Sign designer that telecommutes from home, coffee shops and libraries. I use a "mobile office" A.K.A a laptop compute to do all of my work. For now, I am restricting myself to just working from home, as the library and the coffee shops are closed As long as the internet is running, I can do my work from my end. However, my clients in California are now under orders form the state government that their brick and mortar manufacturing facilities and offices are closed as of today. I can work as usual by sending and receiving information
    1 point
  35. 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
    1 point
  36. In Washington State the employment security dept has a thing called Shared work - if the employer will continue to pay benefits (we pay medical/dental) and sign up for the Shared work project, the employees can file for unemployment without having to look for work, they just report what hours they did work and EmpSec will pay the balance to make up 40 hours. They pay about 75% of the employees pay but it's better than nothing. We've had several larger jobs put on hold and our phones and email has slowed considerably. The feeling in our shop is that the gov will shut everyone dow
    1 point
  37. 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 !
    1 point
  38. 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.
    1 point
  39. 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...
    1 point
  40. He does an awesome job. Too bad he wasn't around Many years ago! He'd have been a huge help in the Ina years, and the pre- ground fault days.
    1 point
  41. A conditional release should have some kind of wording like Upon receipt of payment in full, and upon said payment clearing the bank upon which it is drawn, the undersigned hereby agrees to waive and release any right to a mechanics lien, stop notice, or any right against a labor and material bond on the job. This covers you against their check bouncing - release is only effective after the check clears the bank.
    1 point
  42. What a great post Alan! Have to admit we don't chime in much but read the discussions here like it's our sign bible. Erik truly does have a big huge Neon target on his back. Where else would we get the facts and opinions on everything from sign magazines, associations and all other sign politics? Just read the recent post on UL. All other avenues drive on a narrow road and don't want to lose out by driving anywhere else but in middle of the road. Erik pretty much says what we are all thinking. Or put better, what needs to be said. We have told him at t
    1 point
  43. 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.
    1 point
  44. Don't sign it. You're giving up your only guarantee to get paid. You're supposed to be getting paid after your completion of the work you were hired for BEFORE they get paid. They are in a bind because you're being used as a extension of their "line of credit" and using you in a way their not supposed to....maybe dragging payment from 30 days to 60...90...180 days In my state Subs need to be paid within 30 days by the primary contractor and as a Primary Licensed Contractor CANNOT wait to pay subs before a customer pays them. Primaries are supposed to s
    1 point
  45. Oh boy, trouble came back
    1 point
  46. Call the guys over at Piros Signs. They used to do the Shell work in the midwest.
    1 point
  47. Yes, the one shown in the bottom image is from Light Efficient Design, and this is the one I have used the most of. I get them from 1000Bulbs.com, who by the way have excellent customer service, shipping and pricing. Bonehead
    1 point
  48. Bryan; Heed Paul's advice. Why is a painting company handling sign removal? Sears is toast so once the signs are down, you could be twisting in the wind as Paul suggests. Be careful........ Peace Out
    1 point
  49. OK...technically you can not reprocess the sign once its installed on the property or building. You can get into more trouble than the whole thing is worth. Here's my late dads solution....indicate that there is defective material on the sign and it may fail...Need to take back to the shop to work on it....Say you will have it back up asap....and when they call..say sorry its taking so long..we are working on it...and oh by the way...it must of slipped by...but did you know you have an overdue balance. We have done it a few times over the years and my dad did it to an attorneys wi
    1 point
  50. Big huge re-welcome back to MET Laboratories Want to get away from the out of control, over regulated, Tyrannical Underwriter Laboratories??? Then MET Laboratories is your less expensive alternative that can do the same for listing your electric signs according to OSHA. UL is no longer the only option. As many know who have been in our industry for some time knows UL has gotten waaaaaay to far out of control and lately has nothing better to do than make up new standards for component manufacturers to go by, useless change of standards that does nothing more than cost US/YOU money! Whe
    1 point
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