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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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Like everywhere else if you're very fortunate to be busy during this shut down, some business's are still willing to upgrade their branding in these slow depressing times We removed some outdated retail signage and upgraded them to their current look. I know, this is normally just an average channel letter sign....*Yawn*......but what's unique is the lighting system that powers it at night. The Illumination? BrightON II 24v constant current NOT constant voltage ....LEDs instead of the industry typical 12v LEDs for half the amperage across the wir
    1 point
  12. Have you looked at France Power Supplies. They now have a 5P/5L warranty with other LEDs? Just saying 🙂
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  14. Tim is a top notch guy. I have one of his 10' platforms, in fact the top photo is of my guys installing some channel letters. I've had it since 2013. Great for installation work, especially if you have the jib in the basket, only need one truck on the install.
    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. Cool plotter Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. This was such a huge inspirational story. Thanks for the sharing it with us Erik.
    1 point
  22. We came through the recession, and although we had used all our cash resources and had finally seen our staff dwindle and had to stop providing most of our extremely generous benefits, we felt hopeful. Sadly, some of this hope was because many competitors who had badly underbid us to the point where they could not actually provide what was required to complete their contracts, went out of business. We were still standing although badly battered. Now, we hope to also survive, but again, it is sad to hear that some of our possible success in doing so will because we will have less competition. C
    1 point
  23. U P S means................ Under Pylon Sign Same Day, Next Day Any Day Service That's real drive thru service.
    1 point
  24. 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
    1 point
  25. 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
  26. Thanks, we are hoping for this to be over soon, we had a big pipeline that abruptly got put on hold.
    1 point
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Another good book (out of print so you will have to search for a copy) is Sign Structures and Foundations "A guide for designers and estimators". it was a Signs of the Times book and the author is Peter B Horsley. The copyright date on mine is from 1984. I did a quick google and there are some copies out there. It's a great book to help you to get basic footing, wind load, etc. calculations using basic math - no calculus required. Way back when we road dinosaurs to work, I made a spreadsheet using it and have been using that to get me pretty darn close for freestanding signs f
    1 point
  33. 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 v
    1 point
  34. What do you think... I think we owe Erik an Appreciation Day for being a truth warrior all these years and standing up for the rights of sign people everywhere. Let's be honest it's not an easy task taking on that responsibility, taking the fiery arrows and taking the risk. He is speaking the truth and freeing us from the propaganda of the entrenched corrupt self serving corporate interests that continue to try to dominate us and take over the sign industry and other industries. When we speak the truth we are freeing one mind at a time. Thank you Erik! You are a truth Warrior and True America
    1 point
  35. 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 #.... 😫
    1 point
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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.
    1 point
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
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  44. Oh boy, trouble came back
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  45. Call the guys over at Piros Signs. They used to do the Shell work in the midwest.
    1 point
  46. 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
  47. All I can say is WOW ! I guess they will not be celebrating 4th of July, or any other American Holidays anymore
    1 point
  48. 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
  49. Normal supplier cannot handle these, looking for someone interested on bidding 4", .6" stroke reverse lit polished letters....
    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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