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Sign Lady

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    LED Components - You Should Be Worried

    Great post Erik! Some folks (Democrats) are upset about the "war" President Trump is having with China (and others). I say it is about damn time! Every President before him has tip toed around what they have been doing trying to appease them for whatever reason. The big dog is in the house now, and he is kicking down some doors! I say HALLELUJAH! It's about damn time!
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    I spend hours and hours and hours (days) drawing sometimes on one project - it's typically those customers that end up not purchasing the sign! Drives me NUTS! I have been kicking around the idea of starting to charge for the design time before I present the drawing to them, but I have asked around and no other sign company around here charges for artwork, so I'm still torn about what to do. But I think it's unfair for me to spend days and days on a project design and the consumer not expect to have to pay something for that time. Especially those that don't purchase the sign and take my design to the next sign shop to have it manufactured!! Thoughts?? If sign design was all that I did like you, Matthew, I wouldn't even start on a design without some form of payment up front as a deposit and I wouldn't let my design leave my hands without a form of payment for the balance that couldn't "bounce"! If design was my livelihood, no way would it leave my office without payment in full unless it is someone you trust a whole lot!!
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    Collecting a debt

    Very sorry that happened to you. Wonder what in the world he did to have the IRS seize everything he owned?? That's crazy! Hopefully he didn't own the properties where the stores are so you can file a lien on the property so the actual owner of the property will have to pay you. Not really fair to make them pay, but better than you losing all of that money!! Best of luck getting paid.
  4. Hey guys & gals! I have a long time customer of mine that is actually from New York, but has a bunch of properties in my area that I maintain for him. Great guy/group to work for. He has a sign in the Buffalo, New York area that needs to be replaced at a mall he owns. Please either PM me or send me some recommendations that I can send to him that could take care of that for him. He is a great guy, but he expects first rate work and nothing less. Of course I know all of the folks on here do nothing but first rate work!! Any help to help my customer will be greatly appreciated. He also pays VERY well!! Thanks! Angie
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    Recommendation for Work in NY

    Fantastic! I think this will be enough for him. I will pass everything on to him and have him get in direct contact with you, if that's okay? Thanks! Angie
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    Recommendation for Work in NY

    That would be great! I know he is going to ask me for some references. He trusts me a lot, but since I am not there to over see things, he is going to want to make sure it would be just like I am there.
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    Can't fix stupid

    Just when you think you have seen it all ....... You haven't. Unbelievable.
  8. Thanks for the info!! I will add this to my list of bad eggs I get from The Sign Syndicate.
  9. I get e-mails from them almost daily with trucks listed for sale, but have never contacted them. SO thankful I read this today. That's why I love this website. You can always find the truth here!
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    Aaaargh Aluminum prices

    Amen & hallelujah!!! Yes, OUR wonderful President! And he is wonderful!! Someone that finally has a backbone & could care less about the PC crap of the past. These Countries think they can tax and tariff us to death and we are supposed to just sit back and take it up the tail pipe and not reciprocate!!?? Not anymore! GYNORMOUS trade deficits all around. We have somebody in there now that is standing up for business people - and the rest of the Country - and letting those Countries know we will no longer be taken advantage of. NAFTA is not a good deal and has let other Countries walk all over us. I am all for trade, but it has to be fair and equitable for ALL parties, not just everybody BUT the United States. This President gets that! Thank GOD! Yes, we may have to pay a little more until this all shakes out, but I pray he holds Canada and everybody else's feet to the fire until they make a good deal for both parties. Let the deal making begin! Our U.S. aluminum and steel manufacturers will now have a level playing field instead of having to shut their doors. That's a good thing!
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    Aaaargh Aluminum prices

    We typically don't get political on this website, but I can't wait to see the responses this gets!! LOL
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    Aaaargh Aluminum prices

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    Aaaargh Aluminum prices

    Just curious - who is your vendor? I need some 4' x 10' sheets for a job I am currently doing, and I haven't been able to find it for that kind of price! Last I ordered that size the price was $150 a sheet!
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    Aaaargh Aluminum prices

    That sounds like price gouging to me. Just saying. I am checking with my vendor right now to see if they have had an increase. I ordered some aluminum last week and the cost was the same as it was the week before. Just checking with them to see if it has changed since I ordered last week. I will let you know.
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    Swing Sign Hanger Brackets

    I ordered one from the sign bracket store and it would not be in stock for 2 months! So you will probably find it there, just a matter of if it is in stock or not. We ended up having to manufacture ours.
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    Flex Face install in 30° temps

    If you install below 45/50 degrees you are going to have trouble down the road when it warms up. I actually much prefer even warmer. I don't typically like to take flex face installs in the winter for that exact reason. Some customers don't want to listen to your expert opinion, they want their sign done right now. I don't want to be responsible for something I warned them should not be done in the first place. As soon as it warms up and that face warms up, it is going to relax every time. Nothing you can do to stop it. You cannot pull it tight enough to prevent it - especially if the material is 28 degrees or less. If the customer insists, do like others have said and CYA by having something in writing that you warned against doing it and are not responsible when it happens.
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    Hyundai Signs For Sale

    Hey guys and gals! I have a very unusual question. One I haven't been faced with in all of my years in business. I have a customer that just purchased signs for his Hyundai dealership a couple of years ago - between that time and now, he built a new dealership here in town. Between the time he purchased his new signs and finished construction on his new dealership, they changed logos and what their signs look like. He said had he known they were going to do that he would have never purchased these signs because he knew he was going to build. Hyundai naturally didn't tell him either. Since they changed everything, they wouldn't allow him to use his almost brand new signs for the new location. So, with all of that said, he wants me to put his old signs (photos attached) on the internet to see if I get any bites to purchase them so he can try to recoup at least some of his money. Do you guys know anybody that would be interested in purchasing these kinds of signs? Photo 130553 is of an "arch" that goes over the door. It is constructed out of ACM panels.
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    Site Problems signing in?

    No, not since I sent that message. I don't even have to sign in now! LOL - As always, you are the best!
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    Site Problems signing in?

    Me! LOL - But it could just be this old woman losing her mind.
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    Hyundai Signs For Sale

    Yeah, I asked him all of those questions because we have had to do the same thing with signs we have taken down in the past. We took these down directly for the dealership, not a National account. I told him I had never been approached to do this with a Corporate sign like this before, but he says he is within his legal rights to sell them. I hope he has really checked. If not, it is on him. I don't think we are going to find anybody to buy them anyway, but you never know. I really appreciate you responding to me, Travis! Have a great week!
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    5 degrees here today YUCK

    I have people bitch all of the time because I won't send my guys out in down pours. They always say "electric companies do it" - I always say I refuse to put my guys out in something I wouldn't go out in myself and sure not going to take a chance of getting one hurt. Workers' Comp insurance is high enough with no claims. Can't even imagine what it would be after one. Glad to know I'm not the only one that thinks that way. I wad beginning to think based on what they say that I'm the only one!!
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    5 degrees here today YUCK

    I don't send my guys out in bad weather either. I don't require them to do anything I wouldn't do myself, and working on electricity in the rain or extreme weather is one of them. My customers raise hell all of the time though, so I need some customers like yours!! LOL
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    5 degrees here today YUCK

    I thought that, and throwing her off that ladder!! First thing I thought.
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    The problem with ours is we haven't been able to find anybody that will service the dang thing!! So we don't even know what part we need. I am sure Gerber would send the part if I knew which part I needed. In the past we haven't had a problem finding somebody to service it. But since some of these service companies split apart and or combined they stopped servicing Gerber and only service the newer stuff.
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    Yeah, I'm sure if I were looking today for one, I likely wouldn't do Gerber for the same reason. I haven't researched them in a long time, but they were the router to buy when we bought ours. We will probably eventually replace this one so all of this information is great to know!