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PhillipM

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  1. At the indoor malls, no permit of any kind is required and the malls have not required me to add them on the insurance yet. They probably just haven't thought about it. New malls here are all outdoor set up to look like a faux village of some sort and the municipalities do require permits even though the signs are not facing a street which I find odd because I thought the whole premise of having a sign code was to make everything pretty while driving down the road. Electrical varies. One 'burb requires an electrician sign off on the permit, another has a spot for me to sign saying a lice
  2. The Glantz rep came through town making the circuit and promoted Glantz Dynamic Solutions and gave me this flyer. http://www.nglantz.com/PDF_DOCs/Glantz_DigitalSignage.pdf He said all I had to do was sell it and they would install it and set it up. I found http://www.glantzdynamic.com/, which contradicts the rep a bit by saying there is "Ten Simple steps to becoming an approved Samsung/GDS dealer". Has anyone here any experience with this? I may can pitch it to some sports bars around town if it can broadcast games as well as menu specials.
  3. I've had one for years, the only problem I have had is the wires were not soldered to the internal brass pieces of the cutter handle well and caused an open in the circuit. I spent forever cleaning the contacts of the push button switch till I figured out the real problem.
  4. My carrier is dropping the whole category and I'm not finding many that freak out when I say electricity and bucket truck. What's the best options out there for a small company?
  5. One of your guys called me today. 8' x 20' pan without a seam is impressive.
  6. Hooters competition showed up in town. They are working on a Lone Star I de-identified when it closed. Can i get a name drop for who has their national account? TIA
  7. We have a national account forum for these types of questions. http://www.thesignsyndicate.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6107-ainor-signs-inc/
  8. $3.00/lb for copper? I just took some insulated wire and they only gave me $1.68/lb! Rocco, I don't install used transformers either but have sold some regular type transformers from time to time to walk in's, but never a PKBM.
  9. If I act like a union, I go to federal prison for extortion. d) Whoever, with intent to extort from any person, firm, association, or corporation, any money or other thing of value, transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to injure the property or reputation of the addressee or of another or the reputation of a deceased person or any threat to accuse the addressee or any other person of a crime, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.The statement about how unions are written into laws in NYC is about quality
  10. I've been upgrading some Office Depots lately and after salvaging the old letters from scrap I have over 100 good used PKBM type transformers I'd like to sell to someone other than to the scrap dealer for 10 cents a pound. I have 3k, 6k, and 7.5k in the mix. How do you get rid of your old working transformers?
  11. Went on a neon service call and they said their wall sign had been out for weeks, all exposed neon. I determined the transformer was dead and proceeded to get in the attic on a nice hot day. My flashlight was weak so when I peered in the transformer can with no lid it took a second to determine what was moving. Maggots on a dead rat! I abandoned all that and sold them a new transformer, enclosure, and wiring!
  12. I get a few of these a year and the pleas typically go, the fire department won't come, the animal control won't come, and the humane society won't come. Please help, my cat has been in a tree for 3 days! I tell them my standard rate and they wail more and tell me it's their children's cat and they are crying etc. The last one that I refused to go after for free was "rescued" by a tree trimmer that managed to let the cat fall 25' or so... but he was the hero, he got her out! Do any of you do cat charity calls?
  13. At least I live in a free state with liberal concealed carry laws. I'll shoot back!
  14. I was thinking about the ever rising price of fuel and figured the best thing to do is buy it when it's low and if the market dips, buy some more. A local fuel wholesaler will bring a pump and 1000 gallon tank with spill containment box (for lack of better term). Has anyone figured out a cost / benefit for this?
  15. I wonder if he contacted the primary or the secondary? We'll probably never know. On a related note I picked out a pair of Thorogood boots because they carried an electric shock rating... well that and because I'm 'bad to the bone', lol!
  16. I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you!!! ISA doesn't get any of my money.
  17. Since my business has turned to contract installs and maintenance I've gone from basic Quickbooks to the contractor edition. We do our own payroll in house using Quickbooks which updates any changes in the tax code automatically. I've not had any problems with it crashing.
  18. Anytime the government dicks around with the free market it costs consumers more money. If solar and wind can't compete, then they should not. Over the last few years on the highways around here I would see these huge nacelles for wind turbines, it took me a bit to even figure out what they were. It was no surprise when I inspected one at a truck stop to find they are made by GE who's CEO has Obama in the back pocket of his green pants.
  19. They claim to be experts at making sites for sign companies, a niche market if there ever was one. Has anyone dealt with them other than their webinar? http://www.signpresence.com/product/
  20. Nice. If I'm going to be there for a long while I have a 175w mh lamp in a housing with a diffuser lens salvaged from an inflatable gorilla. I hate working in the dark.
  21. I bought a Milwaukee combo pack at Home Depot for $200 a couple months ago consisting of an impact driver, drill, charger, and two 18v Lithium Ion batteries. I should have bought more as now they sell just the drill for $200. The little impact driver gets grabbed most often. Both come with an LED flashlight built in that is very handy in dark attics. http://www.milwaukeetool.com/tools/cordless-tools/m18-cordless-system/m18-cordless-lithium-ion-%C2%BC-inch-hex-compact-impact-driver/2650-21
  22. Do you have a controller to run 4 neon transformers that switch based on the beat of music for a club? The one I put up isn't holding up to 10 hrs/day, 6 days a week.
  23. Does anyone know the path to become federally certified as a first responder?
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