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wizzy00 last won the day on January 22

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    Dave Churm
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    Wizard Signs
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    Hamilton,Ontario, Canada
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  1. Crane Certification Update?

    Here in Ontario Canada, I have my 0-8 ton sign erector crane ticket. I used to teach a course on it, and you would get a license with the provincial logo on it. Outside sources started to teach, the course ie "Smooth Operator" .We had one situation where an installation crew was working by the MOL building (Ministry of LAbour) and produced one of these other source tickets and were shut down. Since that time the Province has gotten out of issuing them, but expect all the crane operators to have them. But anyways I have my government issued license since 1993, I have been asked to produce it twice in that period of time, I imagine if an accident really did happen they would ask me to produce it then. As i said I taught the course, and at the regional sign show here, I guy who works for a safety group told me , that i need to be tested by their company to be legal now. I asked what their experiance they had in crane safety and told me very little. I checked with the province and they told me me I was legal , and because they teach the course and issue a certificate, they also could be legal, being that the onus would fall on them and the operator that had the accident. On another note here , our cranes can be inspected by competent person once a year. Define competent? The government says as long as a competent person as documented it, it is legal.
  2. Painting jewelite with Krylon Fusion

    I really can't see why it would be a problem. I thought it was designed to be used on plastic. Try it and find out.
  3. Aaaargh Aluminum prices

    Hi Everyone. A lot of your aluminum come fro us in Canada. Now your wonderful president has decided he might be adding a 10% tariff to our aluminum coming into the US. I understand the Canada provides 90% of the aluminum to the US. He has also talked of adding 25% to our steel also. AS of right now all these tariffs are on hold as long as he gets his own way with the NAFTA talks. If the NAFTA gets cancelled both the US and Canada will hurt. Since much of our raw materials is exported to the US to made into items such as parts etc. and then shipped back to Canada. Expect it, to get worst. Presently here in Canada, I have been filling in part time (I have been retired for 8yrs) at a sign company, that due to costs is started making his fillers out of steel and having them galvanized. Honestly I do not agree with it, its like going backwards again. Good Luck everyone on both sids Dave
  4. Swing Sign Hanger Brackets

    Thankyou Paul
  5. Swing Sign Hanger Brackets

    Thankyou everyone for the replies, I just realize that I had a replies after finding that this was going into spam. I will follow up on your suggestions. Dave
  6. Help, !!! Took on a retrofit of an old Coca-Cola keystone sign to LEDs. Noticed the hanger brackets were paper thin. Swing sign. I could probably make them, if I had to. Is there a supplier out there, The material is 1/8" x 1.1/2" steel with a twist. Thanks Dave
  7. 5 degrees here today YUCK

    In the old days I put a 110v, hot water heater element in my 85 Skyhooks tank and tied heat guns to the electric motors and ran everything off the generator. It was 40 below and were sent to Calgary. I can now officially sing the 40 below song. The greatest asset to dressing for the winter is insulated coveralls, hoodie, toque and good insulated boots. Used to dread on jobsites where they forced you to wear a hard hat. After getting frost bite one year on the fingers, I have never found a good pair of winter work gloves. Any you guys in Alaska have a choice. Thankfully now 65yrs old and after 40 years of doing installs, I don't have to go out. But always bring any installers i see coffee.
  8. As operating and teaching the sign erectors crane course here on Ontario. Other comments were correct about the rigging, special attention should have been addressed to the power lines, angle of boom a factor. The other possible problem was where the the site had been excavated, was the area of the outriggers, stable and compacted soil. The forces on the crane and surrounding soils would be great. due to weight of sign, angle of boom, length of stick. Dave
  9. Install Only Company

    Hey Brian I operated a sign and service installation company for 36 yrs. I did very well, but had excellent accounts. I had a couple of National Sign Companies, who we had an agreement that I got paid in 30 days with the 45 being the max. In return they got my instant attention and a better rate. What I have learned, You need a line of credit large enough to sustain your business. Many companies will hold off your payment until they collect from their customer. Just remember you are not a bank, you need your money too. Normally I made it clear that its 30 days, 45 days I'm on your A**. I have been told , by my clients when I want payment, that they will not use me again and that is fine with me. I lost one major retrofit account with a National here in Canada, because I would not install any more of their signs until I got paid, of course I had a lot of their product in my yard. They owed me 50K for over 90 going to 120 days. I do need clients like these. I am proud to say one of the large banks here in Canada, (The Royal Bank) has asked me to mentor other businesses. Just remember, watch your accounts receivable, preferably COD or with a good deposit. Sign companies who hire you to do the install, receive a deposit before manufacturing, You must be part of the deposit also. You have a skill that is in great demand and should be able to make a decent living off of it. Dave
  10. Las Vegas ISA 2017 - How it was

    Low attendance, could be to the bad exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollar. I'm with Eric on this one a new venue has long been over due. I remember the shows being in Phoenix, San Antonio, Washington etc. where we would make it a family trip as well to explore the sites, sounds and foods of the area. wizzy
  11. "Rope" (Border) LED

    A lot of the other posters are right, If neon is manufactured and installed properly, it should last a very long time, As for border LEDs , I have installed many of the Sloan product here in Canada, with no issues. The only thing , I don't like is that you are limited to your radious and must read their installation requirements religiously. Dave
  12. New Truck Gadget

    Not recommended in the city unless you set up shower curtain LOL
  13. GVW & Crane trucks

    Hi there I have sold many new cranes for manufacturer of old. I was told that manufacturers often bought the chea=est truck they coulod find to keep the selling price to the conumers attractive. Meaning by ordering a truck with a heavier GVW meant [paying more for the heavier springs and etc. Take my advice, always over spec your truck. We figured there would be about a ton of extras added to the truck in the way of tools, ladders , ballasts, with out adding the sign to be installed. A truck pushing its max or over GVW (gross vehicle weight) creates a lot of premature wear and breakdowns, always try for the heavier truck. The company I assist here in Canada (i'm retired now) has an L60 on a 26,000 GVW truck has these constant problems, excessive tire wear (cupping especially onn the rear) , spring breakage, and the rear wheel bearings and seals. I get around our over weight laws here by registering the truck as a greateer GVW, have been fined or caught yet, The other L60 is a 33,000 GVW truck with no problems as of yet, a lot nice truck to drive, none of that top heavy feeling. On the same kind of topic, the engines I believe do not have enough HP for hauling a trailer, for with an Elliott with mininum deck space a trailer is always required. In short stick your neck out and order a truck with heavier suspension and HP, you'll thank me in time. Dave
  14. Free Night Surveys! Whooo HOOO!

    A certain National signs company with plants in Vegas and Saltlake City, wwere trying to sell franchises at Our Canadian SIgn Show. I was astounded at what they wanted $50,000 US ($75,000 Canadian) and pay them a 6% Royalty. They wanted me to do night patrols, contact the customer do the job and pay them the royalty. What they would do for me is teach me how do do the night patrols,m how to approach the customer and use their name. Hardly make sense, when this is is what we should be doing if we need the work, to patrol at night, and deal with customers who know your business , trucks and crews locally. I don't think thjey sold any franchises, the guy at the booth looked really bored.