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About bonehead

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  • Birthday 04/12/1948

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  • Name
    Mike Welch
  • Company
    Welch Sign Co.
  • Job Title
    Janitor & CEO
  • City & State
    Kansas City MO
  • Gender
    Male

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  • Company Type
    Full Service Shop

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  • Contact Number
    913-831-4499
  • Address
    Merriam KS
  • Equipment
    Hammer, duct tape, hot glue, thumbtacks

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  1. I'm retired now, after 50 years in the business - 36 years running my own shop. Everyone is spot on about the problem of finding qualified help. Or even unqualified help for that matter. There isn't room enough here to write all of my thoughts on all of the problems in this industry, so I'll just pass on a recent observation. I happened to see a help wanted ad from a sign company, something like this: "XYZ is the premiere leader in the Kansas City sign industry, and we're looking for partners to grow with us" Candidates must be a team player in a fast-paced corporate environment. Should have a degree in rocket science, be able to lift 80 pounds, be proficient in Corel, Adobe, Word, CAD, vinyl and wrap installation, knowledge of neon and high voltage wiring, welding, (Stick, Tig & Mig,), layout and design skills, have a CDL license, be able to back up a 30 ft. trailer, operate a crane, know about fluorescent and LED lighting, not be afraid to dig foundations in 90 degree heat or work over 100 ft. in the air, , experience with every kind of hand and electrical tools, excellent customer communication skills, and able to leap over tall buildings with a single bound. Starting pay $14.00 per hour. Funny. Good luck to you all.
  2. I was with Nationwide for many years, but at renewal time they got a brand new underwriter. I wasn't supposed to see the emails from her to my agent, but he forwarded them to me, possibly by mistake. The new underwriter told my agent that it was very suspicious that I had full coverage on all my trucks, since my financial statement indicated that they were fully depreciated and thus had no value. I found it difficult to believe that an adult in the business world had no clue what depreciation is. After I got done laughing, I found another insurance company, which worked out well for me since they were quite a bit less money. Every time I hear the commercial "Nationwide Is On Your Side", I still get a chuckle
  3. Eddie, I have a question. You say that a new cabinet would better meet today's codes. Would you mind expanding on why? I was of the opinion that these signs were pretty well made, and produced to meet codes in any jurisdiction, since they were shipped to almost everywhere. Specifically what codes have changed that would make these signs non-compliant? Thanks
  4. This looks like a retainer off of a Phillips 66 sign. I don't have any of those signs left in the boneyard, but I'll bet if you could find out who was making the 66 signs, they could give you a good clue. Good luck with it.
  5. So, Travis - - - any luck yet? Can you give us an update?
  6. Whether or not the IRS seized his assets should not negate his debt to you. A lot depends on the contract wording, such as what remedies will be available in case of a default. Usually the original contract should specify what will happen if you don't get paid. If he's a corporation he might be able to hide his personal assets. I really hope you can get paid. Good luck and keep us informed if you can ...............
  7. Gary, thanks for the response. I did ask some of the local suppliers about the value of the old glass, but they couldn't give me any idea. They did put me in touch with a large shop in Florida - they are offering a pretty nice premium over the price of new glass, and they want all of it. As far as the equipment itself, I'm working with a local guy who wants to buy the whole plant, so I'm pretty sure it's sold now.
  8. Thanks Gary. I think that's a good idea. Appreciate the input. Do you think you could give me an idea of what value to put on - say, a full carton of 15 mm x 6500 white - (new, old stock)?
  9. Hi all. I'm getting ready to sell my neon equipment, and a local bender wants to make me an offer on all of my old glass. This is all the older leaded type glass, and I have about fifty cases of mixed colors and sizes plus a couple of cases of mixed exotic colors, some 5' tubes, mostly 4 ft. Can anyone give me an idea of what this might be worth? This is probably a tough question sight-unseen, but any advice would help. I had been told there might be some value in this glass since it's leaded. Thanks in advance - Mike
  10. Travis asked about warming up the hydraulics. I bought a 12 volt electric car seat warmer and wrapped it in a plastic trash bag; zip-tied it around the hydraulic pump and reservoir. Got an SJO cord wired straight onto to the truck battery, runs up to the warmer. Plug it in before we move the trucks outside and unplug it at the end of the day. Looks silly as hell, but it seems to help quite a bit.
  11. Travis asked about warming up the hydraulics. I bought a 12 volt electric car seat warmer and wrapped it in a plastic trash bag; zip-tied it around the hydraulic pump and reservoir. Got an SJO cord wired straight onto to the truck battery, runs up to the warmer. Plug it in before we move the trucks outside and unplug it at the end of the day. Looks silly as hell, but it seems to help quite a bit.
  12. You guys in the warm climates don't know what you're missing.
  13. Brian. I feel your pain - but you get no sympathy from Kansas City. I'm wearing so many layers I can hardly move around. Cool thing, though - I bought a 12 volt heat blanket that I put around the hydraulic cylinder on the ladder truck. Keeps the fluid warm. And, sometimes I wrap it around me.
  14. Just recalling a story from not-too-long-ago: Our shop used to be pretty competetive, and we would (passively) try to keep up on what our competition was doing. On one occasion, one of my install crews returned from a job and reported that they had seen XYZ sign company installing a channel letter sign. My guys said they watched XYZ for almost an hour, and that during that hour they (XYZ) only got two small channel letters installed on a masonry wall. I didn't want to be mean about it, but I had to ask: during that same hour, which crew got the most work done? After a little introspective head scratching, I got no reply to my question but everybody got back to work. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from Kansas City.
  15. This looks like something I used to do for fun. I was trying to make a clear argon/mercury tube 'sparkle and zap' just like this - I took a tiny pinch of some very fine aluminum filings and dropped them in the tube before pumping. While pumping it looked absolutely crazy. After pumping, it looked just like this. Burned really hot for a while, eventually sputtered and burned completely out. Based on that little experiment, I would speculate - just like the others above - some sort of contamination. But my guess would be something with a metallic content - possibly some very fine airborne metal particles? Good luck with it, and best regards. Mike
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