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Everything posted by eugene@signmakershc.com

  1. 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.
  2. We use Oracal, have used it for several years with good results, laminate with Oracal 290.
  3. I've been using Cyrious for 9 years. We are a small shop, 6 employees, full service shop, everything from vinyl to hi-rise signs. Much better than what we had before, price books that we made with a spreadsheet, electric and custom projects all estimated by me figuring everything by hand. It takes a great deal of time to input everything into the system, but the accuracy of what you get out is a reflection of the effort and thoroughness of what you put into it. I also customized some of the pricing forms to work better for us. Makes you much more consistent on pricing, no matter who is do
  4. 3M's information says ambient temperature and face material should be at least 45 degrees. Also says if it is less than 60 degrees you will probably have to re-stretch when temperature climbs above 60. I've found it extremely hard to get wedge clamps on when it's cold, especially when it is a vinyl face. It usually takes twice as long to puts the clamps on and stretch it in cold weather, and you probably didn't bid it for the extra time. I've got 5 hi-rise flex faces to install right now and my customers are agravating the crap out of me, but I refuse to do it this time of the year.
  5. Been extremely cold here in Kentucky. Had slick road several days so far this year. We've only worked outside 5 1/2 days so far this year and we had the entire month of January booked in early December. We have installs out the wazoo and about 40 service tickets, everyone's complaining, but tough shit. I don't put my trucks on the road when it is slick, and I won't ask my guys to go out in weather I won't go out in. They'll just have to wait.
  6. Anyone know who manufactures the Culver's Restaurant signs?
  7. Anybody know who builds the Wendy's signs. I need to give the state highway department a replacement cost for moving a Wendy's sign for a road move.
  8. Anyone know who makes the Sprint signs? I am needing a new sign face for the Sprint logo in a set of channel letters.
  9. anyone know what type of tensioning system this is? I have a customer requesting new flex faces in a sign. All of the clamps are laying in the bottom of the sign, who ever put the last faces in, just used screws to fasten the faces. Looked like shit from day 1. This used to be a KFC sign.
  10. southernsigns, we have been profitable from day 1, with the exception of 2011, when we had a break even year. I just had my first full weekend off since the first of last October, actually took four days. Spent them with my son, brother and friends, attending a Nascar race weekend, consuming a lot of adult beverages. Feeling much better, didn't spend any time thinking about the business. But this week will be a bitch, have to make up for the days I was off, plus all the new stuff that will be coming in. I used to love to work and enjoyed lots of it. Now not so much, pretty much dread se
  11. Wish hiring another person would relieve this situation. But it's not that simple, really need another crew, that means another truck, inventory and tools. At my age I just don't want to go in debt. I'm debt free and have been for awhile, no desire to ever go into debt again. Also trying to find decent help is almost impossible. Part of the reason we are currently in this shape, was it took me almost 7 months to find my latest hire. Either they can't pass a drug screen, their driving record is so bad you can't insure them or they don't really want to work. Interviewed numerous people, c
  12. Anyone else suffering burn out? I am absolutely wore out, tired of the continuous hassles, customers that expect us to have it done done before they even know what they want. For the last 2 1/2 years we have worked 6 days a week, most every week, and have even worked a few 7 day weeks. My week's average at least 75 hours and I am getting too damn old for this, the last few weeks just dread getting up to go into work. Everyone expects immediate responses on everything. I get requests for quotes on new signs and structures at 4pm and they say they have to have it no later than 9am the next
  13. I agree on the Graphtec. I have two that run all day everyday. Never a minutes trouble.
  14. Chubby try McHenry Industries out of Youngstown Ohio. I've used them for several projects, decent prices and good quality. My contact is Shannon Kays [shannon@mchenryindustries.com].
  15. Something seriously wrong here. Been in business 35 years and get behind over permits? The total including fines was only $2249.00. A business that is 35 years old and can't come up with that is circling the drain. Don't know how they got away with it for almost 4 years. It would never happen where I live & work.
  16. Me either. And if I won't do it, I won't send my men out either. I won't ask my men to do something I myself am not willing to do. That includes any kind of conditions.
  17. We haven't worked outside the shop since last Wednesday. Wasn't near as cold last week, but cold enough that everything was frozen. I had customers complaining last week because we hadn't gotten to them. I'm now 10 days behind and I had a full schedule to begin with. This month is going to look rough on the books. Six people here and we may have turned $500.00 thru the vinyl shop since last Wednesday.
  18. It was -9 when we got to work this morning, windchill -27. I know that is not that unusual in some area of the country, but it is really cold for here. We were shutdown on Monday & Tuesday due to a snow storm. We had 13-15 inches here (a big snowfall is 3 inches for us) on Monday and an additional 3 inches on Wednesday. We couldn't even get out of our driveway at home until Tuesday afternoon. Some employees didn't make it in until Wednesday afternoon. Too cold to work outside, just cleaning and straightening the shop, about to run out of things to do.
  19. I use Cyrious software. It can do all of your invoicing, statements, estimates, inventory, etc. It is not cheap, and it takes a lot of work to get every piece of material you use in the database. I've been using it since 2008 and can't imagine doing without it now. But there was a learning curve for my employees. Took a good 6 months to get all the kinks out and missed items input. It makes price increased much easier. If vinyl goes up, change the cost of vinyl, and every product that uses it will reflect the the cost and price. This is not just for vinyl shops, it can price anything.
  20. Gave an estimate and got a PO to do a local install for an out of state sign company. Pulled the permit and sent it to the company over a month ago. Happen to go by the site this morning and noticed that the install had been done. I've never had a company do this to me before. I will be contacting the city to cancel the permit. That permit is tied to my electrical license, if something was done wrong, there is a fire, etc, I am liable, because my name is on the permit. Anyone else had this happen to them?
  21. I need help. I've got to put new faces in and existing sign. Pulled one of the retainers when we did the survey and looked at the retainers, didn't pull all of the retainers. The top and bottom clips are rusted beyond use. Anyone know where I can get these?
  22. We have been swamped for the past 20 months. Everyone keeps telling me how lucky I am that were are so busy. But being busy is one thing, swamped for months on end is another. We can't even catch our breath, don't have time to service trucks, etc. I have people upset with me because I can't get it done quick enough. I'm someone who has always taken great pride in meeting my customers deadlines, and this is driving me crazy. How does everyone else handle this? Do you just let the complaints go in one ear and out the other? Do the best you can and let the chips fall where they may? I co
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