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  1. We have a Skyhoist SX60 mounted on a 2001 Freightliner - works like a champ. The problem is getting CDL drivers - they are almost as hard to find as sign electricians. And the crane license. 2015 Elliot L60 mounted on an International - the truck has had some issues but under warranty for the most part. Again, needs a CDL driver and a crane license. 30' Fiberglass bucket truck (Ford F450). Works for some of the shorter/smaller stuff we do. Our biggest issue isn't with any of our trucks, but paying for the licensing requirements for the drivers/operators is killin' us.
  2. Crane Repair Service 1002 Valley Ave NW Puyallup WA 98371 253 848 9473 They fixed our SX60, and yes, the brass bearings were really worn. I know it's a way to go for you but you might give 'em a call.
  3. Neon is a symbol of Seattle's past. What will illuminate its future? The city's most iconic signs are losing their vaunted glow to LED replacements. But not everyone is giving up on neon. https://crosscut.com/2019/09/neon-symbol-seattles-past-what-will-illuminate-its-future This was a great article, well worth the read.
  4. Nothing wrong with uniforms, maybe bright fluorescent pink...
  5. We are training our own guys since we can't find any licensed electricians. And that's working ok, it just takes 2 years for an electrical trainee to get the hours they need to apply for a sign journeyman test (Wa state). We pay well and have benefits (medical, dental, flexible hours, paid vacation, year end bonus and a great work environment), but there are some people who just don't want to put forth any effort. Or job hoppers - I would not consider hiring someone who's had 4 different employers in the last 18 months. I received a resume from someone who's had eight different jobs in 18 months - each one lasted about two months. Job hoppers will leave you in a heartbeat, no loyalty and no concern about the equipment they work with or the company reputation.
  6. Wow, some envy here! That emissions crap will be the death of us....
  7. Just another cost for the customer - and where there's landscaping, there has to be water, even in the Pacific NW. Plants die in the summer with out it. I don't object to the landscaping, I object that it's the responsibility of the sign company to do it. Should be part of the occupancy permit. (and if the customer doesn't get an occupancy permit, we can't get the sign permit issued).
  8. So our local county is forcing us to provide landscaping for monument signs - can't do just grass, there hasto be "shrubs and evergreen ground cover". They are insisting that this be done before the final inspection is requested, if it's not done they will charge an additional inspection fee. Has anyone else run into this? What did you do to comply?
  9. Our prayers to the son and the familys - especially those witnessing the tragedy.
  10. I've worked here for 20 years and this is the best job I've ever had!
  11. Sign Journeyman Electrician / Serviceman Hanson Sign Company, located on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State, has been in business since 1964. We are known for the great care we take with clients and employees alike. The Sign Electrician will be responsible for ensuring that sign installations and service are executed to code and meet company standards. Specific Responsibilities include: Troubleshoot sign issues and determine repair requirements Install various types of signs and hook up to electrical circuit if required. Operate with safety as primary concern for team, customer and self Job Requirements: Journeyman Electrician in Washington 04-Signs or 01 – Commercial. Out of State applicants can check the requirements at lni.wa.gov/tradeslicensing/electrical/licenseexamed/licensecert. Click on Electrician. Valid driver’s license with Class B CDL for airbrakes Professional appearance and personality Must be willing to work in attics, crawl spaces and aerial lifts. OTHER ABILITIES: Safely ascend and descend ladders. Regularly lift and/or move up to 40 to 50 lbs. Good mechanical skills set, such as: working with hands, tools, climbing, good sense of balance, bending, kneeling, crouching, etc. Job Type: Full-time, some overtime and travel. Hours are 7:30am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. Salary: Depends on experience. Benefits include 100% paid Medical, Dental, 401k, paid vacation and holidays. Drug testing and employment physical required. Contact: nancyb@hansonsigns.com
  12. We call our customers, but when it comes to prices, we email. Ya gotta have a paper trail because customers will hear you say "$1000" firm when you really said $1000 plus permits/tax.
  13. I bet the business owner did it.... trying to save a buck. "Penny wise and pound foolish".
  14. Washington State has had the rule on their books for quite a while. But what's up with the certification classes? when our guys first took the class, they had two days in class room and the third day they took the test, then had to schedule to take the practical test. $1800 each. Now it's five days with the test and practical, and $3000 each. And everyone I know hates the practical - it's a timed "course" and you have to speed thru it to pass. I kinda think all these crane rules did was create a new niche market. Someone is making big bucks.
  15. Wow - what a well documented story! It's just mind blowing that one a** can cause so much problems. And why would he care? Just a power trip-and no one to stop him (or no one in the government who cares). Our tax dollars hard at work.
  16. This is the pic, not a bad sign but hard to read. I have no idea what this business was, they were'nt in this location for long. It's hard to see in the photo, but the edges of the print are starting to peel. (I downsized the photo to attach it here). I agree about the installation tabs, it's a horrible idea. I'm hoping people who buy this stuff do a little homework about what they are buying and how it's going to be installed.
  17. As soon as they download I'll share, but they aren't great photos. Hey, you should check out the "faux neon" channel letters...
  18. We have a new customer who needs a new sign face at an existing business. The existing sign has a Sign Monkey sticker. The clear vinyl is delaminating and the sign is in poor shape. They have these clear little tabs that stick off the back where it was installed. The little tabs are so you don't have to open the face to install. When I looked it up on their website I was floored. They say right on the website that their signs don't need an electrician to install, they have cables that can be plugged into the next letter, then the next and so on. They are even ul listed. In Washington State, if it's electrical you have to have an ELECTRICIAN install it unless it has a regular plug in (like a hanging window sign). Has anyone else seen this? Thoughts? I'm really uncomfortable how easy they make installing look, when we all know it's not that easy.
  19. Sorry I didn't see this earlier - my previous post was fron 2014. We sold that truck last year and I no longer have the manual. Sorry!!
  20. Oh, I should have said I earned it, but God blessed me with everything I have! Like the will to work for what I want ...
  21. It's all BS - I was in the Navy for 8 years, 10 years as a secretary and now 19 years in this sign shop. You want equality? Do the job! Want a raise? Do the job! Deserve a raise? Ask for it! If you don't get what you deserve, find a job where you will. Just stop blaming other people. I'm sure there are situations/companies that really work that way. I guess I've been blessed not to be in that situation. There were some instances in the Navy where the "old guard" called me sweetheart and made inappropriate comments. I stood up for my self and called bs on it. The one guy who didn't quit got reported to our superiors (chain of command, it works) and then he quit. Retaliation? Nope. Our leadership took effective action and shut him down. Maybe this "Womens Day" was to call attention to women all over the world that are treated as second class citizens - not equal to their male counterparts (I don't know the real issue, I missed the memo)? How does our "support" by not going to work help these women out? wouldn't it be better to find organizations that support helping these women and donate a day's pay to them? I'm not entitled to anything because I'm a woman. I'm entitled to what I earn because I work for it.
  22. We put these in for one of our customers who has an old sign with chasing lights around part of it - over a year and no issues. Our customer is very happy not to be changing light bulbs every 3-4 months. They are much brighter than we thought they would be. Well worth the initial cost!
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