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    Funny business...this repair/job/do anything/ shop I'm running now. One minute your so busy you wish you could run and hide. Then you have a couple weeks of nothing...building shop fixtures and picking away at a golf ball escalator.
    Then the cold snap hits...I know why it's called a snap now...and I'm starting to like the cold....things are breaking left, right and center.
    Had a broken frame repair on a Jeep yesterday...all day job for pretty good coin.
    Then today the tide started to roll. Right now all the other shops are sending me the really tricky or real ugly jobs they can't or won't do.
    Start the day...a badly broken and often repaired cast bull gear from a sawmill. Goin to be good bux for that. Then a guy comes in and needs a special propane feed pipe shortened...cool that we are the only tig specialists in town! Minutes late a duct cleaning outfit comes in with a 3 1/2 foot diameter fan that has the center all broke out...thing weighs 110 pounds and spins at 2500 rpm. Could have taken out the whole side of the truck They just caught it in time. Cost of a new one=a healthy bill from my company to yours and they love us!
    Guy with the Jeep comes back...he likes our work and wants a custom winch bumper built!
    A week ago I almost called the fab shop I worked at to take him up on his latest offer for another supervisors job.
    But there's nothing like pumping work out of your own shop...done the way you want it done...with an employee that you trained from a pup.
    I hope the good keeps going. I'm learning a whole bunch about patience that I never had before. Have to treat the gurl with patience...anything she does wrong means I didn't teach her right.
    I'm not an a$$kisser so I'm sometimes a little blunt with customers( the gurl rips me a new one everytime I do this). I have to work on that a bit...but it seems to me, the best customers are the ones who trust my abilities and go for what I throw at them. The others are usually looking for something for nothing...or next to it.
    But you know what? I always feel I have an ace in the hole. It's this board full of geniuses! I'll tackle almost anything and I know if I get into a pickle...you guys will bail me out!
    The little box of welding rod I bought today... $205, the double fill tig gas I bought today...$287...this board...priceless!
    Russ (just veggin out after an extremely stressful day)
    I have tools I don't even know I own...

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    Geez Russ take it easy or you might end up with a full time jooooooobbbbb!

    Gosh,Canada sounds a lot like here,everybody waits until two minutes before they need something fixed.Company from out of town is here installing some machinery in a local plant.They have been keeping me busy on the weekends making things fit.Last was a batch on conveyor frames 16 in all precisely cnc machined 3/16" too tall Rush,job,weekend,ASAP.......cha-ching!
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    • #3
      Geez...look who chimes in...one of the genius guys I was talking about!
      Good to hear you're busy Darin!
      I have tools I don't even know I own...

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      • #4
        D...BTW...looks like I got that little turret lathe and a nice old Wells bandsaw from the same guy. Can't wait to get that saw. I like my little 4X6 swivel head saw but man...it's slooooow!
        I have tools I don't even know I own...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by torker
          But you know what? I always feel I have an ace in the hole. It's this board full of geniuses! I'll tackle almost anything and I know if I get into a pickle...you guys will bail me out!
          The little box of welding rod I bought today... $205, the double fill tig gas I bought today...$287...this board...priceless!
          Russ (just veggin out after an extremely stressful day)
          I hadnt thought of it from a pro/businessmans point!! And, man, you gotta be right!!

          I had sang the praises of this group in the thread "welding quandry" by BigBoy, (in which you shared some valuable first hand experience) thinking only from the HSM/newbie angle. but you 'pros' can benefit a whole bunch form the same info that I get! ---or, even ask a 'dumb' question too....(at least mine seems dumb to me most times, specially after I see the solution)
          If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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          • #6
            Bill...don't EVER feel dumb around here! Just read all my posts from years gone by...I've prolly asked the dumbest questions ever. I felt stoopid asking some stuff at first but now it's "balls to the wall". I'm not scared to ask anything here anymore. I will continue to ask and learn here. I like this place cuz there;s little of the "pro" attitiude you get at other boards. I have enough aggrivation in my life...I don't need to put up with somebody's attitiude who thinks he's better than me cuz he spun handwheels for a living. I admire what he did but I'm a little different from average folks. I'm 53 this year and am still a pig for knowledge like I've been all my life. I love the internet...I've learned more here in a few years than I have the rest of my life. I want to be able to anything anyone asks me to to do..welding, mechanics, woodworking, leather work (horse gear), gun repair, logging/sawmill situations, home repair, auto and motorcycle racing...I love it all. Probably not a good thing in hindsight...what was that..Jack of all...master of none????
            Russ
            I have tools I don't even know I own...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by torker
              Geez...look who chimes in...one of the genius guys I was talking about!
              Good to hear you're busy Darin!
              Russ I have been called lots of things,but genius?

              I just need one more tool,just one!

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              • #8
                Darin...I like yer "head cozy"
                I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                • #9
                  Must be something in the air. I keep getting "requests" in the last few weeks. I turned them (almost) all down, because I can pretty much make more money for less overhead in my day job, and they are also clamoring for more hours than I feel like giving them. I did take on a relatively simple welding job for the guy who is single handedly responsible for the hookups on about half of my tooling "SCORE!"s, and that half are by far the best ones. Recall those chucks I got for near nothing last week? And the nice scraped CI surface plates? That was him.

                  And the other guy, my (something like a) mentor, the guy who lets me borrow his Mori Seki; he had a couple of crashed cutters (guys in his shop) in the last week. A while back he had his welder TIG up some face mills (I don't have a TIG currently) I bought cheap with pocket damage, and he said he really liked the job I did re-milling them. So, he asked me to do another expensive cutter that got chewed up when an insert shattered. He like that too, so when these got messed up, he thought that instead of scrapping them, he would get me to mill them. Having HIM, a guy I very much respect in many ways, ask me to do that for him; THAT alone made the job worth doing even when I'm otherwise buried! I obviously refused pay for that one too.

                  I guess it comes down to, if I need to get paid to make me want do it, I won't do it. A friend needs a special tool to transfer holes through a boxed frame, never considered taking the money offered. Same friend is adapting a steering column/shaft from one vehicle to a different sector, needs an adapter, no charge. Quick-break-down knock-down high power rifle target for a friend who is a range master at the local range (and gives me access), no charge. I'm happy to help and my satisfaction with their appreciation is worth more to me than they could ever pay. Average Joe, friend of a friend knows I have a shop and wants something, even willing to pay, I got no time or interest... <shrug>

                  Anyway, good to hear things are looking good for you. I know things were a little "iffy" for a bit, and you were worried about the move, but sounds like your on the rise now. One day maybe I can leave the rat race and do something similar.

                  Good luck and have fun!
                  Russ
                  Master Floor Sweeper

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                  • #10
                    Nice one Russ, very glad to hear that things are going so well for you.
                    Out of interest, are you advertising your services, or does the work come in from word-of-mouth? Whatever it is, long may it continue.

                    And you're so right about this board. Apart from the little spats that go on from time to time, there is such a wealth of information available on here, and all freely given without anyone needing to bolster their ego in the process.

                    Peter

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                    • #11
                      I'm not an a$$kisser so I'm sometimes a little blunt with customers( the gurl rips me a new one everytime I do this). I have to work on that a bit...but it seems to me, the best customers are the ones who trust my abilities and go for what I throw at them. The others are usually looking for something for nothing...or next to it.
                      No don't bother working on that, spend the time on something worth while.

                      Good customers will stand any abuse if they are getting a good job done.

                      True story.

                      Boss of one firm rings up, he's 72 and can't stop working.

                      "Sorry John, didn't mean to ring you, hit the wrong speed dial button"

                      "George have you ever thought about voluntary euthanasia ? "

                      "Fück off !".........click......................


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                      Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                      • #12
                        Russ, I feel your pain,It seems they come out of the wood work in the fall and winter. Make the Cash when you can ,there will be a day when you can Pick and choose the jobs you take,But for now work the 25 hour days charge accordingly ans save some money,don't buy on credit.

                        Hope this helps.
                        P.S. I want to see more photos of the "Gurl".

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                        • #13
                          Does us all a bit of good to hear of someone having a good ride. Don't worry about your altitude with the customers, I think John's right. Besides that, it allows them to start rumours like "he's a first rate machinist but a sob to work with." That's advertising plain and simple Hell, you might even notice some of them start to get excited when you abuse them!! If any of them start to moan things like "oh man, yeah, do it again!" then you know you just got the go-ahead to double the bill.
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