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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jeremy092288, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Jeremy092288

    Jeremy092288 Member

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    Hey fellas,

    I work for a construction company in southwest Florida. We recently decided to change the name of our company and hence redo all of the signage on our trucks and equipment, (including over 200 dumpsters). After researching what the local sign shops wanted to redo our signs, and researching how much it would cost for us to do it ourselves. We decided to do the latter, as it was only a bit more and then we could use the equipment for a profit. Well, since I was the resident IT guy and I knew the most about computer design and printers and such, I got stuck with this job. So anyway, I have been slowly but surely learning the tricks of the trade. However, I can't really teach myself everything. So I was wondering if each of you could give me what you feel is the single most important tip of the sign industry. The Do's and Don'ts so to say. Anyway, I really like what I have seen on these forums so far. You guys do some amazing work.

    Thanks in advance
    Jeremy
     
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  2. Service Sign Co

    Service Sign Co Very Active Member

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    No thanks necessary, trade secrets are for people that are in the trade, we don't know what equipment or software you are using. Ask your boss for a raise before you venture into the world of signs
     
  3. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    'nuf said . . . !
     
  4. Jeremy092288

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    ??

    Using Mutoh 1204 Printer and Graphtec Cutter
    Flexi 8 Software
     
  5. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    call the SIGNS BY TOMARROW...and ask them to help ya......)))))
     
  6. ghetto_cowboy

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    way to welcome a new member....a$$holes
     
  7. Jeremy092288

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    Ok, well i see the mood here is pretty sarcastic, or at least i hope it is haha.....

    Anyone else have a Mutoh 1204? What are the maintenance requirements..... and does anyone know where a good cheap place is to buy ink and supplies for it at? Fellers does not sell ink for the 1204.
     
  8. Jeremy092288

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    Also, does anyone have graphtec cutter settings for Oracal 3551RA vinyl?
     
  9. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    I want to renovate my house but after seeing what my local
    construction company's quotes are, I've decided take the plunge
    and do it myself.
    Can you tell me where I can find cheap building materials and maybe throw
    in some tips and advise on building an addition??

    I don't offend easily....but your avatar blows.
    Great first impression Sporto!

    Support your local sign professional!
     

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  10. freehand

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    I had a customer who took a print for car wrap from me, but wanted to install it himself, while it is cheaper.
    Also was quit comfortable to ask for advice and tips HOW to do that. Should i offer him a hand to make it together? As a friends and Christians?
    Is it a big sin i refused?
    Will i go to hell?!
     
  11. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    Hey if you come and put a new roof/soffit & fascia on my 1930 Cape Cod I will happily tell you everything I have learned in 23 years of making signs, both hand painted and vynull.
    I might even give you a few design tips!
    Sound like a plan? I am pretty good with signs but I suck at construction.
    Love....Jill
     
  12. GregT

    GregT Very Active Member

    I'll add a welcome...but trade secrets are trade secrets.
     
  13. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK.

    I do a lot of my own work because I think construction companies charge too much. It usually is not the best quality but I get it done for less.
     
  14. Service Sign Co

    Service Sign Co Very Active Member

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    I remodeled my house, had to buy the paint,but the tile was free
     
  15. Jeremy092288

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    Dale, I just bought one of the #1 big squeeges from fellers after seeing it on this site..... so far I love it. I still have some learning to do but it is really great for quickly applying vinyl to corroplast..
     
  16. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    welcome to a outstanding forum and people

    well ya hit a sour note with us, guess we are tierd of seeing customers becoming sign shops I know I am

    but since your well on the way pick up some trade magizines like ....Signcraft ..Ft Meyers is home of it... it also has some great..... books to read ..which is a great way to learn

    hope ya stick with it ..the sign industry is the best, and you'll find some of the best people


    git r dun
     
  17. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

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    welcome from Dirty Jerzee....my Parents are down in SW Florida as well.
     
  18. Jeremy092288

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    Sorry guys, I didn't know this was a sore spot. I guess it only makes sense I wouldn't be too happy if sign companies started doing construction. Now all of the hostility makes sense.
     
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