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  1. I have been charging per square inch, but if I do not have a small piece of vinyl, I end up having to cut it off a wide roll. This has created scrap pieces (which I do not throw out). It's just that my scrap pile has grown and I am looking at it as lost money. what does everyone else do? For example.....customer wants a 6"x6" decal in bright pink. I do not have a small piece in my basket. I have to cut it off a 24" roll. this leaves me with a 7" x 18" piece of scrap and who know when I will ever use it again? A 6" decal will cost my customer $8, but I have a big piece left over, that hopefully I will use, but no promises. Just need a little advice on how to handle this, or is this just something that you have to deal with.
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    SIGNBLAZER HOTSHOT.... do you want it?

    I also would like to know more about this. I lost my complete computer and setup, so now I am back to having to watch the trial countdown again. I lost over 10K graphics, along with all my t-shirt designs and customer files. Had to start over from scratch. Still re-drawing all my graphics.....
  3. I have lost EVERYTHING on my computer. I have no clue where my disk is for my LP24. Does anyone have it? I am desperate and have orders that have to get out.
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    Whats your workspace look like?

    I am stuffed in a 10 x 12 room, with three tables, a cutter, a heat press, four milk cartons of vinyl, a wireless printer, two chairs, a light table and two dogs.............
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    T-shirt experiment

    Very nice idea. Isn't is weird how accidents turn into great ideas?!
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    couple things

    Dan, was that anywhere near Sophia? I used to live in Sophia and much of my family is still there. My grandfather helped organize the unions in the mines before he moved up here to work.
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    How do you know how much to outline or inline

    I start out with a 0.125 and work my way up from there. If I want something thicker, I just Ctrl-Z and re-do it with a larger outline. 0.125 is a 1/8 outline, so work from there. Be careful though, too much outline really take away from the pic. Good Luck!!
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    H2 Recovery Window Decal

    Your install method was interesting. It doesn't matter how we all install the products. As long as the end result is the same. I have to use a step stool to do windshield installs. I split the backer paper in half before I install so I can do one side, then the other. I am only 5ft6in, so I'm too short to work on them without that little step ladder.
  9. I have a spreadsheet that I have created that calculates using their multipliers. If you want a copy, send me a message with your email address and I will send you the excel file. I can't post it here.
  10. I have a folder named graphics. In there I have about a dozen sub folders, such as animals, logos, vehicles, hunting/fishing, racing, tribal, etc..... Then, my graphics are numbered from there. That way, when someone orders from the catalog, they can tell me animal #27 and there's no problem. I also have a folder for t-shirt sayings, they just tell me the number of the t-shirt saying.
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    First paying job

    I had a teenager that LOVED to weed, until she moved downstate to go to school. I cut, she would weed and tape..then I installed. Yes, I was spoiled.......LOL
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    Those look absolutely incredible. I went to study with a guy called The Wizard from Florida. He works with Mike Lavallee. He taught me true fire and the eight layer method. I have only done it a few times, but it keeps getting better every time. YOUR work is absolutely incredible!!!!!!!!!
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    Can't Find this Font

    I have been working for two days and I give up. I cannot, for the life of me, identify this font. The bad part is, I recognize it. Just can't figure out the name. Any ideas?
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    87 dodge ram

    I saw several on Google Images Haven't found anything on Carmax.
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    87 dodge ram

    Forget the graphic, I need the truck....LOL Have you tried Google Images? They usually have some decent pics. I have also gotten nice pics from, of all places, ebay...... Can also try Carmax. They have some really good pics too......
  16. Dakota, You almost forgot one thing....... the hat made from tinfoil....... FBI------pffft Let's just exaggerate the entire incident. USC (Levi) has been in my computer more than a few times and it's always had a good turn out. Maybe, just maybe, the computer the tech was working on had a windows3.1 op sys and the tech wasn't born when that dinosaur was out.......LMAO
  17. Mine does it too. When SBE goes into a "not responding" mode, I simply remove my usb cord and it snaps back. then I plug my usb back in and all's well. Just one of those little stupid things that you have to endure, I guess.
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    Using your vinyl plotter to decorate cakes??

    There is NO WAY you could pay me enough to put any type of food through my cutter. That is one brave soul who decided to put food through a cutter. But, someone, somewhere will invent a cutter that is exclusively for food. Quick!!! Someone patent that idea!!!!! LMAO
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    My WorkSpace.........

    I started with one table. Now I have three and need a few more. You'll see, it starts out little and grows with each passing month. I am nearly to the size for a shop. I just applied for a printer lease, and if it goes through, I have no where to put it......ha ha I need a carpenter to expand my house......LMAO
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    Home based or storefront?

    Working out of the home. Moved my shop into my daughters abandoned bedroom. Have three tables, two 24in cutters, one heat press, one desk, multitudes of vinyl rolls (I need a wall rack), t-shirt inventory, coroplast inventory, two dogs and one cat. I have an old rolling office chair that has just about rolled it's last time across the floor....ha ha Planning on taking bi-fold doors off closet, moving desk in there, for more room. Also, need space for a light table. I have been contemplating taking a drafting table, cutting it out, and installing Lexan on it, with a lamp below it. That way I can tilt it if I like.
  21. Not a stupid question at all! Actually i never knew that you had to do that. I was under the impression that you just laid the vinyl onto the transfer tape and that was that. Simply just apply pressure with the squeegee or is there a liquid application that you must put on the transfer paper first and run a squeegee over it before the vinyl is laid down? Thanks for the helpful tips guys! Can you get R-tape on this site? Smooth it down just like you would if you were applying it somewhere. That seals the tape to the vinyl. Then, when you are installing, turnt the decal over and remove the backing paper from the vinyl, instead of removing the vinyl from the backing paper. I know this sounds silly, but it is pretty important. You tape should stick to the vinyl after using this method. You don't need app fluid or anything like that. That is for taking the app tape off after you apply the decal. Use something like that and your tape won't stick at all....LOL If you aren't sure of a procedure or method, just post here. We'll all help.
  22. Eric, drop this. This guy sounds like he wants to be part of the software police. He has his opinions, we have ours. He's baiting you to get you to argue. Must be having a bad day at home or work.....LOL I appreciate your work, so just ignore this, it's not worth it.
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    Glass Block for a Fallen Soldier

    I absolutely HATE losing our men, women, boys and girls over there. My daughter is 18 and I would be a broken woman to lose her. My heartfelt condolences out to the that family and anyone else who has lost someone they love (or even just liked) due to this war.