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  • Intro from the man with the largest cupboard in Scotland

    Posted by John & Dawn Roddick on October 15, 2002 at 6:49 pm

    Been looking over the site for a while and it’s now time to say hello. We posted an image of one of our jobs yesterday and have been delighted with the response – thanks for all your help. For those of you who didn’t see it, we have just started out in vehicle lettering and are thoroughly enjoying it so far and learning all the time. I have a mate who runs his own business selling commercial vehicles and the majority of our work comes from there. Also I am an LGV driver so mix in all the right circles!

    When we first looked into starting up the business, we looked in a free ads paper and found for sale a cutter, pc and software at a price we could afford. Some of the dinosaurs out there may recognise the equipment – we have a Houston DMP60 Series Cutter and Vinyl Writer software. Any salesmen I have spoken to have nagged on and on about the need for us to buy newer equipment, but so far it’s doing us okay – don’t mend it till it breaks! (Typical Jock). The whole shebang including stock of vinyl, tape etc lives in a cupboard under our stairs – possibly the smallest sign shop in the world (or the biggest cupboard).

    We are learning all the time and may at times ask some very stupid questions but please bear with us. Your help is appreciated.

    Dawn and John (the one syllable family)

    Martin Pearson replied 20 years, 1 month ago 7 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Andrew Blackett

    Member
    October 15, 2002 at 6:55 pm

    any chance I can rent some space in your cupboard?

    my office feels very much like a cupboard at time, no a biscuit tin 😎

    ANDY

  • Mike Brown

    Member
    October 15, 2002 at 7:13 pm

    Welcome Dawn and John…welcome indeed to the UKSG!

    I get more than a few jokes ‘cus I work from a shed! – so your cupboard is likely a lot warmer and a lot cleaner than my place! 😆

    Ask whatever questions you like…we mean it.

    I know others have heard it before but, because I was self taught from day one, it was about 6-8 weeks before I even knew about using squeegees to apply vinyl! – I used to use the flat of my hand! – nut case or what!

    So ask away and don’t be afraid to chip in any conversation you like – sometimes we old pros take things for granted or even ‘stop looking’ as close as we should, so you say what you’d like…just keep it courteous and clean! 😉

    look forward to hearing more from ya’

    more soon

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    October 15, 2002 at 7:25 pm

    Welcome to these Boards John and Dawn. They’re a great source of support and information to newcomers and established businesses.

    I liked the vehicle you posted up yesterday – well done. As Rob said, the bonnet must have been difficult to do with its compound curves- so well done for managing it.

    I looked at your profile but you don’t say what part of Scotland you’re from? We’re based in Livingston, is that near you at all?

    Good luck with your sign business – I hope you find signmaking to be as interesting and satisfying as we do. 😀

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    Member
    October 15, 2002 at 9:48 pm

    hi john and welcome to the site..
    i guess i know that little bit more about you than the others because you joined the buying group “UKSG” a few weeks ago… full marks for taking the plunge. im sure you will be happy with your new prices,,, 😉

    as for daft questions now and again … we welcome them we are all daft 😉
    go ahead make our day… make us feel as if we know somthing ask us how to pop a bubble we dont care… as long as you can read my superb english and top of the class spelling you will do just fine…

    no, really mate if you have a problem just ask we will do our best to help in any way possible. 😀

    as for phill dont let him know your close to him… he will never notice your working from his closet…

    as for mike in his shed… well he used to be in the closet also… but every since he watched graham norten hes decided to come out it… 😉
    and then hide in his shed 😆 😆 😆

    oh i better shut up ive just forgot the guys coming to see me very soon 😮 GULP! better go put his sleeping bag in my shed now and get that dead fox out of it 😉

  • Bob Gilliland

    Member
    October 15, 2002 at 11:06 pm

    All the way from across the big pond, a big hearty “Welcome” to you both John & Dawn. Please forgive me if I don’t always say “cheers”, talk about “dollars” instead of “quid”, and the fact that I spell “colour” as “color”. Also remember, when reading any of my post’s or replies, that I’m the one that is giving Robert a run for “spelling” champion of the site. 😕 😛

    Again, “Welocme” and enjoy your stay!!

    Cheers!

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    quote :

    …was about 6-8 weeks before I even knew about using squeegees to apply vinyl!

    Have you learned yet another trick Mike!? Please, do tell, don’t hold back on us. I’m very interested in learning more about this new “squeegee thing” method when working with vinyl. 😮 😉

  • Lee Attewell

    Member
    October 16, 2002 at 6:49 am

    Hi Dawn & John,

    Nice place & nice folks…you’ll like it here.

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    October 16, 2002 at 10:10 pm

    Hi John and Dawn and welcome to the boards, I hope they prove to be as much help to you as they are to me. As Robert says dont be afraid to ask questions no matter how daft you think they are there is a lot of experience on the boards which might help prevent those costly mistakes, and help you to understand the business a little better. Thursday night is live chat if you feel like droping in. Starts at 9.00pm. How about adding a little more to your profile as well, we are a nosey lot and like to know everything we can about the people on the site.