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General Discussion / Re: Holy tufted button, Batman...
Last post by baileyuph - April 10, 2020, 05:41:38 am
The button hole problem:  You guys encountering this problem - ever find the problem is
primarily due to the build-up behind the cushions, big people abuse, and things associated
with the build-up (spring, webbing and even frame support in general).

I have encountered an amount of this.  Then, to fix that type of problem (tear down being involved),
I just machine fix the hole problem.

I may not be fortunate to find the "issue" is merely a hole problem.

Under factory warranty, which is most of my (not all) work, the time is charged to them.  Even, a new
cover when things get unreliable.  If I don't, we know where the finger will point.

Good luck,
General Discussion / Re: Holy tufted button, Batman...
Last post by gene - April 08, 2020, 04:49:00 pm
Thank you for the reply. I have had to fix a situation like this before. I thought the hand stitching would not hold because there is not much material. I was not sure if gluing as you described was a doable fix. Thanks for sharing your experience with me. It is a confidence builder.

I followed your directions of gluing a backing piece on. No time to get the Mohark but I've got it in my notes so the next time this comes up I'll plan on buying it to do the job.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Air Staple guns - short ex...
Last post by baileyuph - April 08, 2020, 06:02:57 am
My BEA long nose has performed for several years very well.  Like I said, my recent cleaning
and lubrication has it still working.

Like you, however I will look for a rebuild kit (O-rings and what ever). 
I would buy another BEA if it is necessary. 

The long nose is more essential for some of the furniture work.

SENCO - is another strong gun.

I have several of those, and even though all carry the same label, there are some mechanical
differences (comparing the older with the newer guns).


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Air Staple guns - short ex...
Last post by SteveA - April 08, 2020, 04:31:10 am
Does it pay to give employees an allowance to buy and care for their own gun ? 
General Discussion / Re: Holy tufted button, Batman...
Last post by SteveA - April 08, 2020, 04:29:30 am
I don't want to talk you out of your first choice to repair and I guess it depends on the amount of work you're willing to put into this vs the amount you can charge.  Epoxy can work - gorrilla glue is also great for fabrics although watch the squeeze out - less is more. 
Sewing first is better but probably you're only catching the edge and it may not last.  In the Mohawk leather repair supplies they have a backing fabric that can be applied by heat with their liquid vinyl or without heat using their glue.  Depending on if you're removing the OB or using the tufting needle -
I would say remove the OB - glue on backing fabric - maybe a small piece of backing fabric in the front as well - put a few stitches - maybe even one or two same color blind stitches outside the diameter of the button - providing  customer isn't too demanding - the backing fabric is more relaxed than a stiff epoxy repair and it has tremendous hold.
You can also skirt using Mohawk's stuff and be creative using what's on hand to do the same thing.
General Discussion / Holy tufted button, Batman.
Last post by gene - April 07, 2020, 06:55:06 pm
Tufted button came off a leather seat. The leather hole through which the twine goes through has enlarged so the tufted button gets pulled down inside the hole. I hand sewed the hole a bit to close it up but I am worried the button will work it's way down, spreading the hole apart again and fall through. There is a lot of tension on the button.

Can I use epoxy glue to glue the button the the leather? Will this be a permanent fix?

Thanks for your help.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Air Staple guns - short ex...
Last post by gene - April 06, 2020, 05:14:06 pm
I've bought a rebuild kit for BEA stapler twice now. It replaces all the O rings. Worked great both times.

I have a BEA that I use all the time. High end quality stapler. I have a long nose cheapy that I only use occasionally so it lasts as long as the BEA.

Be safe out there.

The Business Of Upholstery / Air Staple guns - short experi...
Last post by baileyuph - April 06, 2020, 06:11:55 am
Straightening up the shop - I became aware there was a several staple guns in a pile.  They were
all quality brands, something like 7 or 8 (air guns).

Maybe it was curiosity, I suppose drove me to hook one up to just see what the outcome would be.

Well, it misfired, so I decided to tear it down - just to see.  Cleaned it up and gave it some lubrication
just to see -- turned out it started working.  This gave encouragement to check all of them and with
persistent cleaning, etc.-- got all of them working.  All but one, which was the long nose. 

Tore it down to check assembly and more cleaning - never revived it.  It fires but just will not reliably
put a staple out.

Looked it over, trying to determine the brand to support acquiring potential parts.  No brand label,
just found something like  a serial number - now I am looking for the manual (hoping to learn the
brand and correct assembly.

Most of these tools would be worthy of new seals and perhaps other parts if the industry was
tuned this way.

Do any of you replace new seals or just go for new replacements?

I never could grasp the mechanical logic of these guns!

My electric gun (I use when away from an air-compressor) is a relatively newer version and
I am pleased with it for a lot of work.

Oh shoot!  I wish sometimes.

Hope every one is going through the virus thing as well as possible.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Covid 19 and Your Business
Last post by baileyuph - April 06, 2020, 05:49:30 am

It is encouraging that your health report is better. 
You have a great nurse.

Stay healthy,


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