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  • waiwelser
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    New Guy Intro

    Hi- My name is Gerry, I opened my shop, Wainwright Welding Service Inc. in 1974. Then, I took what ever came my way. Now I specialize in repairing parts for heavy equipment such as booms, sticks, grapple tongs and yokes, do portable align boring and honing, installation of thumbs and other new equipment modifications. I also short run manufacture some products that I developed (electric and hydraulic forklift hitches, hydraulic tub latch attachments for larger forklifts, and a machine for gluing cardboard boxes). I'm equipped to do the whole job in house. I have an Esab burn table, a CNC plasma table, heavy bending equipment, plate roll, two lathes, two radial drills, a vertical mill, a platen table, and a lot of welding equipment (mostly Miller). The only thing I'll farm out is machining work. I found out early on not to depend on other shops when there is a deadline involved. This has been a great life, and I've made a great living. But now I'm old (57), and my knees and shoulders are wore out. My wife wants me to retire, but since I built this from nothing, I'm proud of what I accomplished and can't bring myself to walk away. My advice to anybody wanting to do this kind of work is to always focus on quality. Your customer will remember the quality long after he forgets the price. If you're wondering how I have time to play on the computer, I fell from the back of a truck I was working on, and tore up my right shoulder. I'm on the shelf for 4months.

  • SignWave
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    I dunno....

    My engine is on the bench too.. in peices, Maaaany pieces... the end is in sight though.. Thank the stars.

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  • Noisy Nova
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    Not fair. You'd win. I haven't installed the depth transducer yet, (just the hole in the hull). And anyway, the bay is frozen over.

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  • SignWave
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    Originally posted by Noisy Nova View Post
    I've seen your boat.
    Yeah and...? d'ya wanna trade or not?

    How about a race then? I'll even give ya a head start!

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  • Noisy Nova
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    I've seen your boat.

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  • SignWave
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    Hey Nova!

    Wanna trade boats?!?! Hahahahahahahahahahaaa!!!!

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  • Noisy Nova
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    True, but the motors are in the shop right now getting prettied up. As long as it sits in the driveway, I'm not buying fuel.

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  • waiwelser
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    Whoa, your snow looks as little deeper than ours. I thought maybe you were into Chevy Nova's. They would probably be cheaper than your Nova.

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  • Noisy Nova
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    Yes. Here's the 1969 Nova Marine 24'. (Pix taken testerday)



    And here's the Noise generators.

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  • waiwelser
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    Noisy Nova-Are you a Nova guy?

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  • HMW
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    I bet you'll never stop pittiling. My father retired as a lineman after 32 years. He's now 65 and been retired 10 yrs. He also has had a small equipment repair shop for like 40 yrs. So he stays busy. seems people who work with their hands never really quit, just do what they want when they want. he takes in jobs he wants to do and quits when he wants. No shop hours...ha ha ha If the doors are open, he's open.

    I only live about 2-1/2hrs south of PA, on the Eastern shore of maryland.

    Any rate, get well soon

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  • Noisy Nova
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    Welcome to the site. This is a great place. I've been here 2 weeks now and have learned something every day. I was never a welder, (and still aren't), just the repair guy.

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  • waiwelser
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    My idea of retiring is to disolve the corporation, drop the Ill. sales tax number, and drop the customers whose jobs have a lot of liability attached. Unfortunatly, they are the customers who spend the most money with me. I still love the work, but I'm extremely tired of the unreasonable deadlines and the heartburn I get from them. Dealing with the public is also wearing thin. Most of my customers great (because I dumped the ones who were dificult), but I'm tired of having to care about other peoples problems. I've had my head down, working hard for almost 40 years, and now it might be time to do what I want, when I want. But I intend to still be puttering around my shop 20 years from now.

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  • SignWave
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    Originally posted by waiwelser View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, my Grandad told me that our relatives came from somewhere in Pennsylvania. I'll bet your great grandad made a lot of trick stuff, and used a pencil and paper as his "computer". I'm starting to believe that calculators and computers are robbing people of the ability to think. After saying that, I must admit that Autocad mad me a lot smarter than I really am.
    I read a story of how people who use thier palm pilot or cel phone to keep information have poor memories due to the lack of exercise... I guess it doesnt apply simply to muscle...

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  • SignWave
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    Hi Gerry,
    Welcome aboard! We'll keep ya company while you heal..!

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