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Re: What happened??

Posted By: Neon Ace
Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2009, at 1:00 p.m.

In Response To: Re: What happened?? (Don Miner)

> Well, from my point of view, here are some
> reasons for the partial demise of neon. Lack
> of adaquate training in bending, pumping and
> installations. I have seen some very low
> quality bending, thin bends, bubble welds,
> black stained glass from too much gas in the
> fires, etc. Mercury stains, from excess
> amounts of mercury. I have seen installs so
> poorly done, I was amazed that the building
> had not burned to the ground. Poor or no
> additional insulation through metal conduit,
> definetely a no-no, but some nut at UL says
> that is the way to go! I am not surprised
> that land lords do not want neon on their
> premises. What can we do to improve this
> delimma? There is no magic cure-all for
> certain. We just have to bite the bullet and
> push for better schools for our craft. I can
> remember, back in the 60's when I started,
> there were apprenticeships, where you got
> OJT. But the bottom line now will not permit
> it. I guess it really all comes to on word
> GREED! Just my 2 pennies. 49 years at the
> bench and counting. Pesce, Don Miner

I second that, the poor quality gives us all a bad name. In the overall picture, it's just a few more dollars to use the right componants and do the job right. It's alot less than the cost of a fire or ruining your reputation with poor quality.

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