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  1. where I am there is a lot of tenement buildings with standard yale style locks on the doors, a huge amount of these properties are rented flats for students so If I cut coined keys with the shop details on them I get a lot of repeat customers for both the front door and the properties themselves. I've using JMA at the moment and they seem ok.
  2. I just use water with a spot of washing up liquid in it for lube, I use an 8 faceted diamond and get great results, though they do tend to go from brilliant to dead with no warning.
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    can you send me a picture of them please 07801 162 526 cheers les...
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    Paper bags

    I still use paper bags, all finished work that will fit in a repair bag go in a dookit on the wall with 9 separate spaces with the ticket stapled to the front numbered from the last digit on the ticket 1 to 9 (0 in same place as 9 as long as there's space) It just looks more professional to my eye and is the way I've done it all my working life carrying on from my dad. It's a ball ache if customers come in without their ticket but at least their names are up front and centre. Get my bags from Colledge these days.
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    Three for a tenner? Really?

    Same up here in Edinburgh, they keep opening pods in car parks within striking range of their own bricks and mortar shops, it's eroding the bonus for the managers and staff in proper shops and they're getting P'ed off with it... I have a Johnsons 200 yards along the road in a Sainsburys, I know the manageress well and any key stuff they couldn't manage her and her staff would send them to us, when T's took them over she told me she wasn't allowed to recommend me for keys they can't do and have to point them to their nearest T's shop which is at least 2 miles away. When we had a foot of snow a couple of weeks ago the city ground to a halt, no buses running T's staff were told that they had to make every effort to open their shops, if they couldn't get in they had the choice of taking the day off as annual leave or not getting paid. Investors in people??... lolololol
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    Three for a tenner? Really?

    people are idiots, a woman came in " how much for 3 Yale's", I'm £3.95 so I says £11.85, so with a smirk on her face she says "Asda 3 for a tenner." I said "so you're holding a multi national, multi billion pound company's cheap deal over my head for £1.85 when this shop is my only source of income"? "Well I never thought about it like that" They're £11.85 for three, do you want them or not?" "OK, here's £12.00 I'll go and wait out in my car" I cut the keys, waved at her to come in and she waved me to come out to the car, "here's your keys and here's your 15p change" "just keep the change" "No, take it, nice car by the way", (brand spanking new Audi TT £30K+ probably) "oh yes it's very nice" "and you tried to haggle with me for £1.85, see ya...!!" I have seen her several times since with shoes and keys, she admits that she never gave it a milliseconds thought that small shops should be more expensive than big shops but now shops in the high street as much as she can... I blame that wee mockney #### Dominic Littlewood, I saw him on TV recently telling everyone High Street shops are ripping you off and you should haggle for everything, he even boasted about haggling over a bottle of ketchup and was proud as punch he got 20p off of it claiming everyone was having a great time while he haggled, try that in my shop you dick. What a tosser...
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    Mastergrave universal machine service

    Mastergrave do still support the universal machine, Matt recently made me a new switch panel for mine which he posted out and I fitted myself. some parts for my 1999 machine are obsolete, I've lost one of the rollers which worked the curtain (for want of a better word) which stops swarf from entering the workings in the head but it's easy to keep clean...
  8. Hi guys, does anyone have a spare set of heat lamps they're willing to part with?? Mine have given up the ghost I think. cheers Les...
  9. That’s great info Dave, I have a RW4+ box, most of the ones I get asked for are the disc type of the teardrop shape. Worth getting a couple of the SKS SCD fob to try, Cheers...
  10. thanks for the advice, I can get one of those machines from SKS, I phoned for advice and they were helpful enough so I'll do a bit market research before I decide to invest a substantial amount of money, had my fingers burnt before with knee jerk decisions
  11. I have had yet another phone call for electronic key fobs, they seem to be everywhere in the city now on all the new build flats. can anyone fill me in as what is available to small shops such as myself to enable us to make these fobs and what the legal implications are please. thanks...
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    Carbide cutter sharpening??

    good to know Marino...