Sailrite introduces new snap fastener

May 1, 2013

Sailrite’s unique new SnapRite System Complete Kit snap-fastener system features a set of four dies that work with any standard rivet gun to install button, socket, stud and eyelet snap fastener components with improved ease, speed and precision. The Complete Kit comes with all needed tools (except snap fasteners). The color-coded dies work in pairs …

Enduratex reveals topcoat Forbid

Forbid, recently developed by Mira Loma, Calif.-based Enduratex, delivers a topcoat for enduring beauty and performance for vinyl products. Forbid dramatically increases stain resistance, while preserving the integrity of the fabric luster and softness. Although it will be the featured topcoat on many Enduratex lines, Forbid does not replace the Enduratex product Produratex, which increases …

DuroAir develops indoor air-quality recycling technology

DuroAir Technologies of Burlington, Ontario, has developed portable air-containment and -filtration technology that fully filters and recycles industrial contaminated indoor air and returns it safely to the indoor air environment. The development has significant environmental and cost-saving implications for several industries including automotive and industrial coatings; clean rooms; swine and poultry barns; as well as …

STA-LOK launches new stemball self-fit terminals

Guildford, Conn.-based STA-LOK Terminals, manufacturer of stainless-steel rigging hardware, has introduced new stemball self-fit terminals for terminating yacht shrouds. Using standard stemball cups (ordered separately), the head size of the reusable stemball self-fit terminal can be increased to fit any mast and spreader attachment. Additionally, it can be hand fitted instead of machine swaged and …

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Shop talk with Barb Czarnecki of Bayside Custom Canvas

How big is your shop? I work entirely out of my home. The area used in my basement is 400 square feet, taken up mostly by my 6- by 16-foot table and sewing machines. I also have another room in the house with a serger and a portable sewing machine that I can take to …

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Handling online criticism

The right—and quick—response can salvage your digital reputation. By Rebecca Kennedy Imagine this: You’re surfing the web some morning, and a flurry of negative posts about your business or product line pops up. The criticism could come from a consumer website, a blog, a social-media discussion or from any one of many other web sources. …

Cushion reupholstery: Making the old new again

In our first how-to article, we demonstrated Trevor’s method for fabricating cushions from scratch by making new patterns. We discussed how this strategy gives the fabricator total control over the quality of the finished product; however, it is labor intensive and also requires all new materials, which can make it cost-prohibitive in certain instances. On …

Tips for better fitting tops

At Hood Canvas, as with any marine canvas shop, we like our tops to be tight and wrinkle-free. To accomplish this, certain rules must be followed in order to get consistent results, regardless of fabrication style. Fabric terminology Getting tops to fit correctly with the proper tension requires an even pull of the fabric fore …

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Marketing in the digital age

Like all things, marketing products and services have changed over the past decade. A typical marketing campaign of yesteryear for a small business involved direct mail, print ads, radio and billboard advertising, flyers, posters and listings in the Yellow Pages. Today, 98 percent of consumers search online for products, services and businesses. The term Search Engine …

Owners share what tools they’d like to see in their shops

By Janice Kleinschmidt Shop owners who have built up businesses from the garage, patio or basement can be proud of their accomplishments. But by their very nature, entrepreneurs rarely stop dreaming. “I would like more shaded space outside for customers’ boats, because I have run out of space inside. We are looking at permits for …