Opening a Hydrographics Business Step by Step

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  • MidOhioHydrographicsMidOhioHydrographics Posts: 9,644Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    Very nice! I would suggest running that line in behind the legs. You’ll be right up against that thing and I think it’ll get in the way.
  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    What is the Inside dim on that?  4ft or so.  Looks really nice
    ID is actually 33x58 at the plate but 36x60 internal...
  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    Ok got it dialed in...this thing is RIGHTEOUS...I do believe it all has to do with the piping....you need the volume...


  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    Very nice! I would suggest running that line in behind the legs. You’ll be right up against that thing and I think it’ll get in the way.
    Nope...not in the way at all...
  • MidOhioHydrographicsMidOhioHydrographics Posts: 9,644Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    Volume is 100% key. We have a 1.5” line running to ours on its own branch directly after the refrigerated dryer.
  • WileECoyoteWileECoyote Posts: 6,701Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    I am gonna mention a lovely phenomenon that plagues sandblasters in the northern climates... Static. When it gets dry out, static will build up on your body while you work. Eventually it will discharge to the nearest ground source (usually a grounded airline made of copper) and at the height that thing sits at... would be an invigorating experience to say the least.
  • MidOhioHydrographicsMidOhioHydrographics Posts: 9,644Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    ^^^^ 1000%... my guys always complain about it. I've heard running a ground wire from your gun helps discharge it. But we get zapped quite frequently.
  • WileECoyoteWileECoyote Posts: 6,701Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    Ground wire on the gun never helped. Use a wrist ground strap and it will discharge before it builds up too bad. Not going to prevent it... But much less.
  • WileECoyoteWileECoyote Posts: 6,701Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    Either that, or insulate (electrically with rubber or a spray on coating) the front of your cabinet. I have seen arcs jump a few inches inside the chamber... It's kind of unsettling
  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    Yes we are working on that...the main thing was to get the darn thing online first and in a reasonable way so we can upgrade our airlines if we need to...we do not have any production using the cabinet yet but even if we do? I don't think it will be in the numbers like the regular contracts we have now...

    I have heard a wrist ground works pretty good...I have access to sheets of rubber insulation called "Rubatex" and we can always attach that to the front of the cabinet...grounding the bolts on the gloves seems like a good idea...

    But yea I am working on it...
  • LibertymanLibertyman Posts: 968Member, Business Ninja ✭✭✭✭
    @K2Concepts jimbo, what did that thing run you? Pretty nice big guy... nice job on the piping too
  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    @Libertyman It was $1758 plus $310 shipping...I think it was a pretty fair deal...it’s not perfect but I just could not bring myself to fork over $4800 for a BadBoy that was not as big but probably had some more bells and whistles...

    For $5000? I was going to build it myself...still think I could have...but for $1750? Nah they can do the hard part...I can just tune it up myself...
  • MrGrayMrGray Posts: 4Member
    @K2Concepts thanks for the info. Can I ask about the size of your business? Obviously if you're renting something at those rates the business must be banging, or at least have some serious potential. Are you full time with employees? As a potential newbie to hydro dipping, I have no idea what the market is like. Do you only do customer's requests or do you do bulk items to sell? I'm trying to feel this thing out before I jump. Thanks
  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    @MrGray Business fluctuates but I don't feel comfortable sharing the gross receipts on the forum. I only have my wife and 2 sons working in the business and that's all I want so obviously we do enough volume to pay them.

    I have had up to 17 guys and 7 trucks in my HVAC business and I just am not cut out to have employees...I raised my children and don't want to raise other peoples as well...especially full grown adults...lol...

    But yes my sons are about as full time as we can get...they usually work 4 days a week and 4 hours a day...we like the freedom the business affords us. We only process items and do not sell anything except training. We are a production company but will take in custom work when it comes in the door...

    Any other questions and you can PM me...welcome to the forum!...
  • WileECoyoteWileECoyote Posts: 6,701Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    @MrGray Producing in bulk and trying to sell it never works, someone likes the print but not the color.

    Taking customers off the street is slow death, you will kill yourself to make a customer happy, and the job amounts to $30 worth of profit.

    Production is where its at. All else is just an expensive hobby. Obviously there are exceptions to this, but they are outnumbered 10 to one by guys who are already dead, but just don't know it.
  • MrGrayMrGray Posts: 4Member
    @K2Concepts thanks for the answers. Wasn't trying to pry and honestly didn't want anything really indepth. Just trying to figure out what exactly are people in this for. I don't mind the hobby idea, expensive or not. At least this one could make money as my other hobbies only seem to eat it. It seems between you, Mr coyote, and the nice person from Ohio, this forum will be my go-to when I get started. I can't even begin to try until my family gets settled in at our new place in Alabama, in June. I appreciate yall's help. Take care. 
  • smedlinsmedlin Posts: 1,996Member, Business Ninja ✭✭✭✭✭
    MrGray said:

    you, Mr coyote, and the nice person from Ohio,

    bahaha.... he's new. and he already knows who's the nice person, and who's....not so nice ...

  • WileECoyoteWileECoyote Posts: 6,701Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    Dang... they are on to me.
  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    Uh huh...
  • K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,575Administrator El Jefe
    Ok since you are almost never done...ask @MidOhioHydrographics...finishig the exhaust ducting that I started a year ago...
  • MidOhioHydrographicsMidOhioHydrographics Posts: 9,644Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    Never done. And now about to move into a new building and start over... wby do i do this to myself!?
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