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05-15-2008 09:51 PM

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While running equipment in my shop today I missed an important phone call because I didn’t hear it ring. I was just wondering how others deal with this issue. Whether you use a very loud ringer/bright light etc. Knowing the wide expanse of experienced woodworkers here, I just know someone has the answer I am looking for or need.

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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Randy Sharp

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#1 posted 05-15-2008 10:34 PM

Slinters, Radio Shack has a inexpensive flasher that can be easily connected to your phone. It strobes brightly and is hard to miss. Check it out. Should fit the bill perfectly.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#2 posted 05-15-2008 10:43 PM

Cell phone on vibrate + ring. I can still feel it with shop noise present.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#3 posted 05-15-2008 11:15 PM

Ditto Tom

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#4 posted 05-15-2008 11:44 PM

Tks for your responses guys….I do the vibrate on the cellphone and that does work very well…suppose I should have clarified that it was the landline that I was asking about.

Randy – tks for the response…sounds like exactly what I am looking for…

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#5 posted 05-15-2008 11:57 PM

My first woodworking boss was hearing impaired. When the phone rang it set off a strobe light. The silly thing was he still could not hear well enough to talk on the phone. It was a great way to see the phone ring over the loud machinery.

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#6 posted 05-16-2008 12:39 AM

How did we get along before cells phones? It took me awhile, but, I finally got over the phobia of thinking I HAD to answer the phone.

Yes, I know someone will always have a 911 or something…but as far as business…well….the older I get, the less urgent things need to be. The universe is not going to collapse because of a one day delay or something. Guess I’m just tired of clients and stuff thinking everything is so urgent.

“Go slower…you’ll get a more harmonious outcome…” [some movie I saw.]

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#7 posted 05-16-2008 02:07 AM

I hear ya Catspaw! What ticks me off is to be in line at a stores cashier and they answer the phone to help that person before waiting on me. Heyyyyyy…I’m actually here in the flesh! And the phone call is more important for what reason???

<gets down off soapbox.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 05-16-2008 02:12 AM

I bought a unit that flashes as well as rings from Grizzly Tools. It works great.

-- Bob C

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#9 posted 05-16-2008 02:45 AM

Next time your second or third in line call the cashier on your cell and move to the front of the line. I like the strobe I don’t need anymore noise.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#10 posted 05-16-2008 03:07 AM

I have my phone in the shop for my safety. I don’t generally answer it when I’m working in the shop – because that’s my time. if it’s important they’ll leave a message, call again or come over. I’m very protective of my shop time.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#11 posted 05-16-2008 05:39 AM

Three years ago we went to cell phones and got rid of the land line. I clip my cell phone in my shirt pocket and put it on vibrate when around a lot of noise.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 05-16-2008 02:07 PM

Why not use an answering machine? Then you’ll not miss any calls.

Another thing would be to “forward” your landline phone calls to your cell phone. “Call Forwarding” is a common service provided by your phone company…You might already have the service.

I for one, hate to be disturbed while working…unless of course it’s by the Swedish Bikini Team.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 05-16-2008 02:17 PM

I work in a sales office and on a normal day get about 60 phone calls and hundreds of emails with some person wanting something RIGHT NOW…so when I am home or in the shop I don’t even pay attention to a ringing phone. Heck at the house I bet one of a thousand calls are actual for me….....

We have dish network at the house and I love the caller id showing up on the t.v., that way I can tell my wife who is calling her with out ever getting off the couch!


-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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#14 posted 05-16-2008 02:39 PM

I agree with a lot of y’all on this one. The older I get the less important that *%^$ phone is.
I have a cell phone, and mostly only family calls it. So I usually at least look when it rings to see who it is.
I saw a quote on a secretary’s desk once and it comes to mind now. It read
“Poor planning on YOUR part does not constitute an emergency on MY part”

I’ve missed a couple of fire calls when in the shop. Some things can’t wait such as in the middle of a glue-up and if I miss something else, I miss it. All we can do is all we can do. To me working in the shop is a hobby but requires at times all the attention I can give.

Personally I think I’d opt for a missed phone call more-so than the vibrate. I know I tend to jump sometimes when that dang thing ‘buzzes’ me lol Still got 10 fingers and hope to keep them all attached

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#15 posted 05-16-2008 02:56 PM

Thanks for all the great input…I really appreciate it. For me woodworking is my livelyhood…so if I miss a call it could mean a missed client=missed income…..therefore it is important to me…..I totally understand the logic of the hobby woodworkers not wanting to be disturbed while in their shop….I will be checking out the strobe light/ring this weekend….Thanks again for all the input…

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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