Sign & Digital Graphics

January '19

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70 • January 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL Next door on the jobsite, Sloan and Juan cut away the old existing sign struc- ture that had been welded in place, and later, after we became suspicious of the depth of the pole in the ground and the integrity of its concrete footing, they set another one next to it for good measure. This was the best way to guarantee the posts and concrete foundation could handle the sizeable wind load this sign would bear. When constructing the large frame- work built with 2" steel square tubing, the crew added a very important feature that I would not have thought of; a pair of receivers or rectangular tubing sleeves to accommodate forklift forks for lifting it into place over the existing pole. This simple feature would eliminate the expense of hir- ing a crane, and the forklift friendly design also meant that moving the sign from WPC to the new tire shop, and holding it in place while the welding was done was simpler and more stable than would be the case with a crane. A forklift was readily available anyway. One significant task that Juan and I tackled together was fabri- cating and welding the two very large raised logos, all made from .090 alumi- num, approximately 5' x 7' in size. The edge depth was 2 1/2" to hide the LED lighting. A top layer in a second color would be mounted offset from the hol- low part of the logo. The colors, powder coated, were basically highlighter yellow and royal purple. Juan and I worked as a team on the first logo, with me cutting the trim pieces to fit, forming them and holding them in place while Juan did the aluminum tack welding all around. But I found myself alone at the shop late one Friday working into the night to make the second one. With only two hands, not four, it was a bit more of a challenge. But with assists from some odd slotted weights I made to keep the edge trim in place and per- After hundreds of tack welds, the first of the large logos is nearing completion with Juan and Rick working as a team, but the second one would be up to Rick to assemble solo. Heavy scrap steel plugs were used as weights to hold the aluminum edging in place to help make the logo fabrication a one-man job. A slotted member to hold the trim in place and perpendicular was welded to each weight. The prep begins prior to powder coating the large logos. The completed frame- work is lifted in place with a forklift for a pre- fitting, but we would add a second pole before actually weld- ing it in place.

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