Sign & Digital Graphics

March '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • March 2019 • 77 self-drilling screws were used to hold everything together. Near the end, my nephew, Jeremy, showed up to hand me the face pan- els so I could stay in the bucket. The securing of the face panels took a lot of screws, self-drilling wide flathead screws that had been bead blasted and powder coated white in advance. These worked extremely well, and I like over- sized screw heads when working with a soft material like aluminum laminate. Previously powder coating them saved the time of having to touch up heads, which would not last like a powder coated finish anyway. Perhaps the best thing about this tinker-toy creation is that except for the main posts themselves, all of the sign framework was aluminum, with a powder coated finish in black that will outlast the signmaker who installed it. The graphics will face or wear out, but faces can be This photo shows how the offset 1" x 3" tubing created a lip to attach the face pan- els to. Top cross member and one "C" unit is in place. After fighting with the first one, I made a tem- porary truss to hold the end units until the lower cross member could be installed. This photo shows the top of the three sections post, and a temporary strap and permanent diagonal brace holding the "C" shaped end unit perfectly square. Here the structural framework is all complete, and it is time to create the internal stringer system that will help hold the face sections in place and seam them together.

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