Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2019 • 71 ones were merely pushed into the wall with the palms of my very clean hands (wearing cotton gloves would have been a good idea) and voila!, they were there to stay. There was a custom-made State of Texas star, which was part of that project, and that was done quite differently, but simply. When designing and fabricat- ing that star, the backplate was cut and then tack welded in place. It had two key-hole-type slotted holes in it, which meant small screws (without anchors) would hold it in place. The trick was making an extra one of those backplates to use in the field as a perfect hole pat- tern, since these holes had to be right on the money or the back of the star would not slide over them. The inside the shop prep work for that job, which included using epoxy to bond those very sharp little studs in place did take a bit longer, but out on the job the install was quicker, cleaner and quieter (a bit important when working inside the courthouse). And, yes, it was a much like the way we've learned to install interior acrylic letters and logos we cut on our laser. But, even the way we install laser-cut acrylic letters has changed a little, at least in some cases, and a recent job will serve as a good example of a simple and prac- tical way to install these types of letters and logos, too. Except for a hand-made 3D star, all parts were waterjet cut form ¼" thick aluminum, drilled and tapped for hanging during pow- der coating. The tapped holes were not used for typical treaded studs, but as sockets for tiny nails that would serve just as well and require not drilling in the field. JB Weld epoxy was used to fill the holes, then small nails were pushed in place. After drying overnight, they are going no place. Laser cut poster board patterns were used for accuracy, and as soon as they were in place the letters were merely pushed into the drywall in short order. Smaller letters were installed with double sided tape because of their light weight. The 3-dimensional star was hung on two well placed screws using key-hole style mounting holes in the backplate. The final job is as per- manent as needed, but required no damage to the wall to install, and the work in the field was fast.

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