Sign & Digital Graphics

March '20

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2 4 • M A R C H 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Before we could get over there and install the sign, there was one extra step that had to be dealt with, and that was securing the required permit so we could do the install legally. At that point everything stopped. The staff at the city, especially through the holidays, admitted they were understaffed and over worked. And though this unlighted sign, a simple replacement of an existing one should have been a rubber stamp job, most sign guys know that seldom happens. It didn't happen in this case either. In fact it took longer to get the per- mit secured than it took to produce the sign itself. Multiple emails, phone calls, online application filing, not quite right so try again, wait some more, try again, call again, email for help… etc., etc., etc. I guess this gave me time to come up with a simple way to conceal the install hardware, which is shown in these pho- tos, and this was done by making a couple of special "hook" brackets to mount to the brick, and routing out sockets for The grain in each board was different, but still worth accenting which was all we wanted by sandblasting. It's time to remove metal parts for powder coating. Special mounting parts were cut on a waterjet from a scrap of 3/16" thick steel. Two "hook" brackets were created to screw in place on the brick that the sign would basically hang on. This photo shows the flat bracket placed over a recess in the sign which the hook bracket would fit into. Two of these were located near the top edge of the sign. The sign was painted, not stained, using a top-quality Sherwin Williams acrylic latex in a burgundy color similar to the old sign. The now powder coated parts were per- manently stud mounted to the sign and we were ready to get down to installing it, though unexplained delays in getting a per- mit would hold up the project for weeks. The sign merely set over the hooks, but a strip of aluminum angle made from pre- finished sheet metal holds the bottom of the sign snug to the wall. Out on the job, the first step was accurately locating where the "hook" brackets would go and using anchors and screws to put them in place.

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