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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 D E C E M B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 2 9 go work at the jobsite. The first task was to dig holes and set the sign base in place per- fectly level and true. We actually used two holes that existed from removing their old sign, so only a small amount of digging was required. But, after setting the base and fill- ing the holes with concrete, we had to let that set up and return another day for the sign to be installed. Of course, at that point the sign was fully trimmed out with a bottom, several internal "ribs" that the uprights would go through, and one face fully glued in place and covered with masking. The sign was lifted up and set over the 2" square tubing uprights that were part of the base, and set down to rest on the base itself. The sign was not perfectly level at this point and fit loosely in place, but alumi- num "L-brackets" had been made as locking members that would be screwed in to snug contact with the upright while the sign was held perfectly level. Once the brackets were secured with self-drilling screws, the sign could not move and was perfectly centered and level. The final step was to secure the missing sign face. It was to be secured with a two- part epoxy glue, shown in the photos, and six rivets. Some temporary clamps were used to hold the face in good contact and perfect- ly flush with the covered edges of the sign… time for an extended coffee break while the glue set up. Actually, it was decided to return the next day, and we took our chances with the clamps. They were still in place and every- thing looked good when we arrived the fol- lowing morning. It was time to call the land- scapers as we were done. The sign looked great, met their budget and timeframe, and the top brass at the clinic were more than pleased. What's not to like about that? GP RICK WILLIAMS owns Rick's Sign Company, a com- mercial sign shop in Longview, Texas. He has been in the sign industry since 1973 and has been a contributing editor to Sign Business and Sign & Digital Graphics since 1986. Contact Rick via email at 720-746-9075 | Free Shipping On Supply Orders Over $ 99 Screen printing supplies, Siser HTV supplies, and Equipment.

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