Sign & Digital Graphics

July '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • July 2018 • 71 were all separate powder-coated parts, but the main letters had hardware we did not care to hide, basic carriage head bolts front and center. However, they weren't just standard hardware store bolts, these were stainless steel bolts, with powder-coated heads, and they will never rust and leave stains on this long lasting all-metal sign. All too often we sign guys use cheaper hardware than we should, and down the road pay the price for it. Stainless steel fasteners do cost a bit more but are more than worth it over time. This install did require a helper, my nephew Jeremy, and it was a case of meet- ing a nearly impossible deadline with extra delays that could not be helped. That meant starting a long install at the end of a workday, and trudging on because the client was having a big event there the next morning and the sign had to be up. As has happened a number of times, after the sun went down, the work con- tinued by small LED lights, personal lights I hang around my shirt collar, or strap on my head like a spelunker, or even tape to the business end of the bucket. These inexpensive long-lasting LEDs saved the day, or saved the night, on that occasion and many others. This installation for "Sawmill Specialties" we never really saw until a few days later, having left that project around 2 a.m. and gone home to crash a while. But, even though we made no attempt to light the whole area, having plenty of light at arms length was all we really needed. I always keep an assort- ment of these inexpensive LED lights, and spare batteries, in the shop truck tool boxes. One more install worth mentioning here was a plate metal letter job we did Keeping everything perfectly flush and level on a corrugated wall will involve different length screws and a quantity of some type of spacers. Plastic tubing is the simplest spacer system we've tried. This job for a rural church building was another one-man install, but jobs like these are easily managed from a one-man bucket. The long and short screws were all powder coated to match, all flathead style, meant to be countersunk. Not knowing where the hardware will need to go means countersinking in the field, being sure not to overdo it. Once more spacers are made in the field and their length will vary depending on where they fit in the surface contours of the metal building sheeting. The short screws that hit the hit spots were self-drilling, and the longer ones required a pilot hole and spacers of the right lengths. A box cutter with a sharp blade makes quick work cutting strips of tubing kept in a jar into spacers of various lengths.

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