Sign & Digital Graphics

July '18

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72 • July 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL for a local fire station, which was being named for a retiring fire chief. It is not so common that we are stud-mounting heavy plate metal letters to a corrugated metal building wall, but it does happen. However, regular paper patterns aren't well suited for this, and holding the let- ters perfectly in place until the silicone adhesive dries can be a pain as well. So, our patterns were made from fluted plastic, with vinyl letters applied. To try to ensure that we had studs avoid- ing the beveled parts of the corrugations as much as possible, and located where Three large .125" thick aluminum panels, one in the shape of a circu- lar sawblade, and many raised letters made up the custom sign we would be installing into the night. A several hour install was begun about an hour before dark, and we worked way into the night by light provided by inexpensive LED lighting worn by myself and a helper. We didn't need to light the entire area. In the truck tool boxes are always an assort- ment of inexpensive LED lights and a few extra batteries. Some of these bolts have been coated, but all are stainless steel and made to last and not leave rust stains on a beautiful long- lasting sign. The hardware supporting these letters was intentionally visible and powder coated to match. All lettering but the smaller white letters are individual powder items, as is every section and panel of this sign, installed with stainless steel hardware and meant to last.

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