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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 • 73 we wanted studs to go, the letters were all double drilled and double tapped to begin with. The pattern showed all the hole loca- tions of course, but we could pick which ones to use. This worked well, but to keep the letters sitting perfectly straight until the glue dried, lengths of shop- made .040 aluminum angle were screwed in place in a perfectly straight line with a few small sheet metal screws, and the letters rested on the angle pieces until the next day. Where a round letter was located, a notch was cut out to allow a round letter to extend past the angle a bit. Doing the install this way was far better than taping all letters to death, and hop- ing for the best. This method was simple, fast and fool proof. This was just another case of using the right techniques to make an install job easier, quicker, and more professionally done, which is exactly what we're after. These plate metal stud-mounted letters can be hard to get straight on a metal building and have the studs located in ideal places. Paper patterns would cause a lot of frustration since they would not conform to the building, so fluted with cheap vinyl lettering was used instead. We double drilled and tapped the backs of each letter, and we could choose which holes to use so as to avoid having studs in the beveled edges of metal panel ribs. SDG A small strip of shop made aluminum angle (.040 alum) is temporar- ily put in place to rest the letters on until the silicone adhesive is dry enough to support these heavier plate metal letters. After a reasonable glue drying wait, the angle strip support is removed leaving letters that are lines up straight as an arrow, which can be hard to accomplish.

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