Sign & Digital Graphics

September '14

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112 • September 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL 112 • September 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S were used for the skirting, and they too were cut on a considerable angle at the bottom. For non-masonry monument structures, this sheeting is really ideal. It is inexpensive, paintable, extremely durable, and many of our monument signs are skirted with this material. The pylon was painted to match the client's building, and the powder coated alum parts were installed one at a time, all lifted by hand as none were too heavy for manual lifting. Sheet metal work enclosed sides of the main elements, and a single 15" wide by 60" long piece of white .040 aluminum formed the "roof" that enclosed the top. A lot of the metal elements were secured by sheet metal screws, which had been powder coated to match the sign exactly. This job was fun and involved work done over three Saturdays, but many of the hand-fabricated jobs I do aren't that involved or time consuming. Another recent job I enjoyed doing from the ground up was for a local hair salon. Again, their logo lent itself to being cut into a shape, which was done in .125 aluminum sheet, a simple cutout, not formed. To provide a base to mount the sign on, a monument base was built of steel tubing, which would be covered with concrete board like the plumbing sign. The dimensional unit the actual sign would mount to was formed from mill finish .063 aluminum sheet, made into a hollow box that would slide down over tubing stubs extending up from the base. It literally would just sit in place, and the sign face cut-out is secured to it with about 10 counter-sunk screws painted to match. This hollow raceway allowed the sign face to protrude out from the base, but is totally concealed by the sign, at least from the front side. One thing done to keep the public safe, and keep us from being liable, was to alter the sharp ends of the sign that extended out from the base. Since the sign face was only 1/8" thick, and some- one might at some time bump into it, the exposed edges at end pieces were cut and secured in place. That doubled Sheet metal work was done onsite to fully enclose this custom sign, including a white metal room that would go over the round sections. The final element, a flat cut-out address panel, is all that's left to finish this one-man-army project.

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