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November '15

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2015 • 23 Since 1985, Ma Charboneau has owned and operated Charboneau Signs in Loveland, Colorado. He can be reached on the web at www.charboneau- signs.com or by email at admin@machar- boneau.com. A s a designer, raceways are the No. 1 way to mess up a great channel letter design. Why? Well, mostly it's aesthet- ics. It ever complements the design of a channel letter set to add a 7" x 7" x 10' long rectangular box to the back of a let- terset. However, when it comes to wire- ways, they offer a bit more flexibility in the aesthetics department because wire- ways become part of the overall design, and are not purely utilitarian. Same Old Raceway, Same Old Methods… (Yawn!) Some fabricators build their raceways from scratch using everything from .063 all the way up to .125, depending on the structural requirements of the raceway. In talking with these folks, they all claim that building a raceway from scratch is more cost effective than purchasing a pre-fabricated unit. Considering the labor involved, these folks have care- fully weighed the costs to fabricate a raceway from scratch and feel it's their best option. One advantage of building a raceway from scratch is that you are not limited by anything. You build it to whatever speci- fication is required to match the other existing raceways. It also can be a hassle to keep 12' sections of pre-fabricated raceways in stock. The space they can take up in a crowded shop can be signifi- cant, and just-in-time materials handling isn't always doable. Let's not forget about the cost of the pre-fabricated raceway. Although it may seem like a significant expense, the labor savings and skill set required are things that should be con- sidered. A fabricated raceway requires

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