Sign & Digital Graphics

November '15

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78 • November 2015 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S MASTER'S TOUCH We were provided a perforated pounce pattern, which chalk dust is patted through using a "pounce bag" made of cotton cloth, or a Hansee pounce box, which is a little cleaner to work with. The second day—when all the painting was to be done—I thought might be a long one. Determined to finish by the end of the day, I was up in the bucket and already painting before the crack of dawn. Even so, these pattern sections, about 75 square feet at a time, were a real chore to handle. I was not allowed a helper in the bucket for insurance reasons. I did learn a bit more about working with large patterns from the experience, and I wasn't a rookie to begin with. The most important thing is to know the pattern is going to be placed in the correct location on the wall the very first time. This is done by assembling the pat- tern on the ground, finding the center, and up on the wall working from the center to one end, then from the center to the other end. It is ideal to have the paper cut in a straight line across the top, and line the top of the pattern up with a straight and level reference line drawn on the build- ing first. The pattern sections are rolled up in a tube shape, and taped across the top edge according to the reference line, then unrolled down the wall with gravity doing the unrolling. This method works and is about the only way to do it. I hate wearing a hot fall protection harness while work- ing in a bucket I have no intention of jumping out of, but the rules are the rules. The biggest fall risk may be bouncing out of the bucket while motoring it around a job, but when driving a lift it should be kept low to the ground.

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