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Old 06-15-2014, 09:02 AM
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Default Large sign installation

Currently I have neither the skill nor the machine to make large signs, but I am hoping to rectify that over the next 3 years. I have a simple question when you do large sign work do you install it yourself or do you sub that out to a construction and or landscaping company? I see a great deal of pictures with a wooden dimensional (I assume wood) sign with a brick background around it. Does the sign maker sub out the brick work, or is that typically in place if you're lucky?
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:16 AM
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Signmaker makes the sign, substrate blocking by others unless previously agreed ( I do not want to be a general contractor) you do need to be informed of substrate , fastening methods and blocking type.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:39 AM
T.R.MacMunn T.R.MacMunn is online now
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No matter who installs the sign, to be reputable, you need to understand & control the process. I sold a fairly nice ( flat painted) sign about 15 years ago to a local handyman & he nailed it to a tree with two 4" ardox spikes.

With wood, you need to allow for the movement caused by moisture migration. With HDU, & I suspect most substrates, you have to allow for thermal expansion.
So, attaching a sign to a brick structure with a tapcon in each corner is likely going to come back to haunt you.
If you can do your own installations on smaller signs, you'll get a better handle on it.
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Make sure to get an up to date certificate of insurance from any subcontractor. Most cheap contractors neglect insurance and permits.
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