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Aluminum Pole Signs, need help

Discussion in 'Product and Supplier Referrals' started by Stacey K, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. Stacey K

    Stacey K Getting Back in the Game

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    Looking to make aluminum signs 18" x 4-5' to hang on 2 sides of a square pole (like a street pole banner) -- they do not want banners. This is meant to be permanent signage, not seasonal.

    1. How thick should the aluminum be? I saw one site with 3"16" (.1875) thick sign panels. Seems like overkill?
    2. Any ideas on brackets or should I contact a local welder have them custom made? Haven't had much luck searching.

    Thank you!!
     
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  2. Billct2

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    I think 1/4" would be sufficient.
    The big issue is the brackets and how well they are fastened to the poles.
    I have seen square pole brackets a few times so they may be available off the shelf.
     
  3. Stacey K

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    When you say 1/4" thick are you talking about the aluminum sign? I was thinking .080 might be thick enough since it's only 18"x4'. I am having a welder friend take a look as it might be just as easy for him to make some brackets for me so they fit the poles nicely.
     
  4. Gino

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    54" is too wide to hang on a single 2" post, unless the 54" is up & down. In that case, .080 aluminum would be fine. Just did 3mm ACM double sided on a 2" square tube and it was a little wobbly, but the customer already had the post there and did not want to pay to have another one put in. Signs were 24" wide by 36" up & down.
     
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    Wind load calc in my area of Wisconsin is based on 30 pounds per square foot.

    Overbuild the project so you don't have to worry about callbacks.
     
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  6. Stacey K

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    I should give more details sorry...Steel pole is 4" in diameter firmly attached to concrete on bottom and roof on top. Gino - yes width is 18" height is 48-54". I was thinking something like the photo that I found online with .080 aluminum.
     

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  7. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I vote 080
     
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    .125 in my opinion it might still warp a bit with .080 we do them all the time.
     
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  9. Gino

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    Sorry, I thought there would be a pole going up the back of it giving it support.

    Think about it, you want to put on a light standard a SOLID sail which won't let any wind or breeze pass through whatsoever. Those standards are meant to sway in the breeze or wind, but not with that much resistance connected to it. I think you might want to re-think a metal sign at all in this situation. Otherwise, you'll hafta get an engineer in to determine if the light standard can take that extra load..... not weight wise, but windshear.
     
  10. Stacey K

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    We started with smaller pole banners and they ended up wanting larger metal signs. Banners of this size I don't believe would last long in a Wisconsin winter. Not sure what the max size might be. They face South.
     
  11. Billct2

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    sorry, I should have said 1/8".....I think .080 will be a little wobbly, though it would work
     
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  12. rjssigns

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    Will it be within reach? If so you have to think about someone bending it around the pole. Also need to check regs on minimum height to bottom.
     
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  13. Gino

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    Very good point. Around here, whether a sign is flush mount, perpendicular or pole mounted, it must be 10.5' to the bottom of the sign from the ground.... up. Monument signs, free standing and real estate do not fit in with those specs.
     
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    .063 boxed in with 1" steel square tube
     
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  16. Stacey K

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    Thanks Uncle Bun! I just received a quote from them and the price is less than I expected. Seems like a nice system, I think I like this option the best so far. You cannot order just the bracket, you must also order the sign board but you can order it plain and letter it yourself.

    Rjssigns and Gino - I talked to the city and sign codes don't apply to schools. Not sure if that's common or not. I did send over my specs just to be sure. Someone made a good point about kids bending them around however our schools are all equipped with outdoor cameras so that does eliminate the smart vandals.
     
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