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Hand did before and after

Discussion in 'Portfolio Board' started by signmeup, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Just got back from installing this one. The old one was completely rotten. It was also internally lit.... entirely made of wood. It sat there for 22 years.

    The new one is hand carved HDU with a steel frame inside. The posts are hollow and made from 4 pieces of 1x4 treated decking. The decorative caps are made from scrap HDU. The sign is 57" x 34" ish
     

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  2. tcorn1965

    tcorn1965 Very Active Member

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    They have to be happy with that one. Looks great!

    Terry
     
  3. Kemble

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    100% Improvement !!
     
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    That absolutely looks great and I agree, they should be ecstatic.
     
  5. tanneji

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    it's not even my sign and I'm ecstatic! Looks great haha.
     
  6. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    What an awesome makeover, nice work!
     
  7. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    You took that from trailer park looking to fit for a mansion!
    Impressive work!
    I love seeing and getting to do this sort of job.
    Love....Jill
     
  8. dlndesign

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    Excellent work!
     
  9. N2Harpz

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    Looks Great.
     
  10. TheSellOut

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    Ditto, Great work!! They must be thrilled
     
  11. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Thanks for all the kind words.

    Here is a shot of the posts being installed. I tried something new with this installation:

    I used to brace my posts together with a cobbled up arrangement of 1x4s and screws and struggled to get the posts square and parrallel. Then I would wrestle the 2 posts with braces into the holes. Then after the sign was installed I had to fill and touch up all the screw holes in the posts. I came up with this spacer/brace that worked great.

    The diagram and photo should help explain how it works. The posts are put in the holes individually which is a lot easier on me... no heavy awkward lifting. Then the 2 wood spacer/braces are put between the posts and the ratchet tie-downs pull the posts together and make them square at the same time. The spacer/braces give you a great spot to lay your level too.
    Then I screwed the various angled braces to the removable spacer/braces instead of the posts. Worked a treat and no holes to fill in in the posts.
     

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  12. skyhigh

    skyhigh Major Contributor

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    Sign is beautiful. A+++

    Your diagram wouldn't open, but judging from the picture, the post install looks like a pain (but clever).

    PS. A little shrink wrap around the bottom of the post, is a great help when pouring the cement.
     
  13. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Excellent tip with the shrink wrap! Thanks!

    My current method is way easier than my previous method. What do you do to install posts exactly square etc.?
     
  14. SignManiac

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    I still find it easier to assemble the sign and post, brace the bottom when transporting, then dig holes, dump sign in holes, fill with sand, rocks, or concrete and use the stick with the bubble inside thing. So far, so good!
     
  15. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Yeah.... that would be nice but the sign and posts won't fit in my van assembled. And I can't lift the whole mess up over my head and get in the holes alone either.
     
  16. mrchips

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    Great job!!!

    Esp like the "hand carved" part. :)

    Joe,

    Makin Chip$ and Havin Fun!
     
  17. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Outstanding yes put that in your portfolio as a before / after sales will come
     
  18. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    Looks Great!
     
  19. JR's

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    :thumb: :thumb:

    JR
     
  20. wes70

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    Beautiful work!
     
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