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Hanging Banners - Dowels

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by White Haus, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    Anyone regularly doing hanging banners (tradeshow, events, concerts etc) care to share how/ you guys set up dowels?

    Size-wise, I'm talking banners anywhere from 3' x 8' to 8' x 15'.

    Anything under 10' wide we've used wood, pvc, or galvanized conduit, with taped pole pockets and grommets along the top. If we had sewing capabilities in house I'd much prefer that but tape works for temporary banners and we can't really trust the sewing to outsourcing.

    Just trying to streamline how we do these as we're getting more and more requests for them. Also curious how you guys handle banners wider than 8' or 10' if you're having to use multiple dowels and shipping in a reasonable size.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    For something like a 3x10 tradeshow aisle banner we do a 3in pocket top and bottom and use 2 3/4 1.5in ID pvc pipe with eye bolts on the ends. If you need it took fancier then you can always paint the ends and put a cap on it. In fact, I've got two banners I'm changing out today that we started back in 2008. I don't believe those have ever had the pipes removed.

    I think we've also used 1in galvanized conduit. Try and find some pictures.
     
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  3. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    Awesome, thanks. Would love to see how you guys did them. We've done a few and I'm generally fairly happy with them but still feel like we could make them nicer/better.
     
  4. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    I'm sorry, I don't know where I got the 2 3/4 from. About to go measure and fix that. Will try and find some pictures. I don't go out and do installs anymore so I have to track down who took the pics.
     
  5. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    No worries. I thought that was a bit big lol.
     
  6. Billct2

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    There are nice commercial set ups available we we also use PVC. We also will use caps to dress it up, even paint the ends. With PVC you can use couplings to break down the pipe into shippable lengths.
     
  7. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    I've got these banners in that we did use 1.5" i.d. pvc pipe, but the majority of the banners use the 1in conduit. Now days we typically do like a double sided coro or foamboard sign so we don't do that pole pocket as much. For tradeshow backdrops we use the regular 8x10 telescoping stands, have it attached to the pipe and drape, or use a tradeshow display from a vendor.

    Attached is a picture of a job from a few years ago. Larger banners get trussing like in the other picture.
     

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  8. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Here's a couple of examples at a school

    Hawthorn School banners 001.jpg Hawthorn School banners 003.jpg
     
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