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Learning The Hard Way

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by dlndesign, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. dlndesign

    dlndesign Active Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    San Diego, Ca
    Had .5" Acrylic Letters on a smooth concrete building installed last week. Two sets, one was a logo 24" x 36", solid. The rest were individual letters. Full day worth of install for two guys. Used plenty of VHB, Silicone to secure everything and a lot more just in case on the larger logo.

    Not sure if you all know, but we had a nice big earthquake about 4 days later here in San Diego. Took the logo piece right off, hit the ground and bounced into the street. Luckly no one was there when it happened. Whew!

    So lession learned, if not stud mounted, go thinner/lighter material.
  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    Sep 24, 2004
    OMG i would have def. stud mounted that...

    glad to hear nothing too bad happened - insurance will prob cover it too...oh wait. act of god?
  3. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    I never rely on adhesives alone. Always use both stud mount and adhesives just for extra insurance. Plus I can charge more on the install and use the liability risk to the customer to help sell the upgrade on better install.
  4. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

    Dec 30, 2003
    Stud mount is a must on a job like that. Luckily no one was hurt and you didn't get sued...
  5. dlndesign

    dlndesign Active Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    San Diego, Ca
    You're telling me! Yes, I would have gone stud mount, but the customer wanted to go the cheaper route. Can't blame him, but I totally get what your saying SignManiac, put that liability on the customer and then see what they'll pay for. Wen't out again today to put it back up, don't want to invest too much more time with this. Going to check on it this weekend and possibly use some 3M Scotch Weld 110 around the edges and if I see any gaps. Damn Act of God!
  6. Just Another Sign Guy

    Just Another Sign Guy Very Active Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    i am with the SignManiac i always error on the side of caution and overbuild everything. i sleep much better at night on those stormy windy nights knowing that i have overbuilt everything. mechanical & chemical fasteners is the only way to go imo