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Needing a STRONG 4x8 Sign Frame to go into ground

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by HulkSmash, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. HulkSmash

    HulkSmash Major Contributor

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    I'm needing a 4x8 frame to put in a double sided sheet of dibond in a VERY windy area. I already did this job with 4x4's but they snapped at the base where they were going into the ground. Very windy Area. I'm looking for a company or someone or anything that can make me or have pre fabricated sign frames made of steel that i can put 2-4 feet into the ground.
    :thankyou:
     
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  2. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    AlumaPanel has some nice PVC frames.
     
  3. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    6x6's are cheap compared to steel.
     
  4. HulkSmash

    HulkSmash Major Contributor

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    PVC's are not strong enough..
     
  5. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    how bout 6x6's and instead of a vertical panel... make an a-frame?

    granted, you're wanting to use a single dibond panel, so it might be a useless idea but just throwing that out there since a premade steel frame will cost you a bundle in shipping alone.
     
  6. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Have a local welder tack some angle onto two 4"x4" steel posts.
     
  7. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    6x6 posts and a 2x4 stud wall between them. Screw the dibond to each side of the stud wall.
     
  8. Drip Dry

    Drip Dry Very Active Member

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    http://www.4everframes.com/


    There was some thread not too long ago about this

    I've used these frames from another vendor and are
    very strong. ( I think it's the same frame)
    I put a 4 x 4 in the ground and then sleeved the pvc post over
    the 4 x 4. The pvc needs to be just below grade. Use a couple of
    heavy duty screws just below the surface.to secure it to the wood.
    If you need to remove it.... take the screws out and away you go.
     
  9. Zzyzx

    Zzyzx New Member

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    A 4" x 4" square steel tubing will withstand a fairly large wind load. You can cover it with any material after installed. ie 1" x 6" redwood.
    Chuck
     
  10. threads1

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    Have you looked at any scrap yards. We have a guy here with acres of metal beams, posts. etc. You can usually pick up this sort of thing for about .30 on the dollar and they can probably cut it to length for you also. Just a thought.
     
  11. JimmyG

    JimmyG Premium Subscriber

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    I would use steel tubing 4x4 (1/8th" wall at least) also....paint it white and use cheap pvc caps or finials....angle iron frame in between...if ya don't weld, it's still easily bolted together...ya just need some tool to cut steel and a drill and some good bits....

    ...
     
  12. LJ4133

    LJ4133 New Member

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    Try 4everframes.com tell them you need aluminum inserts for heavy winds. They are PVC, and the aluminum inserts make them very strong. We had them build an outline of a church building that was 6' X 8'. Haven't had a problem.
     
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