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Suction cups??

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Wes Phifer, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Wes Phifer

    Wes Phifer Member

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    Anybody ever try to use suction cups to handle acrylic up in the air out of a bucket truck? Like the glass places use. It looks like it would work, I am just not sure whether to trust it or not.
     
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    Locals Find! Very Active Member

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    Why not try it on the ground before you take it up in the bucket attach a piece of acrylic and swing it around shake it up and down etc... see if it lets go. You can get those suction cups at lowes and then return them if it doesn't work.
     
  3. Craig Sjoquist

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    Your local sign supplier should have Vise Grips with about 12" angle iron welded on plus rubber pads, get one or 2 of them, they grip solid, will not harm, easy to hook and lift with, and does not cost alot , besides they work.
     
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    craigs idea works real good, have made several of these for the service trucks..

    as for the suction cups, they work if you need to move the face around within the sign

    cabinet....
     
  5. showcase 66

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    Wont work. It has to much flexibility in the acrylic. Glass is more rigid and will hold up to the suction. Now if you are using a thick piece of acrylic (anything thicker than probably 1/2") then maybe.

    Other things could also go wrong with a suction cup. If you put it over printed vinyl with laminate you could actually mess the area up. Did that on a job where we put a printed panel on 1" glass and we used the suction cups on the glass and ended up with 8" bubbles in the vinyl along with distortion.
     
  6. Wes Phifer

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    That sounds good Craig but I have never seen them from a sign supply. I mostly order from N. Glantz. I'll ask my rep. If not I'll have to make some. Thanks for the idea. One man crews need a helping hand some times. LOL.
     
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    We use Festool brand Geckos. Festool tools ROCK! Holds up composite sheet really well, you just have to make sure if its on cut vinyl that the pads are on one solid panel, no joins, as they lose the suction over a join. I wouldn't use them on anything too flexible but 4.5mm+ acrylic should be fine.

    They make life so much easier when installing, especially when doing a load of panels up high, or lifting awkward sized sheets up ladders. We don't use them every day but they work a charm when we do.

    CSDD, I've never had a problem with holding up laminated prints on composite sheet either, although maybe the adhesion between the composite sheet and the print was stronger than that between the print and glass, what do you reckon?
    Cheers,
    Neil.
     
  8. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

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    The piece of glass that we did the sign on was 5' x 12'. with 1" glass being approximately 13lbs/sf, so the piece weighed about 780lbs. This may have been the reason for our problem. This is the kind of suction cups we used as well. Have moved thousands of lbs of glass with them but only had a problem when we had the vinyl prints on it. (I owned a glass company for 3 years in the late 90's)
     

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