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Month: February 2013

How To Install A Sign

Install a signage

In this blog posting, I will cover the things that you need to do in order to install signs the right way.

Question:  What do I have to do to put up a Sign?

That is a loaded question, kind of like “what do I need to build a house.” The answer is fairly complex, but let me see if I can at least hit the high points.

Check the Local City Regulations

The first thing you need to do is to check with your local city or county planning department to learn what the regulations for the address where you want the sign placed.

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Making Banners as Banner Walls – Making The Graphics Last

Graphic Displays for Trade shows

Connecting banners to form a backwall display, and making banner graphics that can last for a long time.

Question: Can I make a “wall” out of the banners? Will the pictures connect?

Sort of. And sort of. There are several styles of banner stands that can help you create a sort of wall with your banners. Some of you might be wondering why you would even want a “banner wall,” but in reality, it can be a very professional looking backdrop to your stage or tradeshow booth.

Banner Stands

There are several styles of banner stands that will accomplish your wall o’banners.

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Fabric – Vinyl Wall Banners and Retractable Roll-up Displays

large format banners

Banners used on walls versus those displayed on stands, narrow-based versus wide-based retractable banner stands, and the materials used to make retractable banners.

Question: What is the difference between the banner used on a wall or one used for a Banner Stand?

All banners that can be used in a stand can also be used as a wall banner, although you may want a larger banner if it’s on a wall. The main types of material that can be used in a banner stand are dye sublimate printed cloth banners and DSG-type banners.

Banner Printing Methods

Dye sublimation printed fabric banners are usually a polyester or other synthetic fabric that are printed using either a CMYO print to a transfer paper,

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Wind Slits on Banners, plus Dye Sublimation vs. DSG

Vinyl Mesh Banner

Do outdoor banners need wind slits? Sublimated versus DSG displays. And, is it normal for a banner to have a glare look?

Question:  Do outdoor graphics require wind slits?

This is a favorite topic of mine as there are so many misconceptions about wind slits or wind pockets being cut into banners.

Reduction of Wind Load

Wind pockets allow about 4-5% wind load reduction on vinyl banners, which, in our opinion, is negligible and makes the banners weaker and uglier. Quite frankly, I think wind slits in outdoor vinyl banners are just ugly.

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Vinyl Or Cloth Fabric Double-Sided Banners – Which Is Better

two-sided retractable banner

Vinyl and fabric banner substrates in making double-sided printed displays. Know which banner substrate or material is best suited for double-sided banner printing.

Question:  What is the best banner for a double-sided application?

Well, this is a loaded question, as there are so many variables when it comes to banners and where they’re used. Banners are probably the most widely used form of temporary or display signage used, and there are two main categories that they fall under, then several sub-categories.

Vinyl banners have been around for several decades and have gone through several revisions as to how they are decorated,

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Durability and Cleaning Dye Sublimation Outdoor Fabric Banners

Outdoor Banners with stands

In this article, you will know about outdoor dye sublimated fabric displays, how to wash them, and will they be able to withstand weather conditions.

Question:  How do you clean dye sublimation fabric graphics?

Most dye sublimation fabrics are made with polyester fabrics, and with the dye sub printing process, the color becomes embedded in the fabric, so fading is not a problem unless it is done too often.

Manual and Automatic Washing

If your graphics are not too big to fit in your washing machine, it is no problem at all to wash them there.

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Reflective Sheeting – Engineer, High Intensity, and Diamond Grade

Reflective grading

The difference between engineer grade, high intensity, and diamond grade reflective sheeting.

Question: What is the difference between Standard Reflective (Engineer Grade or Type I), and High Intensity (Type III) and Diamond Grade (Type XI) reflective sign material?

Engineer Grade

Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting typically meets ASTM D4956 Type 1 standards and is an enclosed film or lens using glass beads or prismatic optical technology.

This material is specified for use on non-critical street and road signs such as parking signs or wayfinding signs. It has less reflectivity than the other types mentioned in the original question.

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How a STOP Sign Serve Its Purpose, Traffic Devices & Safe Driving

Standard Stop Signage

The purpose of stop signs, locations as to where you can put up two-way signage, & the warrants for traffic control devices.

Question: What is the purpose of a STOP sign?

This, of course, is a hotly debated topic!

Some have said that a STOP sign should be used as a dinner plate, while others a shield to deflect arrows, but not bullets. Some juveniles have insisted that STOP signs should be used as wall décor in their bedrooms.

But I say that these signs should be used strictly as traffic control devices,

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Traffic Control Devices and Definitions

Controlling Traffic

Here are the different devices used in controlling and maintaining traffic, as well as their respective functions.

Question: What are Traffic Control Devices and what are they used for?

Traffic Control Devices can be broken into several categories and a whole bunch of subcategories, but I’ll stay with the general categories for sake of brevity here.

The main category would be signs, which encompass road signs, street signs, highway signs, and traffic signs.

Sign Categories

This category will include stop signs, speed limit signs, parking signs, warning signs, construction signs,

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Authority Control Over Traffic Signs Cycle, Installation, & Standards

Off traffic lighting

Department of Transportation on the timing of traffic signals, installation in the intersection, and standards for color blind drivers.

Question:  If a traffic signal’s cycle is too long or too short, will the DOT change it?

Possibly. If your opinion is that a signal’s cycle is too long or too short, you could contact the DOT or county or municipal road maintenance department and speak to the traffic engineering department about it.

However, it may also be their opinion that the cycles is just fine, thank you. Unless, of course, many people besides yourself have complained about the same intersection.

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