Wednesday, August 29, 2007

How can I keep my portable sign from blowing over?

This is a good question that many people are concerned about. And, I get this question a few times a week. I will try and give some hints I have either tried or been told work.

Sidewalk Signs: This would include folding sidewalk signs, Swinger signs, Tip 'n roll signs, Springer signs, A-frame signs, or any other sidewalk sign that has a pretty narrow base.

  1. A-Frame Style signs: Many of the A-frame signs have a chain that connects the two sides of the sign. When the sign is fully opened, this becomes an ideal spot to put a sandbag or possibly a cinder block.
  2. Hollow signs: Not all of the signs meet this description, but my folding sidewalk style sign does. It can be filled to keep it from leaving the ground at the first gust of wind. And, many of the Plasticade style signs also have the ability to be filled with either sand or water.
  3. Swinger signs: Because the Swinger sign has a crossbar on both the front and back, the Swinger sing is the only sign that would allow sandbags to be put on both the front and back of the sign. Also, (I haven't tried this) tent pegs should also work on the Swinger sign. Pound the tent peg into the ground, and make sure the "hook" is secured over the crossbar.
Roadside Portable Signs: These are the arrow portable signs, the black signs, and any other name you have for a portable sign along the side of the road.
  1. Big Black Signs: The large black signs are a hurricane proof product. They have screw on letters, and this product should hold up well for you in the wind.
  2. Arrow Portable Signs: Having had a bad experience with a trampoline in the past, I can say with confidence an auger style earth anchor would be a GREAT tool in holding down a sign. The website I found these on also offers retaining straps, but I am sure properly used bungy cords would also be very effective.
  3. I sell a wind/vandal cover for the signs. This would help with letters being blown off, but it does not give the sign much additional weight. Other vandal covers are on piano hinges mounted to the sign. Depending what these are made of, they will also provide some weight for the sign.
Have you used any other methods on your signs? Are you convinced none of these methods will work? Let me know. I look forward to hearing what others have experienced.



Friday, August 10, 2007

How do I assemble my Swinger sign?

In about 15 minutes (this includes help from my daughter and time to take pictures), I easily assembled a Swinger Message Board sign. This would also be the assembly instructions to be used on:

  1. Swinger Deluxe Message Board
  2. Swinger WO/WO Sidewalk Sign
  3. Swinger Sidewalk Sign Ready-4-Graphics
  4. Black Swinger Message Board
  5. Black Swinger Deluxe Message Board
  6. Black Swinger WO/WO Sidewalk Sign
  7. Black Swinger Sidewalk Sign Ready-4-Graphics

I am including the Swinger Sidewalk Sign Assembly instructions. And, I will make comments and show a few pictures along the way.

  1. Install anti-slip feet by pushing feet into the holes on the bottom of Uprights and pressing drive pin in completely to lock foot in hole. The cushion went in pretty easily-you may want a small hammer to tap in the drive pin.
  2. Attach cross tubes to uprights using cross tube inserts (small bushings) and truss head bolts. Put tub insert into cross tube (small end in), slide cross tube into deep recess of Upright, insert Truss head bolt and tighten. Repeat until both cross tubes are in place. After securing the caps in the ends of both crossbars, the crossbars need to be securely pushing into the uprights. Once the crossbar is firmly placed in the uprights, the screw can be easily tightened. A flathead screwdriver is necessary.
  3. Measure 13 1/2" - 13 3/4" (35 cm) down from the top of sign face and mark edge. This is where the cross rod will slide through sign. You will need a tape measure to get the right distance--as you can see, it is VERY easy to do.
  4. Attach sign to uprights using sign holder busingh, know bushing, threaded cross rod and knobs.
    • attach knob to one end of threaded cross rod
    • slide on knob bushing, large flat face against knob.
    • insert threaded cross rod into hole at top of upright from outside edge.
    • slide on sign holder bushing, "U" channel facing in.
    • insert threaded cross rod into sign face at mark 13 1/2" - 13 3/4" (35 cm) from top
    • slide on sign holder bushing, "U" channel facing sign
    • insert threaded cross rod into hole at top of upright
    • slide on knob bushing, large flat face out
    • tighten knobs firmly making sure sign face sits in "U" channel
    • I tightened both of the sides of the sign simultaneously using both my left and right hands--this worked fine for me.
Helpful Hints
  • Decorate sign face before attaching to sign base. Keep design simple for maximum impact.
  • To transport, tip sign on one upright and hold from other upright. Sign is only 24" wide and will fit through any doorway.
  • Swinger Sidewalk Signs are designed for winds up to 20-25 mph. In the event of high winds bring sign inside, put sandbags on crosstubes, or add sand to ballast port on inside of Upright by prying out cap. The crossbars are pretty heavy, but I certainly believe these cautions are accurate.
The Swinger series of signs are VERY easy to put together. I sell many of them, and as I continue to write about other signs, they will certainly be a sign I will compare the others, too.

At SignsSeen, we try and really know the signs we are selling. If you have questions about the Swinger series of signs, sidewalk signs in general OR any other type of sign, please contact me with your questions.