Ultimate Guide to Street Sign Repair and Installation
Signs are an important part of everyday life. We rely on signs to:
- Communicate the Rules: indicate the speed limit (25 mph in a residential neighborhood), handicap spots, and no parking zones
-Warn of Potentially Dangerous Conditions or Situations: alert drivers of road work or indicate a sharp turn ahead.
-Navigation: street/highway signs, hospital signs, etc.
In order to repair and install signs, a basic understanding of the materials being used is needed. Signs are made of reflective sheeting to provide visibility at night. Furthermore, the reflective sheeting is grouped into types: Type I, Type II, Type III, Types IV, VIII, IX, and XI. Types III, IV, and IX sheetings are the most common types in use today.
The backing of the sign can be either aluminum, wood, or a composite plastic. Aluminum is by far the most commonly used backing because it is durable and can be reused often. A sign support is used to display the sign. There are four types of sign supports:
- Wood Post
- U-Channel Steel Post
- Square or Round Tube Steel Post
- I-Beam Steal Post
When installing signs, make sure the width and height are in accordance with state and federal regulations. The fine for parkin in a handicap spot was recently raised from $100 to $200. There are still alot of $100 signs out there. Warning signs should be placed almost perpendicular (@ 93 degrees) to the side of the road. Furthermore, signs in a rural district should be at least 6 feet from the curb and 5 feet high. It is usually best to repair signs after they have been reported damaged (i.e. vandalism on the sign face or the sign post having reached the end of its useful life).
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