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Investigate the installation wall and what is behind it,
see the attic if necessary and also examine the electrical
connections. (You'll want an electrician to make the final
connections.)
ABOUT INSTALLERS
Robert "Boo" Olson owns Boo Doo Signs and Installation
(Princeton, MN), has been hanging signs for at least 25
years and has vast high-rise experience for major corporations as well as that of hanging channel letter sets for
small signshops. I asked his advice for signshops that
subcontract the installation of channel letters and he had
several specific suggestions, the first emphatic and quick:
The signshop should talk to the installer when they're
considering the bid, not when a box of signs is in their
driveway. A professional installer will offer survey advice
and discuss possible problems. They'll also talk to you about
your charges for installation materials - wires, switches,
grommets, pass-throughs and more. Olson says to not
estimate the job until you have definite agreements - and
a price - from your installer. If possible, have the installer
survey the site because they may see things you don't.
Other install aspects include the removal and disposal
of old signs; wall repair, patching or reinforcement; and
surface mount or raceway preference. Olson adds that
your letter fabricator should offer advice regarding install
or maintenance access problems. He also said to carefully
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check the installer's references and to have specific agreements on the work arrangement with the installer and
any subcontractors they may bring onto the site. They
should agree not to solicit future sign or installation work
from your customer, for example. He also noted that pole
sign installations may require unique mounts, and wall
installations may require one-off supports or lengthy passthrough bolts.
Another hazard is if the sign doesn't fit when the installers
attempt to install it at the buyer's site, an error that could
occur because of pre-design survey errors - and is the seller's
fault, because they provided the survey-based contract.
This predicament is avoided by in-depth site surveys accomplished by professional sign installers. The surveyor should
also investigate the existing wiring system and breaker
boxes and provide a status report of those aspects of
the installation. And, they would also note any problems
or hazards possible at the install site - overhead, high-voltage
wires, for example, or on-street parking on a boulevard
that may require non-traffic installation times.
ABOUT SHIPPING
Another important element in subcontracting electric
signs is that finished signs are transported by truck via a
private carrier and are therefore regarded by insurance
companies as cargo with often complex coverage, so you want
a clear agreement on both insurance and charges with the



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Signs of the Times - May 2017
Contents
From the Editor
St Update
At Large
Technology Review
Leds + Lighting
Vehicles + Vinyl
How to Be Hospitable
Signs Win in a Route
Subcontracting Electric Signage
Strictly Commercial: Big Cat Comin’ at You
New Products
Advertising Index
Last Look
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