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  • Badly made free-standing signs. what do you think?

    Posted by Rob Lambie on March 25, 2024 at 2:57 am

    I thought I would post these pictures of some signs I came across in a local industrial estate. Just as a bit of a comparison.
    None of the signs are particularly good, but one will clearly outlast the other.

    below, there are two signs on the same posts and most likely made at different times, or maybe the sign company just ran out of sign channel?

    Why would they think that these stubs of channel are there, only to fix to the posts when obviously the channel rails also give the 3mm flimsy composite panel, some rigidity and strength!

    Also, a pet hate of mine is sign companies stacking freestanding signs. i.e. touching each other. It is just laziness!
    How difficult would it be to create a 30-50mm space?
    These are separate signs, not two panels making one sign that would maybe require them to touch.

    They do not look like they have been there for long, and how easy will it be for kids to destroy them?

    Robert Lambie replied 2 weeks, 4 days ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Rob Lambie

    March 25, 2024 at 3:06 am

    This sign was situated about 50 feet from the one above.
    It is clearly weathered and by the looks of the face and rear, it has been there for a long time!
    They have used a heavy-grade channel rail with an Aluminium sign face and although I haven’t taken the face photo, it looks like a cast vinyl has been used. zero shrinkage, cracking, fading etc, just weathered.

    Now I doubt the posts were fitted by the same sign company, but at least they have drilled them and fitted the sign properly. However you could argue that the bolts appear to have rusted the same amount as the L-shape steel legs, so may all have been done at the same time. no matter what, in comparison to the newer signs above, this ugly little monster is far more sustainable than the crap above. It will go on serving a purpose for a number of years yet, while the one at the top will probably be kicked down by the weekend by a local yob.

    Anyway, it just gets on my nerves when I see things like this being sold by so-called sign makers. 🙄

  • Jeff

    March 25, 2024 at 11:34 am

    as bad as it is, i am not surprised. 🤠

  • Colin Crabb

    March 25, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    🤣 Okay, I know costs have increased, and that’s one way to save a £1.00 on sign rail but WOW.

    At least they used ‘some’ sign rail, haven’t got a picture sadly but we spotted one last week that was held on the post with metal cable ties…..

    • Robert Lambie

      March 26, 2024 at 12:19 am

      at least it was “metal” cable ties. 🤓

  • David Hammond

    March 25, 2024 at 6:01 pm

    As above, I’m not surprised at all, and I doubt ‘cost saving’ comes into it, it’s just a 💩job.
    Or if they’ve cut corners to save a few pence, they’re clearly undercharging!

  • Mark Johnston

    March 25, 2024 at 11:53 pm

    thinking they were trying to save some money is probably giving them too much credit. 🤣
    i think this is a classic cowboy who thinks this is probably the way to make one of these signs.

  • Robert Lambie

    March 26, 2024 at 12:26 am

    David, Mark…
    I think the same. Whoever made this doesn’t have a clue what they are doing.

    I bet the old sign has been there for a minimum of 10 years and will still be there in another 5.
    This new sign is on its last legs, and it is new!

    Sustainability is THE “buzzword” at the moment. which of these two is the more sustainable and has less impact on the environment? 🧐🤔

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