These two stepped 6 " x 6" Cedar wood side posts and a bottom 2" x 4" bottom horizontal wood beam provide support for this St. Paul's Episcopal Church HDU sign. These side-mounted post supports are often used for double-faced signs, so that both the front and the back of the sign can be viewed. Single-faced signs often have back-mounted posts which obscures the back of the sign. Large HDU signs, 6 ft or wider, often need to be supported with a bottom horizontal beam or internal steel frame, such as this one, but wood signs usually do not. A bottom or top horizontal board or beam is often used for decorative purposes, even though it is not necessary to provide structural support.
We often install steel flat bars on both side edges of a sign to allow easy mounting of the sign on the posts. These flat bars extend above and below the sign on both sides, and are painted the same color as the posts. The top and bottom extensions of flat bars are attached to the posts with long wood screws or carriage bolts.
The top of the posts often have finials for a more elegant look. The posts can be inserted into a 2 ft deep hole in the ground, which is filled with concrete, or fitted with an aluminum or steel base and bolted onto a concrete foundation. The wood posts are painted with a wood primer and a top coat using a long-lasting wood enamel, usually in a color to match the border of the sign. Natural redwood or Cedar wood posts can alternatively be stained and varnished.
The sign can be attached to the post with round-head screws or bolts through the front face (with heads painted to match the sign's background) , or with 4 aluminum 2" wide L-brackets (mounted on the top and bottom, both sides of sign) which connect the back of the sign to the sides of the post (these are not visible from the front of the sign). We can provide this installation hardware with the post. or if you buy a sign and the post, we can pre-drill holes in the sign and the post for easy installation.
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