Well, to start, we had regulations here against signs " that can be moved by the atmosphere". I've seen signs swinging from one eye hook, blown around upside down, tied with ropes to the post to keep them from blowing back and forth, blown completely off, metal signs where the hooks ripped right through the metal, etc. I've also received and have heard of complaints from townhouse owners where signs make too much noise in wind as they blow back and forth, especially if using the aluminum sign posts.
I was going to put a sign up on some land in Lovettsville yesterday, and was trying to decide whether I should use a metal frame sign holder, or the standard 6' wooden sign post. I wanted 2 or 3 sign riders, so the metal frame would work for 2 riders, but it would be hard to see because it would be low to ground where I wanted to place it. The 6' sign post allowed for one rider on top, and I could hang another from bottom of sign, but then I would have the swinging back and forth in the wind problem.
Then it hit me. Combine the 2. Since I had everything I needed in our garage, it took me approximately 30 minutes to come up with the design, drill 4 holes, cut off one leg of the metal frame, then bolt it to the wooden sign post. Then installed sign and 3 riders. I used tie wire similar to trash bag ties to run through the sign and rider holes to give a little more strength and reduce chance of riders or sign blowing off in high winds. Sign is very strong and should easily last the length of 6-12 month listing without any maintenance. I could also attach a brochure box to the wooden post, but in this case, there was no safe place for cars to stop and get a brochure, so no box is used here. People will have to call or check website for more information.
If you have a listing that you think will be on market 4+ months, you might want to build a couple of these to have available. I think I'll do a few more when I have time. Bolts used were 2" lag with 7/16" heads. Keep 2 upper bolts near corners so they don't interfere with rider installation and removal.
Jeff Pearl | Lic in VA
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