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2018年9月杂志_正确的安装技术能够为你带来高利润的回报

2018-09-04

No matter how good one is at designing and making signs, the rubber doesn’t really meet the road until those signs, letters or logos are efficiently and profitably installed. And in our commercial sign business, that usually means I have work to do.

无论人们在设计和制作标识方面的技术有多么高超,橡胶材料都不能真正满足道路标识安装的需求,除非这些标识、发光字或是徽标能够被高效地进行安装和能够盈利。在我的商业标识业务中,我有很多事情都可以做。

I have always done most of the installations here at our commercial sign shop, which is normally a three- or four-person operation. But two of those full-time people are female employees who are very good at many things but seldom have anything to do with the install part of a job. So most often getting the job up and in place is up to me, and though I actually enjoy the work, I need to make the most of my time and be well prepared every time I go out to do the work.

我通常是在我的商业标识店里完成大部分的标识安装工作,一般的标识项目需要3到4个人来共同操作完成。但我的店里有两位全职员工是女性,虽然她们在很多方面都十分擅长,但是很少参与标识工作的安装环节。因此,大部分的工作安排都取决于我,虽然我真的很喜欢这项工作,但我需要充分利用好我自己的时间,并在每次外出工作时做好充分的准备。

A lot of the jobs I do are letters and logos we make, and they really are fairly simple. Very often the work is installed on metal building facias, and most often flat-cut powder-coated aluminum components made by us.

我的大部分工作都是制作标识和徽标,这些工作十分简单。通常比较常见的标识就是由我们制造的平切粉末涂层铝部件,在制作好标识后,我们会将标识作为建筑的金属招牌来进行安装。

But with corrugated metal surfaces you only hit the high spots, so lots of spacers are in order, unless the parts are quite large. Over the years I have made many shop-made “Z”-shaped aluminum spacers, but now almost always just use lengths of hard plastic tubing I can buy at the hardware store. This easily can be cut with a box cutter type of knife, to any desired length, quickly and on the spot.

但是对于制作拥有褶皱纹路金属材料来说,你只能根据标识的最高点进行安装。越是大的标识零件,我们越是需要使用大量的垫块。多年来我在我的标识商店里制作了许多“Z”形铝制垫片,但现在,我可以直接在五金店购买硬质的塑料管,这种塑料管能够很容易地被切割成需要的形状,并立刻在标识安装现场进行应用。

As shown in the “Caring and Sharing” job, this type of spacer is an ideal and inexpensive one, and in a short time a sign installer can make as many as needed. Another similar install I did recently was for Cedar Springs Baptist Church, and a number of spacers were used to level out these cursive style letters.

我们的工作提倡“关注和共享”,上述所提到的垫片是非常理想并且廉价的使用材料,并且在短时间内,标识安装者可以根据需要快速制作出他们需求的垫片的数量。我最近接手的一个标识安装项目是在房屋的墙壁上安装“Cedar Springs Baptist Church”字样的标识,我需要大量的垫片材料来维持安装这些草书风格的字母标识的平衡。

The flat-head screws, powder coated to match the lettering, were done in two lengths and types, some short self-drilling screws to use where the letters hit the high spots or ribs directly, and longer flat head screws, with spacers, to go everywhere else.

我在平头螺丝钉上涂上与标识字母颜色相近的粉末涂层,并使用两种长短和类型不同螺丝钉进行安装。一些比较短的自钻螺丝钉会用于标识字母的定点位置和较窄部位的安装,而较长的平头螺丝钉在与塑料管相互组装好之后,则用于固定标识的其他部位。

Counter sinking the holes in the letters is a must, and then flat head matching screws are almost invisible, and so are the spacers if done right. Jobs like these are simple and some of my favorite out-of-the-shop projects.

对标识进行钻孔之后,安装进去的平头螺丝钉几乎是不可见的,如果安装得恰好合适,垫片也能够被隐藏得很好。这样的安装工作是很简单的,这也是我最喜欢的一类户外标识安装工作。

But not all jobs have to hide their hardware, and a job we did for “Sawmill Specialties” was a bit different install-wise. The sign, the letters (mostly raised), the reverse panels and so forth were all separate powder coated parts, but the main letters had hardware we did not care to hide, basic carriage head bolts front and center.

并非所有的标识安装都必须将它们的辅助硬件隐藏起来,我们在安装“Sawmill Specialties”字样标识的时候,使用的安装方法就与之前的有所不同。该标识的字母大多呈凸起状态,标识背板的组成部件均单独覆盖粉末涂层,用于安装标识字母的硬件我们不需要特意将它们隐藏起来,这些用于固定的螺丝钉基本都被安装在标识字母的顶点和中心处。

However, they weren’t just standard hardware store bolts, these were stainless steel bolts, with powder coated heads, and they will never rust and leave stains on this long lasting all-metal sign. All too often we sign guys use cheaper hardware than we should, and down the road pay the price for it. Stainless steel fasteners do cost a bit more but are more than worth it over time.

用于标识安装的螺丝钉不仅仅是从五金店购买的标准型号的螺丝钉,我们使用的是不锈钢螺丝钉,并将螺丝钉的头部涂上与标识颜色相应的粉末涂层,这种螺丝钉几乎不会生锈,并且不会在这个将要长久使用的全金属标识上留下污渍。与我们购买的材料相比,我们的标识客户通常会购买一些更便宜的硬件材料,并且快速支付相应的价格。虽然使用不锈钢材料制作的紧固件的成本要高一些,但随着时间的推移,这种材料的价值也会更高。

This install did require a helper, my nephew Jeremy, and it was a case of meeting a nearly impossible deadline with extra delays that could not be helped. That meant starting a long install at the end of a workday, and trudging on because the client was having a big event there the next morning and the sign had to be up.

在进行标识安装时,我得到了我的侄子杰里米的帮助,如果没有他的帮助我几乎不可能在最后的期限内完成这个标识的安装。在工作日的最后一天我们完成了标识的安装工作,然后我们必须立刻离开,因为客户第二天早上就将在那里举办大型活动,并且标识必须保证能够正常使用。

As has happened a number of times, after the sun went down, the work continued by small LED lights, personal lights I hang around my shirt color, or strap on my head like a spelunker. These inexpensive long-lasting LEDs saved the day, or saved the night, on that occasion and many others.

就像以前经常会发生的事情一样,在太阳落山之后,我通常会继续佩戴小型LED灯进行工作,我将这个灯悬挂在我的衬衫上或是像山洞探险者一样将它佩戴在我的头顶。这些价格低廉的长效LED灯节省了许多安装工人在白天和夜晚的时间。

This installation for “Sawmill Specialties” we never really saw until a few days later, having left that project around 2 a.m. and gone home to crash a while. But, even though we made no attempt to light the whole area, having plenty of light at arms length was all we really needed. I always keep an assortment of these inexpensive LED lights, and spare batteries, in the shop truck tool boxes.

安装完成后的“Sawmill Specialties”标识我们是在几天后才有机会好好地看一看它。我们在凌晨2点左右离开了那里并回家好好休整了一段时间。我们在使用LED灯时,主要的需求是希望LED灯能够拥有长足的光线,其次是看它能不能照亮整个区域。我总是会在我的工作卡车的工具箱中存放一些廉价的LED灯和备用电池,以备不时之需。

One more install worth mentioning here was a plate metal letter job we did for a local fire station, which was being named for a retiring fire chief. It is not so common that we are stud-mounting heavy plate metal letters to a corrugated metal building wall, but it does happen. However, regular paper patterns aren’t well suited for this, and holding the letters perfectly in place until the silicone adhesive dries can be a pain as well.

还有一个值得一提的安装工作是我们为当地的消防局制作的一个金属板标识,这个消防局是以退休的消防局长命名的。将沉重的金属厚板标识安装在“瓦楞”状金属建筑墙上的安装案例并不常见,但确实也是有这样的案例存在的。常规的纸张图形很难适应墙面的贴合,在硅酮粘合剂干燥之前,将这些字母标识固定在合适的位置也是一件非常困难的事情。

So, our patterns were made from fluted plastic, with vinyl letters applied. To try to ensure that we had studs avoiding the beveled parts of the corrugations as much as possible, and located where we wanted studs to go, the letters were all double drilled and double tapped to begin with.

因此,我们使用带有沟槽的塑料材料来制作我们的模型,并使用乙烯基材料来制作标识字母。为了确保螺丝钉的安装能够尽量避开墙面“瓦楞”状的斜面部分,并且位于我们理想的安装位置,我们一开始就需要对这些字母进行两次钻孔和安插的处理。

The pattern showed all the hole locations of course, but we could pick which ones to use. This worked well, but to keep the letters sitting perfectly straight until the glue dried, lengths of shop-made .040 aluminum angle were screwed in place in a perfectly straight line with a few small sheet metal screws, and the letters rested on the angle pieces until the next day. Where a round letter was located, a notch was cut out to allow a round letter to extend past he angle a bit easily enough. Doing the install this way was far better taping all letters to death, and hoping for the best. This method was simple, fast and fool proof.

图案上会显示所有安装孔所在的位置,我们可以选择我们理想的位置进行安装。这样做的效果很好,但为了在用于固定的胶水干燥之前保持字母的完全笔直,我们将使用一些小的金属螺丝把我们商店制造的一块长度合适的安装角度为0.04的铝材安装在标识下方的一条完美的直线上,标识将依托这个材料一直被固定在墙面上到第二天。找到圆形字母标识所在的位置,我们将这个圆形标识切割出一个凹槽,使这个圆形标识能够更贴合地安装在房屋墙壁上,使用这种安装方式能够让所有的字母标识都完美地安装在理想的位置,并且这种方法简单、高效以及操作十分安全。

This was just another case of using the right techniques to make an install job easier, quicker, and more professionally done, which is exactly what we’re after.

这也是通过使用正确的技术来让标识安装工作变得更加容易、更加高效和更加专业的另一个成功案例,这也正是我们所追求的。


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