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 INSTALLING YOUR PEDESTAL, MONUMENT
 OR CRADLE MOUNT SIGN.

Standard model center pole sign

  You will be notified when your sign is prepared for shipment. You will receive either an email or a phone call providing the name of the shipping company, the Bill of Laden number and the terminal phone number.  We recommend that you call the dispatcher at the freight company and ask about your sign's delivery. Every freight company wants to make the delivery of your sign as convenient as possible. Depending on routes and loads, remember that it may be necessary for you to have man power available at a time that may not be the most convenient. This may be unavoidable at times. An option should this occur would be to have your sign delivered at a local business that has a loading dock. Later when it is more convenient, you can transport your sign to where you will be installing it.

More often, your sign will be delivered to your facility at a convenient time. You will normally be provided an approximate time or span of time to expect delivery. Your sign will weight between 400 and 900 pounds on average. We recommend you have four to five men available to slide your sign from the truck down onto the ground.

Many times, you can request your sign be delivered on a truck with a lift-gate. There will be an additional charge. This is about $100.00 on average. Not all delivery routes however have a lift-gate option available. If you desire a lift-gate, ask the dispatcher if you can receive your sign on a truck that has one.

Unloading sign.  
  Your standard model pedestal, cradle or monument sign will have an installation package provided.  This will ship to you ahead of your sign so you can proceed with your installation planning. Installation template  
  Your foundation hole should be prepared per the provided engineered drawings that are sent with your sign. Your foundation will be engineered for a 130mph wind load.

Locate your sign after confirming the location is approved by your local zoning department. You do not want to have to move your sign once your foundation is prepared.

Once your sign location is decided upon, call for a utility locate. This is never an option. In most every state, it is the law. Repairs to utility lines can be very expensive and will delay your installation.

 

Engineered foundation drawing  
  If your sign is near an intersection or driveway, confirm with your local zoning office regarding the proper sight distance triangle measurements. Your sign will need to be out of this triangle.

 

Sight distance triangle.  
  Consult with your local electrician so that you can have your electrical extend where it needs to for final connections. Your electrician may want to specify the type of in-ground conduit or flex cable based on their preference or local electrical codes. While most signs will only require 2 to 4 amps, your electrician will most likely want to allow for a 15 amp circuit.  Your sign will be provided with an on/off switch. Extra wire will be coiled and left inside the cabinet. Electrical  
  Preparing your foundation will be relatively easy. Depending upon your ground conditions,  you can dig by hand or use a back hoe. Care will be need taken to cover hole after digging if the hole will be left empty and unattended overnight.

Remember to make arrangements to have excess dirt carried away.

Digging foundation  
  Uncrate your sign and inspect for any concealed damage. Uncrating sign.  
  Install your anchor bolts using the provided template. Your will need to attach rebar to the anchor bolts per the provided drawing. Rebar is not provided. The rebar with attach with tie wire. Once the anchor bolts are set up and the concrete poured, take care to protect the foundation until the concrete sets. This takes three days typically.

Watch this installation video provided by ESCO Manufacturing of a typical standard model sign.   Click here


Rebar cage.
Pouring concrete
 
  Your sign will fit onto the anchor bolts perfectly. Allow for adequate manpower to stand your sign up. Standing sign up.  
  Your vandal cover uses push pin keys. We can mail replacement keys when needed. Keys  
  Please remember to share any photographs that you have taken with us. We understand it is not always convenient to have someone taking pictures but the pictures that you share WILL help someone else understand the installation steps involved in their new sign.

We would especially appreciate photos showing...

  • Unloading your sign from the truck.
  • Preparing your foundation.
  • Attaching your sign to the anchor bolts.
  • Wiring the electrical on your sign.
  • Your completed sign with the installation "crew".

When we receive photos of signs with a message such as "THANK YOU CORNERSTONE", we immediately mail a free message book as a Thank-you. Should you be able to video your installation, contact your sales representative and ask about a Special Reward.
 

Installed sign.  
       
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