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Pine Ridge Estates Signage

Turning An Old Barrier Into A Sign

aka... Making Lemonade from a Lemon

June 2020

 

When we purchased our home in Oklahoma in 2018 we did not know who owned the narrow strip of land between our property and the cattle pasture along the east boundary.  After pulling out our survey paperwork from when we bought our house, I discovered that WE owned the narrow strip of land. It also comes with a small berry bramble....hum!!! 
We are unable to build anything here because it is a utility easement. My husband keeps it mowed and that is it.  Which means, we also own the old ugly ass barrier that was wrapped in barbed wire.

The left post of this barrier is made of cement.  Who knows how deep into the ground.


Old barrier on the south east corner of our property

To remove this barrier, you would need at least a Bobcat or some other type of equipment to get it out.  AFTER first contacting Oklahoma 811 http://www.okie811.org/......of course..... because of the buried utilities.

Too much of a hassle to remove it.  We are in a rural area, after all.  The barrier just kind of blends in with the surroundings.  I can however give the barrier more purpose.

The small town we live in has a lot of new homes being built.  Each little cluster of homes is named "something estates"  The little "estate" cluster we belong to, Pine Ridge Estates, has only 9 homes along a straight stretch of road.  The builder did not bother to give our house cluster an estate sign.

So I decided to use the barrier as a sign post for a sign that says "Pine Ridge Estates".  The other thing I decided to add was the street name.  Why?  Because the side street that has a Stop sign,  lost the street name sign on top of it.  So unless you are from this area, you would not know what street you just came to. 

We often saw people just sitting in their cars at this Stop sign for longer than normal.  Probably on a GPS system in their car or phone trying to figure out where they were.  The GPS system will probably not catch-up in this area for a few years (if ever).  Better I just tell them what street they are on and end the confusion.


Intersection with missing street sign on top of Stop sign

Sign Materials

The Board

After measuring the space between the posts on the barrier, which is 92", it was time to select and order the materials.

I already knew what material I wanted to use for the sign board.  Composite decking material. 

Unlike wood that requires periodic maintenance, no matter how well you prep it, this new composite decking which is almost like plastic, does not rot or need any maintenance.
The decking boards are not wide enough.  But the fascia boards, that are made to match the decking, are 11.25" wide.  Perfect for this project.  The fascia boards only come in one length, 12 feet.  The surface has a faux wood texture which looks like wood.

The last time I purchased this type of decking board for a project, I bought it at Lowes.  They no longer carry it in-store.  Neither does the Home Depot.  I made a trip to TH Rogers in Fletcher, OK and they did not have any in-store either, however they could order a board for me and have it the next day.

I could have also ordered it from Home Depot or Lowes BUT they are farther away.  In order for me to get a 12 foot board home in my SUV, 4 feet of it has to stick out of my passenger window tied to the side view mirror. The wind hits it.  Better to only drive a few miles slower on back roads than to get on a freeway with a flapping board.

 


Deck board - too narrow


Fascia board used on sign

MoistureShield Vantage Wood Composite Decking

I ordered the color that matches the rusty brown color of the barrier which was Seasoned Mahogany.  https://www.moistureshield.com/products/composite-decking/vantage/
The Lettering

When it comes to lettering, I have a little advantage over other folks....a Graphic Arts degree... which means I have worked with lettering extensively.

In this case, I just applied these principals to a different medium.

After looking online for different lettering options, I decided on stainless steel lettering.  The stainless steel would be more durable outdoors.  If it rusts in a few years, I can paint the letters.  The stainless steel also looks a little more classy and professional looking.

There are quite a few online stores that make custom lettering.  You may need to compare them to see if the prices are the same and they have the fonts you want.

The company I selected was CraftCuts  https://www.craftcuts.com/

What I liked about this company and some of the others, was their software that tells you how long your word string is in inches.  This way I could get the largest lettering possible that would fit on the 92" board minus a couple inches for a margin on the side. 

After looking at fonts, I decided to mix up the size of the lower and upper case letters.

For the exact font, I wanted something fancier for the "Pine Ridge Estates" and a more simpler font for the street name.

- The capital "P" - "R" - "E"  - are 8" Cherry Swash Bold
- The lower case letters  - are 6" Cherry Swash Bold
- Street name - 4" Basic Serif

The lettering was ordered on June 16, 2020.
Shipped on June 22, 2020 via UPS
Received on June 25, 2020

Items were packaged well.  The box was received in good shape.

Miscellaneous Items
 

The barrier was pretty much a solid rust color, but it needed some touching up.  I went to the hardware store looking for a rust colored paint.  Found this paint instead, made just for rusty surfaces in exactly the color that I needed....rust.

The other item I needed was something to attach the sign board to the barrier.  The top horizontal bar on the barrier was the same width as the poles used on wood fences or chain link fences.  Looking at my own fence and the hardware used, I knew what I needed to get.

The hardware is called an adjustable wood post adapter and you find them in the gardening area of the hardware store where they have the fencing items.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/2-3-8-IN-ADJUST-WOOD-POST-ADAPTOR/1002916330

 


Rust-oleum Rusty Metal Primer
To attach the letters onto the sign board, I decided to glue them on with Gorilla Glue Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive. 

The letter company does offer options of mounting holes, but I wanted the lettering to look clean with no screws on the surface.

However, I wanted the lettering to be slightly raised on the surface for two reasons:


Adjustable Wood Post Adapter

1) To provide more of a 3-D look by creating a shadow underneath.

2) To make the letter edges easier to slip plastic around, incase I need to paint the letters in the future.

To do this, I placed little silicone bumpers (the same ones used for cabinet doors) on the back of the letters and then placed the glue on heavy enough to fill the gaps with the raised surface.

If I did not raise the letters, no shadow would be created and the letters would look flat.

You will see this shadow in the photos below.


 Scotch Bumpers

Material Costs for Pine Ridge Estates Sign
  Cost
1 - MoistureShield Vantage Fascia Board - Seasoned Mahogany 12' $78.38
Stainless Steel Lettering 155.86
1 - 12 oz spray can Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer 4.99
6 - Adjustable Wood Post Adapter   $1.59 each 9.54
2 - packages - Clear bumpers to stick behind letters - 60 pack 17.92
1 - Gorilla Ultimate Glue 9 oz caulk tube 8.98
20 - approx - longer carriage bolts than what came with the wood post adapters 7.00
   
Total $282.67
After cutting the large board to 92" and the smaller board to 36" x 6", the letters were dry fitted on top of the board and moved around until there was even spacing and they were straight.  I used pieces of masking tape to make sure the lettering was level.

The letters where then glued on and left to set overnight.

I quickly discovered that the carriage bolts that came with the wood post adapters were not going to be long enough to go through my sign board and through the adapter on the back side of the sign.  So I bought some longer ones at the local Ace Hardware.  Gosh I just love the location of our new house.  Within 2-4 miles, I have two hardware stores I can go to, that are not Big Box but have everything I usually need. 

Before attaching the carriage bolts, I gave the bolt heads a couple of coats of the rust primer paint.  I then marked the location and drilled the holes for the carriage bolts into the sign board.

On the ends of the large board I used the full hardware of the wood post adapter.  Everywhere else I just used the U-bracket.  For the ends, I also had to buy a longer socket to tighten the bolts in-between the poles.

For the street sign I found out after I drilled my holes, that I would need to angle the U-bracket to attach it to the angled criss-cross section of the barrier.  So I plugged up the first hole with a short carriage bolt so I would not have a hole.  The end result is 2 bolt heads close together which could just be considered a design feature ;)

The back of the bolts and nuts were given a coat of clear caulk to keep away the rust....for a bit.


How the sign is attached to the barrier


Shadow under the raised lettering giving the sign more of a 3-D look

The plan is to place some bricks around the barrier and plant some wild flowers.  When I get around to doing this, I will add a photograph.

 

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