Planning the installation of a sign begins with an on-site survey to determine the composition of the wall and if there are any obstacles such as snow banks, parking meters, or high-tension wires. The height of the sign will determine what type of equipment will be required (extensible ladder, boom truck, crane, scissor lift, etc.). A city permit may be required if we anticipate a temporary blocking of traffic or a deviation of pedestrian traffic, and consultations with Hydro-Québec are advised where power lines are present.
It is also essential that a dedicated electrical circuit be available at the site with the appropriate voltage and amperage ratings, and that all electrical accessories be certified.
When installing a pylon sign, if the base structure pre-exists, (concrete base with or without a steel post), it is necessary to evaluate its’ condition and refurbishment, and whether or not it is strong enough to carry the sign and withstand inclement weather.
If no structures are present, they must be implanted. We must then determine the size and location of the concrete base, and plan for and execute the excavation, coffering, concrete pouring, insertion of steel anchor rods and electrical wiring, and backfill. Frequently an inquiry is made to determine the presence of underground infrastructure such as pipes, sewers or wiring.
The last step to consider before the final installation is transportation. Appropriate equipment is chosen, either transport trucks or trailers according to the size and weight of the structure to be moved.