Curious how Sequoia Signs maintains precision and accuracy when installing quality Signs up to code? Our use of jigs in the installation process maintains quality control and flexibility for all the designs we create. A jig is a custom made tool which controls the location or positioning of a fixture. A jig’s primary purpose is to provide repetition, accuracy and interchangeability in the installation of signage. While holding the signage and guiding an installation tool, a jig is so essential to the final product of a quality sign.
How to use a jig to install Quality Signs
Jig is such a simple little word and yet so essential to the final product of a quality sign. It is hard to put a price on the true value of a jig when installing quality signs for Multi-family housing or other wayfinding projects. To begin, we use a sign setter to install almost every quality sign in a Multi-family housing project. A setter is effectively a jig on a stick and that stick also works as a measuring stick.
ADA Compliant Sign install
Using a sign setter/jig allows us to install each quality sign the same distance from the door jam as well as the same distance to the bottom of the sign. In projects like these, the majority of quality signs that we install are ADA signs (Americans with Disabilities Act). These quality signs have tactile lettering (raised 1/32 of an inch) as well as braille and they need to be located between 48” and 60” from the floor. (It gets slightly more technical but that is a rough guideline.)
With our jig, we prioritize that all signs look well positioned relative to each other. As not all signs are the same height, this often means adjusting our jig so that the tops of all signs are the same height. Other times we may align the bottoms of the signs. Either way, our clients know that their project will look great and are high quality!
Consistent Sign Installation
Another example of a jig is when we need to position two quality signs in relation to each other repetitively. As you can see in this picture on the right, we needed to include the handicap symbol for every accessible room at the Marriott Residence Inn, Walnut Creek. Our client wanted the symbol centered under the room number but the room number was, itself, off center (by design). Our solution was to carefully measure our location and create a simple jig, so that all of our handicap symbols were consistently placed under the room numbers. Check out our other quality signage we build with a jig in our gallery!