It is important that you know the best technique for installing your address sign. Soil and weather conditions require different installation methods. Hard dry soil requires more steps than damp soft soil. Rocky soil and sandy soil require different steps. We hope the following information makes installing your sign easier and faster.
- First choose the location you would like to install your sign. For best result’s it should be placed so that it can be seen from both directions on your street. Placing within a zone from your front door and your driveway is usually best. If your sign is installed too close to your neighbor’s property line it could create confusion.
- After choosing your desired location you should ensure that there are no underground obstacles such as roots, pipes, concrete, wires, etc.
- Now test the hardness of the soil.
- If your soil is wet or sandy it should be easy to lightly tap your address sign directly into the ground until firm (usually about 10”)
- If your soil is dry and hard you should soak with water the area you wish to install the sign. If you have a garden hose available you can turn it on very slow and let it run for two hours. You want to have the water soaking into the soil not running across the ground. After your soil is thoroughly soaked you should be able to gently tap your sign into the ground until firm (usually about 10”).
- If your soil is rocky or lots of gravel you have a couple choices. You can drill or drive a pilot hole. You can get a length of rebar steel and hammer it into the ground and then slide the sign post over the rebar and tap it until firm. You can also get a long ¾” auger drill bit. Using a cordless drill you can drill it into the ground about 10”. Remove the auger bit and tap your address sign into the pilot hole until firm
- Final recommendation is to use a post hole digger and dig a hole about 12-18” deep. Then fill the hole with concrete and push the address sign into the ground. Put dirt around the top and pack it to ensure your sign is straight up and perpendicular to the road. When the concrete sets up in about 24hrs you will have a very solid installation.
- NOTE: IN MOST CASES THE EASIEST INSTALLATION IS TO TAP YOUR SIGN INTO THE GROUND WHEN THE SOIL IS DAMP AND SOFT. IF YOU CAN WAIT UNTIL AFTER A GOOD RAIN THIS USUALLY CREATES THE BEST CONDITIONS.
Please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 888-991-3322 if you have any questions. We hope you love your sign for many years to come!