Customer Spotlight – Smoking Pig BBQ, Fremont, CA

Our signs are in the Smoking Pig BBQ TV Commercial. We are very happy to be the sign vendor of choice for Smoking Pig BBQ, but more than that, we love their BBQ, it’s fantastic. If you get a chance to visit Fremont, we highly recommend trying some, it’s mouthwatering.

How to Clean an Awning or Umbrella

Many of our sign customers have asked, thanks for telling us how to clean signs, you don’t happen to know how to clean awnings or restaurant patio umbrellas? Well, our good friends over at Sunbrella have a good video on how to do just that.

Take a look!

Bryant Park Plaza – Mountain View, CA

What’s behind the Wall?

Simple Parking Sign = NOT so Simple

JH-Visitor-Parking2You want to just throw in a couple of Private Parking signs on your property or maybe have a couple of Reserved Spaces for the Big Boss or CEO.

Simple right?

Well, in theory Yes, but in reality there are some things to understand before you just call a sign company and have them drop in a couple of signs.

1. Is their dirt in front of the spaces or asphalt/concrete? Dirt is an easier install, just dig a 6″ hole and drop the sign in with some concrete mix. But if there is already concrete or asphalt, the location needs to be core drilled by a core drilling professional. That will cost extra money.

2. So you have dirt available, well what’s underneath it? Sprinkler Lines, Sewer Lines, Gas Lines, Electrical Wires, Roots, etc. Or are their Trees, Bushes, Retaining Walls, etc. blocking the area? Always discuss with your Landscaper or Facilities Mgmt the sign project and verify that there are NO OBSTRUCTIONS before the sign installation takes place. You may also want to call “USA Underground”, a local agency that keeps track of underground infrastructure in most San Francisco Bay Area cities.

3. Will you have people towed if they break the rule and park in the reserved space? If so, you need to contract with a local towing company and they will give you a telephone number that MUST be placed on the sign to allow the owner of the car to retrieve his/her vehicle back. Some cities also require that the local sheriff or police department number be placed on the sign also.

So, it’s not super difficult to get your new parking signs installed, as long as you just remember to follow the rules above and avoid the pitfalls.

Parking Sign Detail Sheet