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INSTALLATION METHODS FOR ROOM SIGNS

1. High-Bond Adhesive Foam Tape (such as 3M #4950 VHB) works well for mounting on glass, metal, ceramic tile, and decorative block surfaces.

2. Hardware Recommendations:

For mounting high-impact styrene frames:
size: #6 or #8 slotted hex pan-head tapping screws, 1 inch to 1-1/4 inch (25.4 - 32 mm) in length, with plastic wall anchors for mounting on plaster, wall board, concrete block, and brick.

For mounting 1/4 inch (6 mm) acrylic signs with no frame: size: #6 or #8 slotted hex pan-head or flat-head tapping screws.
Note: counter sink holes when using flat-head screws so that the head of the screw is flush with the surface of the sign when installed.

3. Other Considerations:
Use stainless steel hardware in areas of high humidity (such as pool rooms and outdoor areas).

4. Installation on Wood:
Use VHB tape or wood screws for installing on wood surfaces.
Note: If a sign will be mounted on a wood door, verify installation methods first with your client before drilling holes in an expensive wood door.


MOUNTING TEMPLATE FOR ROOM SIGNS

A mounting template makes installation fast and easy. Shown here is a simple piece of wood molding that is approximately 72 inches x 3 inches (1829 mm x 76 mm).

Mark "top of sign" locations directly on the mounting template for commonly used sign sizes. To use this template, position it against the door frame with the bottom edge resting on the floor. Then using the actual sign or sign frame, either directly install the sign (if using tape) or mark your drill holes. Use a level to make sure the sign is straight.

This size template works great for signs 8 inches (203 mm) in width or larger. For smaller signs, you can add spacers to the template so that the signs are installed the proper distance away from the door or simply position the template the appropriate distance away from the door.

Mounting Template

MOUNTING LOCATION FOR ROOM SIGNS

1. All room signs should be mounted adjacent to the latch side of the door. They must be far enough away from the swing of the door so that the reader can approach within 3 inches (76 mm) of the sign and not be hit in the face by an opening door.

2. The original USA ADA specifications for mounting height required that the centerline of the sign be 60 inches (1525 mm) above the floor.

The revised USA 2010 guidelines allow for a range of mounting heights that can be determined by the sign design as well as the usage by the facility. All interior wall-mounted room signs are to be installed so that the tactile characters are located as follows:

Tactile characters shall be 48 inches (1220 mm) minimum and 60 inches (1525 mm) maximum above the adjacent floor, measured from the baseline of the characters. If the text is multi-lined, measure from the baseline of the first (top) line of tactile text and the baseline of the last (bottom) line of tactile text.

Signs shall have a minimum 18 inches x 18 inches (455 mm x 455 mm) space on the floor, centered on the sign, beyond the arc of any door swing between the closed position and 45° open position. This regulation applies to out-swinging doors (doors that open towards you).

The revised standards allow for greater versatility. They allow for signs of various sizes to be installed lining up all the tops (or bottoms) of the signs. They also allow for signs to be installed lower in special circumstances such as in elementary schools.

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3. SINGLE OUT-SWINGING DOOR
(door opens towards individual)

Mount sign on latch side of door. Tactile text must be located within 48-60 inches (1220-1525 mm) above the floor, measured from the baseline of the first and last line of tactile text. Position the sign a minimum of 9 inches (227.5 mm) from the edge of the door to the center of the sign.

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4. SINGLE IN-SWINGING DOOR
(door opens away from individual)

The new standards allow for mounting signs on the push side of doors that contain automatic closers and without hold-open devices.

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SPECIAL MOUNTING SITUATIONS FOR ROOM SIGNS

1. DOUBLE DOORS (BOTH ACTIVE)

In a situation where there are rooms with out-swinging double doors and it is not possible to mount the sign adjacent to the latch side of the door, mount the room sign adjacent to the right door. Remember: The sign must be located "out of the path of the door swing" so that a reader can approach the sign and not be hit by an opening door.

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2. DOUBLE DOORS (WITH INACTIVE LEAF)

For out-swinging double doors where one door is normally locked in place, mount the room sign on the inactive leaf a minimum of 9 inches (229 mm) from the center of the sign to the meeting edge of the door.

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3.GLASS SIDE LIGHT ADJACENT TO LATCH SIDE OF DOOR

Mount the room sign to the glass face of the side light with adhesive foam tape.

NOTE: When mounting any framed signs to glass we suggest you add a Backplate made of a piece of 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) engraving stock, cut to the size of the frame, and mount with pressure-sensitive tape to the opposite glass face. This helps to conceal the back of the frame and provides a clean finished look.

For narrow glass side lights that are less than 12 inches (305 mm), the sign can be mounted on the wall next to the sidelight on the latch side of the door.

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4. PRESENCE OF A BUILDING ELEMENT SUCH AS A FIRE EXTINGUISHER,
THERMOSTAT, UTILITY BOX, ETC., WITHIN THE SIGN LOCATION AREA

If the building element cannot be moved, the sign should be mounted approximately 3 inches (76 mm) from the building element, adjacent to the latch side of the door.


5. PRESENCE OF MOLDING OR CHANGE IN WALL SURFACE MATERIAL
WITHIN THE SIGN LOCATION AREA

Some building conditions may require that the molding be cut away from the sign location area and the surface materials be made flush with each other to accommodate the sign frame.


6. DOOR LOCATED CLOSE TO CORNER WALL

In a situation where there is not enough wall space on the latch side of the door to mount a room sign, you may mount the sign on the nearest adjacent wall (as shown below). Special care should be taken to keep the sign away from the door swing.

The revised standards (ANSI / ADAAG) call for a minimum 18 inches x 18 inches (455 mm x 455 mm) space on the floor (centered on the sign) beyond the arc of any door swing between the closed position and 45° open position.

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7. If the preceding options are not available you will have to make a determination, on a case by case basis, as to the best mounting location. You can consider the following location options only if no other option exists:

OUT-SWINGING DOOR (door opens towards individual):
Locate sign on the wall at the hinge side of the door, out of the path of the door swing.

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