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How to Build a Free Standing Sign Out of PVC

The primary purpose of PVC is to channel water.
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Like duct tape, PVC pipe is a common material for creative purposes rather than those it is manufactured for. Inexpensive and easy to work with, PVC pipe makes a sturdy but lightweight foundation for quick outdoor structures, including a large, free standing sign. Advertise for businesses or events with relatively little time, effort or expense.

Attach the four 1 1/2-foot lengths of pipe to both sides of both “T” joints with PVC cement, leaving the stem of the “T” perpendicular to the pipes and creating two joined pipe sections measuring just over 3 feet each.

Lay two of the 4-foot pipes and the two “T” joint pieces on the ground, forming a rectangle. Attach the pieces using four elbow joints and more cement. Position the pieces so that the stems of the “T” joints point straight up.

Glue the two 6-foot pipe pieces into the stems of the “T” joints, making them stand straight up from the ground and the rectangular base.

Attach the remaining 4-foot pipe piece to the top of the two 6-foot pieces, stretching it across them to run parallel to the ground. Fix and glue in place using two more elbow joints.

Cut two pieces of tag board large enough to cover the vertical rectangle of the sign on each side.

Attach the tag board pieces to either side of the sign using packing tape.

Things You'll Need:

  • PVC pipe cement
  • Four 1 1/2-inch PVC pipes
  • Two PVC "T" joints
  • Two 4-foot PVC pipes
  • Six PVC elbow joints
  • Tag board
  • Packing tape
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