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Colorful Sign Advertises Farm Repair Business
About 1 1/2 years ago I came up with this colorful sign to advertise my farm repair business. It's located next to my house and close to a major highway so a lot of people see it. I get a lot of compliments on it. The sign is painted Deere green and yellow and is about 10 ft. high. To make it I mounted an 8-ft. dia., 18-in. wide wheel rim - off an old steam engine - on top of a 2-ft. high steel base. The base is hollow and filled with rocks to hold the sign in place. It rests on top of railroad ties and is anchored by 4-ft. long steel rods that extend through the ties and into the ground.   The wheel rim is covered on one side by two steel plates - a green one in front that has letters and decorative objects cut out of it, and a solid yellow one behind it. I had the letters cut out by a local shop which used a laser cutter to do the job. I used my own plasma cutter to cut out the decorative objects which include a sunflower, wheat stalk, hammer, and wrench. A floodlight that runs off a timer shines up toward the wheel at night. The yellow color really stands out in the darkness. At Christmas I decorate the wheel rim with lights to make it look like the wheel is turning. One advantage of cutting out the letters is that it eliminates the need to repaint anything. (Roger Gutschmidt, 6651 Hwy. 56, Gackle, N. Dak. 58442 ph 701 698-2310)

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4