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I guess by now most of you know that I do not think highly of FedEx, and to combat their excuses they couldn't find my house, at least, I am going to make a house number sign. Had gotten an idea for a demonish face from the back of a playing card. Pic included. Couldn't come up with a design I liked, so checked some far east demons. And found out I don't like demons or devils. So, decided to fall back on some designs I had made a long time ago for small banks. Had originally planned on getting a piece of u tube, welding it to an old vehicle wheel, and bolt the design I decide on to that. Then found out the older son has some black iron pipe, decided a stand made of that would be loads better, because then I could use French cleat sort of hangers, and easily hang, or change, designs. Figured out a six piece design stand. Then four piece. Then three piece, then two piece. Keep It Simple Stupid. Makes hanging and changing them very easy. I'm thinking I will hang one out there, until the get used to looking for the drive with the Wizard (or whatever) at the end of the drive, then change the design. Originally I was just going to use the owl design I had sketched for my coat tree design, color it, then blow it up. But decided, what's the fun in that. At present got just the owl - in several different color variations. One Wizard, also very changeable. Then the fairy. But also have a variety of other usable designs I haven't tapped yet. The number fonts I will use will likely be Oliver, funk regular, or Frankenstein. I love woodworking.
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I'd go with the owl, sitting on a sign with very very large numbers. Telling a driver to look for a Wizzard are is not as clear as saying, "look for the big owl sign, sitting on top of the house number."

Then add a sign that says "Deliveries here to #####, Yourstreet. Place the owl on top of that. Put it in 8-12 inch letters and get a couple of solar LED spotlights to shine on it so when the sun sets at 4:30 in winter, the delivery guy can still see the sign. Those lights are getting cheap, saw some at HD for near $10 each. The lights only have to work for 4-6 hours to cover late day deliveries. In warmer weather the lighted sigh will help Emergency Medical Technicians find you fast if you need them. Many heart attacks and strokes happen at night and getting to the emergency room fast makes all the difference.
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I'd go with the owl, sitting on a sign with very very large numbers. Telling a driver to look for a Wizzard are is not as clear as saying, "look for the big owl sign, sitting on top of the house number."

Then add a sign that says "Deliveries here to #####, Yourstreet. Place the owl on top of that. Put it in 8-12 inch letters and get a couple of solar LED spotlights to shine on it so when the sun sets at 4:30 in winter, the delivery guy can still see the sign. Those lights are getting cheap, saw some at HD for near $10 each. The lights only have to work for 4-6 hours to cover late day deliveries. In warmer weather the lighted sigh will help Emergency Medical Technicians find you fast if you need them. Many heart attacks and strokes happen at night and getting to the emergency room fast makes all the difference.
Yeah, I'd decided to go with the owl. First. I'll be switching out the signs ever once in awhile tho. Right now trying to come up with the most terrifying colors I can think of for the first owl. Hehehe Made a design for another owl too, but right now I put the sketchbook it is in where it is safe and easily found. And I can't find it now. The sign'll be about 3 foot tall, 6-8 feet from the road, and the numbers won't be extremely huge, but I think at least around 6" minimum, or more, depending on the font I choose. Definitely larger than anything any of the neighbors have. No lights, shady, doubt seriously they would charge. Good idea tho, for EMTs, not FedEx, they don't deliver after dark, they're well on their way home by then. Maybe a long wire between the panel and light would work, have to check.

Last week FedEx delivered 2 packages of med supplies. In the rain, so no plastic sheet over the boxes. And stacked on my step, in front of the door, so no way to get out without knocking both boxes over on the porch. And the top box was very clearly marked FRAGILE. They've done that before too. There is enough space on the step, they could easily set the boxes to the side of the door, so they don't get knocked over. But they set them right in the center of the door, every time.

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Personally, I like the 3rd owl, Theo.

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Extending the wire would probably do the trick, but I have lots of solar lights that charge just fine in areas that only get a few hours of direct light, so the small spots would probably work OK. Make the letters 9 inches high, paint several coats of white, and coat with outdoor sealer so you don't have to mess with them and to increase visibility. Having had three EMT visits during the last 4 months, I'd want the maximize the visibility, a minute or two delay can be life or death. I get annoyed by packages left on in the middle of the porch, but the delivery guys are in such a rush, they won't read special instructions. Maybe an open topped box beside the porch, raised so rain won't get in it, with a sign saying PACKAGES HERE would do it.
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Personally, I like the 3rd owl, Theo.
Yeah, of the 3 I like that one best too. They will all likely get made tho. Now if I can come up with one really terrifying looking I'll be happy. I do have another owl sketched up, but it is in one of the sketchbooks I put away so they don't get misplaced. And now I can't remember where I put them.
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Extending the wire would probably do the trick, but I have lots of solar lights that charge just fine in areas that only get a few hours of direct light
Maybe an open topped box beside the porch, raised so rain won't get in it, with a sign saying PACKAGES HERE would do it.
The end of my drive only gets direct sunlight in spots, thru the tree leaves, so not sure they would get any charge at all. But if I can find one with a separate solor panel, I think I will get one and give it a shot. And if that doesn't do it I'll splice a long length of wire in so I can put the panel where it will get several hours of sun.

A box might work. But not sure the FedEx guys would use it. UPS always puts packages on the edge of the porch, which is fine with me, because I can just grab them, don't have to bend over to pick them up. FedEx seldom does, with them it is usually on the step, once in awhile on the porch, so have to bend over to pick them up. UPS always knocks, they never stick around, just knock - which is no problem with me, at least they do knock. Don't recall FedEx EVER knocking.

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Theo, I think FedEx is a much smaller outfit so they have fewer drivers covering larger areas, which is probably why they are always in a rush. Put the package drop box on high legs so you don't have to bend over and the driver's more likely to see the sign.
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Theo, I think FedEx is a much smaller outfit so they have fewer drivers covering larger areas, which is probably why they are always in a rush. Put the package drop box on high legs so you don't have to bend over and the driver's more likely to see the sign.
I don't know if smaller or not, but I have heard they now outsource their drivers. Was also told all the drivers have GPS. But still get told, the driver couldn't find my address (UPS has no problem finding it, nor the fire department, Terminex, pizza deliveries, etc.). Then there is the excuse, no one home to sign (on days I never left the house, plus never yet gotten anything I asked to sign for), knocked but no one answered (also days I never left the house). One time a package got returned to the sender after a week, because the said no one was ever home and it needed to be signed for. FedEx is a PITA. But they will be able to see the sign, I'll make sure of that, so they will have one less excuse. Oh yeah, they delivered to a neighbor instead of me, three times in a row.
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Discovered that the area where the sign will go does received some sunlight. In the afternoon. Not sure yet but think before noon not. Decided against an owl for the first sign. Couldn't figure out how to make of of the ones I already designed scary looking, and still working on another owl design. So, reworked one of my Wizards a bit and it will go first.
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