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Even though it seems like a foolproof way of foiling Girl Scouts and magazine subscription* salesfolk, failing to label your domicile with the proper numbers just doesn't work unless you can convince all of your neighbors to do the same. Otherwise, even a dull Brownie can tell that the house in between 80 and 84 is 82.

So you might as well jazz your house up a bit by making a sweet custom address marker. It's easier than community organizing, especially if you have some extra Loctite Power Grab on hand.




*Kids, ask your parents about magazines. They used to be a big deal.

Step 1: Gather materials

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Materials: Tools:
  • caulking gun
  • sponge
  • measuring tape
  • something flat and heavy
 
Bjorno4 years ago
Another former Pizza guy here... I can attest to the difficulty of finding numbers on many houses, and how it affects how long you wait for your pizza and everybody else who orders after you. Most of the time, you can use common sense, but other times the numbering scheme is so convoluted that it delays yours and everyone else's pizza.

Another big issue is people who put their numbers right below their exterior lights. This blinds you from being able to see the numbers at night.

As far as this instructable goes, screws work just as well as glue... that is what the holes are for. :)

mr.pipes4 years ago
I delivered pizza for a while and for the most part didn't have trouble finding the houses. However I was going to 100+ houses every week and became very familiar with the streets. When I would have difficulty I would curse the homeowners and wonder what would happen if they needed an ambulance or the police and every second mattered. Smarten up people!
crazyg4 years ago
i fully apreciate the need for well numberd resedences, good intention noted,
brown wood at night looks black,
silver and brass numbers reflect the darkness at night,
just a little insight from a pizza delivery personnage
numbers inside porches with no light or a outer door frame invisible,ones stuck behind hanging baskets,others in plain sight until they park their work van on the drive, then there are the fresh renovations where the minimal theme goes too far,or the scruffy ones that paint the door and numbers with a broom or something,
white on black or visa versa is the way to go in my opinion,
(just spotted illumination note)if only people would maintain them or flip the switch,seems they struggle with doorbell battries,(jump straght in with the repeated palm slap/bash due to sore nuckels)
Kralc4 years ago
Good ible.
If you have a traditional clapboard siding I would recommend using a cedar clapboard upside down (trim the thinner edge) and glue-screw it to the underneath clapboard.
EMS fire and police want to know the address, this will only help them find it.

kralc
ddsouza4 years ago
I cut my own numbers about a foot high. Used a scroll saw, and birch plywood.

http://d-dsouza.blogspot.com/2010/06/doing-number-on-house.html
notimeoff4 years ago
This is good, but contrast .....more contrast .... I just did numbers on the bar I work for. The front is black sooooo...I did the numbers in red.
Looks great and the police and new postal guy's and new customers love it.
If you have and idea that needs a product ....tell them..... don't just do what the man say's .
Some times all you need is a good screw :-)
mrchuck20004 years ago
Definitely red OAK! And why not use the Loctite AND the screws? It will plug up the holes and look better.
One suggestion beyond the above comments: Shellac is a great and venerable wood finish, but it's a terrible choice for exterior wood. I would sugest a couple coats of marine varnish, or even one of the newer water-based EXTERIOR finishes (they're not great, but better than nothing). If the shellac is preferred for its nice color, it can be applied to the raw wood first, and then covered with a coat or two of marine varnish. Shellac is compatible with most other finishes, and is often used as a barrier between other wood treatments.
Creativeman4 years ago
Nice work, but two questions: 1., Isn't that oak and not redwood; and 2: Why didn't you use the holes provided and screw the numbers on? I'm just asking...
wilgubeast (author)  Creativeman4 years ago
Oops. That's definitely oak. You're both right. This was a project suggested by the folks at Loctite, so it was glue all the way. Or this is a project for the DIYer who has plenty of shellac and glue but no screwdriver.
I second both points, and might add that ideally the numbers and wood would have more contrast, that marker as it is may not be as visible from curbside as would be ideal.

One benefit I see to having the adhesive is it might keep water from accumulating behind the numbers, accelerating decay, though I would still screw them down, using stainless screws if the numbers are light rather than dark colored.
elabz4 years ago
Next step - lighting the number up with LEDs?
zieak4 years ago
Fire and EMS services really love having your place numbered properly too!