Who uses standoffs? A standoff looks like a complicated version of a screw, and it is. It’s a separator that’s threaded. They come in different lengths to raise one material over another. They consist of a wall screw, barrel, and cap, usually made of nylon, brass, or aluminum. Their shape can vary, but they’re typically hex-shaped to be tightened by a wrench or round. They also have different gendered forms so that they can fit together. They are used for various reasons but are most often seen in the electronics and display industries. Standoffs are often lumped together with another type of connecting tool spacers. Although they are sometimes used on the same piece of electronic equipment, they are pretty different. A spacer is an unthreaded piece of tubing. The tubing allows for an entire bolt to pass through. Unlike a standoff, a spacer cannot be tightened, so it is usually round.
Standoffs are appealing due to their uniqueness. When standoffs are used for sign mounting, they are just a simple and small piece of hardware used to attach the sign to the wall and secure it. No other type of mounting gives a 3D effect to the signage. There are a couple of kinds of standoffs that are used for signs and art. The one that’s most typically used is known as a through-grip standoff. To use a through the grip, the sign or piece of art must have a small hole through which the standoff cap can screw into the barrel. Some other kinds of standoffs, such as edge-grip standoffs, attach to the edges of a piece, so there’s no need for holes. Generally, standoffs are used on acrylic signs and aluminum signs to give a high-end feel to the signage.
On a related note, you have probably already heard that standoffs are frequently used on Dibond signs and brushed aluminum signs. Now, if you want to further read about these signs, find out more about them in the “What Are Dibond Signs?” article I wrote not long ago.
The other most common use for standoffs is in electronics. When people assemble circuit boards, they use both spacers and standoffs as they are the standard for mounting and connecting circuit boards and gears, panels, and doors of electronics. Using standoffs allows the pieces to be elevated above one another, reducing the chances of contact. Having these parts separated keeps them from short-circuiting.
When you assemble your sign standoffs, you measure your, let’s say, PVC sign and mark the wall where the screws will go. Use a level when you do this to ensure that the piece is perfectly straight. You then want to drill pilot holes that are a bit smaller than the wall screw that is supplied. You then take your standoffs and unscrew the caps from the barrels. After that, you’ll screw the wall screw through the barrel and the pilot hole. You’ll want to line up your art piece or sign with the barrels that are now on the wall so that the holes of the sign are not over the barrels. You screw the caps back on, and you’re good to go! Get your favorite sign to use from us at www.foamcoreprint.com.
A standoff is a device that can be inserted into the end of an electrical wire, pipe, or another tube to allow for increased distance between two objects.
Standoffs are typically used when there is a need to mount one object on top of another, and it needs to have some space between them.