>††††My locations are in and around
>the Greater New Haven Area,
>Groton/New London/Gales Ferry, Norwich/Sprague/Yantic, Wallingford/Meriden,
>Ansonia, Oxford. I'll try
>to stop and grab as
>many as I can in
>††††One question: What is the
>usual method used by the
>MLM Slave Idiots to post
>their signs? Staples, nails,
>tacks? Is it hard
>to get them down?
Boy, am I glad to hear from you! (Though I donít envy your commute; thatís a long haul.)
Basically, Iíve been covering the shoreline from Guilford through Niantic, and up the west side of the Connecticut River as far as Haddam. I also go out to Mystic every few weeks, and while there try to clean up Route 1 and the I-95 interchanges between Mysitc and Stonington.
The worst problem I see right now is Waterford and New London; I havenít had time to do much cleaning there. We could work together on this to save each other some "cruising around" time; if you drop down that way, let me know what areas youíve cleaned by posting in this forum and Iíll head right for the other parts of town next time I go there, instead of cruising around to look for signs. Iíll do the same for you.
Also, if you are in any of the towns in my "home territory" noted above, and you see some signs but donít have time to get them, post the locations here and Iíll take care of it. Again, Iíll do the same if Iím traveling along your routes.
Some observations about the sign spammers and their methods: Their patttern around here (itís probably the same everywhere) is to cruise I-95 and Route 9, jump off exits, and put up signs on the poles at the ends of the exit ramps (and stick some in the ground with wire legs as well). If the exit ramps leads to a populated road like Route 1, theyíll typically fan out for a mile or so and plaster signs all along, especially around shopping centers intersections, etc.
Most of them just use a staple gun; these signs are easy to rip down with a pair of Vise-Grips, as are the ones put up with six-penny common nails. However, some of these losers think theyíre clever, so they put large plastic washers under the nail heads, or use these God-aful nails with 1-inch square heads.
What I use in that case, and when the signs are too high to reach with the Vise-Grips, is an aluminum bar or a wood 2 x 3 with a utility-knife blade bolted to it. (You could use small C-clamps instead of drilling and bolting.) I slice the sign vertically on both sides of the nails, leaving as narrow a strip as possible (my personal preference is to get as much off the ople as I can). Some in this group prefer this method for all signs, as the remaining strip of sign does seem to inform future sign (the less-dumb ones, anyway) that someone is removing signs in the area.
Thereís someone in Niantic who spray-paints the phone numbers as a warning. That does seem to keep new signs away, but it doesnít get rid of the ubly one thatís already there, so I donít recommend it. Iím in this to keep Connecticut as clean as I can.
Besides the "work at home" and "lose weight" signs, youíll see a bunch of black and white ones touting "affordable health insurance." My advice is not to be fooled by the apparent beneficial message of these signs Ė theyíre nothing more than common litter like the others. If youíd like more background on these signs, search these forums for "NASE" or "Mega Insurance" for other posts Iíve put up about these people.
Hope all this helps, and I hope youíll keep in touch so we can work together on Watertown / New London, which is about halfway between us and a little too much for me to handle on my own.
Again, thanks for joining the fight against this ugly litter. With some effort, we CAN keep our state clean; soemtimes we go over a month on the shoreline with no new signs at all.