The Dignity Marker© System

The Dignity Marker

The Dignity Marker is a professional appearing marker, long lasting and is designed to be installed by the consumer. The cost of the standard Dignity Marker is $49.00.

The concrete block foundation, the "Red Head" Hammer-Set Nail Drive Anchors and the 1/4 inch Carbide tipped masonry drill bit are all items purchased "off the shelf" by the consumer from home improvement stores for less than $10.

If you want to avoid the shopping yourself at the time of placing the Dignity Marker order you can order the "Install Kit". This kit will provide you with two Red Head Hammer-Set Nail Drive Anchors and one 1/4 inch Carbide tipped masonry drill bit for $9.95.

When the marker is installed flush in the ground it is out of harm's way from mower and maintenance crews allowing for many years of presence. The "system" is a very simple joining of a marker made of the right materials in the right way and when the marker is attached to the recommended concrete block is remains light enough that it can be handled and installed with minimum difficulty by almost anyone.

The Dignity Marker

The marker is attached to a 30 pound concrete block foundation using "Red Head" Hammer-Set Nail Drive Anchors. Your marker will have pre-drilled holes in it and these holes will be counter bored to allow the anchor head to set below the marker surface for extra protection.

The material used to make the marker was the greatest technical problem to solve because of the need to find a material to substitute for marble, granite, copper and other heavy and costly materials. We chose HDPE (High-density polyethylene) to fabricate the 15 1/2 in. X 6 inch X 1/2 inch marker.

The "standard marker" comes in a color scheme of Black/White/Black which will result in a black surface, white lettering and a beautiful matte finish.

SUV Weight Test

The photos showing the Dignity Marker is our standard marker. The size and proportion of the standard marker allows for about 18 spaces for each line and two lines for the standard marker. A place separating two names would include one of the availableDignity Marker on Facebook spaces, i.e. "Bob Jones" takes up a total of 9 of the 18 lines.

To demonstrate the durability of the marker we tested it by driving an SUV over the marker as shown in the adjacent photo. The high resolution close-up photo shows the details of the marker from a side view highlighting the thickness, matte finish, use of two color and the engraving results. (Click on the photo to see the high resolution close up photo.)

We believe that The Dignity Marker© will last many generations. Our interest is to help others who are seeking an alternative marker, not engage in competition with established Monument Companies who provide traditional markers and services.

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Recommended product to use as the foundation

Concrete Block

Our recommended material for a foundation is a standard 16 in. x 8 in. x 6 in. "Solid Core Concrete Block" available at most home improvement centers. Other sizes are available and offer various benefits but none that outweigh this selection when using the flush installed method. We judge that the block size, weight and ease of handling makes this one the best choice.

All grave markers must deal with the forces of nature such as gravity. Flush mounted grave markers "float" with the earth and settle back during freezing weather. This happens to all building materials at some level; footers and pilings are used in large structures but have minimal effect protecting grave markers and headstones of very long periods. This is why you see headstone and markers which have tumbled or are misaligned. We believe that the Dignity Marker is an excellent choice and is a good compromise for long term durability which is affordable.

Recommended product to use as Anchors

Caron Tipped Drill Bit Red Head Anchors

It is recommended that you attach the marker to the block foundation before going to the cemetery. The marker you will receive will have pre-drilled holes which will be counter bored. [If you plan to mount the sign with an alternative method you can communicate your desire not to have pre-drilled holes directly with the fabricator.] The marker will also have strips of double back tape which will hold the marker in place while you are drilling. The first step in the process is to use a 1/4 inch Carbide tipped masonry drill bit in a regular hand drill to drill the anchor holes into the concrete block. This will be easier than you think using the correct bit.

After the holes are drilled, you will insert the recommended anchors into the holes and tap them in using a regular claw hammer. The anchors will move down into the holes without too much effort. As the anchor gets closer to the marker surface continue to tap with the hammer until the anchor head feel firmly seated in the counter bored hole.

You are ready to install the new marker by digging a hole approximately 18 inches long, 10 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Depending on the slope of the terrain prepare to add back in dirt on the bottom such that you will be able to create a level surface for the marker. Once this is done you can place the marker in the ground and begin filling in around the marker. You would be wise to tamp the dirt you fill in on the sides to ensure a tight fit. You likely will find a low place to spread you excess dirt or you should be able to spot where the cemetery collects such excess. You should bring a small broom or brush to remove dirt that may have gotten on the marker during the installation.

Different Uses for the Marker

As a result of the flexibility that comes with the material selected for marker fabrication many different options for mounting and a completely different type of sign purpose can be accommodated. The dignity marker can be mounted, displayed or installed in ways only limited by imagination. It can be mounted on a wall surface, attached by adhesive in many different places and even counter sunk into concrete or other ground surfaces to join a group setting like a memory garden.

Dignity Marker Price

The Dignity Marker© System The Dignity Marker© System

The price of one marker individually is $49.00. The concrete block foundation, the "Red Head" Hammer-Set Nail Drive Anchors and the 1/4 inch Carbide tipped masonry drill bit are all items purchased by the consumer "off the shelf" from readily available home improvement stores for less than $10.

If you want to avoid the shopping yourself at the time of placing the Dignity Marker order you can order the "Install Kit". This kit will provide you with two Red Head Hammer-Set Nail Drive Anchors and one 1/4 inch Carbide tipped masonry drill bit for $9.95.

The important thing is that all costs to the consumer are transparent and known before starting the project. [Alternatively you could also arrange to have a marker installed by a Handy Man Service or remotely Historical Societies may be able to refer you to volunteers willing to assist.] Assuming you have made certain your cemetery does not prohibit such a marker the Dignity Marker is an affordable option for many.

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