Harpers Ferry Center provides videos that show how to install wayside exhibit bases, step by step. Usually park maintenance crews prepare the sites and install the hardware, helped by interpreters. Some parks choose to contract out the installation to a local construction firm. Learn more about Base Installation.
Now every NPS unit is required by FMSS to examine and evaluate the condition of every wayside exhibit once a year. The manufacturers' warranty covers fading, cracking, peeling, or delamination. If you see this kind of problem, you can get your panel replaced free, or at very low cost.
Every wayside panel made after 2006 carries an ID sticker on the back that reveals what material was used, when it was made, and what warranty was promised. When parks call HFC to get a replacement for a faded or delaminated panel, keep this information close at hand.
Warranties don't pay for wayside panels that have been ruined by vandalism, accidents, or hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes.
To get a replacement wayside panel, contact the manufacturer or for HFC assistance contact Susan Haines 304-535-6033. It helps to know the title and location of the panel you want to replace. Digital files for panels fabricated through Harpers Ferry Center are archived and available for quick panel replacement. Learn the step by step process for replacing a panel in a full-frame base.
Last updated: October 7, 2019