Computers and other electronic equipment are highly sensitive to shock and extreme vibrations. However, they will be subjected to such conditions while they are being shipped. That is why it is very important that they will be packaged properly so they will be safe and sound during the transport. The following are some tips on how to properly pack your computers and other electronic devices.
Components of home entertainment equipment and computers
- Label your cables and equipment inputs. Use a labeler such as Brother P-Touch with color labels to identify which cable goes to which input on all your audio and video equipment and on your computer before unplugging. This strategy will save you from the trouble of guessing which cable will go to which input when you are going to reconnect all your computers and other electronic equipment when you are ready to install everything in your new home.
- Pack all your cables and remote controls in the same box. You will no longer need to look everywhere just to find a missing cable or remote control since you will find everything you need to reconnect your equipment.
- When packaging your electronic equipment, whenever possible, use the original packing materials as they were specifically designed to keep the device safe. If you no longer have the packaging materials wrap the equipment in an old blanket and place them vertically in a double corrugated box which is available from most removals and rental of trucks companies.
- To stabilize the laser of a CD / DVD player or computer disc drive, reset and adjust the unit. The reset button is usually located on the bottom of the unit or check your manual for more information. Label boxes with messages such as “Fragile" or “This side upwards".
Packing your LCD or LED TV
Another relatively fragile equipment is an LCD TV. The screen can easily get damaged as it is not made of high strength glass.
- Your plasma or LCD TV must remain upright at all times. It should never be placed horizontally or sideways.
- Manufacturers recommend covering the screen with a soft cloth to avoid scratches.
- If you store the original packaging materials that came with the TV, use them. It is the best option and the most economical since the separators are included in the box. Original packaging will have the exact size of your TV.
- If you no longer have the original packaging materials and your TV is less than 60.”
- You can buy one of the packaging kits for flat screens specially designed for this purpose that is sold at most of the moving companies.
Another option is to make your own packaging kit for your TV. First, you should look for a box carton or a packing box large enough to place the TV together with the packaging materials. You must place pieces of Polystyrene foam around 3 “to 4" thick. In each of the four corners, so that the unit is raised in the inside of the carton or the packaging drawer. Do not place the TV directly on the bottom of the carton or the packaging drawer. You should place more polystyrene foam around 2 “to 3" thick on the screen and also on the back of the unit.