LCD TVs are one of the hardest items to ship, due to both their strange thin shape and the fact that they are quite valuable. One wrong move, and the screen could end up getting cracked and being worthless. But with the right tools and a bit of concentration, you won't have to worry about shipping your pricey LCD television across the country.
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Things you need
- Large box
- Packing peanuts or foam
- Packing tape
- Moving blanket
- "Fragile" stickers
Measure the size of the LCD TV. Because they come in a wide variety of sizes, box companies will have to know specifically the size of the screen in order to give you the correct box to use.
Purchase the box. Go to the local shipping company (or purchase a box online) by giving them the measurements of your TV. Ideally, you want a box that will fit the TV and offer a small amount of room on all sides for packing material. What you don't want is an extremely large box that will allow the TV to rock back and forth inside, possibly causing damage.
Put the box together, leaving the top open for you to place the TV inside. Each box has different instructions for how to put them together, so follow them closely. Use liberal amounts of tape to make sure the box structure is sound. If necessary, place pieces of packing tape on the corners of the box.
Wrap the TV in a moving blanket. These can be strong, sturdy, quilted blankets that keep objects from getting scratched while offering a substantial cushion. Wrap the TV in the moving blanket as many times as you can, while keeping in mind that the blanket still has to fit inside the box. If you wrap the blanket around twice, you should be fine. Once it's wrapped, use packing tape to secure the blanket.
Place some packing peanuts or other packing material (newspaper can work) in the bottom of the box. This will cushion the bottom side of the TV.
Place the TV inside the box. Be careful when you set it inside. After it's in, push down on it a little to make sure there is enough packing on the bottom of the box. If not, remove the TV and add some more packing material inside before placing it back inside.
Fill in the rest of the box with packing material. Make sure to cover both sides and the top. Also, now is the time you'll want to place any cords that go with the TV. Since the cords are not fragile, you don't have to worry about packing them separately. When you're satisfied with the amount of packing material, feel the sides of the box to make sure the material will hold under some outside pressure, as this will probably be shipped with other boxes.
Fill the top with packing material. Make sure not to overfill the box, as you still have to close it.
Tape the top part of the box down. Feel once more on all sides of the box to make sure there is no space empty of packing material. If there is, cut open the box, fill in some more packing material and reseal the box.
Place "Fragile" stickers on every side of the box. This way, the person actually shipping the TV will know the contents inside are valuable and to be handled with care.
Take the box to your local post office or shipping company and explain to them the contents inside. Since the item is valuable, before shipping it off you may want to purchase insurance in case something happens to your shipment.
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