Packing Electronic Gear

You’ve spent years collecting and connecting your stereo components, your TV and your VCR. And if you’ve recently reached into your wallet to invest in a DVD player, stereo or other expensive electronic device, packing is certainly not the time to take shortcuts. Protect your investment and follow these top 10 tips.

1. Follow manufacturers’ advice for packing and storing. They know the most about what it takes to protect the product. Consult the homeowner’s manual or manufacturer’s Web site for details.

2. If possible, save the original boxes and packing materials for re-packing. Otherwise, you won’t find packing materials that fit as well.

3. If the original packing is not available, start with these essentials: sturdy cartons, newsprint for wrapping things up, tape, scissors and felt tip markers to number and label each box.

4. When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos and other devices that have numerous cords, place small colored stickers on each cord and the same color sticker where the cord connects to the device. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to reassemble your electronics.

5. Sensitive electronics such as computers and TVs may need to be stored in climate-controlled units. Seek advice from the manufacturer or your storage facility.

6. To reduce the chance of attracting unwanted attention from potential thieves, place small expensive items such as stereo equipment, TVs and camcorders in unmarked boxes. At your storage facility, you can place these items out of view towards the back of the storage unit.

7. To minimize damage caused by dust inside electronic devices, wrap electronics in linens or clean paper.

8. Seal boxes completely with packing tape to keep out the dust.

9. For further protection, cover electronics with moving pads, sheets or light blankets.

10. Make a list of the components in each box. With luck you’ll be putting all this back together—make sure you’ve got all the parts before you start assembling.

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