Posted on May 27th, 2011 by Julie Rodrigues
Are you concerned over how you are going to successfully move your LCD or plasma TV? These pricey, prized possessions need tedious attention while relocating because any little thing can damage them. Since flat panel televisions are sensitive electronics that require expert care and handling, MovingCost.com recommends hiring professional movers if you ever need to transport yours. Movers have specialized equipment and know of various measures for safe moving.
If you choose to move it yourself, understand that there are many steps and precautions that you need to take to avoid any damage.
- Have assistance for every step. If your TV is on a mount, unscrew the TV from the mount and carefully and slowly lift it with a friend at an equal pace.
- Distribute the weight evenly. An unstable load can easily tip over which will cause much damage.
- If you happen to have the original box and foam blocks that the television came in, it will help you tremendously. Pack the TV just as it was when it first came out of the box. Two people must carry it.
- NEVER lay the television down flat, tilt or let it sit on its side, especially plasmas. The internal workings of LCD screens can easily be damaged while flat. ALWAYS keep it upright and secure. You may need a person to make sure it doesn’t fall flat or slide. Do not try to pin it between chairs, boxes or any other objects that can shift.
- If you do not have the original packaging, you are going to need:
- A piece of cardboard that is the same size of the screen
- Foam sheeting (available at packing stores) or a blanket of NON-ABRASIVE material.
- Painter’s tape
- If you can, use foam blocks to support the frame.
- Or, for around $90, you can get a re-usable flat screen moving kit.
- With your TV standing upright and with assistance, carefully wrap it a few times with foam sheeting or a soft and supple blanket. Secure in place with painter’s tape or string. The tape will most probably not leave any residue.
- Place the segment of cardboard before the screen. Ensure safety by wrapping tape all the way around the TV, horizontally and vertically.
- To pack correctly, the frame should be firmly secure but nothing should press against the screen. Transporting in a car is difficult unless you have special means of keeping it upright without the possibility of falling. When you lay a TV flat, the center of the screen becomes very vulnerable and a bump will cause it to crack.
- If you have foam blocks, cut out groves to recreate the ones that came in the original packaging.
As you can tell by reading this, the do-it-yourself approach to moving a flat panel television is not simple nor is it cheap. It is simply not worth the risk. These special devices are fabulous performers and are select commodities, but they are fragile, and are often heavy. A cumbersome person is not advised to move a flat screen, even with assistance. MovingCost.com’s league of top moving services have seen many distraught results from do-it-yourself television moving projects.
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