Around 35,000,000 flat screen TVs are sold annually in the US. Draw that out over 10 years, and that’s approximately one flat screen TV for every man, woman, and child (and infant) living in our great nation.
Flat screen TVs are great. They’re bigger and more energy-efficient than their older CRT counterparts, better for the environment, and the glow from the screen provides just the right amount of illumination to avoid stepping on Lego pieces in the dark.
All of this luxury comes at a price – and I’m not talking about the sales sticker.
At some point or other, you’re going to have to pack and move your flat screen TV to a new abode, and if you’re anything like me, damaging or destroying your flat screen TV is tantamount to losing a close relative.
I mean, not immediate family or anything. Maybe like a cousin, or a great-aunt that always slips a $50 into your palm at Christmastime.
Next, if the power cord for the device can’t be detached, coil it at the back of the device and tape it there using masking tape. This is important so that the metal prongs from the power cord don’t scratch the sides or face of the device during transit.
Third, create a homemade screen protector. Take your two strips of sturdy cardboard and cut them so that they’re just about 1″ larger than the screen of your TV on all sides. Use packing tape to tape these two cardboard sheets together, and then cover both sides in bubble wrap.
Wrap the whole TV and homemade screen protector in bubble wrap. Make sure that nothing is exposed, especially the corners of the flat screen TV which are usually the most susceptible to damage.
Cover your bubble-wrapped flat screen TV with a furniture pad. As in the previous step, take great lengths to leave nothing exposed. Once you’re done, use packing tape to secure the loose end of the furniture pad.
Finish by gently sliding your flat screen TV into its box. Some flat screen TVs are more sensitive to this than others, but in any case it’s always a good idea to keep the TV upright (like it would be if you were watching it) the entire time, even when loading it into the box.
Mark the box with the following:
1 Always keep a flat screen TV oriented upright, just like it would be if you were watching it.
2 Never load anything on top of your flat screen TV box. This seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often we see this happen when a customer has loaded their own moving truck. For the masses: Flat screen TVs, no matter how well they’re packed, are not load-bearing objects.
3 Try as hard as you can to find a space that’s just big enough for the box to fit into when you load your flat screen TV into your moving truck. The less opportunity the box has to move around, shift, or especially tilt/fall over (see #1 above), the better.