78 RECORD PACKAGING
This document is meant as a general guide, not as a sure way to ship records. Use this guide at your own risk. 78-RPM records are very fragile and break Easley. Packing 78-RPM records is very different from vinyl. Step 1; Assembling materials
A. Cardboard. This can be obtained from shopping malls, supermarkets, or other shops that receive packaged goods. Try to get unbent, clean, at least 10 X 10 or bigger. Do not use waxed vetchible boxes, or thin cardboard. B. A piece of scrap particle board, or other flat board, desk top, etc. at least 24 X 24. Lumber yards, construction sites, and cabinet shops sometimes have leftover pieces. I use a side from an old computer desk. C. A box knife. The local hardware, or variety store will have this. D. A carpenters framing square, or T square. Again the local hardware store, building material store, or lumberyard should have this. Or something square and more than 10. E. A ruler, or tape measure that will measure 10. F. Shipping tape. Again the Variety Store, hardware store, stationary store, or warehouse store. G. Bubble wrap and packing peanuts. This can be obtained from the same places the cardboard is obtained from, or dumpsters. If you are the shy type, office supply stores and storage wearhouses usually carry this. Uline makes packing peanuts that are non static sensitive. Step 2: Cutting and stacking.
A. Cut 4 pieces of 10 X 10 cardboard. B. Place 2 pieces on a table with the center corrugated supports going across from each other (90 degree angles). This is important for rigidity
C. Place the records on top of the 2 pieces of cardboard (in step 2 B) with separators between them. Notice the paper strips used to keep the tape from contacting the records, or sleeves. IMPORTANT; Do not mix record sizes in the same bundle. This may cause the bigger ones to break. 1 to 6 records in each bundle can be shipped this way. Up to 10 records in each bundle for bigger shipments. 78-RPM records weigh 7.8 oz. each. 50 records (5 bundles) with packing should weigh less than 30 pounds. A package over 30 pounds is difficult for some people to handle and may be dropped. IMPORTANT; The records must not be allowed to touch or rub each other during shipment. The records can be shipped in the sleeves, or the records can be removed from the sleeves and the sleeves can be placed between the records (to keep the sleeves from getting the edges ripped), or paper towels can be inserted between them, if you dont have sleeves.
D. Place 2 each 10 inch cardwoard pieces on top of the stack. Again with the inside support corrugations at right angles to one another, as in step 2 B. Step 3 Taping, and wrapping.
A. 2 inch shipping/packing tape is placed on each side of the bundle.
B. 2 layers of big bubble, bubble wrap is placed around the bundle, going cross wise to one another. Multi layers of small bubble, bubble wrap could be used. Step 4, Boxing.
A. 3 inches of packing peanuts is placed in the bottom of box.
B. Multiple bundles can be placed on end next to each other. A Single bundle can be laid flat in a shallow box. C. 2 inches on each side are filled with packing peanuts.
D. The top 2 inches is filled with packing peanuts, the box is sealed for shipment. Note; Larger shipments will require very strong tape. Nylon fiber reinforced tape is good for this, and can be added to the box like strapping. Note; Larger or valuable shipments can be double boxed. Note; A box, about, 17 (43 CM.) High, by 16 (40 CM.) Wide, by 24 (60 CM.) Long, should hold 5 bundles (50 records) in bubble wrap. ADDITIONAL SHIPPING METHODS;
Records can be shipped in storage cases with proper packing (see Step 4 A, C, D.). Also added bubble wrap may be needed to keep the records from moving in the case. Records shipped in original folders need to have spacers added between records and covers to make the covers even with the back of the folder. Then wrapped in bubble wrap like steps 3, and 4. Or can be removed and put in bundles like the main packing guide. With the folder put in the box separately.
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