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PACKING A BUG FOR SHIPPING:
Some tips for getting your bug to survive the trip!
by Neal McEwen, K5RW
Copyright © 1985, 1999, Neal McEwen
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The boys at the Post Office and UPS can really make a mess out of a
bug if they are not packed well. Bugs are heavy, so if dropped,
they really take a blow,... often times fatal !! A little extra care in
packing will help insure your bug arrives safe and sound.
Remove the plastic or bakelite pieces where the fingers go. These are the
first to break; one little bump and they are shattered. Put the pieces
in a small plastic bag or envelope.
Remove the weights. They will vibrate loose, fall off the pendulum and
knock a chip out of the base every time the truck bounces. Put the weights
in the same plastic bag as the finger pieces or in a separate bag or envelope.
Run all the thumbscrews in so that the lever does not vibrate and tie the
pendulum to the damper with a rubber band or "twisty tie".
Wrap the entire bug in bubble sheet or foam sheet with several layers.
IS MOST IMPORTANT !!!! The one inch bubble wrap is most effective.
Smaller bubble wrap does not cushion the bug well from a blow. Four
or Five layers of bubble wrap is needed; fewer layers will not cushion
Center the bug in a large box with tightly wadded newspaper or more foam
on all six sides. The packing should be tight enough so the bug cannot
The absolute best way to ship a bug is to double box it! Pack
the bug as described above in a smaller box, then put that box in a larger
one. The larger box should be at least one inch bigger on all sides.
Even if the bug is in its original case, it needs to be packed in the big
box. Put carboard shims tightly between the bottom of the bug and
the case. This will prevent the bug from sliding around inside the case.
Even better is to pack the bug and the case separately.
The foam peanuts do not work well because the bug is so heavy that it will
eventually float to one side an have no cushion from a blow.
Put you name an address on a piece of paper and place near the bug.
If the outside of the box is destroyed, then the P.O. will know where to
return the box to.
Mark the package FRAGILE on the top and several sides and insure for the
WHEN PACKING, TRY TO ENVISION WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE BUG WERE
DROPPED FROM FIVE OR SIX FEET !! You may have packed fragile items
before. But, have you packed something that is both HEAVY and FRAGILE?
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