[rescue] packing options for ultra 60

Paxton innfosun at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 14:01:12 CST 2007

I have had a lot of success in scrounging styro (sheet, block and premolded
insert) packing materials and cutting them to fit. It works well for heavy
items as it doesn't move around and holds the item in the center.

A sharp knife works well to cut the foam to fit. A serrated knife  works but
makes a lot of plastic debris. It is easy to dismember premolded inserts
(like for a monitor or TV and use the corners and the flat bottom of the
styro in their new box.

The other day I got a lot of sheet and clean blocks at a recycling center as
it was styro drop off day. I asked and they let me take my choice free. I
filled the van and store it in large plastic bags.

Normally I scrounge styro at Furnture and Rental stores. They trash lots of
good packing materials. I ask before I dumpster dive.

I probably overpack, but I generally wrap the computer in sheet plastic,
then in sheet white flex foam. I put a layer of solid foam in the bottom of
the box. (to keep the corners from being crushed). Then lay the computer in
on its side in the box, block the computer in on all sides with cut styro.
And finally cut sheet or block to put on top. Again the idea is to support
the corners of the box and to fill all the voids with solid styro or
bubble.  UPS likes at least 2 inches of solid foam on all sides. Depending
on the weight I may use more.

Also for things like heavy CPUs or monitors I really recommend a
doubleweight box. Plastic projections I protect with cardboard or extra

I have gotten great feedback, especially from overseas, since I have adopted
this method of packing. Packages are surviving very well.

Paxton Hoag
Astoria, OR

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