Laying Down a Flat Screen


Interesting misconceptions still exist about flat screen sets. One persistent myth is that lying a flat screen down will instantly damage the unit. Many interesting theories abound, including the migration of gasses in plasma sets. In reality, all flat panels incorporate large sheets of glass or otherwise breakable screens and substrates, making it all the more important to use caution and common sense when laying down a flat screen for shipping or transportation.

Things You'll Need

  • Packing sheets
  • Packing nuts
  • Properly-sized packaging
  • Packing tape
  • Two pieces of TV-sized cardboard sheets
  • Marker
  • Lay a TV-sized cardboard sheet down on the floor.

  • Set the packing materials down on the cardboard, aligned with the size of the TV. Make sure the center span of the back of the set is properly supported with the sheets.

  • Slide the TV into the correctly-sized box, ensuring there is sufficient space around all sides to surround the set with more packing material.

  • Dump 2-3 inches of packing nuts in the bottom of the box. There should be no visible cardboard at the base.

  • Set the TV upright in the box. Insert another sheet of packing foam in front of the screen. This should be larger that the screen itself to avoid placing stress directly on the surface. Slide the second piece of cardboard in front of the foam sheet.

  • Fill the empty spaces around the set with packing nuts.

  • Secure all sides with packing tape. Mark "This End Up" and "Fragile" with the marker on all sides.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid jostling and bouncing of the set with the set on its back. This is the type of pressure that cracks glass screens and substrates.

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