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Transporting Plasmas around

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by english_bob, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. english_bob

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    thinking of actually driving to a shop and taking a 42 inch plasma home at the weekend...but is it wise to lay the plasma down in the back of a car?

    It would be a dead flat surface (with the seats folded right down)...but I have read elsewhere that when plasmas are transported/delivered they need to be upright. Any truth in this?

    also, for anyone who has transported an Hitachi 42PMA screen, is the box it comes in much bigger than the dimensions of the actually screen?

    Cheers

    EB
     
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    english bob

    Plasmas should be transported upright and not laid on their side. Even though you have a flat surface the glass could be bounced over uneven ground which could cause damage. A lot of our clients who collect put the plasma upright on the back seat with some even using the seat belts - clunk click every trip! Being able to do this obviously depends on the make of car you have.

    In terms of the packaging there is approx 4- 6" of space around plasmas to prevent any contact damage.The box size for the Hitachi is 123 x 47 x 87cm

    regards

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    First thing manual says is "do not transport flat", although how you know that until you get it home. ;) Which is why specialist couriers, who keep them upright, are used by plasma retailers for delivery.

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    thanks for the replies guys, that was good advice.

    Cheers

    EB
     
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    i took mine home myself in the back of my brothers van ...

    kept it upright all the way and was as good as gold ....
     
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    I transported mine by private jet:laugh:
     
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    :eek: would you lie a sheet of glass in the back of your car?????? :eek:
    DONT DO IT IT WILL BREAK!!!!! :thumbsdow

    Some retailers use minni pallets!! :lesson:
     
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    Transported mine in the back of my estate car (Focus). No problem, just no boy racing, heavy braking or fast cornering. :eek: The ability to get it home there and then from RS and not having to wait for a delivery at someone else's convenience won the day :smashin: Upright of course!!!
     
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    I drove around south London with an LG and then a Panny (both 42") with no bother.....stood on the back seat but had to take them out of their boxes. In the box I couldn't get the angle to slide them in because the back doors dont open to a full 90 degree angle.

    Was in a BMW 3 series - coupe.

    Ironically, RS seems to have no problem with laying the things down on their backs for ages then saying "Make sure you dont lay it down!" as you leave the shop.....
     
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    I remember seeing a delivery of Delphi DD42E plasmas turning up on pallets via a clueless courier :eek: . All stacked on their sides :eek: These plasmas were retailing at £10k and all were busted :oops:
     
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    drove mine from reading IIRC to leeds upright in back of V8 discovery at about 20miles an hour ( :rolleyes: ) scared to death - nightmare journey :rotfl:

    Gary
     
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    During purchasing from a respected supplier, I was told to keep it upright! Said supplier now incorporate "tilt sensors" in packaging when using a courier, so that if there is damage, they know if the screen has been transported flat.

    2p.
     
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    That Hitachi box is well bigger than average, Panasonic boxes are way smaller, I can get one on the back seat of my Impreza. MXE and XDE boxes are big too, forces me to use the LR discovery. Not at 20 miles an hour though, I got over paranoia some time ago! As long as they are upright and in the packing, you have little to worry about. Wrapped in a blanket and seat belted is a possiblity if there's just no way with the box, it's been done many times successfully.
     
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    Hello all

    Best to confirm your vehicle Insurance covers you for damage if you have a shunt, drop the Display or it gets nicked!

    Best regards

    Joe

    PS And yes keep it upright!
     
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    MAW..you boy racer!! :)
     
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    Picking mine up tomorrow....will remember to keep it upright.

    If I were to have a wee accident :eek: I'd call the home insurance and say :oops: I dropped it in the house but :lease: let it be ok

    After midnight......any point in going to bed I wonder :rolleyes: probably won't sleep anyway :thumbsup:
     
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    ooooops! Brought mine home 35 miles flat in my A4! :rolleyes:
     
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    you were lucky Major!! :)
     
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    After the correct advice, a customer of mine a few years ago bought an MXE503, laid it on the floor in his 3 series estate, drove from London to Manchester, he got away with it too. But anything can and does happen, I have seem a breakage due to this too, a Fujistu 50". Very sad it looked.
     
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    I transported my LG flat on the back of a Ford Mondeo station wagon. Of course, it had the complete packaging including thermocoil supports at the four corners of the panel, which means that the glass panel is never really in contact with the floor. The only advise the dealer gave me was that once i reached home and had the plasma upright, i should keep it standing for about a couple of hours before switching it on.
    Worked fine for me, but obviously it is best when transported upright.
    cheers nik
     
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    In hindsight it was a foolish move to make, really - but what other options does one have?


    I had faith in the packaging and it was only a 30 mile drive up the relatively smooth M5...
     
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    RS gave me a good tip when I bought mine; I simply booked a hackney carriage. It can be transported upright and you can keep your beady eyes on it every bit of the way. Suppose it's no good if you're buying from a retailer miles away. Most firms charge about £60 delivery, so you can get a fair way in a cab for that. The taxi-driver even helped me out of the car with it :thumbsup:
     
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    I just transported my PW7 (37" though) in its original packaging in the back of a Toyota Yaris - easy!
     
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    When I purchased my Viera from av sales I wanted to bring it home my self. I have a mondeo hatch back. It was a bit tight but after unpacking it slightly and with some help of the avsales boys, I manged to get it home upright laying across the back seats. If I had bought a panal only I would have been able to get the 42" version in the back instead of just my 37" viera. Just goes to show what you can get in a car. :eek:
     
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    Upright on the back seat wrapped in a duvet is a good way if you really can't get the box in. Use the seat belts, clunk click every trip. As to standing it upright for a couple of hours, 'fraid that's, er, there's no polite way to say it really! A farmyard odour must have wafted round the room at that point.
     
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    I thought you had to shake them , to get the plasma flowed evenly into the corners :eek: ;)
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    You are supposed to stand your LG fridge for a few hours. That training session must have really sunk in!
     
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    ..I thought most sensitive electrical stuff had to left a while to get to room temp before use - to avoid damage due to condensation (caused by sudden changes in temp / humidity)

    R.
     
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    Hello all

    The original Fujitsu panels did require that you 'let them settle' for a while after you moved them around or got them cold - you got some very odd images on them when they were cold and had just been unpacked.

    If you fire up a Pioneer or Panasonic that's been 'out in the cold' they'll switch to standby if any condensation is present on the internal boards - it usually takes about fifteen minutes in standby to 'dry' the boards (we often have to resort to using a hair dryer when kits just come out the back of a hire truck and we're in a hurry).

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    PS Avoid melting the bezel if you ever need to try the hairdryer trick ;)
     
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    Despite the glass breaking by lying it flat how else can it be damaged, is it similar to the scenario of transporting a fridge with regards to the gases?
     

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