Packing and Shipping Department
Welcome to the Packing and Shipping Department
Antique Radios, especially tube type radios are very fragile. There is a way to package radios so that they can survive the rough handling they in shipping. Most radios I see are packaged well enough so that they arrive in good condition. But sometimes I see bent and snapped control shafts in radio chassis and car radios, dented chassis,smashed picture tubes in tvs and tubes and smashed expensive cabinets in radios. I thought I'd add a page with some packaging hints to help keep these mishaps from occurring in the future.
The materials needed to package well are 2 double walled cartons (one smaller than the other), bubble wrap, and a generous quantity of packaging peanuts, cardboard to cover speakers, paper fasteners to attach the cardboard to the speaker, a board attached under the chassis. The smaller carton must fit inside the outer carton so that there is at least 2 inches of space between it and the larger carton in ALL 6 DIRECTIONS. This means that the inner dimensions of the larger carton must be 4 INCHES longer than the smaller carton. For example, if the smaller carton has the dimensions 6" x 6" x 6", the inside dimensions of the larger carton must be at least 10" x 10" x10". If the larger carton is measured from the outside, the outside dimensions should be a little larger than that. The space around the smaller carton will be filled with a generous quantity of packaging peanuts after the smaller carton is packed with your radio, tv, car radio, or guitar amplifier (referred to as "item" below).
The smaller carton must be chosen so that when the item is wrapped in bubble wrap, the carton holds it in place so that no tape is needed and after sealing the carton, nothing can move if the carton is shaken. If you hear or feel anything move, the item is not packaged securely enough. So you may want to get the smaller carton first and pack your item in it, and then choose the larger carton. Please do not put packaging peanuts in the smaller carton.
Different packing problems and solutions:
Sometimes if the item has long shafts that extend beyond the chassis, if the shafts are right up against the inside of the carton, they will almost certainly make holes in the carton, and one bump, will either bend or snap off those shafts, possibly causing damage to an unavailable control. The best thing to do there is to attach a board to the bottom of the the item. The board should extend out past the shafts. Then the shafts cannot make holes in the carton and the chassis cannot move around. The chassis should then be completely wrapped in bubble wrap. Something else I have found that helps is to leave the knobs on the shafts. This spreads out the force if a shaft bumps into the inside of the carton in shipping. I know that some knobs are very valuable but it might be more difficult or cost a lot more money to replace smashed controls. So please leave knobs on long control shafts.
Please cover speakers with a square piece of cardboard so that the speaker cone cannot get torn or punctured. If the speaker has mounting holes in its frame, paper fasteners can be used to hold the cardboard in place. Once the cardboard is in place, put a piece of tape on the head of the paper fastener to hold it to the cardboard. On small radio chassis, you may want to wrap the chassis in cardboard, as well. That's fine but please put bubble wrap over everything.
To ship a picture tube a carton that's longer than the picture tube is necessary. Please do not have the base of the tube or the screen right up against the inside of the carton. There must be plenty of space for at least 4 inches of packaging peanuts in all directions around the tube. The picture tube can be first wrapped in bubble wrap. Then find a carton at least 8" longer than the length of the wrapped picture tube, and 8" wider than the screen in both directions. One carton is enough if it's a heavy double walled carton.
More problems and solutions later.
Now that the smaller carton is packaged , and you have selected a larger carton, pour some packaging peanuts into it. If you chose 2 inches larger in all directions, pour in about 2 inches of peanuts. Flatten the top of the pile of peanuts and center the smaller carton on top. Then fill up the carton with peanuts so that when sealed the carton cannot crush if you push on it. If it gives, there are not enough peanut in the carton. Be generous. it's worth the extra investment to protect your valuable. item.
Before sealing your carton please enclose a sheet of paper with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the amount you insured your radio for, so that I can do the same when I ship your item back to you.
Please Ship from the Post Office by Priority Mail. My US Mail Shipping address is:
Dave's Antique Radio & TV Restorations
Please Note: this address accepts US MAIL SHIPMENTS ONLY. That is because, just like the old shipping address, it's a Post Office Box.
Please enclose a USPS Postal Money order for the minimum labor for the restoration you have chosen, or the full amount if you are paying for an All American Radio Restoration Special.