Monday, May 12, 2008

The Anatomy of Packing A Box

Many miles later I am back at the parsonage and preparing to do battle with the boxes again. By myself since hubby is doing some work for friends (and that also means no vacuum packed boxes today).

We were pretty pleased with how much we were able to get into boxes last week with the vacuum packing technique...

We are breaking away from our regularly scheduled program to bring you news of an astounding breakthrough in efficient packing for transcontinental moves... The anatomy of vacuum packing will now be demonstrated for your viewing enjoyment...

First you pack items in a plastic garbage bag within the box, making sure you pile items several inches higher than the box is tall.

Then using a vacuum (shopvac in our case) remove all excess air from the bag.

This action produces amazing results -- you are able to fit 1/4 to 1/3 more in a box!

The tricky part is securing the box with packing cellophane before air is allowed back in causing all manner of items to increase in size and volume.

Voila! you have a hermetically sealed box ready for transport. (taking bow as everyone applauds wildly) Thank you! Thank you!

Now back to your regularly scheduled program...

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