He paid about $1400 for it less than 2 years ago, and probably still has
a receipt. The same model comes up occasionally on eBay and sells for
I packed it in so much bubble wrap and styrofoam (mostly 1" thick
sheets, just a few "peanuts" to fill some small hollow spots), and used
so much tape to seal the box it will probably survive falling out of the
truck if the truck isn't moving too fast -- and if they don't run over
it :-) The box is not going to come open until someone takes a
boxcutter to it; my brother is gonna be cussing me when he tries to get
all that strapping tape off because he doesn't carry a knife.
The biggest risk is that they steal it or lose it. And I don't think
that happens very often.
Regular postal mail is about the same. A friend once mailed me a record
album, with "fragile" and "do not bend" written all over the package. It
arrived rolled up and stuffed in our mailbox... :)
Any packages that come to me from UPS are all bashed in/torn. I had
something coming to me marked "fragile" and the UPS guy threw it over my
fence to the concrete. I watched him do it, the jerk. It was packed well
and didn't break inside.
I've had defective cans. The technique is:
1) read directions
2) Wear gloves (really)
3) Cram the straw onto the barbed end of the nozzle
4) Screw angled gadget onto nozzle tip on can
5) Shake can vigorously for 60 seconds
6) Invert. Nozzle needs to be at the bottom
7) Use finger to bend the nozzle, with angle and tube atached. Bending the
nozzle releases the foam. Foam expands about 3x the size it is when
9) The stuff comes off fairly easily when dry, but doesn't want to come off
skin if gotten on when it's wet. Try gasoline.
10) Item eight was an intentional omission, and it is not necessary to
report the absence to your supervisor.
11) If you store the can much more than a couple months, it goes defective.
I've had that happen.
Great stuff comes in a blue can too. Works right side up and won't
expand as much. Still use gloves.
To ship computer, pop about 4 bags of cheap microwave popcorn and use
it for packing. Works great.
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