(NewsUSA) – Transporting a large or unusually shaped item can be a daunting task. Many people simply give up and hang on to an heirloom armoire or antique dollhouse rather than risk damaging it by shipping it across the country. It is, however, possible to ship just about anything safely.
Pak Mail, a packing and shipping company with locations throughout the United States, specializes in custom packing and shipping. It has successfully shipped a life raft to Saudi Arabia, a motorized hang glider, a stained glass window, an x-ray machine and a Mercedes Benz roof, among thousands of other unusual items. The company offers the following tips to people with large or unwieldy items to ship:
Wrap it.Protect items from scratching or breaking by wrapping them in bubble wrap, tissue or plastic. If you’re using one box to ship several items, wrap each item individually. If you’re shipping artwork, use non-acidic paper.
Pack it. To help absorb shock and vibration during shipping, use foam or rubber as a second layer of packaging. Make sure that items are secure. Most damage occurs when items shake or move in their packaging.
Make it secure. Choose a hard, puncture-resistant surface, like plywood, for the outer layer of your package.
Hire a professional. For especially cumbersome items, consider hiring a shipping company that specializes in custom packing and large items. For example, Pak Mail builds custom crates, so it can ship anything from dinosaur bones to grandfather clocks. The company will pick up the item at your house, pack it safely and ship it. The company does not have size, weight or piece limits.
Get a guarantee.Insure your items when you ship them. Make sure that you have each item’s tracking numbers so you can watch their progress.
For more more information or to find Pak Mail locations, call (800) 778-6665 or visit www.pakmail.com.
Because it took a while to write my latest book –Thunder Prime, Hunter’s Light – you might think the process was a real drag. SO not so. Part of the problem was a tendency to go down divergent paths that complicated a basically simple story. I don’t think I’ll write another Thunder Prime novel, but in Hunter’s Light, there are a couple of characters with their own stories to tell. We shall see.
Between Bawdy McClure and Hunter’s Light, I published two novels – Finding Family and Blind Curve – and two chap books of poetry. In other words, I have not been idle, I’ve just had a dickens of a time focusing. For quite a while I wrote with some frequency on One Roof Publishing, also my author website, consequently the actual NAME of the site, but for the last three months I’ve been doing other things. Now it’s time to do the thing I most want to do, write and publish.
I’m reminded regularly that it’s a no-no to ask people to buy my books. The blogging gurus say to provide worthwhile content that serves the greater good. I don’t mind that, but guess what, I’m a writer. The only way I am compensated for my work, is when you buy my books. So, please, buy my books.
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