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May 24th, 2011
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adventures in overpacking
More properly, adventures in overengineering packing.

This is probably going to end up on thereifixedit.com - the experiment in secure packing of which this whale

was the aftermath.

Underneath the duct tape is a plastic wrap of a cardboard box. The plastic is merely to keep the duct tape from adhering to the box.

A spare styrofoam disposable cooler with its own cardboard shipping box is recycled as packing material instead of being relegated to a landfill.

Expanding foam insulation is a space-filling adhesive. Styrofoam peanuts go everywhere and are hard to clean up.

As an adhesive, the expanding foam insulation secures the lid of the cooler firmly to the container.

A second layer of expanding foam fixes the styrofoam box securely in and to all sides of the cardboard box. The whale, pre-trim, is visible as the left extrusion from the two cardboard flaps that are glued down from within.

While none of this was necessary, it became an interesting exploration of how would I pack if I was packing something both delicate and containing a substance that itself should be contained, such as a blown glass Klein bottle filled with saffron.


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Date:May 27th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
If you introduce my mother to expanding foam, there will be trouble. Perfectly innocent and non-breakable packages from her require a 10 minute struggle with scissors to get into.
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Date:May 28th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Please, what is your mother's address? I would like to send her a present.
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