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So I'm thinking of picking up a 60" plasma and have read over and over to not transport it laying flat. However, what about transporting it at an angle? I can't fit it in my CUV completely vertical but it will squeeze in at an estimated 30-45 degree angle (measuring tape and eyeball estimate). Any thoughts on this? Thanks!
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I would think if you could securely tie it in place, drive slowly and not go over any big bumps, you should be ok. I would imagine that being transported from mfr to warehouse to store is more traumatic to the panels than what you've going to do.
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I could probably secure it with the seat belt and wedge in some pillows/ blankets in any open spaces so that the box doesn't shift at all. Def would drive slowly but its a 22 mile drive (90% freeway) each way.
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The reason they recommend transporting the panel vertically is because large panes of glass have a tendency to flex, and subsequently crack - whether that's due to flexing too much, or flexing enough to impact on some of the other electronics behind it.
As long as you're taking it slowly and have the box well secured and adequately padded, you're probably going to be ok. I mean people have transported panels lying down completely horizontally before without them suffering any damage - I had a 52" panel shipped to me hundreds of miles by road lying horizontally (driver didn't pay attention to the huge arrows on the box) and it was fine. But you are still taking a risk.
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are you transporting it in the original box?

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I agree with Chronopimist, it's the law of physics that makes transporting any large sheet of glass laying down a risk of cracking. So if it can't stand straight upright then on a angle should be ok, but well padded and secured is a must.
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The reason they recommend transporting the panel vertically is because large panes of glass have a tendency to flex, and subsequently crack - whether that's due to flexing too much, or flexing enough to impact on some of the other electronics behind it.
As long as you're taking it slowly and have the box well secured and adequately padded, you're probably going to be ok. I mean people have transported panels lying down completely horizontally before without them suffering any damage - I had a 52" panel shipped to me hundreds of miles by road lying horizontally (driver didn't pay attention to the huge arrows on the box) and it was fine. But you are still taking a risk.

Yes, it will be in the original box.
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^^^

you know a plasma should only be transported upright in the box: but plenty of installers deliver plasmas in the box laid down flat in the back of their truck with no problem (at their risk) .... at an angle is problematic: you may or may not make it without damage....

I wonder what the cost difference would be if you had it professionally delivered or borrowed a larger vehicle to transport it properly

you know once you leave the store with it any damage is on you...

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you know a plasma should only be transported upright in the box: but plenty of installers deliver plasmas in the box laid down flat in the back of their truck with no problem (at their risk) .... at an angle is problematic: you may or may not make it without damage....

I wonder what the cost difference would be if you had it professionally delivered or borrowed a larger vehicle to transport it properly

you know once you leave the store with it any damage is on you...

Is transporting at an angle more of a risk than transporting laying flat? I could rent a van for about 40-50 round trip, but wouldn't mind saving the cash if transporting at an angle with careful driving is roughly equal to transporting vertically. If it is more akin to transporting horizontally, that would give me pause.
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in my opinion transporting at an angle is worse....$40-50.00 is a small price to pay for some peace of mind...

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in my opinion transporting at an angle is worse....$40-50.00 is a small price to pay for some peace of mind...

Thanks for that advice. I'll def rent the van when I make my purchase. Well, actually, that makes me think it might be better to have them deliver, although the wait is abut a week.
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delivery is far and away the best option

take this advice from me that tried to save money by trying to self install a new 65 inch Fujitsu plasma: me and two friends tried to pick it up out of the box and broke the glass....

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delivery is far and away the best option

take this advice from me that tried to save money by trying to self install a new 65 inch Fujitsu plasma: me and two friends tried to pick it up out of the box and broke the glass....

Ouch, that sucks. Were you able to return it or did you have to eat it? I will say, though, that the thought of picking it up for instant gratification is tempting, even with the risk.
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the distributor that delivered it put it on his insurance but it cost me his deductible which was $1500.00 : but it was a lesson I will not soon forget redface.gif

and I understand the temptation: as long as you understand the risk: please let us know how you make out and good luck

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