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Forum topic by juniorjock posted 04-01-2008 03:37 AM 1022 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2008 03:37 AM

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It’s come up a lot lately. LJ’s who have bought tools and stored them until needed only to unpack them and discover that their new tool is damaged (plus the time limit to return the tool to the store has expired). To me, it’s always been a real pain to unpack something and then try to pack it back up like it originally was. But, I’ve found that if I take the time to shoot a few photos when I’m unpacking something, it makes it a lot easier to put it back in the box the way it came. This comes in handy if you’re planning to store the tool or need to return it to the supplier. The bad thing is that even if you look over the tool and try it out, it doesn’t guarantee that it’ll work when you get it out of the box in 6 months.

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#1 posted 04-01-2008 03:40 AM

I always save the packaging until the warranty has expired. Good Idea about taking pictures of how it was packed.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-01-2008 03:43 AM

I try to save the packaging too Gary. It doesn’t make me too popular around here. Most of the boxes can be folded flat, but some can’t. The ones that can’t be folded are the ones that get me in trouble.

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#3 posted 04-01-2008 03:45 AM

Good points.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 04-01-2008 04:00 AM

Good idea to take pictures. Thanks for the posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 04-01-2008 04:54 AM

Good idea on the photos. I am usually ready to tear into the packaging and start the install when a new tool arrives.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 05:55 AM

I know….I’m still trying to learn to chew my food fully before swallowing. Some of us are just slow.

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 06:46 AM

When I replaced all my equipment right after the first fire, I was so excited I put it all together. Couldn’t use any of it, because the shop hadn’t been rebuilt, so my treasures were stored away for THREE YEARS in some steel cargo containers in my front yard. I did manage to reload a couple thousand rounds of .40 S&W while sitting in those containers. I don’t recommend it, ‘cause they’re hot and stuffy.
Between the changes in seasons causing rust, and the rodents setting up housekeeping, I had a good amount of cleanup to do.
Did you know mouse pee will corrode the base on a DeWalt circular saw? Me neither, but it will!

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#8 posted 04-01-2008 05:33 PM

I have no complaints about Shopsmith’s customer service. I had the wrong up-grade parts stored for a year, and they took them back and sent me the correct parts without the slightest hesitation. By that time I no longer had a copy of the order or the packing list.

Many retailers today tell you, “don’t return damaged goods back to us, you must contact the manufacturer”.

Myron, I’m remodeling my garage and have all my reloading equipment in storage – not even a hot & stuffy box to work in.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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