On the list of everyday mishaps guaranteed to cause a slow-motion “NOOOOOO!!!” moment, damaging your HDTV has to rank near the top. It doesn’t really matter if the unit in question is an off-brand 19-incher or an ultra-everything model with a picture that can be seen from space. You’re financially and emotionally vested in this device.
Problem is, we live in a highly mobile society. Census data estimates that the average American will move about 12 times in his or her lifetime, which means that you can probably expect to load your high-def pride and joy into a dusty rental van at least once or twice.
Relocation aside, you could also face the challenge of repositioning your HDTV within your home if you get a bigger couch – or a roommate who’s obsessed with feng shui.
Whether it involves a move across the living room or a move across the country, you need to protect that financial and emotional investment. Here’s a list of tips on how to move your HDTV and steer clear of catastrophe:
- Stay vertical. Most of the brands caution against laying your HDTV flat, especially in the face-down position. Weight distribution plays a big part in the design, so avoid putting pressure on the screen area. Of course, you’ll also want to keep the screen far away from surfaces that could cause scratches or cracks, including floors and carpets. Just remember: keeping it upright will keep you from getting uptight.
- Use the buddy system. When carrying your TV, it’s always a good idea to have a person supporting each end of the device, with one hand on the top and one hand on the bottom. If you’re worried about losing your grip or smudging the screen, spend a few bucks on some disposable white cotton gloves at your local pharmacy.
- Secure the payload. The goal is keep the ride as smooth as possible during a home-to-home transport. Use seatbelts, bungee cords, straps and/or trunk nets to help keep your HDTV stable. You can protect the screen with bubble wrap or a soft, non-wool blanket, which are also good for storage.
- Do your paperwork. Before moving your HDTV, check the owner’s manual for specific guidelines. (If you’re more visually inclined, some brands have online tutorials on YouTube.) Now, presuming that you still have the owner’s manual also presumes that you kept the original packaging materials. Use the box, along with the original Styrofoam protectors, if you’re moving the TV to a new home or storing it.
Preventing damage to your TV means fewer “NOOOOOO!!!” moments and more “YESSSSSS!!!” moments, so proceed with caution when moving.