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Boxes. They are the basic building blocks of every move. You can put almost anything in them, provided that they fit of course. Boxes can contain clothes, books, CDs, appliances and all sorts of knick knacks that just have to go with you to your new address. But the big question is…
Is your box strong enough?
Loading and transporting can be very rough especially if the weather isn’t cooperating, the terrain is unruly, or if the driver is simply in a hurry. While all of these things happen, you don’t want any damage to happen to your belongings. If your boxes aren’t strong enough, they can rip open and cause your things to come crashing, and tumbling all over the moving truck.
It is therefore important to ensure that your box is reinforced to withstand transport and everything it entails. Here’s how to do it with some good old tape.
Reinforcing your boxes
Fold your box
so that it comes into shape. Make sure to close all of the flaps. Place your box on a clean, flat surface and flip it over so that the bottom is facing upwards.
Tape along the center
of the box between the two opening flaps. Extend the tape all the way down to the other side of the box. To do this, start with one side and extend the tape so that it’s over the center opening and down to the other side.
Next, tape along the edges
of the box which are perpendicular to the adjoining flaps at the center. Run the tape straight down the edge all the way to the middle. Make sure to evenly cover both sides.
Ensure the tape is secured
properly and evenly to the box, run your fingers along the tape and apply firm pressure on it.
The more tape used
the stronger the joints are going to be.
Turn the box over
and you’re now ready to go packing.
Once you’ve finished packing
use the same taping instructions for the top of the box. If the contents are fragile, make sure to mark it as such and indicate which side should be up.