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Re: Oven Annealing

Posted By: Gavin
Date: Monday, 17 July 2006, at 7:44 a.m.

In Response To: Oven Annealing (Dana)

> Does anyone here oven-anneal their finished
> neon sign work? Shipping tubes is going to
> be very common next year and I am petrified
> of breakage.

> I have been stress-testing (dropping) my
> rejects to see where I am putting strain in
> the tubes and for the most part, I must be
> doing something right because most tubes
> will take a 6" fall to a hard surface
> without breakage.

> The part that will break on direct impact is
> usually a double-back or drop-turn.

> I have read and observed every rule of
> avoiding stress, but the whole shipping
> issue makes me queasy.

> Since the oven I need would be fairly
> small-I only will be shipping window signage
> and individual units won't exceed 30",
> mostly a lot less-it seems like a worthwhile
> consideration.

Dana - you wont need to oven anneal your tubes, your biggest threat when shipping is the company you choose to ship your signage. It seems that no matter how big a box, how well packaged and protected, it only takes 1 idiot to undo all your good work. Ive had them thrown onto trucks, dropped, driven over etc. The only way to protect any loss is to insure the shipping. There are no guarantees here im afraid. Ive just sent a whole load of straights 2000Km in a very large box with plenty of space. Im praying that they arrive in 1 piece ( there are spares). When i arrive on site - (theres no glasshop for at least 1000KMs)ill find out just how well the shipping went. Normally its Ok, but every now and again shipping bites you on the butt!!!!

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