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Old 11-23-2007, 08:22 AM   #1
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Question Laying an LCD flat???

Sorry if this is a repost, I searched and didn't really find anything....here is a question that i've asked and gotten different answeres on.....is it safe to lay an LCD flat while still in the box...say from the store to home?? Some says yes, and some say NEVER lay them flat.
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I have heard/read some people say to NEVER do this, but . . . .

Frankly, I see not reason not to - only I would be careful not to lay it on any object that might protrude through the box (duh?) and not pile things on top of it. Also, probably best to avoid roads with large potholes.

The instructions that came with my LCD on how to attach the stand and/or the wall mount to the back of the unit said,
"Place the anti-static bag on a table and lay down the TV screen side down."
I would say, it's ok, just use caution and common sense.
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I've read its bad just because of the strain it puts on the glass. Avoid it if you know anyone with a truck. As Scottnot said though, you should be fine if its a short trip and smooth roads.
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Strain on glass is associated with plasmas. They are even shipped in a box with a tip guard that will tell you if they have been tipped past about 45 degrees with a do not accept message on the box. I've never seen a caution for LCDs.
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I have laid LCDs flat a couple of times. No bad results at all.
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I'm wondering if you laid it on the backside if it would be ok....I would still be a lil weery about laying it flat on the screen side for a period of time. My situation is, i'm visiting my parents this weekend for the holiday and plan on buying the tv here in a bit and then when I am ready to head home...its 70 miles, all Interstate, so pretty smooth. I don't feel comfortable laying it in the back of my truck...so I might have to stuff it in the back seat.
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I laiid them face up. They come very well packed in the box. As long as your not bumping it all over the place you should be fine.
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Strain on glass is associated with plasmas. They are even shipped in a box with a tip guard that will tell you if they have been tipped past about 45 degrees with a do not accept message on the box. I've never seen a caution for LCDs.
That is an interesting bit of information will remember it if I ever get a Plasma or help someone set one up. Wonder if they are protecting against shippers, who don't read box warnings.

Our 40" JVD LCD HDTV had a big upward pointing arrow and the warning not to lay it on the side when transporting. I picked this up from BB and took it home in my little pick up truck strapped down so it sat vertically. Always suspected it would not have hurt the set to lay it down, BB said it was ok. Possibly the warning on LCD's like our JVC may have to do more with shippers and them stacking stuff on top of the tv when laid flat.

(just speculation put them blow torches and flame throwers down folks).

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If you check the big stores like Costco you will see LCDs stacked flat on the pallets....but not plasmas.

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So, is it then true that I cannot lay one flat in a ceiling cutout above my bed?

You know, like a mirror?

Would a plasma be less sensitive of horizontal mounting?

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Just to add to the fun, Pioneer specifically states that the plasma panel should be laid flat face-down on a table or similar surface in order to install the supplied pedestal stand and shows a picture of the installation doing same. Some Kuros do not ship with the stands attached.

Ref: Page 19 of the PRO-150hd manual.
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Yes, very similar to a gun manufacturer issuing a warning to not look down the barrel while discharging the weapon. Duh?
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Just to add to the fun, Pioneer specifically states that the plasma panel should be laid flat face-down on a table or similar surface in order to install the supplied pedestal stand and shows a picture of the installation doing same. Some Kuros do not ship with the stands attached.

Ref: Page 19 of the PRO-150hd manual.
Yes in that environment it is fine assuming you don't experience an earthquake.

Shipping, or transport, is another matter. Ever notice those glass trucks where the panes are standing mostly vertical? Glass subjected to oscillations that would occur if transported horizontally is highly susceptible to breakage. Plasmas use actual glass panels, whereas LCD panels are plastic.

btw here is a tip indicator:


See: Tip N Tell Shipment Handling Indicator for more info.
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Yes in that environment it is fine assuming you don't experience an earthquake.
Doesn't the warranty exclude that???
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Yes in that environment it is fine assuming you don't experience an earthquake.

Shipping, or transport, is another matter. Ever notice those glass trucks where the panes are standing mostly vertical? Glass subjected to oscillations that would occur if transported horizontally is highly susceptible to breakage. Plasmas use actual glass panels, whereas LCD panels are plastic.

btw here is a tip indicator:


See: Tip N Tell Shipment Handling Indicator for more info.
Abviously, shipping these to Australia, or New Zeland would cause the indicator to trip because they are in Southern Hemisphere (upside down on the globe).

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