Planning for an equipment move...

From: Anthony Eros <>
Date: Sat Mar 13 14:48:42 1999

Megan -

Depending on how many trips you're willing to make, a station wagon can do
the trick quite nicely. I used my Taurus wagon
DECwreck a couple of years ago to move four of the 6' racks containing a
pair of PDP-11/45s without a lot of trouble (other than
weight.) The fit was perfect for one rack per trip and the rack had nowhere
to go.

-- Tony

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        From: []
        Sent: Saturday, March 13, 1999 10:36 AM
        To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
        Subject: Planning for an equipment move...

        Well, the day has come... next weekend is when I've arranged to go
        and get the pdp-8s and the pdp-11/34 that I've been making room for
        at home...

        In preparation of the move, I just wanted to ask the list for some
        advice on how to transport so as to have no (or minimum) risk of

        The machines are currently in two tall (6') and one medium (about
        racks. There is a minimum of cabling between the racks, so
        them should not be a problem. I'm planning on marking any such
        so they can be restored.

        Obviously, the RL disks will have heads locked down. The other
        are Diablo (RK05 equivalents), so how do I lock those down?

        Since I don't have a class two license, I can't get a truck with a
        lift gate, so I was planning on unloaded all the boxes from the
        (CPU, disks, anything else) and placing them on shipping pads, the
        disks with foam pads underneath. I was planning on tipping the
        over onto dollies to be wheeled up the ramp into the truck where
        would travel on their sides, on mats.

        One thing I learned from boating -- If something can possibly end up
        the deck en route, *put it there* before casting off...

        Also, in order to make some room, I'm getting rid of a few things
        and wanted to offer them to people on the list. What I have to get
        rid of are two 11/05 chassis, with power supplies, unknown state (I
        got them from someone else in that state), and one 11/10 chassis,
        also in unknown state. They are pretty heavy, so I'm not up to
        lugging them somewhere for shipment. Also, since they are unknown
        state, it might be best for someone local to Framingham, Mass to
        pick them up if interested.

        Finally, if anyone is interested in helping in the move to
        the procedure of moving old iron (hows that for a "fence-painting
        come-on"?), please contact me off-list...

                                                Megan Gentry
                                                Former RT-11 Developer

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