Packing Supplies

Brown paper packing!

Another really bad experience I have had with suppliers using the brown paper packaging was when we ordered a shipment of materials from a company based in Liverpool. I don’t like to name companies when discussing disappointing or bad experiences, but this specific company really let us down with the delivery. Rather than stuffing all extra space with the brown paper packing, they simply wrapped all materials once. As you can imagine, there was a lot of extra space within the truck upon delivery, so all materials including lumber and metal were slamming into each other throughout the night.

As you can imagine, the damage to all the raw materials meant that most of the delivery was a write up. The worst of the damage meant that the materials were broken off entirely, and at best the damaged materials meant that they were bent or dented out of shape and were unsafe to install within the home. It’s easy for builders to imagine the potential damage to a home if you install broken or out of shape materials within the foundation of a home, and I can’t imagine it is difficult for the average person to understand the potential dangers.

When you improperly pack materials that are meant for the foundations of a home, you are essentially writing off the materials altogether, or you are writing off the construction project itself. If you are using broken lumber or metal foundations and fill a loft conversion with said materials, it would not be uncommon for the same loft to collapse within itself. That is how disastrous it can be to not safely pack away raw materials for use. There are many companies that are using this practice, and I personally believe it is out of ignorance rather than intentionally being cheap at the cost of builders, but the practice needs to stop.

As a builder in Leeds….

As a builder who specialises in loft conversions in Leeds, one of the most important things about the materials and equipment that we use are the way they are packaged. Often, our suppliers are 100 – 500 miles away from us, and we pay thousands for the correct materials to ensure that they are suitable for the home owner and more importantly, safe. That is why it is important these raw materials and tools are supplied and delivered to us in the best way possible. While it may sound unrealistic and even an over-exaggeration, the smallest bit of dent or tear on a piece of lumber can make the difference of a home standing for an extra 10 years. What inspired me (or rather, pushed me) to create this blog was when I received a supply of lumber that was particularly poorly packaged.

The materials and lumber itself was packaged heavily within that brown paper package that some suppliers use. I am unsure of the name for it, but it is that large stuffing paper that shoe stores used to stuff in shoes to ensure that they were formed and stood correctly. The thing about these papers are, they are extremely good at condensing what they are meant to be packaging and can ensure that the materials are kept near exactly where they are supposed to be. The issue with the same materials is that they tear very easily depending on what materials you have ordered. So, when we decided to order scaffold poles with the lumber, the scaffold poles had torn a large section of the packaging, creating an entrance for the lumber and poles to practically smash into each other throughout the delivery process. This had splinted the lumber and mean that we had to carry out an entirely new order. However, this isn’t the only problem I have had with the material. Please check in next post to find out the next stupid story!