After taking a quick break from unloading the wings, I went back down stairs and started cracking open the crates and unpacking everything to check for any damages. I am not going to take inventory tonight, as I just want to make sure nothing is damaged right now. My plan is to get everything out of the crates and laid out in the garage, so that I can easily inventory a part and then place it on its appropriate shelf.
I had to use my aviation snips to cut the metal banding off the crates, and then used a small claw hammer to pry open the tops, which were attached with 2″ staples. I didn’t want to destroy the wood, as I can use this wood on other projects later on. Here’s how they looked just after cracking them open:
Now, it was time to unpack everything and start checking for damage. I captured a few videos that I’ll merge together and link below, which does a much better job of logging what I did during the unpacking.
There is SO MUCH PACKING PAPER!!!!
Heres all the parts, all laid out after they are unpacked:
This album contains all the photos I took from todays work:
Here’s a link to the Google Photos Album: https://goo.gl/photos/B2W8wT53pqvgxnQ26
Hours Worked: 3.25
WOOHOO!!! My wings are FINALLY sitting in my garage, waiting to be unpacked. It started yesterday with a call from ABF Freight telling me my wings were ready for pickup at the terminal. I decided to pick the up to save money, and because ABF didn’t offer liftgate service which would have made delivery very difficult at my house. So I just went and picked them up and my friend Randy helped me unload them.
The ABF terminal is only about 20 minutes from my house, so I was able to swing by and pick them up pretty easily. The charges for freight were around $315, so not to bad for 4 business day delivery!
Just in case any readers are wondering what to expect with their RV-7 wings, here is the crate dimensions:
186″ x 12″ x 12″
Weight: 220 Lbs.
96″ x 32″ x 12″
Weight: 214 Lbs.
They were pretty well packaged, and very little shipping damage. The fattest crate had one of skids missing, but it looked undamaged otherwise. I took plenty of photos after the ABF guys loaded them, just in case I need to make a claim. Unloading wasn’t too bad, we slid the crates gently down a loading ramp and right into the garage, so we didn’t really have to do any heavy lifting. But, if you needed to lift and carry these crates, 4 adults would be great. You could probably do it with 2 or three strong guys, but 4 average strength guys it would be no problem.
This is a short post, I’ll be headed down to open the crates and start the inventory and storing process in a few minutes. That will be another post on its own.
Google Photos Link:
Hours Worked: 2