(This is not complete yet)
Storing and transporting your records
Vinyl is susceptible to a mechanical process called "creep". This means
that it will slowly deform (creep) when a load is transferred onto it.
Vinyl can take considerable loads without breaking or permanently deforming,
but creep involves prolonged periods of relatively small loads. This is why
you have to take care in storing your records properly.
In order to prevent your records from deforming you have to follow these
- Always store your records upright, never flat, and most definatelty
NEVER in a huge stacked pile!
- Do not store your records near a heat source or in direct sunlight.
- Never "overpack" record cases or record bags for a prolonged time.
If you store records horizontally the records may bend. This is because
most record sleeves are thicker than needed so the pile is supported by the
edges of the sleeves. The unsupported centre, where most of the mass of the
records is, will sag in. Result: bowl-shaped records. Of course it is no
problem if you incline a row of records somewhat to store them against a
One sided heating, whether by sunlight or by a heater, will bend your
records because the heated side will expand because of the heat, while the
cold side tries to retain it's shape. The susceptibility of vinyl to creep is
directly related to temperature. A hotter environment will thus increase your
And finally: if you overpack your record case or record bag, you will
inevitably put a mechanical load on your records. This in itself will not be
enough to make the deformation permament, but if you leave the records
overpacked for a long time, creep will come into play and do the rest.
(So, you could overpack for one night, say you have to perform
somewhere but can only take one record case, as long as you do
not forget to unpack some of the records directly afterwards.)