Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

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Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

Post by LuigiLikesPizza » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:37 am

Downsizing from 1300 sq feet to 10 x 5 storage unit while I'm off traveling for a couple years.

Only keeping what is treasured and cannot be replaced.

Will be renting a climate controlled unit and hoping for the best...for example, some of these boxes will contain the art work of my now adult child and precious letters written to me by my father before he passed, also items passed down to me...quite literally from 5th or 6th great grandparents when they were settling the new American frontier after the Revolutionary war.

Have any of you used boxes of this type or do you have any other suggestions?

https://www.amazon.com/Akro-Mils-39120- ... Bmils&th=1

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Re: Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

Post by mhalley » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:38 pm

It doesn’t look to me like those are airtight, so there might be a small chance of insects getting in and causing damage. Maybe something that is airtight might be better.
No personal experience, but these say they protect from pests.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B3DN9V4/re ... B076H9LK45
Or perhaps use smaller, airtight containers inside the large one.
https://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Weathertigh ... JN26D79WD7
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Re: Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

Post by CABob » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:43 pm

Those are nice sturdy boxes and may be suitable. Given your circumstances personally I might be inclined to go with a latching box such as https://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Quart-Stack ... rage+boxes in a suitable size.

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Re: Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

Post by Sandtrap » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:47 pm

Rubbermaid Action Packer Boxes, various sizes.
https://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-1172- ... rage+boxes
You can stack heavy ones on heavy ones as they are very strong. The thin clear plastic types are brittle so no heavies.
For extra protection, put the items in large contractor garbage bags and put them in these boxes. They will hold up for decades and are gorilla moving company proof. I have stored items in them for decades.

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Re: Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

Post by MJS » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:41 pm

Former librarian. I recommend purchasing archival storage boxes from a library/museum supply company, such as Gaylord, Demco or Brodart. I find that some Amazon reviewers (and sellers) lack in-depth knowledge of what is needed for centuries of storage, rather than mere decades.

Consider calling a nearby academic library's Special Collections department to chat about local needs & recommendations.

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Re: Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

Post by mouses » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:18 am

Another vote for archival storage. I keep all the family history stuff in that type of container.

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Re: Heavy Duty Boxes for long term storage

Post by Chip » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:46 am

Here's some more info from a thread with the same title that you started two months ago:


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