INSTRUCTIONS FOR CUSTOMIZING THE FOAM INSERT
For best results, please read the following text in its entirety before altering the foam. Although none are necessary or required, here are some tools and items you may want to have available when setting up your case:
Notice how much the object is depressing the foam under its own weight and keep this in mind to allow enough foam thickness between objects and case walls. The heavier or more sensitive the object is, the more foam you will want surrounding it for protection. Keep your case well balanced by placing heavy objects towards the center and surround it with lighter items. Remember that your case will be turned in all directions when traveling and while being handled by others.
You can mark your foam by tracing your objects with white chalk or black Magic Marker®. Another way is to mark the edges of your objects by driving tooth picks into the foam at several locations aroung the objects. Remember that the foam will "give" considerably, so smaller is better. You can always increase the size of the cavity later if it is too tight. You can then squeeze your objects into the cutouts for a snug and secure fit.
The easiest method when working with square or rectangular objects is to simply break the score line all the way through the foam and remove the block you have just created. You can now use scissors to cut this block for placing back into the cavity as an insert to add further protection on the bottom side of your object and to raise the object for easier access. Do remember that you have a thinner layer of foam lining the bottom of your case to protect objects that use up the entire thickness of the pre-scored Foam.
How to keep your new case looking good and performing properly.
To clean any of our cases, wash with a soft sponge and mild household cleanser and rinse with clean fresh water. Do not use an abrasive cleanser, steel wool or a brush that can scratch the surface. Dry your case completely, inside and out. After drying, to enhance the beauty of the case, it may be coated with any one of the products used to clean and preserve the vinyl upholstery in your automobile.
Caution!!! Remove the foam from the case before washing exterior of case. The foam absorbs moisture readily and will retain moisture when case is closed, causing corrosion in and on any metallic components stored in the case.
MANUAL PRESSURE RELIEF PURGE VALVE: To insure that the case is water and air-tight, tighten the pressure relief screw by hand or with a coin before use. Do not over tighten the pressure screw. This may result in damage to the O-ring gasket under the screw. Periodically remove the pressure screw and inspect the small O-ring gasket for tears or deterioration. Replace if necessary.
Making sure the Neoprene O-ring is doing it's job.
This part applies only to Seahorse Cases, since these are the only cases that have an automatic pressure purge valve incorporated under the right hand latch of every case.
1. Place your Seahorse Case on a flat stable surface with the latches and handle facing you.
2. Open the case and carefully inspect the perimeter gasket for signs of excessive wear. Ensure there isn't any dirt, sand, or foreign matter resting anywhere along the tongue (case body) and groove (lid) where the case seals. Also make sure that under the right hand latch, you have the small o-ring that seals the purge valve. Visually inspect it to make sure it looks okay. Close the case lid.
3. Close the left hand latch, leave the right hand latch open.
4. Slowly but firmly begin pushing down on the center of the case lid with the heel of your hand, collapsing the center. With the right hand latch open you should hear air exiting the case.
5. Push as far down as possible, and close the right hand latch before letting go. You have now created a vacuum inside the case.
6. Lift the case to your ear, (pick a good one) and when ready, open the right hand latch. You should hear hissing while the case is equalizing itself to atmospheric pressures (room pressure).
Planning on storing your valuables for a long time?
We make the following recommendations for optimum safe storage conditions of long duration.
1. Be positive that the foam interior is perfectly dry. If the case has been opened and exposed to rain, heavy fog or mist, or if liquids such as water (or pieces of ice), have been spilled inside, Do Not Use For Storage. Just as our cases will not allow moisture to enter when closed, moisture trapped inside will remain inside. Remove the foam from the case and place in a dry, warm area with good air circulation. It will dry in about a day or two. Do not set foam directly in sun light. All foam will rapidly deteriorate from UV rays.
Consider adding a dessicant material inside the case to help absorb any moisture that may be getting trapped inside the case. In very humid climates this is a must. Place the dessicant pack away from the objects in the case. Contact us for more information about dessicants and their use.
Seahorse Cases have been tested beyond the limits of ordinary storage, transport and shipping containers.
All our cases have been procured and/or tested under numerous MIL-SPEC testing and certification procedures including: fungus resistance, 48-inch free-fall drop, salt fog, cargo bounce, submersion, temperature and humidity, vibration limits, and low pressure (altitude).
The following specifications are among the most popular used for constructing and evaluating reusable cases manufactured for world-wide shipping, handling and storage. Contact us anytime with your requirements.
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