What causes modules to go slightly wavy?
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:48 am 
 

I just got a lot of modules. They are all FN or VF, but they are ever so slightly wavy. Is this because of moisture? Or the way they have been sitting/stored?

Is there anything that can be done to make them flat again?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:09 am 
 

HermitFromPluto wrote:Is this because of moisture?


...could be! but pls do not cry afterwards: i have always reccomended you not to store them in the swamp...  :bounce:


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:16 am 
 

My own collection is kept in a crisp, dry environment. A few times though I have bought and received modules in this condition (not from anyone on these boards though).

I am wondering, if it is moisture  :fish: , should i bag and board them straight away or put them by the heating vent  :sunny:  first so that I do not trap moisture in the probag (if it is moisture - they do seem dry).

If I put them under heavy books  :study: , will they resume their former shape or are they forever warped :shaking2: !

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:49 pm 
 

They were prolly shrinkwrapped a bit too tightly in production. This can be exacerbated by moisture.

If kept in notably warm place, in an open manner so the shrink can be equally heated, the shrink will relax enough to permit straightening. The warm pieces can then be stacked (with intervening sheets of bagboard or other padding) beneath weights, encouraging them to retain their new size while cooling. A while later (days), remove the weights are store the bits.

I've had this work about 70-80% of the time for old TSR items; dunno about others'.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:32 pm 
 

Lunar gravitational pull and tidal shift is the likely culprit of some of those waves. High winds can contribute as well.


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:12 pm 
 

Beware the freddled gruntbuggly's micturations

always guaranteed to warp a module  :lol:


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:14 pm 
 

ExTSR wrote:They were prolly shrinkwrapped a bit too tightly in production.

And I'll add that I've run into some resellers who clearly don't know how to operate their shrinkwrap machines. Over time, even a slightly too-tight wrapping will cause the sort of warping we're talking about.

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:11 pm 
 

Some sensible suggestions there (thanks ExTSR). I'll experiment a little and see what I can do.

(I'll also cast an Otiluke's anti-micturating gruntbuggly sphere spell on them  :dwarf: )

  
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