|Re: How to take care of the HP manuals?|
Message #4 Posted by Dan Grelinger on 15 Aug 2008, 12:22 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Didier Lachieze
The three main enemies of paper and print are;
1. Light, especially sunlight and flourescent, and heat.
2. Chemicals (e.g. acids, ozone)
To a lesser degree there are other things that could cause problems (e.g. termites, mice, or other cellulose destroying varmits)
To preserve printed materials, seal them in plastic and keep them in the dark. If the seal is a good one, you won't have to worry as much about humidity or chemical control. Ziplock bags tend to develop very small perforations from handling, so as an extra precaution, store the sealed materials in a climate (temperature and humidity) controlled (i.e. not an attic or basement) environment, away from chemicals (e.g. household cleaning supplies) or ozone generating items (e.g. CRT's, and some types of air cleaners)
I keep my collectible manuals stored in zip lock bags with as much air evacuated as possible, and then place in cardboard boxes. Evacuating the air from the bag helps determine if there are any perforations. If the bag stays 'sucked-in' around the item for over an hour, the seal is pretty good.