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In an effort to maximize space, i stacked a bunch of games, one on top of another. There were some that could go veritcal, some that couldn't -my Blokus for example, had to lie flat. Anyway, having held the weight of other games, the top of the box is now sagging, or indented. I was just wondering if there is a "reverse-sag" technique that anyone has to "perk" up those boxes once again???

 
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I've had the same problem, and found that covering the box in gravy does the trick.
 
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Take the top off, turn it upside down, put it on a solid flat surfacce, pour water on the inside of the cover (just enough to get the entire area damp, but no standing water remains), and lay a bunch of heavy books down on top of it, which books are big enough that they just barely fit inside the box lid. Wait 4 days. Presto - flat box top.
 
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Steve Werth wrote:
Take the top off, turn it upside down, put it on a solid flat surfacce, pour water on the inside of the cover (just enough to get the entire area damp, but no standing water remains), and lay a bunch of heavy books down on top of it, which books are big enough that they just barely fit inside the box lid. Wait 4 days. Presto - flat box top.


Are you kidding with this? Pour water inside the box? That just scares the bejeebers out of me. Hello mold, hello mildew, hello decomposing cardboard...
 
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i thought he was kidding too!!!

And not only mold, but won't you end up ruining the box?? Like books (paper) warps when wet - no matter how much weight you put on the book after it's been wet, the texture of the pages will never be the same! Wouldn't the same theory apply to cardboard???

Plus wouldn't you run the risk of the colours running???
 
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I think this is a joke as well, just less obvious than the gravy alternative.
 
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Yep, I have positive confirmatin it was definitely a joke.... Now I need a new box for my copy of Blood Feud...


hahahaha...
 
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...drat. I've filled half my boxes with gravy.
 
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Way to be helpful guys. Sheesh, he's just asking a questions about a problem for most gamers. Patha, I just take mine over to Sag-B-Gone on 13th street.
 
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Way to be helpful guys. Sheesh, he's just asking a questions about a problem for most gamers. Patha, I just take mine over to Sag-B-Gone on 13th street.


hehehe... wow EVERYONE's a comic today!!!
 
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Seriously, dry cleaners can make anything lie flat. Just take the box down and ask them how much it costs. Haggling is fine if you think they're charging too much.
 
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I think this is a joke as well, just less obvious than the gravy alternative.

The gravy thing was a joke? gulp

Actually, if you substitute spritzing a light, fine mist for the "pouring", it might help. Probably won't fix it (once paper fiber is crinkled, it's crinkled), but might be worth a try with a disposable box lid just to see.

Oh, and for the record? If you try the gravy trick, make sure it's red-eye gravy.
 
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Once the lids begin to dish, you're screwed. You just need to use a bit more room so the stacks can be smaller; also make sure to keep like sized boxes together. I also find that if the box on top extends out a bit past 2 SIDES it can help alot too (not all 4 otherwise you end up with a warped bottom).

It's just a box, and just a game. As long as the contents are in good repair then you're ok IMHO.
 
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Caved-in box tops come with the territory. You know you have a heavyweight game collection (no pun intended) when some of your boxes start sagging under the weight of your towering game stacks.

Consider it a badge of honor, a rite of passage.

The best thing you can do is to try to discourage it from occuring in the first place. As locussshifter said, keep the game piles small and try to stack like sized boxes together.

Oh, and if some of your stacks are piled on a carpeted floor, the game at the bottom will eventually have its box bottom cave in, as well. So if you must stack on the floor, put a piece of wood or masonite down as a base, first.

But remember, a box is just a box. It's the game inside that counts, not the container.
 
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Take the top off, turn it upside down, put it on a solid flat surfacce, pour water on the inside of the cover (just enough to get the entire area damp, but no standing water remains), and lay a bunch of heavy books down on top of it, which books are big enough that they just barely fit inside the box lid. Wait 4 days. Presto - flat box top.


Nope, I don't think this is a joke. He doesn't say to soak the box top, he says just enough to make it damp. This will make the cardboard malleable enough to take a new shape, but not wet enough to wrinkle. I have used an alternate version of this using Febreze for many of my dished boxes, and it has worked great, no staining or wrinkled boxes.
 
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How do you un-sag a box that's sagging??!

Lid-o-suction!
 
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And just to clarify on my process. I spray enough Febreze on the inner box lid to make it slightly damp. As it dries, the box will actually bow out. Once it is nearly dry, I place the lid back on the lower box and place one or two games on top. By the time it is completely dry and a couple of days have passed, I remove the stacked games, and the lid is completely even.
 
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I don't know if this has been mentioned yet.

Have you considered storing it upside down? My Samurai Swords lid sagged. I removed the game components from the box. Then I placed the components in the box's top and used the box's bottom as the top. The next time I pulled the game out to play (a month or so later), the top had unsagged considerably.

Don't put anything on top of the bottom of your box while you're unsagging it. Otherwise, now your box's bottom will be saggy and you'll have to unsag the bottom too.

Hope this helps.
 
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Nope, the above post was no joke. Try it and see. Paper is malleable, as another said better.
 
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Iron the lids.

Now your results may vary, but my buddy D has had success with using an iron, with steam of course, on the inside of box lids. Then leave the lid face down under a load of books or other weight until they are dry.

I'd recommend practicing on old games from a Thrift store before trying this on your titles.

Game on.
 
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