Shipping

Normal shipping method is Fed-Ex two day standard.

While orders can usually be shipped on short notice if received before 2pm, a minimum of two days noticed is preferred.

A shipping crate can hold one heated sample unit or three 8L TES style tanks or five 4.5L or 6L tanks. An unheated sample unit would take the place of one tank. A cooler can typically hold 10 traps and the dry ice required for returning your samples.

Please don't do this to the traps before, during, or after sampling.

Bending the trap like this can damage the trap and compromise your sample.

Try to avoid making sharp bends near the weld of the smaller tubing to the larger tubing. The stress of the bends can cause the weld to fail and the connection could leak or even separate completely. A leak prior to sampling could result in no actual sample being collected. One after sampling could cause loss of sample during shipping and storage. Once found, the only way to repair the failed weld for recovery is to reconnect it with a swage fitting which introduces the exterior of the trap to the collection, possibly contributing any contaminants (oil, dirt, etc.) to the sample results. After recovery, the trap will have to be sent out for repair.

Keeping the bends at least a few inches from the weld can help prevent this.

The trap on the left has broken at the weld of the long stem. The short stem is also damaged and the trap will have to be sent out for repair of both stems.  The trap on the right has a good chance of either having leaks at the welds already or developing them when the trap is straightened for recovery. It is also possible the weld could fail entirely and come apart.

The trap on the left has broken at the weld of the long stem. The short stem is also damaged and the trap will have to be sent out for repair of both stems.

The trap on the right has a good chance of either having leaks at the welds already or developing them when the trap is straightened for recovery. It is also possible the weld could fail entirely and come apart.