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Fabric Expansion Joint Receiving and Storage Instructions

Unloading and Receiving Inspection

It is the purchaser’s or receiver’s responsibility to witness the unloading of the expansion joints and receiving inspection to see if there is visual damage to the pallet, box or crate (shipping container) in which the expansion joints were shipped. Any such damage is to be noted on the trucker’s acknowledgement of receipt of the shipment. Failure to note visual damage to the shipping container can prevent recovery from the shipping company for damage in transit and such unreported damage becomes the responsibility of the purchasing or receiving entity.

If visual damage to the container is apparent, the trucker’s acknowledgement of receipt must be clearly noted as such. The container should be opened and if the contents have been damaged, they should be photographed along with the container. Large expansion joint assemblies may be shipped without a pallet or container of any kind. Under all circumstances, any shipping damage must be immediately reported to U.S. Bellows, (855) 591-0906 and the photographs emailed to U.S. Bellows will analyze the damage and provide further instructions.


Expansion Joints should be stored in a clean and dry environment. However, as a minimum, expansion joints must be stored so that water does not penetrate any closed container. Expansion joints shipped on pallets or shipped without a pallet may be stored out of doors, however it is extremely important that flow liners be in a downward position. Expansion joints with overlapping flow liners should be covered to prevent water from accumulating in the liner.


Follow ALL U.S. Bellows Installation Instructions provided. Contact U.S. Bellows if Installation Instructions are lost.

Shipping Bars and/or Internal Shipping Restraints

Shipping bars and/or Internal shipping restraints will be painted yellow and marked “Remove after Installation”.


All assembled expansion joints are shipped to specified “Pre-set” installation dimensions and it is important that the expansion joints are installed accordingly. The “Pre-set” can be Axial (compression or extension), or Lateral, or Angular, or any combination thereof. Expansion Joints will be shipped “Pre-set” in accordance with approved drawing requirements. If the shipping bars are removed prior to completion of installation by bolting or welding, the expansion joint may “move to a neutral position” and will not function as designed and can cause premature or immediate expansion joint failure. For Installation Questions or Clarifications Phone (855) 591-0906 and Refer to the Job Number.