Earthquakes and Tall Book Cases

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Real Estate Agent with Dan Edward Phillips

Earthquakes and 'freestanding' furniture (tall book cases).

This area of Northern California does have earthquakes.  Want to save a lot of clean up time if there is a major earthquake? 

Secure your 'freestanding furniture' to the wall behind it!  This is easily accomplished with 'L' shaped brackets that attach to the top (or the side) of the furniture piece and to the wall behind.  Make sure you locate the wall 'studs' before placing the brackets and use long enough screws to penetrate both the drywall and the 'stud'. 

Pre-drilling the holes in the top of the furniture will help to prevent wood 'tear out'.

Also check the shelves.  If the shelves are placed on shelf 'pins'; are the 'pins' the locking type?  Is the locking latch engaged? 

Are the shelf pins the type with a hole to place a small screw to securely attach the shelf pin to the shelf?  Have the screws been placed?

The rule of thumb is any furniture that is higher than it is wide could tip forward and spill its contents. 

A little advanced effort will prevent your books, china and other valuable possessions from ending up on the floor in an earthquake.

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Dan,

 Great advice all the way around as it is bette to be safe than sorry.

December 06, 2011 01:58 PM
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Good Evening Dan:
What a great idea to secure furnitures in your home.  Actually, regarless of where you live, this is a very practical solution.  We recently had a small earthquake in Northern New Mexico.  Folks here could use this excellent advice.

December 06, 2011 09:39 PM
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Dan good tips for those who live in earthquake country.  I was in SF during the 89 quake and was luckly only to have a few dishes fall out of a cabinet.

December 06, 2011 09:47 PM
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Good advice!  Not much chance of an earthquake here in Houston but we expect to move soon so it might be worth remembering.

 

December 06, 2011 10:29 PM
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Make sure you secure all tall furniture or it may fall over in an earthquake.

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