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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Rainer
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Bonnie Jean Hart
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Good information Dan!  As street leaders we have been trying prepare supplies but hadn't thought about the bookcase.

December 06, 2011 04:09 AM
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Joshua Zargari
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Good morning Dan.

That is a great advice...Being prepared is essential in this case.

December 06, 2011 05:27 AM
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Diane Grady
Coldwell Banker Premier Properties Saint Augustine, Florida

Makes good sense. We do not have to think about such things in Florida but there are many places that are now experiencing earth quakes in places where they have never in our life time been before. Amazing. Good advice for many!

December 06, 2011 05:57 AM
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David Popoff
Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt

I have always done this for folks with pets and children, you can also use a block of wood and screws through the back but make sure you screw into the wood framing behind the sheetrock to get a good hold.

December 06, 2011 06:06 AM
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Dan Edward Phillips

Book cases falling over can do a lot of damage and cause injury.  Thank you all for stopping by and your comments, they are appreciated.

December 06, 2011 09:59 AM
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Vickie Nagy
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932

Superb post Dan. As a matter of fact I just re-blogged it. This is great information for everyone in Northern California. Sometimes we tend to forget about securing free-standing furniture.

December 06, 2011 12:56 PM
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties

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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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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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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Joan Whitebook
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
BHG The Masiello Group

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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Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers
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The Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Southwest Associates

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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Dan Edward Phillips
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Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Make sure you secure all tall furniture or it may fall over in an earthquake.

December 23, 2011 05:48 AM
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